Human rights board finds Nova Scotia discriminated against wheelchair users by failing to enforce regulations
"The Nova Scotia government discriminated against people in wheelchairs by failing to enforce a regulation requiring restaurants to have accessible bathrooms, a human rights board of inquiry has found."
See the article by Globe and Mail for more details.
Letter from the Federal Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility
the President of Barrier Free Saskatchewan, Robin East, received a letter from Honorable Carla Qualtrough, the Federal Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, about Bill C81, the Accessible Canada Act (ACA). Read the letter to learn more.
Barrier Free Saskatchewan Becomes an Official Entity In Saskatchewan
In celebration of the New Year, Barrier Free Saskatchewan (BFSK) is announcing that it has incorporated as a non-profit entity in the province of Saskatchewan. As a step twoard achieving this goal, BFSK elected its first board of directors on Monday, November 13, 2017. BFSK hopes to make significant progress toward an accessibility act for Saskatchewan in 2018.
BFSK Receives a Letter of Support from the Mayor of Saskatoon
On June 16, the mayor for the City of Saskatoon, Charlie Clark, sent a letter to Barrier Free Saskatchewan pledging his support for our efforts to get an inclusion and accessibility act enacted in the province of Saskatchewan. To Learn more, please read the letter from the mayor of Saskatoon.
Expecting a Barrier Free Saskatchewan
29 May 2017
Earlier this month members of Barrier Free Saskatchewan filed 520 complaints with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission against 40 restaurants due to their lack of basic access. Not able to enter through the front door, use the washrooms, or to maneuver through a facility to a table is an access barrier for those persons using a wheelchair.
To learn more about this action to remove barriers in restaurants for disabled people, Please visit our news release for May 29, 2017.
Barrier Free Saskatchewan
Society has a moral and ethical responsibility along with a legal requirement to make Saskatchewan accessible. There is also a strong business case to do so.
From the conclusion for Building Standards & the Code by Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission
The Barrier Free Saskatchewan (BFSK) steering committee has put forward 14 principles to be the foundation for an accessibility act for the province of Saskatchewan. These principles are closely aligned with Barrier Free Canada, Barrier Free BC, and Barrier Free Manitoba. We want the Province of Saskatchewan to pass an Accessibility Act with these principles intact so we can become a barrier free province.
A barrier Free Saskatchewan is for everyone. Using these principles, BFSK is building a non-partisan coalition from the provincial community of individuals and organizations of and for persons with disabilities, Saskatchewan citizens, organizations, and companies who will endorse this worthwhile endeavour. We would like to identify point persons to act as key contacts to share information.
Your endorsement will be like a catalyst that will mix with our allies and inspire empowerment throughout the province.
Join our coalition by endorsing these Barrier free principles and count yourself in as we build an accessible province through a Saskatchewan Accessibility Act. There is no fee or cost involved. Remember "Nothing For Us Without Us".
To get more information about Barrier Free Saskatchewan or to join the coalition and endorse the BFSK Principles, send an email to info@BarrierFreeSaskatchewan.org. You also can find more information from BFSK on our More Information page.