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Blind Canadians Question Government's Motives in Appealing Landmark Internet Access Case

Friday, November 11, 2011

On November 15 and 16, 2011 the Federal Court of Appeal will hear the Canadian government's appeal of the landmark decision that was handed down by the Federal Court in the landmark Jodhan case. In that decision, the Federal Court ordered improved access to government information and services for the blind community. Members of the nationwide Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians are asking why the government is appealing this important decision.

"Why is our Government that signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities appealing a decision that ordered increased access to government information?" asks Cindy Ferguson, AEBC's National Secretary.

"And why is a government that so frequently expresses concerns about government spending wasting  more and more taxpayers' money fighting against access, rather than using that same money to increase access?" asks John Rae, AEBC's 1st Vice  President.

The AEBC has been granted intervener status in this appeal, and we will be addressing how the Government's position cannot be accepted as it violates the Charter's purpose of promoting inclusion of all Canadians. We will also address the role the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities in interpreting the Charter. The AEBC will be represented by ARCH Disability Law Centre of Toronto.

What: Appeal of the landmark decision of internet access
When: Nov. 15 and 16, 2011
Where: Federal Court of Appeal, 180 Queen Street, West, Toronto

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The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians is a national organization of Canadians who are blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted whose work focuses on improving public attitudes and commenting on public policy issues of importance to the blind community.

For comments, please contact:

  • John Rae, AEBC's 1st Vice President: (416) 941-1547
  • Cindy Ferguson: AEBC's National Secretary: (519) 667-7890
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