Thursday, February 9, 2017

if we speak for them I believe

although we have no power
we can still speak
we can take our stories
and braid a rope
we can use the rope
to guide others
through the darkness


although we have no power
and democracy is a failed experiment
although the people we elect
turn to deception and entitlement
we can still speak
and ask for data to determine performance
we can hold our hires accountable    even if this is difficult

although we have no power
year after year
we can work relentlessly
as Ruth Adria has done
with the conviction that love overcomes
everything     we can adopt the same philosophy
and trust that we are enough for the work required

although we have no power
if enough families join together
to speak for the defenceless ones in our society
if we speak for them I believe
their lives will alter and we will be a real community
instead of what is present now
some sort of corporate entity where profits   are more important than people

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Concurrent Session B:
Ageism: An Uncharted Frontier in Human Rights
The physical, financial and emotional abuse of seniors, along with deepening poverty, is a prominent challenge in Alberta today. Alberta struggles with providing long-term beds and efficient care for an aging population, as well as transportation for those who lack mobility. How well are we caring for our seniors and are we affording them the respect they deserve? This panel will explore the realities of abuse and marginalization and pose serious thought to possible solutions.
Moderated by David Zakus

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http://legalblogs.findlaw.ca/legal-life/albertans-no-longer-discriminated-by-age-as-province-forbids-under-human-rights-1008/

Albertans no longer discriminated by age as province forbids under human rights

January 10, 2017
It’s unclear why Alberta decided to be the last province to hold out on this ground.
It’s unclear why Alberta decided to be the last province to hold out on this ground. (Photo: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)
Alberta is finally going to make ageism a ground for discrimination.
An Edmonton court has recently ruled that age is going to be a prohibited ground of discrimination under the Alberta Human Rights Act.
Up until now, age was not listed as a prohibited ground of discrimination under the act when it came to such things as tenancies and goods and services, even though age is mentioned in the act. All other provinces have included age as a discrimination ground in their human rights codes for years.
It’s unclear why Alberta decided to be the last province to hold out on this ground but the court’s go ahead on Friday has been greeted with cheers by many advocates.
That includes the well-known seniors’ advocate, Ruth Adria, who fought for the change.
"Over half a million Alberta citizens, their rights are violated under the Charter. . . They do not have equal benefit of the law or protection of the law," Adria told CBC News.
Seniors in Alberta have faced discrimination when it comes to such things as drivers testing, which is age based and affects seniors “profoundly.”
However, this decision doesn’t just affect the elderly but the young as well. There have been situations in Alberta in which landlords refuse to rent to families, because the property is an adult-only building and they don’t want families as tenants. It’s likely the prohibited age discrimination inclusion will make it a lot tougher for them to do so.
That leaves the question of why Alberta waited this long to make age a prohibited ground. That’s a question that also baffled Adria’s lawyer, Allan Garber, who explained the court’s decision by saying, “They realized that they had to get in step with the rest of Canada. But it’s also the right thing to do, whether or not they’re in step, it’s the right thing to do.”
The court gave the province one year to figure out the exemptions the government wants to make under the newly prohibited ground, then it will become law.
Garber said they will be watching closely to see what exemptions the government makes under the new ground to ensure they don’t go against seniors’ interests.

http://rightswatch.ca/2017/01/16/age-to-be-included-as-a-prohibited-ground-of-discrimination-in-alberta/

“Age” to be Included as a Prohibited Ground of Discrimination in Alberta


POSTED BY: NIKITA GUSH 16/01/2017
On January 6, 2017 Ruth Adria of “Elder Advocates” brought an action to the Court of Queen’s Bench arguing that the Alberta Human Rights Act (AHRA) should include ‘age’ as a prohibited ground of discrimination. The primary argument progressed by Adria is that the AHRA violates section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms because it deprives Albertan seniors of equal protections and benefits provided by the law without discrimination. Adria explains that there are over half a million Albertan citizens who are not protected against discrimination based on their age. Adria’s lawyer (Allan Graber) pointed out that, “to the best of [his] knowledge, Alberta is the only province in Canada that still does not prohibit discrimination on the basis of age with respect to goods, services, rental accommodations, and tenancies.”
Situations in which seniors could benefit from the inclusion of ‘age’ as a protected ground in the AHRAare numerous. Adria explains that seniors with physical disabilities have been forced to live in the dementia wing of their care residence even though they have fully functioning cognitive abilities. Seniors in this situation are unable to challenge their placement, and they would benefit from this change in the law. As well, when senior citizens end up in the hospital after an accident (such as a fall) their healthcare practitioners are able to order them to be relocated to an assisted living facility, rather than return to their homes. Adria describes that, “Even if [that person’s] family wants to take them home they say you can’t.” As well, Adria also highlights that the rules that apply to seniors who drive vehicles can be discriminatory in some situations and could also be challenged by this change in legislation.
The AHRA was formed in 1972 and did not include age as a protected ground of discrimination, which has been an issue ever since. In 1984 age was recommended to become an enumerated ground by the Human Rights Review Panel, and again in the 2008 the government was asked to include age in the Act but the province refused. In this recent court case, Adria’s application to include age in the AHRAwas unopposed by the provincial government and granted by Justice Paul Belzil. We can expect to see changes implemented by the beginning of 2018.


Une aînée demande l'interdiction de la discrimination basée sur l'âge

Ruth AdriaRuth Adria Photo : Radio-Canada
La Cour du Banc de la Reine à Edmonton a entendu vendredi après-midi une cause qui pourrait avoir des conséquences sur la société albertaine. La plaignante Ruth Adria, présidente de la Société de défense des aînés de l'Alberta, demande que la discrimination basée sur l'âge soit explicitement interdite dans la charte des droits de la personne de la province.
Mme Adria et son organisation soulignent que les personnes âgées sont vulnérables et s'indignent que les abus qu'elles subissent soient souvent commis en toute impunité.
« Dans les maisons de soins pour aînés, les personnes âgées sont harcelées, violées ou assassinées sans que le Code criminel ne soit jamais appliqué », a-t-elle affirmé.
Selon la plainte, les droits fondamentaux d'un demi-million d'Albertains sont bafoués par la charte des droits actuelle, puisque les 500 000 aînés de la province ne jouissent pas d'une protection légale équivalente à celle de leurs concitoyens.
Mme Adria exige que l'âge figure aux côtés d'autres motifs de discrimination interdits par la loi, tels que la race, la religion, l'état civil et le sexe, en vertu des articles 4 et 5 de la charte des droits de la personne de l'Alberta.

Discrimination interdite par le Canada

Allan Garber, l'avocat représentant la plaignante, a rappelé que la législation albertaine est la seule au pays à ne pas interdire la discrimination basée sur l'âge. Il a également noté que la Charte canadienne des droits et libertés interdit cette dernière.
Cette situation prive les personnes âgées d'un recours supplémentaire pour dénoncer les abus dont elles sont victimes, selon la Société de défense des aînés de l'Alberta.
La procureure générale de la province a affirmé au tribunal qu'elle ne s'opposait pas à l'inclusion de l'âge dans les articles 4 et 5 de la charte des droits, mais a mis en garde contre la possibilité que ce changement puisse avoir d'importantes conséquences.
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Elle s'est demandé si un adolescent à qui la vente de cigarettes est refusée pourrait invoquer les articles 4 et 5 pour faire valoir ses droits s'il estime que ceux-ci ont été bafoués. Le procès a d'ailleurs été ajourné pendant un an pour permettre à la défense d'étudier les conséquences qu'une modification de la charte impliquerait.
Militante de longue date du droit des personnes âgées, Ruth Adria a déposé un premier recours concernant les articles 4 et 5 en 1994. Toutefois, jamais la magistrature n'avait accepté d'entendre la cause, avant jeudi.
Selon le directeur général de la Fédération des aînés franco-albertains, Yannick Freychet, il est évident que le gouvernement doit en faire davantage pour assurer le bien-être des aînés. Il estime cependant que si les personnes âgées constituent une catégorie de citoyens plus vulnérables, c'est notamment parce qu'elles défendent moins leurs droits que d'autres classes de la société.
Actuellement, les aînés ne sont ni plus ni moins protégés que d'autres groupes de la population, mais je crois que c'est une population qui est plus vulnérable dans la mesure où elle est moins habituée à se battre socialement.
Yannick Freychet, directeur général de la Fédération des aînés franco-albertains
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Elder calls for prohibition of discrimination based on age

Ruth AdriaRuth Adria Photo: Radio-Canada
The Court of Queen's Bench in Edmonton heard on Friday afternoon a case that could have an impact on Alberta society. Complainant Ruth Adria, President of the Alberta Seniors' Defense Society, calls for age discrimination to be explicitly prohibited in the province's charter of human rights.
Ms Adria and her organization stressed that the elderly were vulnerable and indignant that the abuses they suffered were often committed with impunity.
"In seniors' homes, seniors are harassed, raped or murdered without the Criminal Code ever being enforced," she said.
According to the complaint, the fundamental rights of half a million Albertans are violated by the current charter of rights, since the 500,000 seniors in the province do not enjoy legal protection equivalent to that of their fellow citizens.
Ms. Adria demands that age be included alongside other prohibited grounds of discrimination, such as race, religion, marital status and gender, under Articles 4 and 5 of the Charter of Human Rights. The person of Alberta.

Discrimination prohibited by Canada

Allan Garber, Counsel for the Complainant, recalled that Alberta legislation is the only law in the country that does not prohibit discrimination on the basis of age. He also noted that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms prohibits the latter.
This situation deprives seniors of an additional recourse to report abuse, according to the Alberta Seniors' Advocacy Society.
The Attorney General of the province told the court that she did not oppose the inclusion of age in sections 4 and 5 of the Bill of Rights, but warned that the Have significant consequences.
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She wondered whether a young person to whom the sale of cigarettes was refused could invoke Articles 4 and 5 in order to assert his rights if he felt that they had been violated. The trial was adjourned for one year to allow the defense to study the consequences that an amendment to the charter would imply.
Ruth Adria, a long-standing advocate for the elderly, filed a first appeal concerning sections 4 and 5 in 1994. However, the judiciary had never agreed to hear the case before Thursday.
According to Yannick Freychet, general manager of the Franco-Albertan seniors' federation, it is clear that the government must do more to ensure the well-being of seniors. However, he believes that elderly people constitute a category of more vulnerable citizens, not least because they defend their rights less than other classes of society.
Currently, seniors are neither more nor less protected than other groups of the population, but I believe that it is a population that is more vulnerable because it is less used to fighting socially.
Yannick Freychet, Executive Director of the Franco-Albertan Federation of Seniors
The hearing will resume on January 6, 2018.

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