Some things still shouldn't be happening in 2022.
A report done for the Nova Scotia government called for the closure of the province's 8 remaining residential facilities for disabled adults by 2023.
The Nova Scotia government is now saying it can't guarantee when will happen.
Buckle up. I'm about to rant.
What's Wrong With Residential Institutions?
Nothing, if you like living in denial that the Canadian government lets epically fucked-up stuff happen to specific groups of Canadians (adults and children) for reasons it can't even remotely justify.
The fact is that the era in which institutional living was thought to be the best option for disabled adults and children is a dark period in Canada's history. It's too easy to find shocking allegations from former residents of these overcrowded, chronically understaffed facilities of:
- All types of abuse - physical, sexual, emotional
- Neglect and restraint use
- Unsanitary living conditions and forced labour
"State Parties to the Present Convention recognize the equal rights of all persons with disabilities to live in the community, with choices equal to others, and shall take effective and appropriate measures to facilitate full enjoyment with persons with disabilities of this right and their full inclusion and participation in the community, including by ensuring that:
- Persons with disabilities have the opportunity to choose their place of residence and where and with whom they live on an equal basis with others and are not obliged to live in a particular living arrangement.
- Persons with disabilities have access to a range of in-home, residential and other community support services, including personal assistance necessary to support living and inclusion in the community, and to prevent isolation or segregation from the community.
- Community services and facilities for the general population are available on an equal basis to persons with a disability and are responsive to their needs."
Is Community-Based Housing Perfect?
But How Long?
- Ontario was asking this question about moving the last group of residents out of its 3 largest institutions in 2009, after starting plans to move people out - in the late 1970s.
- That was about the same time that British Columbia started to think about moving people out of its institutions. Its last institution closed in 1996.
- Nova Scotia is the last province to close its institutions, after receiving the report I mentioned earlier saying, "You should do this!" - in 2013. They've had 10 years.
- The Nova Scotia Court of Appeals said, "Get on this." - last year.