The Medium is the Message

On July 26, 2012, in Kelowna, Toronto, by Jason Hall

The number one complaint the Canadian Human Rights Commission receives is in the area of disability. According to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, “no one should be discriminated against because of a disability”. A recent news story in Kelowna provided some insight into why this is the case. The video below is about a case of alleged police brutality and it is only at the end of the news cast, as a horrified witness relays what she saw, that we learn the brutalized man suffers from a mental disability.

The Charter of Rights and Freedoms Section 15. (1) – Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.

Toronto lawyer, Sherri Shartall, describes some of the difficulties people with mental disabilities suffer. Unlike great awareness of people with physical disabilities, mental disabilities are often stigmatized and there is so little understanding of their needs that simple miscommunications can easily escalate to violence.

Finally, TV Ontario radio carried a great program called, “The Empathetic Civilization“, which paints a very different picture of evolution (survival of the fittest) in which humans are “wired” to feel for the plight of others. In the interview, Allen Greg suggests that, apart from the sociopathic history of Man that we’ve been taught, our history is one of increasing levels of empathy from family, to society, and now to our emerging sense of oneness with all co-evolvers on earth, which has arisen amid various climate crises.

If you have a disability and you’re not getting the empathy you deserve (i.e., your disability claim was denied), seek out the advice of a lawyer who can advocate for you. To get a free referal, call now toll free: 1-855-THEY-PAY (1-855-843-9729). We’ll help you find the lawyer right for your needs.

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