Monthly Archives: August 2016

The Namaste Friday Music Event

Namaste Music started in Victoria 1996 by professional musician and music therapist Scott White. Now, 20 years later, it has grown in to a large event that attracts hundreds of singers, dancers and an audience every week.  Four professional musicians (Calvin Cairns,Joey Smith, Don Leppard and Devon Macaferty) play backup for anyone who is interested in going on stage and […]

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Disability benefits cut by bus-pass expense

This is taken from Victoria Times Columnist newspaper Lindsay Kines / Times Colonist August 30, 2016 06:00 AM On Thursday, the B.C. government will start charging disability-benefit clients $52 a month for a bus pass that used to cost $45 a year. Sheenagh Morrison will get her first raise in nearly a decade Thursday and […]

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Celebrities with Mental Health Issues

Kristian Shaw Passion for  To help people with mental health Mental Health and awareness Demi Lovato has bipolar disorder and had an eating disorder. Demi sings music in the entertainment industry and appeared on Barney as a kid. She sings good music. There should be no shame in seeking help from mental health doctors and […]

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Disability Peer Support Group

Kristian Shaw is starting a peer support group for people with disabilities Do you want a chance to connect with others? Do you have valuable experiences to share? This group might be right for you! Each month, the group will meet to socialize and talk about different topics. People have said that they want to […]

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The Kamloops Self Advocates Newsletter September 2016 Edition

The Kamloops Self-Advocates is a newsletter for people with diverse abilities published by Krystian Shaw.     September 2016 Edition  KSA  Newsletter  contains   This month’s theme Welcome to September everyone! It has been a busy summer and promises to be an even busier fall! The KSA will be celebrating its 3rd anniversary, community living […]

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Blind MP to draft Canada’s first national accessibility law

According to Toronto Star Newspaper Reporting By Laurie Monsebraaten Social Justice reporter Sat., Aug. 27, 2016   Carla Qualtrough, a former Paralympian and human rights lawyer, is seeking input on the legislation. Carla Qualthrough, Ottawa’s minister responsible for Canadians with disabilities, announced a series of national discussions on the first national accessibility legislation.   Carla […]

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Canada: September Is BC Disability Employment Month – Is Your Business Aware Of Government Efforts To Create A More Inclusive, Diverse, And Accessible Workforce?

Last Updated: August 22 2016 Article by Natalie Cuthill McMillan LLP     Co-authored by Gavyn Backus, Temporary Articled Student Increasing accessibility and decreasing barriers in the workplace for people with disabilities is an important issue in employment law. The government of British Columbia has implemented Accessibility 2024, an extensive public program designed to make […]

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Full Stop

I saw someone with an intellectual disability stand up for himself today. He spoke right up to a clerk who ignored him in preference for someone else, “I was here first,” he said. The clerk was taken aback and muttered, “fuckin’ retard.” The man I saw left for only a second and then came back […]

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The experience of disability, as we all know, is as much a social one as a physical one. This realization keeps slapping me in the face – especially when I’ve been dealing with my own person experience of myself as a disabled person. This happened in the Vancouver airport on our way back home. We’d […]

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The Interview

We stopped for a cup of tea at a little shop in the mall. I found us a table while Joe went to get our tea. It’s a place we like because they make the tea from loose leaf placed in a bag. It’s good tea. I pulled my gloves off and then got my […]

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