ENIL has received an urgent request for support from the City of Vancouver Persons with Disabilities Advisory Committee, regarding plans to build a new institution for people with disabilities in Vancouver – to be discussed at a meeting on 22 January. They are asking for letters of protest to be sent to the Vancouver City Council (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please consider writing to them today, even if just by sending a short message. Below is the text of the appeal:
“Despite all our efforts, a policy statement is going to our City Council on January 22 that includes building a new institution for persons with disabilities in our city. It has been recommended by staff, and we are deeply concerned our Council will approve it.
Our City Council wants to be seen as an accessible city (they’d actually like to be seen as the most accessible city), and we think that hearing from people outside of Canada that this is an unacceptable backwards step that robs people of their rights and freedoms and is global worst practice might have an impact.
So, if you can write to email@example.com and say whatever you think apt about the appalling violation of the UN Convention and global best practices, we think that would make a difference. We think they would think twice about being known internationally as a city that would rob people with disabilities of their rights.
Also, if you can ask colleagues in Europe or other countries to also write, it would be really helpful.
Thank you so much. We know this is last minute, but we are running out of options and really need help to stop this.”
UPDATE, 24 January: ENIL has heard from the Persons with Disabilities Advisory Committee that the Council decided to postpone the decision, and asked the staff to reconsider the plans.This is good news, as it means it is still possible to shelve the plans altogether. For additional information, please see here: http://www.vancouverobserver.com/city/dogwood-pearson-policy-statement-human-dignity-vs-development-plans