No More Warehousing: Time for Housing and Dignity for Nova Scotia’s Severely Physically

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On February 28th, 2019, the No More Warehousing Association held a public panel discussion at the Halifax Central Library to bring attention to the institutionalization of physically disabled people in nursing homes, and to advocate for co-housing units (small options homes) in Nova Scotia.

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The panel was a huge success! We had over 115 people in attendance. The room was at full capacity with people watching from outside the doors. Another 10-15 people joined us through Facebook Live.

During the panel, we heard from the President of the No More Warehousing Association, Jen Powley, followed by video presentations from Catherine Frazee, Professor Emeritus of Disability Studies, and Bonnie Sherr Klein, BC-based disability filmmaker. Executive Director of Independent Living Nova Scotia, Carrie Ernst, and lawyer with the Disability Rights Coalition, Claire McNeil—who was recently involved in the successful ‘Emerald Hall’ human rights complaint—also spoke. Finally, we heard from Mary Burtt, Joanne Larade, Melanie Gaunt, and Victoria Levack, who discussed their lived experiences with long-term care facilities. We had an overwhelmingly positive response and cannot thank our attendees and panelists enough. Thanks to everyone who made it out to library or joined us online!

This is the full panel discussion that No More Warehousing: The Nova Scotia Association for Inclusive Homes and Support held at the Halifax Central Library on Feb. 28, 2019.

Articles about the panel discussion were published in the Coast and on Global.