Nova Scotia government heading back to court against disabilities group

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HALIFAX — The Nova Scotia government says it will appeal a recent court decision that found there was discrimination against people with disabilities who had sought improved services and sought housing in the community.

A day after the Oct. 6 landmark Court of Appeal ruling, Premier Tim Houston said his government heard the court's message "loud and clear," and he pledged to work with the disabilities community.

He also said he didn't believe citizens should have to take the government to court to make it "do the right thing."

But an emailed comment today from Community Services Minister Karla MacFarlane appears to shift the Progressive Conservative government's approach.

MacFarlane says many questions arise from the Court of Appeal's decision that she believes the country's top court may help resolve, including how other social programs could be affected.

The minister also says the court decision places a legal requirement on the department's disability support program and that she needs "to better understand that requirement."

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 2, 2021.

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