Saturday, April 23rd 2016 | 4:15 p.m.

Multifaith Centre | 569 Spadina Ave (north of College)

Melissa Graham  Fighter for social justice, public speaker, writer, researcher, and proud disabled woman working with youth, women, & other disabled people in Toronto. One of the organizers and founder of the Toronto Disability Pride March. 
Maureen Aslin , Facilitator and educator working with community groups to support end of life planning. Advocate for patient rights.

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part of MARXISM 2016 | ideas for real change
$10 or pwyc

Today I was asked why disabled people should be concerned about bill C-51. This was my response :

I’m not sure I’m understanding your question, are you saying that the serious potential for the violation of human rights is not a concern of the disability community? “Demonstrating without an official permit or protesting despite a court order, activities that are commonly carried out by Indigenous communities, environmental groups, the labour movement and many others, could be targeted by the new CSIS powers, even though they are fully protected under the Charter of Rights and international law.
These new powers to reduce security threats by CSIS agents are not defined. The only exclusions are acts that would lead to death, bodily harm, perversion of justice or violation of sexual integrity. Other internationally guaranteed human rights such as liberty, privacy and freedom of expression are not protected from these new CSIS powers.
CSIS agents can also seek authorization from Federal Court Judges for warrants to take action that violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and permits them to act in disregard of local law in the countries where they are operating.” (Amnesty International)

Many disabled people are concerned about this bill, as it impacts our ability to support our rights, and it impacts the rights of those who show solidarity with us.

Say no to Bill C-51! Find a local rally, sign a petition, and contact your MP.

More ways to get involved

Ethno-racial People with Disabilities Coalition of Ontario

ERDCO Research Event

Thursday March 29, 2012

4:30 – 7:00 PM

Ryerson University, 99 Gerrard St. East, Room SHE 560

This event will highlight some of the research that has been completed by ERDCO Staff, Volunteers and Board Members. Research topics include:

  • Successful immigrants with disabilities: Challenging the stereotypes, Presented by: Judith Sandys

  • The experiences of ethno-racial/parents with disabilities, Presented by: Bahja Nassir

  • The experiences and challenges faced by newcomers with disabilities, Presented by: Ayshia Musleh

WHO WE ARE: We are a small non-profit organization working to promote the rights and interests of ethno-racial people with disabilities. We work with other agencies in the community, sit on advisory committees, write briefs, organize events, undertake specific projects, etc. We receive funding from the City of Toronto and through Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Wheelchair accessible venue and attendant care provided

Coffee and tea served at 4PM

Space is limited. Register early to reserve your spot. Please RSVP by Friday March 23, 2012 to Melissa Simas by calling 416-901-5454 or by emailing

We would like to thank the Ryerson School of Disability Studies for Co-Sponsoring this event!

Human Rights & Equity Services in collaboration with Anti-Violence Network presents:

“Women with DisAbilities’ Experiences of Violence and its Prevention on University and College Campuses”

Speaker: Terri-Lynn Langdon, MSW, RSW, (Thrive Counselling)

Date: Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Time: 12 noon – 1:30 PM

Location: room 201, Institute of Applied Health Science, McMaster University Campus, Hamilton Ontario Canada

This presentation discusses the findings of a qualitative mixed methods research project which was funded by Springtide Resources. It will explore how anti-violence measures on campuses can have a more critical lens for disAbled bodies as well as other interlocking identities. Principles of the self-reflective researcher and the usefulness of anti-oppressive practices and approaches will also be explored.

The venue is wheelchair accessible. For additional accessibility requirements please email or call 905-525-9140 ext. 24644

When: March 16th, 6pm until March 18th, 6pm

Where: Ryerson University Student Campus Centre, 55 Gould Street, Toronto, Ontario

Reclaiming our Bodies and Minds: Disability, Oppression, Action! is a collaborative space for communities to come together, learn, network, and develop skills. We acknowledge that people with disabilities have a diverse range of experiences. However, one experience that is consistent is that of disempowerment. As people with disabilities it is our time to reclaim our bodies and minds, take control of the services we use, and work with our allies to achieve the freedom and autonomy we deserve.

Through a weekend of presentations, workshops, dialogue, arts, and engagement, participants will gain skills and knowledge to apply to community organizing, self-advocacy, systemic advocacy, and experiences in post-secondary institutions. We will spend the weekend exploring concepts of freedom, autonomy, and empowerment in order to reclaim services, experiences, and our bodies and minds! If you are interested in submitting a proposal please see the call for proposals section. Please pre-register using our registration form, found on the registration page.

Cost: All fees are on a sliding scale or pay what you can. Registration fees will be collected at the registration table on the conference date. We ask that you pre-register.

  • Professionals: $30-$50
  • Community Member: $10-$20
  • Student: Free

For more information, or to register please go to

When: March 1st, 4:30
Where: University of Waterloo, venue to be determined

On Thursday March 1st, distinguished scholars Morgan Holmes and Robert McRuer will collaborate to deliver a talk and facilitate a discussion on the theme of “Disabling Failure: Sex, Embodiment, and Crip Critique.”
Dr. McRuer is Professor of English at George Washington University. His book Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability was the MLA Alan Bray Award winner in 2007. He is currently completing a book tentatively titled “Crip Time: Essays on Disability, Sexuality, and Neoliberalism,” considering locations of disability within contemporary political economies and the roles that disabled movements and representations play in countering hegemonic forms of globalization.
Dr. Holmes is Associate Professor of Sociology at Wilfrid Laurier University, and is the author of Critical Intersex. Her work brings together sexuality and queer theory and feminist thought with qualitative health research and law related to sexuality and health.
All interested faculty, graduate or undergraduate students, alumni, or others are also invited to take part in a small reading and discussion group in advance of the talk. This group will provide an introduction to the scholars’ work, the themes of the presentation, and the broader disciplines of queer theory and disability studies, particularly as they overlap with rhetoric and literary studies.