Ableism, not Assisted Suicide, is what we need to work against

Update January 23, 2016: Now that the panel has released its recommendations earlier this week, ableism in Canada is once again rearing its ugly head. Allen Mankewich, co-chair of the Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities, responded to one such example in the CBC this week. The Supreme Court decision on assisted suicide brings up a … Continue reading Ableism, not Assisted Suicide, is what we need to work against

This International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Let’s Remember our Rights

In 2010 Prime Minister Stephen Harper ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities  (CRPD). This historic document recognized specific ways that disabled people are often left out of society such as Access to Justice (Article 13), Living independently and being included in the community (Article 19), Education (Article 24), Adequate standard … Continue reading This International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Let’s Remember our Rights

Why Students with Disabilities should Support the National Day of Action

The Canadian Federation of Students national day of action is coming up Wednesday February 1, that's right TODAY! Now more than ever it is important that students with disabilities show their numbers and advance the fight for accessible education in Ontario and around the country. This type of Canada-wide student day of action doesn't happen … Continue reading Why Students with Disabilities should Support the National Day of Action

We Strike Together ~ Public Forum January 11th

UofT PUBLIC FORUM WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 5PM OISE room 2214 (252 Bloor St. West) The 1% are undermining accessible public education by increasing tuition and class sizes, cutting funding and corporatizing campus. Join a discussion about how the 99% on campus--students, TAs, staff and faculty-- can unite to support upcoming campaigns, like the February 1 … Continue reading We Strike Together ~ Public Forum January 11th

International Day of People with Disabilities: a Call for a Better World

The following is a speech I gave yesterday...   Good afternoon everyone, and thank you for inviting me to speak here today. I think it's impossible to have a discussion about activism without acknowledging that tomorrow is the International Day of People with Disability (IDPD). This is a day where people with disabilities across the … Continue reading International Day of People with Disabilities: a Call for a Better World

RALLY AGAINST AUSTERITY & FORD’S CUTS with Occupy Toronto – Saturday, November 5th

Join Occupy Toronto for a big Saturday march starting at 2:00pm at the Occupation Site at St. James Park - just east of King and Church streets. We will be marching to City Hall where at 3:00pm, we will have a rally consisting of a couple of speakers and then a short concert against the … Continue reading RALLY AGAINST AUSTERITY & FORD’S CUTS with Occupy Toronto – Saturday, November 5th

Statement by Mike Sullivan, MP York South-Weston and NDP Deputy Critic for Disabilities for the Toronto Disability Pride March

Statement by Mike Sullivan, MP York South-Weston and NDP Deputy Critic for Disabilities for the Toronto Disability Pride March on Saturday October 29, 2011   Unfortunately I cannot be with you today, but I do want to share with you, on behalf of the NDP Caucus in Ottawa, some thoughts on this important occasion.   … Continue reading Statement by Mike Sullivan, MP York South-Weston and NDP Deputy Critic for Disabilities for the Toronto Disability Pride March

Fight Back against #MegaQuarry Open Mine Pit near #Orangeville

First Nations are fighting back in solidarity with farmers and ranchers in the Orangeville area to stop the Mega Quarry Open Mine Pit. This quarry is privately backed by a U.S. hedge fund, and will decimate the crops, water supply, and wildlife. For a better picture of the extent of this mine, imagine digging a … Continue reading Fight Back against #MegaQuarry Open Mine Pit near #Orangeville