1) The Ontario Human Rights Commission (the “Commission”) recently launched a new policy regarding ableism and discrimination based on disability (the “Policy”). The Policy replaces the Commission’s previous policy and guidelines on disability and the duty to accommodate, which was released in 2001. One of the most significant changes is the Commission’s definition and condemnation of ableism, which was absent from previous policies. The Policy also provides a more expansive definition of disability, and expands the breadth of disability to include protections for invisible and non-evident disabilities. Environmental sensitivities, chronic fatigue syndrome, and miscarriage are given as examples of non-evident disabilities. The Policy also emphasizes the importance of accommodating episodic disabilities, such as epilepsy.
2) Manitoba recently entered the New West Partnership Trade Agreement, joining British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. The Agreement creates a single economic region encompassing those provinces.
3) The Government of British Columbia has proposed to establish a new college of diagnostic and therapeutic health professions. The new college would oversee four types of health-care professionals: respiratory therapists, radiation therapists, clinical perfusionists and medical laboratory technologists. The Government is inviting feedback on the proposed regulation under the Health Professions Act until March 9, 2017.