N.S. says it won't try to justify housing discrimination against disabled people

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HALIFAX — The Nova Scotia government says it won't try to exempt itself from a court ruling that concluded the province discriminated against people with disabilities who were seeking housing.

Government lawyer Kevin Kindred told a Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission board of inquiry hearing today that the province will not pursue Section 6 of Nova Scotia's Human Rights Act.

That section would have permitted the government to argue that its housing discrimination against people with disabilities is justified in a free and democratic society.

Instead, the government says it will negotiate a remedy to the problem.

The Court of Appeal ruled last year that the government's failure to offer “meaningful'' access to housing for people with disabilities amounted to a violation of their basic rights.

Future hearings before the human rights board of inquiry are scheduled to take place Oct. 3.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 12, 2022.

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