Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Reinstitutionalization in Canada?

See this article, which begins:

Parents of mentally and physically challenged Nova Scotians say the government's plan to house 25 people in a new centre amounts to institutionalization.

About 50 people marched to the legislature Tuesday to lobby for smaller homes within the community.

Jennifer Gallant, a mother of a 10-year-old disabled boy, doesn't want her son to live in a large facility with dozens of people.

"I've had enough," said Gallant. "My son has a wonderful life right now. He enjoys his community, his friends, his family, and quite frankly he deserves nothing less."

The government announced Thursday that it would renovate the old Cobequid Multi-Service Centre in Lower Sackville and turn it into a 25-unit home for people who need a lot of support.


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