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Episode 6

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This week, on part 2 of our look at Section 15, we're focussing on the number one complaint to The Canadian Human Rights Commission: Disability.

The Charter of Rights and Freedoms Section 15. (1) - Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.

According to our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, no one should be discriminated against because of a disability. But it seems that it does happen. And it could happen to anyone.

Now I know what a lot of you are thinking right now - something like, "hey I don't have a disability!" Not so fast...if you're not disabled now, it's almost guaranteed that at some point in your life, you will join the 4.4 million Canadians living with a disability - that is if you're lucky enough to be around that long.

You don't want to miss Jeff Preston and I on a stairbombing mission in London, Ontario. What is "stairbombing"? Oh, you'll find out.

I'll also have a very poignant discussion with Ryan Elrick. He is suing the federal government over wrongful dismissal from the Canadian Armed Forces because of his disability.

Finally, I'll visit The Meeting Place, a drop-in centre at the busy downtown Toronto corner of Queen and Bathurst. Many of the people who go there here have mental disabilities and are homeless. There, I'll chat with lawyer, Sherri Shartall. Every two weeks she sets up shop there to help out with their legal troubles.

Next week, in the final look at this section, we tackle discrimination based on race, origin and colour. 

(Check out The Fine Print for some background information on this week's show.)