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People with mental illness face chronic discrimination
From a Toronto Star column:
Canada is loaded with equality laws, human rights codes, commissions and tribunals. If legal safeguards were enough to protect people with mental illness from discrimination, we'd be in great shape.
We have a Charter of Rights that states clearly that "every individual has the right to equal protection and 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."
We have a Canadian Mental Health Commission that is guided by the principle that "people living with mental illness have the right to be treated with the same dignity and respect as we accord everyone struggling to recover from any form of illness."
We have an Ontario Human Rights Code that requires every employer, union, landlord or service provider (from a hospital to a movie theatre) to accommodate the needs of persons with physical and mental disabilities.