Doug Ford’s War of Attrition on Human Rights and The Disabled

Lawyers are starting to sound the alarm on the state of disarray in Ontario’s social justice tribunals. The Ford Government hasn’t been filling vacancies at these tribunals. A lawyer who works in a community legal clinic in Toronto summed up the state of the tribunals over twitter with very specific concerns regarding the social benefits tribunal (SBT):

It is important to note that the Ford Government has launched a fraud task-force to investigate people on social assistance in the middle of a pandemic. This task-force which will begin its work investigating unproven allegations of fraud against social assistance recipients starting in January. People accused of fraud by this task-force would have to go before the social benefits tribunal or divisional court in order dispute these claims.

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