Judy Darcy is wrong for a number of reasons, and if those reasons are not recognized, their efforts to create a Framework for Accessibility Legislation will fail dismally
|BC NDP Premier John Horgan|
I for one however do not believe that new legislation, when enacted, will meet the needs of one segment of our provinces citizens. This despite the apparent goal(s) of BC Premier John Horgan who said:
On August 9th I contacted the Honourable Judy Darcy (Minister of Mental Health and Addictions) with concerns surrounding assistance dogs. Now for clarity, emotional and support dogs ARE NOT the same as a Service Dog. These animals have specifics needs they are trained for assisting those with blindness, hearing loss, etc.
A dog like Finnegan (a 4 pound purebred MiKi) on the other hand is for emotional support --- and brings a calming influence to me, and thousands of others, when depression, anxiety, and stress may strike.
While there is a document that can be filled out by a doctor or medical nurse practitioner (for those dogs without the 15 to 20 thousand dollar cost (https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/law-crime-and-justice/human-rights/guide-animals/spd0803-medical-form.pdf) it FAILS to recognize the needs of those suffering from depression, anxiety and stress (see attached image from form) -- an obvious human rights violation.
There is a need for me (and heaven knows how many others) to have a dog for support --- it has been recognized and recommended by a qualified government recognized medical practitioner, and yet these need is not being filled through government licensing.
Hopefully you will be able to see the importance and need of see this to change, and perhaps you can lead the charge?
“I hope you and Finnegan are able to find a solution that works to meet your needs.”
(a) to foster a society in British Columbia in which there are no impediments to full and free participation in the economic, social, political and cultural life of British Columbia;