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January 24, 2020: The Petition for Better, Consistent Access to Interpreters in Hospitals


January 24, 2020: The Petition for Better, Consistent Access to Interpreters in Hospitals

Despite the ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada that sign language interpreters must be provided in the delivery of medical services where doing so is necessary to ensure effective communication (Elridge v British Columbia (AG) [1997] 3 SCR 624), many Deaf patients continue to be denied access to ASL-English interpreters in hospitals in Ontario.

The link below tells a story that should not have happened — and explains why the petition is now being made:

https://www.thespec.com/news-story/9789405--do-you-want-to-live-or-die-son-forced-to-interpret-for-his-deaf-parents-at-hamilton-health-sciences/

The petition will be presented by Hamilton Mountain MPP Monique Taylor to the Legislature Assembly of Ontario to urge the Government of Ontario to ensure that better, consistent access to interpreters is provided for for Deaf patients in health care settings.

A PDF version of this petition is available below for downloading.

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Please observe the Ontario Legislative Assembly rules for petitions:

Please mail the completed petition(s) by February 10, 2020 as the Legislature will reconvene the following week. MPP Taylor would like to present it as soon as possible.

Thank you for your support of the petition.