On this episode of Appointed, Bonnie Brayton, the National Director of Disabled Women’s Network (DAWN) Canada, and Kim discuss the intersection of disability and inequality, with particular focus on poverty, housing, sexism, racism, unpaid caregiving in Canada, and guaranteed livable income. They identify the need for changes to C-7 (MAiD) medical assistance in dying for disabled folks and the meaning of “choice” in this context; and the actions the government must take to adequately address issues facing disabled communities. Kim and Ms Brayton also discuss the role a guaranteed livable income, coupled with comprehensive social services and assistance programs, could play in addressing systemic ableism in Canada.
Bonnie Brayton is the National Executive Director of DAWN Canada and is a recognized leader in both the disability and feminist movements. Ms Brayton has been with DAWN since May 2007 and is a vocal and recognizable advocate for women with disabilities in Canada and internationally. Ms Brayton works diligently to call attention to issues impacting the lives of women with disabilities in Canada, such as housing, employment, health equity, and violence.
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Resources mentioned during the show and further reading:
Learn more about DAWN Canada here
Read Senator Pate’s perspective on guaranteed livable income here
The Supreme Court Case of Her Majesty the Queen v. Thomas Slatter (November 6th, 2020)
"Extending the scope of assisted dying is wrong" by Isabel Grant in Policy Options