Psychiatric survivors charge MPP with human rights violations



    TORONTO, Jan. 31 /CNW/ - Nine psychiatric survivors file against MPP Tony
Ruprecht today at the Ontario Human Rights Commission at 11:00 a.m., 180
Dundas Street West, 8th Floor media room. The matter rests on Mr. Ruprecht's
written remarks about a supportive housing development in his constituency.
    In a letter to the City of Toronto's Committee of Adjustment, Ruprecht
had written of "the daily struggles of shop owners trying to stop crazed
individuals from stealing items outright and urinating in front of their shop
doors."
    Mr. Ruprecht wrote that his constituents were "angry that Government
agencies seem blind to the fact that they are creating a ghetto-like
atmosphere" and he encouraged them to write to the Committee, inviting them to
"quote any part of my letter."
    "I believe that Mr. Ruprecht's public condemnation of the proposed
housing and his insulting letter created a poisoned environment for myself and
other mentally disabled people," said Linda Chamberlain, one of nine people
filing complaints of illegal discrimination.




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For further information: or to arrange interviews: Jennifer Ramsay, w:
(416) 597-5855 x5168, cell: (416) 996-4662

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