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Legal Aid Commission’s decision not to fund human rights claims not discriminatory: N.W.T Court of Appeal

Wednesday, June 06, 2018 @ 9:33 AM | By Amanda Jerome

The Northwest Territories Court of Appeal has determined that the Legal Aid Commission’s policy not to fund human rights complaints is not discriminatory as it’s not a “service customarily made available to the public.”

In GNWT v. Portman 2018 NWTCA 4, the court noted that the appellant, Elizabeth Portman, had filed for long-term disability benefits under her employer’s, the government of the Northwest Territories, Sun Life insurance plan. Portman has episodic multiple sclerosis, which diminished her ability to work. According to court documents, she was denied...