We’ve all seen movies or TV shows where the brilliant psychopath escapes criminal liability by using the “insanity defence.” On the steps of the courthouse, he or she would smile deviously and walk out free as a bird, thrilled to have successfully flouted the legal system.

This summer, CLAS represented several tenants of Crest Estates manufactured home park in Nanaimo in a judicial review about whether their landlord is entitled to increase their rent by up to 76%.

Disability means different things to different people depending on their outlook and their experiences, but in the legal system, and particularly with respect to the legal eligibility thresholds to qualify for public benefits, “disability” often has a lengthy, detailed and meticulous definition.

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CLAS in the media
Times Colonist, October 16, 2014

(CKNW AM) AM980, October 15, 2014

The Tyee, October 15, 2014