Eldridge Decision

In the 1997 Eldridge v. British Columbia case, the Supreme Court of Canada handed down the decision that, quote:

“Failure to provide sign language interpreters – who are, in fact, necessary for effective communication for the procurement of medical services – is a violation of equality rights under section 15(1) of the Charter…”

In that case the ruling further outlined that:

“…any health care service, facility, or good that receives federal funding, whether directly or indirectly, must provide accessibility to those services, facilities, and goods for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or otherwise disabled or handicapped.”


Hey, have you heard about SURJ? SURJ is an international network that organizes and moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for racial justice. SURJ Toronto is committed to undermining support for white supremacist systems and institutions, and working towards decolonization and Indigenous sovereignty.


Racism and settler colonialism rob all of us of our humanity, are devastating to BIPOC communities, and are interlocked with all systems of oppression. As white settlers, we see it as our responsibility to act collectively and publicly in opposition. We hope to build a mass movement that challenges racism in all its forms.

SURJTO is made up of a number of working groups:


  • Communications
  • Fundraising
  • Families and kids
  • Resource Redistribution
  • Base building
  • Mobilization
  • Education


We maintain accountability with a panel of BIPOC organizers and groups that provide consultation on the work we do, and we are already being called on to offer a number of different tangible resources (e.g. childcare, funding, etc). We hope to build sustainable and reliable supports for BIPOC organizers, events, and movements.


If you are interested in learning more about SURJ or getting involved, please check out our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/surjto/ and get in touch by emailing surjto@gmail.com. We are committed to supporting Deaf leadership and participation.