Astute readers will remember the case of Neil Fahlman, the 19-year-old who was denied assistance by Community Living British Columbia - even though the corporation knew that, without such services, he "would be extremely vulnerable to his own aggressiveness and impulsivity" and could "do significant harm to himself and the community." The reason: Community Living British Columbia restricts its adult services to those with an IQ lower than 70. And Mr. Fahlman's IQ was 79. But a judicial review this past June found the corporation didn't have the legislative authority to use those test results as a screener. That would have been the end of the story - if then children and family development minister Stan Hagen hadn't announced on July 12 that the government would be appealing that decision to the British Columbia Court of Appeal. And what's happened to that appeal, you may wonder? Well, on Friday afternoon, the court dismissed the province's case. But a written reason for the dismal hasn't yet been released.
December 18, 2006