In December, the provincial environment ministry was found to have contravened the Human Rights Code by not allowing disabled hunters to have a hunting companion. But the finding wasn't a complete victory for Larry Hall, the Cranbrook resident who brought the complaint to the Human Rights Tribunal. So he's taking another shot at loosening the restrictions on the use of motor vehicles by disabled hunters.
At present, the use of such vehicles isn't generally allowed when hunting. But the disable can use them, provided they only travel 30 kilometres per day on closed roads at a maximum of 10 kilometres per hour while carrying no more than 60 kilograms - excluding game and any equipment related to their handicap.
The tribunal ruled the ministry didn't fail in its duty to accommodate the disabled by imposing such restrictions. Nor did it fail in its duty to accommodate by restricting disabled hunting permits to those who are able to walk 100 metres or less while carrying a firearm. But Mr. Hall, the president of the Canadian Outdoor Disabled Alliance, is asking the Supreme Court to set aside those decisions in a petition filed on Friday.