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Revised Statutes of Newfoundland 1990


CHAPTER B-4

AN ACT TO PROVIDE CERTAIN RIGHTS FOR BLIND PERSONS

Analysis

1. Short title

2. Definitions

3. Application

4. Right to facilities, etc.

5. Right to housing

6. Prohibited fee

7. Saving

8. Use of white cane

9. Regulations

10. Offence

11. Crown bound


Short title

1. This Act may be cited as the Blind Persons' Rights Act.

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Definitions

2. In this Act

(a) "blind person" means a person whose sight is impaired to the extent that the person is considered blind for the purposes of the Blind Persons Regulations made under the Blind Persons Act (Canada);

(b) "guide dog" means a dog trained as a guide for a blind person and having the qualifications prescribed by the regulations; and

(c) "white cane" means a cane or walking stick the major portion of which is white.

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Application

3. This Act applies, notwithstanding another Act or regulation to the contrary.

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Right to facilities, etc.

4. A person shall not

(a) deny a blind person the accommodation, services or facilities available in a place to which the public is customarily admitted; or

(b) discriminate against a blind person with respect to the accommodation, services or facilities available in a place to which the public is customarily admitted, or the charges for the use of the place,

for the reason only that he or she is a blind person accompanied by a guide dog.

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Right to housing

5. (1) A person shall not

(a) deny to a person occupancy of a commercial unit or a self-contained dwelling unit; or

(b) discriminate against a person with respect to a term or condition of occupancy of a commercial unit or a self-contained dwelling unit,

by reason only that that person is blind and keeps or is customarily accompanied by a guide dog.

(2) A prohibition in a lease against the keeping of dogs or animals does not apply to a guide dog owned or used by a blind person.

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Prohibited fee

6. A person shall not charge a fee to a blind person for his or her guide dog in respect of a right of admission to or enjoyment of accommodation services or facilities under section 4 or in respect of a right of occupation under section 5.

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Saving

7. Nothing in this Act grants a right to a blind person to require a service, facility or accommodation in respect of his or her guide dog, other than

(a) the right to be accompanied by the guide dog; or

(b) the right of the blind person to have the guide dog live with him or her in a dwelling unit.

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Use of white cane

8. A person other than a blind person shall not carry or use a white cane in a public thoroughfare, public conveyance or public place.

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Regulations

9. The Lieutenant-Governor in Council may make regulations to give effect to the purpose of this Act, and may make regulations prescribing qualifications for guide dogs.

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Offence

10. A person who contravenes this Act or the regulations is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction

(a) in the case of an individual, to a fine of not more than $500 or to imprisonment for not more than 30 days or to both a fine and imprisonment; and

(b) in the case of a corporation, to a fine of not more than $1,000 or to imprisonment for not more than 60 days or to both a fine and imprisonment.

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Crown bound

11. This Act binds the Crown.

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