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Ontario Moving Forward with Accessibility Certification Program

Editors Note: Is Mr. Duguid living in a fantasy world when it comes to the truth about their progress?

Province Encouraging Businesses to Be Leaders in Accessibility May 29, 2015 10:30 A.M.
Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure

Ontario is continuing its work towards an accessible province by 2025 by exploring options for a new accessibility certification program.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day: Minister Duguid Stumped

By Victor Schwartzman
May 28, 2015

Four years ago, Joe Devon (a Los Angeles web developer) and Jennison Asuncion (an “accessibility professional” in Toronto) connected on the internet. The happy productive result was GAADthe Global Accessibility Awareness Day. According to its website (, “Global Accessibility Awareness Day is a community-driven effort whose goal is to focus one day to raise the profile of digital (web, software, mobile app/device, touch screen kiosk, etc.) accessibility and people with different disabilities.” The fourth annual GAAD was just held and future GAADs will be on the third Thursday of May.

Accessible Ramp to be Installed at Meaford Hall

Thursday, 28 May 2015
By Stephen Vance, Staff News
Council News

The Municipality of Meaford will undertake a new accessibility project with the installation of a ramp at the entry to the terrace at the side of Meaford Hall.

The project carries a maximum cost of $2,500, which will come from Meaford’s accessibility reserve fund. The accessibility reserve has a current balance of approximately $17,500, with $5,000 committed to projects that were approved in the 2015 budget.

Is Your Restaurant Pan Am or Para Pan Am Games Ready?

Is it compliant according to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act? May 27, 2015
Geof Collis

This summer Toronto will be welcomeing hundreds of thousands of tourists, including tourists with disabilities, to enjoy the 2015 Toronto Pan/ParaPan American Games.

“Unlike the Olympics in Vancouver BC or London England, the Government has no comprehensive plan in place to ensure that we have adequate accessible restaurants, public transit, hotels and other tourism and hospitality services to meet the needs of an influx of tourists with disabilities at this major international sporting event.”

Ontario Human Rights Commission’s Chief Commissioner Endorses the AODA Alliance’s Call to Ensure a Legacy of Improved Tourism/ Hospitality Accessibility for the 2015 Toronto Pan/ ParaPan American Games

Former Premier David Peterson Reportedly Confirms the Games Are $56 Million Under Budget Yet Still No Announced Ontario Government Strategy to Ensure Greater Accessibility of Tourism/Hospitality Services as Hundreds of Thousands Expected to Come to the Greater Toronto Area for the 2015 Games

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities

May 22, 2015


Message from Interim Chief Commissioner Ruth Goba: Global Accessibility Awareness Day

May 21, 2015

Toronto2015: Let’s build an accessibility legacy

The upcoming Pan Am and Parapan Am Games are an exciting opportunity to showcase the many ways Ontario is a world leader. One notable accomplishment should be our ability to welcome and include guests and residents of all backgrounds and abilities. The Games offer a good opportunity to raise awareness about what Ontario and its municipalities are doing to promote and enhance accessibility.

Please Support Barrier-Free Canada – A New Disability Coalition that Advocates for a nation-wide Canadians with Disabilities Act

And – More News on the Ontario Accessibility Front

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities

May 21, 2015


1. Introducing You to Barrier-Free Canada why Not Get in Touch?

Ever since the movement began over 20 years ago for an Ontario accessibility law, we have been asked over and over: “Why not go for a nation-wide Canadians with Disabilities Act?” Now, a community coalition has formed to achieve that goal.

Jim McEwen at Queens Park to Raise Concerns of Age Discrimination Against Ontario Post-Stroke Patients Between 20 and 64

by Jim McEwen
May 21, 2015

Honourable Dr. Eric Hoskins, Ontario Health Minister

At approximately 2:30 PM on April 2, 2015 , you stood up in the Legislature and informed the Speaker that your Ministry has been and continues to develop a Plan to eliminate age discriminatory treatment policies against Post-Stroke Patients between the ages of 20 and 64. CBC cameras do not lie. Play the below video.

Refusing Service to Customer With a Dog

HR in the News (Again)
2 recent news stories pose challenges for HR
May 20, 2015

Brian Kreissl is the product development manager for Carswell’s human resources, OH&S, payroll and records retention products and solutions.

I was planning on devoting this entire blog post to Shauna Hunt. She is the CityNews reporter who recently publicly confronted some soccer fans for their boorish and misogynistic behaviour while she was on camera covering a Toronto FC soccer game.

P.T. Barnum’s Secret AODA Advice Revealed

By Victor Schwartzman and P.T. Barnum
May 18, 2015

Am I breaking a confidence in writing I gave Brad Duguid secret advice on AODA? Is a sucker born every minute? (Actually, someone else said that but why not take credit?)