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SUMMARY

Over the past two weeks, Global TVs Toronto evening news has run an amazing series of seven reports by reporter Christina Stevens, on the subject of disability accessibility. Below, we set out the text of these reports. They aired on March 17, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25 and 26.

Town Learns About Alternative to Public Transit System

Parry Sound North Star
By Stephannie Johnson

PARRY SOUND – With just a handful of days remaining before the end of the public transit system, a Bracebridge man showed town council a successful alternative.

Cameron Hoffman of Bracebridge Taxi talked about the on-demand accessible transportation service he started two years ago for those with disabilities.

The Town of Parry Sound cut the $111,883 from its budget last month, ending its bus service on March 31.

Disability Advocates Question Toronto Parapan Am Games Readiness

By Christina Stevens
Reporter Global News

Canadian athletes gearing up for the Parapan Am Games said they are looking forward to the prospect of competing on home turf.

“Potentially winning a gold medal right here at home, that’s the ultimate dream,” said Tracey Ferguson who plays wheelchair basketball.

But she is also well aware that the city could be doing better when it comes to accessibility. For example, despite living on a streetcar line, Ferguson can’t board the streetcar when it stops in front of her condo, but has to find other transportation.

Ontario Government Considers How To Sell Access Law

By Victor Schwartzman
March 23, 2015

In a recent letter to the Toronto Star, Minister Brad Duguid disagreed that the most effective way to build a more accessible Ontario is to enforce the AODA access law. Minister Duguid believes he cannot enforce the law. Instead, businesses will be encouraged to embrace AODA because it gives them a competitive advantage.

Call the New Ontario Government Toll-Free Line to Report AODA Violations – We Campaigned Over Two Years to Win This Toll-Free Number!

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

March 23, 2015

SUMMARY

The Ontario Government only has 9 years, 10 months and 8 days left to lead Ontario to become fully accessible to 1.8 million Ontarians with disabilities by 2025, as the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) requires.

Accessibility Progress Slow at Queen’s

By Sebastian Leck, Features Editor
20th March 2015

Outdated buildings raise concerns about access as campus audit begins

The hallways in Jeffrey Hall are poorly lit and lecture halls in lower levels are inaccessible to wheelchair users.

When Andrew Ashby went to give a talk on accessibility in Jeffrey Hall last year, he couldn’t enter the lecture hall in his wheelchair.

Mapping an Accessible TTC

With a lack of funding, the TTC projects to miss their accessibility requirements that they must meet by 2025. We map what this system will look like to a person with accessibility needs.

TTC subway map for those unable to use stairs and escalators. Map by Sean Marshall, view at link below.

Building University-Wide IT Accessibility

While many higher ed institutions focus mostly on Web accessibility or rely on a disability resources center to serve students in need, Temple University has ramped up its accessibility efforts across the board. Here’s how. By David Raths
03/18/15

Temple University (PA) CIO Tim O’Rourke is the first to admit that in 2011 his organization didn’t give technology accessibility enough consideration. “Our whole philosophy at the time was that if we have a disabled student, we have a really good disability resources center. Students can go there and they will handle it. That was our thought process,” he said.

Mike Hammer Cracks The AODA Cowardice Case: Part Four

By Victor Schwartzman, as informed by Mickey Spillane
March 16, 2015

Welcome to Part Four! If you have not read Parts One, Two or Three, how on earth did you stumble into Part Four? But since you are here, and need a summary of the first three Parts–what are you going to do? I sympathize!

I’m Mike Hammer and punching through nasty is my life. Sometimes I shoot it with my forty-five, but mostly I punch it. The nastier they are the more I like punching.

86 Modern Accessible Transit Buses Coming to 13 Ontario Municipalities

By AWARE Simcoe

Mar 15th, 2015
Metrolinx news release

Metrolinx, on behalf of 13 municipalities, has facilitated the purchase of 86 high-floor and low-floor eight-metre specialized transit buses for their fleets. All buses will be fully accessible and able to carry up to six passengers with personal mobility devices at the same time.

The 13 participating municipalities are Barrie, Burlington, Cornwall, Durham, Hamilton, Kingston, Milton, North Bay, Oakville, Quinte West, Sarnia, Welland and Windsor.