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Conflicting Accessible Parking Signs Cause Confusion at Algonquin College

Ottawa man ticketed $55 when ‘no parking’ signs pop up in accessible spaces By Waubgeshig Rice, CBC News Posted: Jul 26, 2016

An Ottawa man says he’s “very pleased” that Algonquin College has cleared up confusion around accessible parking spaces on campus that led to him getting a ticket last week.

Mike More, who’s currently recovering from hip replacement surgery and has an accessible parking permit, visited the campus last Tuesday for a meeting about an Ontario Genealogical Society conference he’s organizing there for next year.

EnAbling Change: Accessible Playspaces

2015 marked the 10th anniversary of the Accessibility For Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). To celebrate this milestone, 101 Ontarians received AODA 10th Anniversary Champion Awards to recognize their passion and commitment in promoting awareness of accessibility and inclusiveness in the community. The following is an example of an award winning project.

Project: Accessible Playspaces

Location: Fergus and Elora, Township of Centre Wellington, ON Award Winner: Andy and Jackie Speers

Update on the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

Rubin Thomlinson LLP
Jennifer Heath
Titus Totan.
Canada July 21 2016

In our November 2015 Employers’ Alert, we summarized the updated employer obligations pursuant to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (“AODA”). On June 6, 2016, the Ontario government announced yet further updates to the AODA, which took effect on July 1, 2016. While these changes appear subtle, they do have an impact on Ontario employers and warrant a review of existing accessibility policies, practices and training.

StopGap Founder Wins Jane Jacobs Prize

Luke Anderson, of the StopGap Foundation, and Leslie Chudnovsky, of Supporting Our Youth, are this year’s prize winners

Luke Anderson, Toronto engineer who founded Stopgap Foundation, which aims to make city more accessible using ramps. He poses for pictures outside his condo with his ramps(red and yellow). By: Staff Torstar News Service Published on Thu Jul 21 2016

The 2016 Jane Jacobs Prize winners were announced on Monday. This recognition, which comes with an award of $9,000 over three years, celebrates people working towards positive, community-fueled change in Toronto.

Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act, 2005, Part I: Is Your Business Subject to the Laws Customer Service Standards? The Answer May Surprise You.

7/20/2016
by Michael Comartin
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

This is the first installment in a three-part series of articles focused on employers’ duties under Ontario’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. Part one addresses the scope and applicability of the law to various businesses.

Omni Hotels & Resorts Offers Five Star Accessibility for Guests with Disabilities

TORONTO, July 20, 2016 /PRNewswire

eSSENTIAL Accessibility and Omni Hotels & Resorts have partnered to launch the eSSENTIAL Accessibility app, an exciting accessibility initiative for guests with disabilities. The eSSENTIAL Accessibility app provides keyboard and mouse replacement tools that help individuals with physical, reading and age-related disabilities navigate the web. Through the app’s motion technology and voice activated controls, guests can make reservations, research destinations and take advantage of offers.

City Boosts LIMO Transit Service to Better Serve Ridership

Council approves increase to LIMO hours, additional drivers and a new bus to address increasing ridership needs; all will be funded through the provincial Gas Tax Reserve Kawartha Lakes This Week
By Mary Riley

LINDSAY – Lindsay’s LIMO transit service will serve its ridership better after City of Kawartha Lakes council approved an additional driver for this year and two more drivers and a new bus next year.

Concert Goers Criticize Bluesfest’s Accessibility Policy

Paula McCooey, Ottawa Citizen
Published on: July 20, 2016

Amy Gibson, AKA DJ Amy Volume, tried to see a show at Bluesfest last week. She has rheumatoid arthritis and because of the construction had to walk a long distance with her husband to get to the gate because the Uber cab could not get close. A festival worker saw she was limping and suggested they go to the accessibility zone. When they got there she was asked for proof of her disability even though that is not required in the festivals accessibility policy. She does use an accessible parking permit ,but it was at her home. It caused her a lot of frustration. She and her husband ended up sitting on the lawn instead.

EHRC Announces Its Newest Project to Support Those With Disabilities in the Workplace

OTTAWA, July 14, 2016
CNW

Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) launched its newest project entitled EnAbling Change: From Disability to Inclusion, an EnAbling Change Project with the Government of Ontario that will see the organization focus on improving equity of access for people with disabilities who work or wish to work in the Canadian electricity industry.

Increasing employee and employer understanding and capacity to comply with legislative requirements (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 AODA) and its Accessibility Standards will be a key focus.

Blind Man Denied Service From Uber Over Guide Dog

Matthew Dierckens says Uber’s refusal to transport him with his guide dog is discriminatory and frustrating.

A Windsor man who has no vision is advocating for increased awareness after he and his guide dog were rejected service by three Uber drivers over the past year.

“It’s 2016, this shouldn’t be happening,” Matthew Dierckens said after being denied service for the second time this month on July 8, “We shouldn’t have this problem, it’s discrimination and it’s frustrating.