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Metrolinx Backs Down!

It Waives Its Proposed $250 Fee for Answering the AODA Alliance Chair’s Freedom of Information Application Regarding the Creation of New Accessibility/Safety Barriers on the Eglinton Crosstown Subway Within Two Hours of Our Publicizing Metrolinx’s Attempt to Extract That Fee And A Week of Great Media on Accessibility Issues Coverage on Accessibility

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE UPDATE UNITED FOR A BARRIER-FREE ONTARIO

October 20, 2014

SUMMARY

1. Metrolinx Backs Down Open Government Can Really Mean Open Government!

A Failed Game Changer: Post-Secondary Education and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

Michelle Flaherty
University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law
Alain Roussy
University of Ottawa – Faculty of Law
October 16, 2014

(2014) 24:1 Education Law Journal, Forthcoming
Ottawa Faculty of Law Working Paper No. 2014-27

Abstract:

With the passing of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (“AODA”), Ontario became the first jurisdiction in Canada to develop and implement mandatory accessibility standards.

Despite Promising to be the Most Open and Transparent Government in Canada, Wynne Government Again Tries Charging a Hefty Fee to Give Answers on Its Promises on Disability Accessibility

Metrolinx Asks AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky to pay $250 Just to Find Out Why Metrolinx Designed Several Stations on the New Eglinton Crosstown Line with Accessibility/Safety Problems

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE UPDATE UNITED FOR A BARRIER-FREE ONTARIO
October 17, 2014

SUMMARY

Sussex Drive Scotiabank complies with bylaw despite lack of ramp

‘Tight timelines’ blamed for lack of ramp entrance to location that opened in July CBC News
Posted: Oct 16, 2014
Steve Gerecke

Photographer Steve Gerecke said it seemed “surreal” that a major bank wouldn’t have an access ramp to its automated teller machines. (Steve Gerecke)

The City of Ottawa said a Scotiabank branch without a ramp at its Sussex Drive street entrance complies with bylaws because the bank can be accessed from an interior lobby door.

Australian Public Service Commission launches video on disability

October 14, 2014
By aqureshi

The Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) has released the first video in its Leading the Way series designed to build education and awareness around disability employment in the Australian Public Service (APS).

The video, Reasonable adjustments refer to the administrative, environmental or procedural changes which enable employees or potential employees with permanent or temporary disability to:

  • perform their duties
  • be considered for transfer, promotion, training or other employment opportunities
  • access workplace facilities

Accessibility Claims Expected Over Websites

H&R Block Case Offers Clear Road Map for Lawsuits
The Justice Department has laid out a set of compliance standards for accessibility on commercial websites. By
Angus Loten
Oct. 15, 2014

Businesses should brace for a new crop of so-called “accessibility” lawsuits alleging that their commercial websites fail to comply with federal disabled-access law, lawyers say.

The Curse of the One Step

StopGap.ca’s founders hope to make Toronto more accessible with free ramps for shop owners By Aaron Broverman
October 14, 2014

10 years, 12 weeks and 2 days.
As of writing this article, that’s how long it will take before Ontario is legally required to be fully accessible under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

Provincial Government Failing to Make Toronto Barrier Free, Disabilities Activist Says

Preparations for Pan Am Games should consider tourists with disabilities, David Lepofsky says CBC News Posted: Oct 13, 2014

David Lepofsky, chair of a group that advocates on behalf of people with disabilities, said the province has done little to make Toronto more accessible.

The provincial government needs to do more to make Toronto accessible for people with disabilities in the build up to the 2015 Pan Am Games, a prominent activist said Monday.

New Statement on AODA By Minister Duguid! Really!

By Victor Schwartzman
October 13, 2014

About three weeks ago, concerned about the relative silence from new Minister Brad Duguid about implementing AODA, your correspondent wrote to him. Two basic questions were asked. The first was a statement about implementing AODA and its progress. The second, which may have got missed in the shuffle, was when Minister Duguid would meet with the AODA Alliance.

A couple of days ago, I received a response from the Minister’s office:

Ten Years Ago Tomorrow, the Ontario Government Introduced Bill 118, Its Proposed Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, Into the Ontario Legislature for First Reading

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE UPDATE UNITED FOR A BARRIER-FREE ONTARIO
October 11, 2014
SUMMARY

Tomorrow marks yet another anniversary of an important milestone on the road to a fully accessible Ontario for over 1.8 million people with disabilities. Ten years ago tomorrow, on October 12, 2004, the Ontario Government under Premier Dalton McGuinty, introduced Bill 118 into the Legislature for First Reading. This is the bill which, once passed in May 2005, became the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. It requires the Ontario Government to lead Ontario to become fully accessible to people with disabilities by 2025.