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YMCA of Greater Toronto Opens Its Most Accessible Centre Yet

Cooper Koo Family Cherry St. YMCA design goes above and beyond latest accessibility standards

TORONTO – April 26, 2016 – When the Cooper Koo Family Cherry St. YMCA opens its doors May 30, it will be the most accessible YMCA building to-date.

This Centre of Community, developed in partnership
with Waterfront Toronto, Infrastructure Ontario and the Province of Ontario is a legacy building from last summer’s Toronto 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.

Even More Media Coverage of Problems with Accessible Customer Service in Ontario

and the Wynne Government’s Failure to Take the Action that 1.8 Million Ontarians with Disabilities Need What the Media Reported and What You Can Do to Help This Cause

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities
www.aodaalliance.org, aodafeedback@gmail.com Twitter: @aodaalliance

April 23, 2016

SUMMARY

1. More Media Coverage on Recurring Denials of Accessible Customer Service in Ontario

Despite Ongoing Issues, Ontario Plans to Reduce Small Business Accessibility Requirements

By Christina Stevens Senior Reporter Global News

For most people, hailing a cab is no big deal, but Diane Bergeron has a guide dog and she says that makes all the difference.
After a hotel doorman hailed a taxi for Bergeron, she said the driver refused to allow her guide dog Lucy on board.
“He just said, ‘No I’m not taking a dog,’ even though I was in full view,” said Bergeron, who works with CNIB, an non-proit rehabilitation agency for the visually impaired.

Major Gaps in Ontario Disability Act When it Comes to Service Dogs

by Faiza Amin
Posted Apr 20, 2016 7:39 pm EDT

Every day when Wesley Taylor and his service dog leave the house, he prepares to go to battle with Mississauga transit employees.

He alleges MiWay bus drivers often deny him boarding, due to his four-legged friend, a Boxer who’s accompanied him everywhere for the last two years.

“If I’m riding the buses and I gotta take three buses, at least one of those buses will harass me about the dog,” he said.

The Wynne Government Wants the AODA Alliance to Volunteer its Time to Give Input on its Flawed Proposal for a Private Accessibility Certification Process

but Charges $120 to Give Us Basic Information We’ve Requested About That Program that We Are Entitled to Get Under the Freedom of Information Act

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities http://www.aodaalliance.org aodafeedback@gmail.com Twitter: @aodaalliance

April 5, 2016

SUMMARY

Come to the April 12, 2016 Mississauga Accessibility Public Forum

and Barrier-Free BC Holds Its Major Kick-Off Event in British Columbia on April 6, 2016

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities http://www.aodaalliance.org aodafeedback@gmail.com Twitter: @aodaalliance

March 30, 2016

SUMMARY

1. Come to the April 12, 2016 Mississauga Accessibility Public Forum to Help Our Grassroots Effort to Kick-Start Sluggish Ontario Government Action on Accessibility

Yes, She’s Really Disabled: Woman Harassed for Using Parking Spot

By Megan Gillis, Ottawa Sun
First posted: Monday, March 21, 2016

In the mere minutes between when Amber Gillett pulled into an accessible parking spot in front of a Clyde Avenue shop and when she walked back to her Volkswagen Golf, a stranger made an assumption about her.

“Stupidity is not a disability!” read the large sticker someone plastered across her windshield recently, despite the accessible parking permit clipped to the visor. “Park elsewhere.”

Please Tell the Wynne Government if You Support the List of Readily-Achievable Improvements to the 2007 Customer Service Accessibility Standard that the AODA Alliance and ARCH Disability Law Centre Have Jointly Submitted to the Economic Development Minister

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities http://www.aodaalliance.org aodafeedback@gmail.com Twitter: @aodaalliance

March 18, 2016

SUMMARY

A joint March 15, 2016 brief has been submitted to Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid by the AODA Alliance and the ARCH Disability Law Centre. It lists a list of readily-achievable improvements to the 2007 Customer Service Accessibility Standard, enacted under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. This proposal shows ways to revise the Customer Service Accessibility Standard that are a massive improvement on the weak and at times counterproductive revisions that the Wynne Government has proposed to make to that accessibility standard.

Nine Years after the Ontario Government Promises to Review All Ontario Laws for Accessibility Barriers, the Wynne Government Proposes Modest Legislative Changes to 11 Laws , To Be Fast-Tracked Through the Legislature

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities http://www.aodaalliance.org aodafeedback@gmail.com Twitter: @aodaalliance

March 16, 2016

SUMMARY

In the 2007 Ontario election, Ontarios Liberal Government, led by Premier Dalton McGuinty, promised that the Government would review all Ontario laws for accessibility barriers. That includes 750 statutes and many more regulations.

Some nine years later, the Government has only reviewed 51 of the 750 Ontario statutes. It chose to start with 51 statutes that had the highest impact on people with disabilities.

AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky Files Appeal to the Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner

to Contest the Economic Development Ministrys $4,250 Fee to Fully Answer His June 4, 2015 Freedom of Information Application, Which Sought Updated Information on the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Acts Implementation and Enforcement

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities http://www.aodaalliance.org aodafeedback@gmail.com Twitter: @aodaalliance

March 10, 2016

SUMMARY

Premier Wynne promised that hers would be the most open and transparent government in Canada.