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Despite All the Official Rejoicing, Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games Sadly Missed a Huge Chance for a Great Legacy for Ontarians with Disabilities by Failing to Increase Accessibility of Tourism/Hospitality Venues like Restaurants and Stores

Before any 2024 Toronto Olympic Bid, Ontario Must Ensure It Doesn’t Repeat This Wasteful Mistake

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July 28, 2015 Toronto: Despite all the official self-congratulation over the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games, Ontario inexcusably missed a huge chance to create a lasting Games legacy of increased accessibility of tourism/hospitality services (like restaurants, stores, hotels, taxis and public transit) for tourists and local residents with disabilities.

The Restaurant, The Cockroach And The Gangster

By Victor Schwartzman
July 27, 2015

Deconstruction class for today has begun.

Signs Restaurant, Gregor the Cockroach and Tony Soprano. What do they share in common? Implementation of the AODA access legislation! (I never guessed that! Did you? But that is why deconstruction is so useful!)

Signs Restaurant opened in Toronto in July, 2014. Described by the Toronto Star as “deaf friendly,” it is Canada’s first restaurant mostly staffed by deaf servers. It tries to be accessible to any client and wanted a ramp to allow complete access, but after months of negotiation was unable to get a permit. Why? Because a ramp would block part of the sidewalk.

Gaps in Ontario’s Disability strategy Highlighted with PanAm Games

Aaron Broverman
Daily Brew

The Rogers Centre is one venue where patrons have experienced difficulty with accessibility.

As the PanAm Games draw to a close and Toronto prepares for the ParaPanAm Games to get underway, accessibility issues are leaving something to be desired for patrons with disabilities.

Guelph Transit Going to Next-Generation Stop Calling and Display System

Rob O’Flanagan, Mercury staff

Guelph Transit is introducing a new automated next stop calling and display system, which is expected to make buses more accessible, and riders less likely to miss stops.

GUELPH Starting next Monday, Guelph Transit will roll out a new, next-generation automated “next stop calling and display system,” a high-tech system that, when completely installed will be more mobile device friendly. It is also expected to make public transit more accessible.

Ontario Government Announces AODA World!

By Victor Schwartzman
July 22, 2015

Hugh Adami, a columnist for the Ottawa Citizen, recently wrote that Stephane Parisien wanted to enter a “Service Ontario franchise on St Joseph Blvd in Orleans and saw it didn’t have an automatic door for access by the disabled.

Stephane Parisien got an apology from the Ontario government, but the disabled man who uses a wheelchair hopes it wasn’t just lip service.”

Stadium Needs to Improve Accessibility, Says Group

By Nicole Thompson
Hamilton Spectator

Tim Hortons Field lacks important accessibility features for people with disabilities even though it’s been in use for months, say members of a city advisory committee.

The issues include poor visibility and barriers for people using mobility devices.

The sports field, where the Hamilton Tiger-Cats play their regular season, opened last September. But the stadium on the site wasn’t declared “substantially complete” until May.

Disabled Man Upset Orléans ServiceOntario Outlet Lacks Automated Door

Hugh Adami, Ottawa Citizen
Published on: July 17, 2015

Stephane Parisien was pretty miffed earlier this month when he showed up at the Service Ontario franchise on St Joseph Blvd in Orleans and saw that it didn’t have an automatic door for access by the disabled.

Stephane Parisien got an apology from the Ontario government, but the disabled man who uses a wheelchair hopes it wasnt just lip service.

Top Ten Ontario Government Nonpromises To People Using Walkers

By Victor Schwartzman
July 15, 2015

Mary Penner needs a walker when she goes out, and she was going out to the Pan Am Games, which as everyone has been told has completely accessible stadiums. She had a pricey ticket in the single accessible section of an accessible stadium. Ms. Penner assumed, as would anyone, that she would enjoy her time at the Games.

Film Mogul Outraged Over Accessible Seating View at Air Canada Centre

Paul Bronfman says he is fed up with the ACC for not doing more to improve sight lines for people sitting in the accessible seating section.

By Adam Miller
Web Writer Global News

Paul Bronfman says the purpose of the Air Canada Centres accessible seating sections are defeated when people in front of them stand up, blocking the view of those in wheelchairs. Mark Carcasole reports.

Pan Am Games Accessibility Lacking During Opening Ceremonies, Woman Says

Mary Penner lost her promised seat, wants a full refund
CBC News, July 13, 2015

A woman who attended the opening ceremonies of the Pan Am Games this weekend wants a full refund of all her tickets after the lack of accessibility at the site left her frustrated and disappointed.

Mary Penner, who uses a walker to get around, said she had been looking forward to the Games for a long time.