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Letting Down Ontario’s Disabled: Editorial

We like to think of ourselves as a caring society. But too often we fail Ontario’s 1.8 million disabled residents. Published on Fri Feb 27 2015

It’s a sight we see too often in Toronto and around the province: Someone in a wheelchair struggling to get into a chic clothing shop that lacks a power door. Or a blind person with a service dog being cold-shouldered in a restaurant. Or a disabled driver stuck at a self-service gas bar hoping an attendant will come out and help.

Despite Mayo Moran Independent Review Report Recommending that Ontario Should Beef Up Enforcement, the Wynne Government Plans to Cut Back on Enforcement of Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, Even Though Violations of this Law Remain Rampant Among Private Sector Organizations with At Least Twenty Employees

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

Wynne Government at Last Has a Toll-Free Phone Number the Public Can Call to Report AODA Violations But You would not Know that from the Governments Website, or from the Audio Announcement When You Call that Number

February 25, 2015

SUMMARY

Ontario to Reduce Enforcement of Accessibility Law

Province to inspect fewer businesses despite widespread violations and a recent report urging more action on Ontario’s accessibility law

Accessibility News Note: So this is the action Minister Duguid was talking about in his Press Release?

Accessibility activist David Lepofsky says Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government knows of the “rampant private sector violations” of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). By: Laurie Monsebraaten Social justice reporter, Published on Tue Feb 24 2015

Mike Hammer Solves The AODA Courage Mystery

By Victor Schwartzman, channeling Mickey Spillane
Feb 24. 2015

My old pals in the Ontario AODA Alliance called me up. Next day I, Mike Hammer, was on a plane, this time with a partner-Albert Camus. I don’t work great with partners but I brought Al along because this time I needed an existentialist. I had a tough mystery to crack: what happened to the Ontario Government’s AODA guts? And I don’t mean intestines.

Accessibility is Their Final Frontier: Fed

Corey Mintz serves up pizza risotto to his guests, both passionate advocates for disability rights (and one a serious Star Trek fan). Food writer Corey Mintz makes his take on Italian fusion, pizza risotto. By: Corey Mintz Food, Published on Fri Feb 20 2015

When I open the door for lawyer David Lepofsky, he extends his hand for a shake, then his cane, to probe the entrance. With one smooth stride, he moves through the door, stepping immediately to his right to land on the rubber floor mat I bought for wet boots. He is the first guest to notice or use the mat.

AODA Alliance Asks Candidates for Leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party to Make Commitments on Disability Accessibility

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

February 23, 2015

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1. AODA Alliance Writes Each Candidate for Leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party

On February 22, 2015, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance wrote the three candidates now running for leadership of the Ontario Progressive Party, to seek their commitments on disability accessibility, Christine Elliott, Patrick Brown and Monte McNaughton. We set out below our open letter.

Exclusive: Surrealism Of AODA Response To Moran Report Explained!

by Victor Schwartzman
February 19, 2015

It is painfully true that you have not heard lately from your presumably treasured correspondent. There were reasons, including neck arthritis, dropping car keys in my eye, having that horrible flu going around, which gave me an eye infection. And then there was the trip to Florida. Mostly it was warm and friendly but the occasional bumper sticker threw me off (in particular, the one showing an American flag, with below it Fear This. I was more afraid of the person driving the car.) So, no columns the last few weeks.

Send Your Member of the Ontario Legislature the Great Media Coverage of the Final Report of Mayo Moran’s Independent Review of the Implementation and Enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

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

February 17, 2015

SUMMARY

1. Great New Media Coverage on the Need for Premier Wynne to Show Strong New Leadership on Disability Accessibility

Ontario Needs to Boost Accessibility Efforts

Premier needs to show leadership to meet 2025 goal of an accessible Ontario, report says. By: Laurie Monsebraaten Social justice reporter, Published on Fri Feb 13 2015

Lawyer David Lepofsky, of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance, says “we have not made real progress that is affecting the lives of people with disabilities.”

Ontario is falling short of its 2025 goal to ensure the province’s 1.8 million people with disabilities have the opportunity to learn, work and play to their full potential, warns a review of the government’s landmark accessibility legislation.

Accessibility Issue Needs Urgent Attention in Whitby, Says Walk Organizer

Whitby woman wants Town to improve access from Heydenshore Pavilion to Waterfront Trail Sabrina Byrnes / Metroland

WHITBY — Janet Hussey is concerned about limited accessibility from Heydenshore Pavilion to the waterfront trail. She hosted a walk for chiari awareness in September and found participants with mobility issues struggled to access the trail. January 28, 2015