Municipal Bylaws Must Follow Human Rights Code: OMB

TORONTO, Jan. 25 /CNW/ – Municipalities have to consider the needs of everyone – including people with disabilities or on social assistance – when making
bylaws. The Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) made that ruling late last week, saying “municipalities – and this Board – are bound by the (Human Rights) Code.”

Angled Intersection Presents Challenges

Posted By Anthony Dixon
Posted January 15, 2010

operations committee is recommending a traffic count in the village of Killaloe to determine if the minimum criteria for traffic signal installation is satisfied.

As previously reported in The Daily Observer, the county’s accessibility advisory committee recommended a specialized traffic light for the village at the intersection of County Road 512 (Queen Street) and Lake Street be installed for safety reasons. The intersection has some unique properties as it essentially
includes McCarthy’s Lane and Water Street. The multiple intersections don’t meet at a typical 90 degrees. Some of the intersections are offset, some come
in at angles, while Queen Street features a curve at that point and is situated at the top of a hill.

Accessibility Challenges Still Ahead for Port Hope

January 22, 2010

-The Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) is asking for council’s assistance to make Port Hope a more accessible community for all who live there and for those who visit.

Lawyers Say Justice not Being Served

January 20, 2010

“Complete hogwash and double-speak.”

That’s the reaction of Brockville lawyer John Johnston to a Monday press release from Legal Aid Ontario announcing increased “access points” for local services despite the anticipated closure of legal aid offices in Brockville and Perth.

Johnston said plans for a toll-free telephone number and expanded court services mask the true intentions of the provincial government to cut costs and jobs by closing local legal aid offices.

Toronto Community Housing to make buildings more accessible

DAVID NICKLE | Jan 19, 2010 – 4:48 PM

When Penny Lamy moved into her new accessible apartment in Regent Park last September, it was, she said, “like a fog lifted.”
“I feel like I’ve had a fog lifted since I finally got settled,” said Lamy, who must use an electric wheelchair to move around. “Other tenants are really excited there as well.”

Who Will Pay for Province’s Generous Plan for Full Accessibility?

by Mike Beggs
Posted to site January 16, 2010

With the draft report finally in and before Minister of Community and Social Services Madeleine Meilleur, Toronto taxi industry leaders say the high standards of accessible service called for in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) must be supported by government funding.

Tips for Webmasters: Improve Your Websites’ Accessibility

By Geof Collis
Badeyes Design & Consulting
January 16, 2010

In anticipation of the upcoming Accessibility
for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)
Information and Communications
Standard, I have put together some tips for Webmasters on how to make your website


Township Investigates Electronic Voting

January 12, 2010

Elizabethtown- Kitley Township voters may get the chance to cast their votes electronically this coming election.

Council determined at its regular meeting Monday night to have township staff do costing on both telephone and Internet voting.

“This is a pure accessibility issue,” township administrator-clerk Yvonne Robert told council.

Accessibility Group Gets Small Pay Raise

Posted By BRIAN SHYPULA, Staff Reporter
PostedJanuary 9, 2010

Volunteers with the Perth County accessibility advisory committee will be paid more to attend meetings in 2010.

Perth County councillors approved paying the volunteers $97.71 a meeting — the standard council committee rate for meeting which last less than three hours — to a maximum of six meetings a year.

CBC Radio1 Ottawa Interviews Minister Meilleur on the Customer Care Standard

By Geof Collis
January 9, 2010

On December 31, 2009 CBC Radio1 Ottawa interviewed Minister Meilleur regarding the then soon to become Law Customer Care Standard. I was also interviewd after she spoke, you can listen to the interview or download it.

More barriers drop

January 6, 2010

Removing service barriers for people with disabilities means much more than simply making sure buildings are accessible, says a member of the mayor’s disability advisory committee.

“Yes, ramps are important but it really goes way beyond ramps,” said Ian Greaves, of Niagara Falls.

The main focus, he said, is education and a new government standard that came into effect Jan. 1 is a step in the right direction.

Public Buildings to be Accessible in 2010

By Karen Wehrstein

As of the New Year, Muskoka’s public sector offices will be more accessible for people with disabilities. It’s the law.

The first deadline set by the provincial Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act of 2005 applies to public sector institutions and is coming up on Jan. 1. Muskoka’s towns, townships and school boards that haven’t already completed the necessary steps are working hard to get them done on time.

Mail-in Votes Spell End to Ballot Boxes in Essex County

By Gary Rennie, The Windsor StarJanuary 1, 2010

For the first time, every municipality in Essex County will use vote by mail rather than traditional ballot boxes at multitudes of polling stations during the 2010 municipal election.

Customer Care Standard is now Law but Still Lacks Teeth

By Geof Collis
January 2, 2010

In case you don’t already know, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Customer Care Standard became law on January 1st, 2010.

Now those living with disabilities in Ontario woke up to a much more accessible Province. Or did they?

New Rules Aim to Help Ontarians with Disabilities

Last Updated: Friday, January 1, 2010 | 11:52 PM ET
CBC News

A new law took effect Friday in Ontario regulating how public bodies provide customer service to people with disabilities, part of a broader push to have the province be completely accessible by 2025.

But the new standards, which will eventually apply to the private sector as well, fall short of the changes that people with disabilities need to eliminate barriers in their day-to-day lives, several advocates said.