Are You an AccessaPhobe?

By Geof Collis
October 30, 2010

The Homosexual Community has fought long and hard to get Rights that were denied them, Marriage, Adoption and a place as equals in Society among some of their victories.

If you disagree that they deserve them you are labelled a “Homophobe”.

The Disability Community is continually fighting for its Rights as well, Accessibility to all aspects of Society.

An Open Letter From the CEO – and a Call To Action for Canadian Employers

Written by: Michelle Pinchev

26 Oct / 10
From Issue #12 of CareerBulletin
’s “A Letter from the President”

By Anne Lamont, President & CEO, Career Edge Organization

“When in greeting, you touch my hand. What knuckled shutters open? What fear do you unlearn?”

Transit Fighter Loses Human Rights Battle

By KARENA WALTER , STANDARD STAFF
Posted October 23, 2010

A St. Catharines woman who took Niagara Region to a human rights tribunal over the lack of a regional transit service has lost her case.

Angela Browne said she’ll ask for a reconsideration or appeal the decision.

“I’m very disappointed. Disappointed in this Region,” she said after receiving the decision from the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario Friday.

Disabled Rights Activist Challenges Guelph’s Bookshelf Over Accessibility

October 23, 2010
Thana Dharmarajah, Mercury staff

GUELPH — Matt Wozenilek holds a copy of The Bookshelf’s Off the Shelf publication. It lists events at the popular downtown bookstore and cinema, many of which he said he can’t attend because he is in a wheelchair.

“Very few of (the events), unless it is on the main floor, can I attend,” Wozenilek said.

Government Turns It’s Back on Intelectually Disabled Adults, Yet Again

By Roseanna Vachon
Parent Advocate
Posted to Site October 22, 2010

RE: Government Turns It’s Back on Intelectually Disabled Adults

Why would Liberal MPP Rick Johnson criticize the Progressive Conservatives for trying to assist the intellectually disabled? As a parent of an intellectually disabled adult, I came to him for help but no resolution was forthcoming. He indicated that it was a School Board decision and not a provincial government issue.

Human Rights Legal Support Centre Serves Town of Whitby

Press Release
INSTITUTE OF CANADIAN JUSTICE
12:00 EDT, October 20, 2010

HUMAN RIGHTS LEGAL SUPPORT CENTRE SERVES DEMAND LETTER ON THE TOWN OF WHITBY SO-CALLED “CENTRE OF ACCESSIBILITY
EXCELLENCE” FOR REFUSING HUMAN RIGHTS TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

SINCE 1991 THE TOWN OF WHITBY, THE SO-CALLED ACCESSIBILITY CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE, DESPITE RECEIVING MILLIONS IN PUBLIC FUNDS STILL REFUSES LEGISTLATED ACCESSIBILITY FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, THE GREY TSUANMI AND OUR VETERANS.

New Measures to Help Disabled Vote

By SARAH DEETH EXAMINER STAFF WRITER
Posted October 19, 2010

With one week to go before election day, officials are working to ensure that the city is able to meet the needs of all voters.

City clerk Nancy Wright- Laking said all municipalities are required to have accessible-voting options.

Peterborough has always been a leader when it comes to accessibility, she said, and has taken additional steps to make sure everyone is able to cast a ballot.

Ontario Human Rights Commission Slams McGuinty Government’s Proposed Integrated Accessibility Standard as Falling Short of Human Rights Requirements

October 19, 2010

SUMMARY

The Ontario Human Rights Commission has just made public its POWERFUL October 15, 2010 submission to the Ontario Government, giving feedback on the Government’s proposed integrated accessibility standard. (12 pages, set out below) In it, the Commission, the Government’s lead human rights watchdog, resoundingly slams the Government for proposing so weak and inadequate an accessibility standard. That standard is supposed to address barriers facing persons with disabilities in transportation, information and communication, and employment. You can see the Government’s proposal at: http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/09152010.asp

Potential Changes for the Next Edition of the Building Code: First Round of Consultation (October – November 2010)

Posted to site October 15, 2010

The Building Code Act, 1992 (the Act) is the legislative framework governing the construction, renovation, change of use and demolition of buildings in
Ontario.  The Building Code is a regulation authorized by the Act, and sets out detailed administrative and technical requirements.
 
The current edition of the Building Code was released in 2006. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) has begun work on the development of
the next edition of the Building Code. Consistent with broader government priorities, the main themes of the next edition are expected to include support
for the economy, promoting a greener Ontario, enhancing barrier-free accessibility and increasing public safety.

Brief of the AODA Alliance to the Ontario Government on its September 2, 2010 Summary of the Proposed Integrated Accessibility Standard

OCTOBER 8, 2010

“3. This proposed standard will not put Ontario in any position to claim that it is a world leader in advancing accessibility. In a number of important areas, this proposed integrated accessibility standard would set an example that we would urge other provinces and countries not to follow.

I. OVERVIEW

A. Introduction

Council Angry Over AODA Proposals

Hefty fines, extra costs possible for municipality

By Rita Marshall
Posted October 6, 2010

Not even an adorable puppy could distract West Perth council from the “stick” behind the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

Shelby Wilson, accessibility coordinator for Perth County, combined training a service dog with seeking input from council on proposed AODA regulations
at council’s Sept. 27 meeting.

Transit Raises Accessibility Concerns

Mike Zettel, Staff
Oct 05, 2010 – 2:06 PM

While the city has given itself top marks for adhering to provincial accessibility standards, one department has expressed concern over the “aggressive”
timeline in which to meet them.

In a report to council on the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, CAO Colin Briggs noted the Ministry of Community and Social Services is
seeking input on its proposed integrated standard, which would apply to transportation, employment and information and communications.

From the Floor Up, Library Improves Accessibility Services

New carpet aids people with low vision
By Teresa Pitman
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

As you walk in through the main door of the University library, you may notice a section of carpet that forms a black line leading away and then turning
left. Touch it, and you’ll find that black line is also a different texture than the rest of the carpet.  Follow it, and you’ll end up at the newly-renamed
Library Accessibility Services office.