Procrastination Not Good for Compliance

Advance preparation a wise strategy when new legislation is coming down the pipe

By Jeffrey R. Smith (jeffrey.r.smith@thomsonreuters.com)
Published February 23, 2011

HR departments have to deal with many things to ensure organizations run as smoothly as possible. It’s a balancing act between the organization’s bottom line, employee engagement and compliance with employment and labour law.

Training Resource for Small Businesses and Organizations

Whether your organization is large or small, attracting every potential customer is essential to your business. Improving your services for customers with disabilities can help you
increase your customer base and your bottom line.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?page_id=992

Mental Health the Final Frontier in Diversity

DIANE JERMYN
Last updated Friday, Feb. 18, 2011 8:04PM EST

When Michael Bach has a bad day he doesn’t lie to his boss about where he is. The national director of diversity, equity and inclusion for KPMG LLP Canada, who’s lived with depression for his entire adult life, can call and say, “I woke up in the grey cloud today so I’m going to work from home.”

Human Rights Commission Warns Municipalities AND Municipal Transit Authorities to Ensure That All New Buses are Accessible, Despite Anything Less in McGuinty Government’s Proposed Accessibility Standard

February 17, 2011

SUMMARY

We commend the Ontario Human Rights Commission for writing local public transit authorities and municipalities across Ontario, warning them not to buy inaccessible buses, no matter what exemptions may be in the McGuinty Government’s proposed Integrated Accessibility Regulation. The Government’s inadequate proposed new accessibility standard would let public transit authorities and municipalities rush out now to enter in to contracts before July 1, 2011, which include no accessibility features. The Human Rights Commission warns that to do so could lead to human rights complaints against those organizations that purchase them. This highlights one of the serious problems with the McGuinty Government’s proposed Integrated Accessibility Regulation that we have highlighted.

Call for Submissions: 2011/12 EnAbling Change Partnership Program, The Accessibility Directorate of Ontario

February 16, 2011 — TAPA

We are pleased to launch the 2011/12 EnAbling Change Partnership Program. We encourage you to submit your innovative project idea by completing the Letter of Interest provided on our website.

The deadline to submit your Letter of Interest is Tuesday, March 1, 2011.

Legal Setback for Election Do-Over

By Lisa Rutledge, Times Staff
Feb 02, 2011 – 4:33 PM

Application thrown out on technicality

A fight for a municipal election do-over has been thwarted by serious legal setbacks, but the two residents driving the battle say it’s not over yet.

Cambridge’s Thomas Vann and Debbie Vitez had filed an application in Kitchener’s Superior Court demanding that results of October’s municipal election be scrapped due to insufficient accessibility to voting polls.

Accessibility Carries Price Tag

By BARBARA SIMPSON, SIMCOE REFORMER
Updated February 2, 2011

Ensuring a standard of accessibility in county facilities and services will become more costly in the future, Norfolk council learned last night.

As the province beefs up its accessibility legislation, Norfolk County, along with other municipalities, have been tasked to improve facilities and offer
staff training. Council was updated on this work by the Norfolk County Accessibility Advisory Committee and the county’s Corporate Accessibility Committee last night.

There’s No Need To Fear the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)

Author: Adam Gorley
Posted on Monday, September 20th, 2010 at 9:30 am

It’s true that Ontario’s businesses will incur extra costs to comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
(AODA). It’s true that you will have to change the way you operate, expending more time, money and effort—at least initially. So maybe you’re afraid of
that. But consider that most people have no idea what not accommodating disability already costs Ontarians through taxes, health care and social services.

McGuinty Government Makes Public New Draft Regulation to Address Barriers in Transportation, Information, Communications and Employment – We have 45 Days to Give the Government Feedback

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE UPDATE

February 1, 2011

SUMMARY

Today the McGuinty Government posted for public comment a draft “Integrated Accessibility Regulation” (IAR”). It aims to address barriers facing persons with disabilities in transportation, employment, information and communication.

We have 45 days to give the Government feedback on this draft regulation. After that, the Government will decide what its final regulation will include. This is the last phase in the process of making an accessibility standard that is an enforceable law.