Festival Leads Way With Accessibility for Patrons

By LAURA CUDWORTH STAFF REPORTER
Updated August 30, 2011

The philosophy behind the Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s accessibility program is dignity.

That’s one of the reasons the province considers the Festival a leader in the field.

By January, businesses and non-profit organizations will be expected to comply with the first phase of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities
Act, which focuses on customer service.

For an Independent Review of Ontario’s Human Rights Enforcement Ssystem, the McGuinty Government Appoints a Bill 107 Supporter, Who Publicly Opposed the AODA Alliance’s Position on Human Rights Enforcement

August 29, 2011

Your Government has already populated the new human rights system with a number of people who were Bill 107’s architects and who stood along side Mr. Pinto in support of the Bill. Mr. Pinto is essentially being asked to judge the performance of his allies who work in a system that they collectively created. The basic tenet of our justice system calls for a fundamental separation between, and independence of judiciary, prosecution and investigation.

New Accessibility Standards Affecting Employment Now In Force

Posted August 26, 2011

The Ministry of Community and Social Services newest Regulation under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (“AODA”), the Integrated Accessibility Standard (“Regulation”), is now in force.  This Regulation combines three accessibility standards, Employment, Information and Communication and Transportation Standard and will impact Employers across Ontario.

The AODA and the Integrated Accessibility Standards

By Dianne Wintermute, Staff Lawyer
Posted to site August 25, 2011 

As is evident, the Government’s commitment to accessibility for all Ontarians has been significantly watered down by these Standards, and is a significant disservice to Ontarians with Disabilities.

AODA administrative Monetary Penalties Scheme – Three Strikes You’re Out!

Author: Suzanne Cohen Share
Posted on Wednesday, August 24th, 2011 at 09:00

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) allows for severe maximum monetary penalties for any violation to the Act. The maximum penalties under the AODA include:

Why Does Society Hate the Blind so Much?

By Geof Collis
August 24, 2011

Note: By Blind I mean anyone from the Partially Sighted on up to total Blindness and of course I dont mean all of Society.

What prompted my current thoughts is the recent article Some Voters Will Cast Ballot at Home where Elections Ontario is launching a new program allowing Home Visits for electors who meet the necessary criteria.

Where did this come from?

Some Voters Will Cast Ballot at Home

By Tori Stafford The Whig-Standard
Posted August 20, 2011

Voters who’ve had difficulty in the past getting to polling stations or returning offices due to disability will have a new voting option in October.

Elections Ontario will introduced home visits as a voting alternative for the Oct. 6 provincial election. By calling Elections Ontario or its local returning
office, electors who qualify can have a special ballot officer come to their home so they can cast their vote.

Accessible Technology Increasingly a Requirement for Businesses

8/18/2011 6:00:00 AM By: Grant Buckler

Under the Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act, private businesses operating in the province will have to meet new accessibility standards for customer service by the beginning of next year. Other standards
will follow over the next few years.

But the law, passed in 2005, really just adds specifics to a responsibility businesses across the country have had under human rights legislation for about a quarter century.

Station Schedule Off Track: Patron

By PAUL SCHLIESMANN, THE WHIG-STANDARD
Posted Aug 9, 2011

A Kingston woman is fighting a Via Rail cost-saving plan to close the city’s train station between 5 and 7 a.m. each day.

The plan also means no wheelchair service will be available for three trains.

“My main issue is the other people,” said Hannah Kaufman, a regular commuter on the 5:30 a.m. train to Toronto.

Everyone Deserves Access to Opportunities

An injustice is presently being done.

Further, it violates the Ontario Disabilities Act which assures such challenged individuals to government protection for access to education and employment.

Read more at
http://www.klwatch.ca/?p=495

Accessibility Barrier at Whitby Building Traps Disabled Man

Property meets all minimum requirements of building code, Town says

Aug 02, 2011 – 11:27 AM
Parvaneh Pessian

WHITBY — High above his condo on the rooftop of a building overlooking the waterfront is where Peter Fee finds his “little piece of heaven.”

As residents of The Rowe, located at the corner of Charles and Victoria streets in Whitby, he and his wife, Helene, are constantly up there to enjoy the
stunning view from their private rooftop terrace.