Tim Hudak Says He is Committed to Fulfilling Provisions of the Disabilities Act, But Still Hasn’t Clearly Promised Not to Slash Regulations Enacted Under It

U September 30, 2011

SUMMARY

With just over a week before Election Day, TV Ontario’s veteran affairs journalist Steve Paikin got Ontario Progressive Conservative Party leader Tim Hudak to break his radio silence on this election’s disability

Human Rights Cases Settled as Transit Providers Offer More Accessible Services

TORONTO, Sept. 29, 2011 /CNW/ – The cities of Hamilton, Greater Sudbury and Thunder Bay and the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) have settled three human rights cases at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. The OHRC filed the complaints in 2009 to increase accessibility for riders with vision disabilities by ensuring the calling out of all transit stops.

AODA: Who Let the Dogs Out? Saying ‘Yes’ to All Service Animals

Author: Suzanne Cohen Share

Posted on Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 at 09:00

You may have read the recent story about a blind rowing champ who was asked to leave the premises of an Esso gas station store. Victoria Nolan attempted to enter the premises with her guide dog when an employee promptly told her to leave the store. Ms. Nolan is not new to this problem, and she contacted the police who extracted an apology from the employee. An Esso spokesperson stated that the company tells retailers to allow service animals onto their premises. Apparently, there was a communication breakdown when instructing this employee about the topic of service animals.

Disturbing Silence From Hudak on Accessibility

Published Sept 28, 2011

It takes four steps to get to the escalator at the Christie subway station.

David Lepofsky

At risk in this election are our hard-won gains to make Ontario fully accessible to people with disabilities. This affects all voters. Everyone either has a disability or will likely get one later with age.

Local School Doesn’t Meet Accessibility Requirements for Election

By Kristen Smith
Posted Sept 26, 2011

Nottawa residents are being told to go to Ravenna to vote on Oct. 6 after Elections Ontario ruled their traditional polling station no longer meets the
province’s accessibility requirements.

Nottawa residents who voted at Nottawa Elementary School on Batteaux Road in previous elections are being directed to Ravenna Hall on election day.

Tories Silent on Accessibility Improvements for Disabled

Published Sept 22, 2011
Richard J. Brennan National Affairs Writer

The Tories are the only mainstream party refusing to commit to advancing the cause of making Ontario a fully accessible province, says a lawyer and disability rights advocate.

In a Sept. 13 letter to Tim Hudak, David Lepofsky, chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance, admonished the Progressive Conservative leader.

PC Candidate Agrees to Urge Tim Hudak to Make Accessibility Commitments – And Other Media Election Coverage of Disability Accessibility Issues

Watch David Lepofsky’s September 23, 2011 interview on TV Ontario’s “The Agenda with Steve Paikin” – Automated Captioning Available
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lB3yTuq1ErE

September 22, 2011

SUMMARY

With the election campaign in full swing, we have more news than usual, and so we are circulating more Updates than usual. Here’s the latest.

Toronto Star Reports That Conservatives Promise to Cut at Least 30% of Ontario Regulations – Are New Accessibility Regulations on That Large Chopping Block?

September 21, 2011

SUMMARY

Concerns mount that gains toward a fully accessible Ontario for over 1.5 million Ontarians with disabilities are directly in issue in this election. Key parts of those gains are set out in new regulations enacted under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2005. To learn more about the newest accessibility regulation that we fought for and just recently won, visit: http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/06032011.asp

Use Options for Accessible Voting for Voters With Disabilities in This Ontario Election

September 20, 2011

SUMMARY

It is very important that every eligible voter, including all voters with disabilities, votes in the October 6, 2011 Ontario election. This update gives you current, detailed information from Elections Ontario on options you can use to increase accessibility of voting to voters with disabilities. We hope this helps you ensure that you can exercise your fundamental democratic right to vote.

City of Kawartha Lakes Uses AODA as Defense Against Disabled

Geof Collis
Sept 19, 2011

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) is a Law that aims to make Ontario fully accessible by the year 2025, unfortunately it will take that long if not longer if the kind of attitude I encountered recently becomes the norm.

Just a Little of Your Time Helps Our Non-Partisan Election Campaign for a Fully Accessible Ontario for Ontarians with Disabilities

Use Our ew 2011 Eelection Action Kit!

September 16, 2011

Please help our non-partisan 2011 election campaign for a fully accessible Ontario. We just ask for a few minutes. If you have more time to give, you can accomplish even more.

Blind Woman Can’t Hitch a Ride with DARTS, Can’t Get to Work

Wed Sep 14 2011

Barbara McCarthy-Large is looking for answers.

The 41-year-old mother of three young children recently learned she is going blind.

She lives in Freelton where there is no municipal bus service.

And she’s not eligible for Hamilton’s Disabled and Aged Regional Transportation System, because she can walk.

Most blind folks, like me, were thrown off DARTS buses in 1997 due to budget cuts.

Physically Disabled Residents Ask City and Businesses to Consider Mobility Needs

By Stephanie Dubois
Posted September 14, 2011

Traveling down a street in Leduc shouldn’t be hard for pedestrians but for those in a wheelchair, visiting stores on the main drag can prove to be difficult.

The lack of wheelchair ramps, few wheelchair door buttons and high steps into stores are some of the issues that prevent the physically disabled from entering the shops, leaving many residents frustrated and discouraged.

Esso Worker Bars Blind Athlete; Medal-Winning Rower Ordered from Gas Bar Because of Her Dog

Valerie Hauch, The Toronto Star , Sept. 14, 2011

In just over a week, Victoria Nolan has gone from winning silver at the World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia, to being told she and her
guide dog weren’t welcome at an Esso station.

AODA Alliance Urges PC Leader Tim Hudak to Commit to Strengthen, and Not Weaken Efforts to Make Ontario Fully Accessible to Over 1.5 Million Ontarians with Disabilities

September 13, 2011

SUMMARY

ON September 13, 2011, the AODA Alliance wrote Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak. We asked him to reconsider his party’s platform. We urge him to commit to strengthen, and not weaken Ontario’s efforts to achieve a fully accessible province for over 1.5 million Ontarians with disabilities. This letter is set out below.