Bits and Pieces of Important News on the Campaign for a Fully-Accessible Ontario

March 30, 2012

SUMMARY

Here are selections of important news and upcoming events of interest to all who support our campaign for a fully-accessible Ontario for all persons with disabilities:

1. On April 3 and April 16, 2012, the City of Toronto will be holding public consultations on the need for more accessible taxis in Toronto. It is important for as many as possible to attend from the disability community. See the City’s announcement, below, for more details.

LCO Releases Draft Framework for the Law as it Affects Persons with Disabilities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TORONTO, March 21, 2012 — The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) today released for public feedback a Draft Framework for the Law as it Affects Persons with Disabilities. When completed, the Framework will assist in evaluating new or existing laws, policies and practices to ensure that they take into account the circumstances and experiences of persons with disabilities, and that they promote positive outcomes for these members of society within the context of society as a whole.

“Nice City to Visit…Just Don’t Expect to Take a Shower!” – PUSH Northwest

Written by: Donna-Lynn Wiitala on March 20, 2012.

THUNDER BAY – Editorial – On January 1, 2012 the Customer Service Standards of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) came into effect for the private sector. This means that persons with disabilities are thankfully able to enjoy an increasing amount of access to businesses in Thunder Bay. We are very pleased with the efforts being made!

Pinto Human Rights Code Review Restores Cancelled Thunder Bay Public Hearings After AODA Alliance Gets CBC to Cover its Earlier Cancellation

THUNDER BAY PUBLIC HEARINGS WILL BE APRIL 4, 2012
March 19, 2012

SUMMARY

The Review of Ontario’s Human Rights Code, which the McGuinty Government appointed Toronto lawyer Andrew Pinto to conduct, has announced that it has scheduled public hearings for its Review in Thunder Bay, to be held on April 4, 2012. We set out below The Pinto Review’s announcement. It gives details on the public hearings’ time and place, and how to arrange to attend to make a presentation or just to watch.

AODA Alliance: Two quick ways you can help our accessibility campaign

March 9, 2011 

SUMMARY 

Please take five minutes to help with our accessibility campaign. Here are two easy-to-use action tips: 

2012 Customer Service Accessibility Report – Questions

Posted mar 5, 2012

Here are the questions you’ll be asked on the 2012 Customer Service Accessibility Report, setting up an account can be found at https://www.iaa.gov.on.ca/iaalogin/IAALogin.jsp?REDID=MBA.

Students are Challenged to Make Ontario More Accessible for the Disabled

Posted by Condo.ca on February 27, 2012

Competition puts the spotlight on accessibility issues in Ontario. The official goal is for the province to be fully accessible to persons with disabilities by 2025.

To help make the world more accessible for people with disabilities is the challenge being put out to Ontario university students. The Council of Ontario Universities and the Government of Ontario are organizing the Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) competition, with cash prizes for the winners.

Queen’s Park Accused of Complicating Human Rights Complaints

Published Mar 2, 2012
Richard J. Brennan
National Affairs Writer

Lawyer David Lepofsky told a one-man review of Ontario’s system for enforcing human rights Friday the provincial Liberal

government has broken its promise to protect Ontarians.

“The government has broken several important promises it made on what things would be like under the new system for enforcing

Please Tell the Pinto Human Rights Review if You Endorse the AODA Alliance’s Final March 1, 2012 Brief on the Enforcement of Human Rights in Ontario

AODA ALLIANCE CALLS FOR SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENTS TO ONTARIO’S HUMAN RIGHTS ENFORCEMENT SYSTEM, TO ENSURE ACCESS TO JUSTICE FOR DISCRIMINATION VICTIMS

March 1, 2012

SUMMARY

We are delighted to make public our finalized and comprehensive brief that we have submitted to the Andrew Pinto Ontario Human Rights Review. You can download the AODA Alliance’s March 1, 2012 Brief to the Andrew Pinto Human Rights Review on the Enforcement of Human Rights in Ontario, in MS Word format, by visiting http://www.aodaalliance.org/docs/march%201%202012%20entire%20final%20aoda%20alliance%20brief%20to%20andrew%20pinto%20human%20rights%20code%20review.doc