Sandra Pupatello is First Ontario Liberal Leadership Candidate to Make Commitments on Making Ontario Fully Accessible to Over 1.7 Million Ontarians With Disabilities

November 29 2012
SUMMARY

Sandra Pupatello is the first candidate for the leadership of the Ontario Liberal Party to make a commitment on making Ontario fully accessible to over 1.7 million Ontarians with disabilities. We set out below the text of her letter to us, which we have just received.

Restaurant Riles Stouffville Couple Denied Entry

Sandy Bolan | Nov 23, 2012 – 4:40 PM

Jim Brown, his wife Colette and two service dogs, Daisy (on his lap), a hearing alert dog and Shep, special skills dog were forced to leave the Bluenose Fish and Chips eatery in Markham. The owner later apologized. Staff photo/Steve Somerville ‘We made a big mistake’ restaurateur says

AODA: 2013 Compliance, Happy New Year!

By, Suzanne Cohen Share
November 21,2012

As of January 1, 2013 obligated organizations in Ontario have compliance requirements to meet in the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR) under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA).

Your obligations depend on whether you are:

  • 1. Ontario Government and Legislative Assembly
  • 2. Public organizations with 50+ employees
  • 3. Public organizations with 1-49 employees

Read AODA ALLIANCE’S Analysis of the November 2012 Final Report of the Andrew Pinto Human Rights Code Review

PINTO REPORT FINDS SUBSTANTIAL PROBLEMS WITH ONTARIO’S SYSTEM FOR ENFORCING ONTARIO’S HUMAN RIGHTS CODE, BUT WRONGLY PAPERS THESE OVER AND GIVES THE GOVERNMENT UNDESERVED POLITICAL COVER, BY ITS UNWARRANTED CONCLUSION THAT THE MCGUINTY GOVERNMENT’S 2006 PRIVATIZATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS ENFORCEMENT IS A “QUALIFIED SUCCESS”

November 16, 2012
SUMMARY

Site Check: New Durham Region Transit Website Not Accessible Despite Claims

Geof Collis
November 16, 2012

Without any real Enforcement websites like Durham Region Transit can put up inaccessible websites with no repercussions, so much for an Accessible Ontario by 2025.

Read more at
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/site-check-new-durham-region-transit-website-not-accessible-despite-claims/

UPDATED: Handi-Van Fares Going Down

By Tina Depko-Denver
Updated: November-02-12 9:15 AM

BURLINGTON POST – Handi-Van fares will be reduced; free fares for blind passengers to be eliminated.

It will cost Handi-Van riders less to get around starting Jan. 1, 2013, with additional perks such as two-hour transfer windows, the ability to use the Presto card, and transfer onto other municipalities’ specialized transportation.

McGuinty Government Takes Steps to Streamline Process for Developing New Accessibility Standards Under the AODA

BUT WILL THIS COUNCIL HAVE NEW ACCESSIBILITY STANDARDS TO DEVELOP?

November 5, 2012

SUMMARY
1. THE NEWS

As a positive step, on October 31, 2012 the McGuinty Government announced a new streamlined process for developing new accessibility standards, and for reviewing existing accessibility standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. It has decided to consolidate all this activity in the hands of one permanent body, the Accessibility Standards Advisory Council (ASAC). ASAC is established under section 31 of the AODA. We set out section 31 of the AODA below.

Community Event Accessibility Questioned

By Lacie Williamson, Dunnville Chronicle
Monday, November 5, 2012 10:56:56 EST AM

DUNNVILLE – Would you tell a person in a wheelchair they were welcome to an event, so long as they kept their wheelchair at

the door?

Rick Pleasance’s wife June is not in a wheelchair but she has a service dog named Harley.

Recruitment Begins for Committee to Review the Customer Service Standard

November 1, 2012

The Ontario Government is looking for individuals who want to play a leadership role in improving accessibility for people with disabilities and help organizations meet the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and accessibility standards.

In response to recommendations made by Mr. Charles Beer in the first independent review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, the government is streamlining and strengthening the standards development process.

AODA Alliance Makes Public an Open Letter to All Candidates for Leadership of Ontario’s Liberal Party, Seeking Commitments on Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities

November 1, 2012

SUMMARY

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty recently announced that he will step down as leader of the Ontario Liberal Party. The Ontario Liberals are now holding a leadership race to replace Mr. McGuinty. Whoever wins that race at the January 25, 2013 Ontario Leadership Convention will immediately become Ontario’s next premier.