London Not Following Accessibility Rules, Removes All Archived Council Debate Videos

Patrick Maloney
By Patrick Maloney, The London Free Press
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 4:04:35 EST PM

A city councillor is ripping staff over an “unacceptable” oversight that led city hall to strip its website and YouTube channel of all video records of political debates.

Coun. Mo Salih says city council was told late Tuesday that all city videos a valuable visual account of council meetings are in “non-compliance” with accessibility rules due to a “lack of closed-captioning for (the) hearing impaired.”

Reader Concerned About Lack of Accessibility in Gemmill Park Concept Plan

Carleton Place Almonte Canadian Gazette

DEAR EDITOR:

I was quite disappointed when I saw the recent concept plan prepared by Lashley & Associates for the Gemmill Park Project play spaces in Almonte. Accessibility to the proposed playground improvements and the suitability of these improvements to people of all abilities is an ongoing concern of mine.

Check out the Arguments the Information and Privacy Commission Will Hear Tomorrow in AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky’s Freedom of Information Appeal Against the Wynne Government

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities

January 30, 2017

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Accessibility Advocate Appeals Access to Information Fee

Lawyer appeals $4,250 fee to access information on how Ontario’s accessibility law is being enforced. By Laurie Monsebraaten Social justice reporter
Mon., Jan. 30, 2017

Lepofsky says the provincial government is keeping secret the details behind a promised crackdown on businesses that ignore accessibility legislation.

The Wynne government is denying Ontarians the right to know the details behind its promised 2015 crack-down on businesses that ignore their responsibilities under the province’s landmark accessibility legislation, an accessibility activist says.

AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky to Battle the Wynne Government at a January 31 Information and Privacy Commission Public Hearing, As He Tries to Unearth Government Records on Its Implementation and Enforcement of Ontario’s Disabilities Act

Watch David Lepofsky Appeal to the Information and Privacy Commission to Force the Government to Disclose Records, Without Demanding that this Unfunded Coalition Pay a Hefty $4,250 Fee Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities

January 23, 2017

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AODA Alliance Writes Tracy MacCharles to Propose Action Priorities for Her as Both Accessibility Minister and Minister of Government and Consumer Services

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities

January 16, 2017

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Now that Premier Wynne has assigned Tracy MacCharles to serve as both Ontario’s Accessibility Minister and Minister of Government and Consumer Services, the AODA Alliance has written Minister MacCharles to provide a thorough list of priorities for action on accessibility in each portfolio. We set out that letter below.

Vaughan Accessibility Activist Randy McNeil Won’t Stop Pushing Changes

Vaughan Citizen
By Tim Kelly

Wheeler Randy McNeil won’t back down from a fight.

The Vaughan man makes it his business to stand up to anybody who doesn’t follow accessibility rules and laws. And he makes no bones about how he feels about those who don’t know or care about the law.

Yesterday’s Ontario’s Cabinet Shuffle Is a Step Backwards for 1.8 Million Ontarians with Disabilities

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities

January 13, 2017

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We unfortunately start this new year with a Cabinet shuffle that for people with disabilities, is a case of one step forward and then seven months later, one step backward. Yesterday’s Cabinet shuffle significantly unravelled the gains we applauded last June.

Road Scraping Leaves Residents Frustrated

Letter
Friday, January 13, 2017 12:45:33 EST PM

Dear Mayor Christian Provenzano and City Council:
Re: Winter Services
We are writing to our Ward One Councillors Paul Christian and Steve Butland as well as Mayor Christian Provanzano and City Council to express our concerns regarding the City’s winter services in particular road scraping and driveway clearance, and to request that City Council re-examine these services and address our concerns. While our concerns relate to our experience at Parkshore Drive, it is clear this issue is not limited to our street or ward, but rather is a City-wide matter requiring the attention of all City Council.

Supreme Court Hears Case Today on Disabled Children and Public Schools

January 11, 2017 by NCC Staff

The Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear a significant case about the level of education support disabled children must receive in the public school system.

Back in 1975, Congress passed the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, which was later renewed and changed to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (or IDEA). The federal government in today’s case, Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, wants the Court to clarify what Congress has meant since it set these policies since 1975, and specifically the concept of “free appropriate public education” for disabled children at public schools.

Access Denied: Woman’s Support Dog Not Recognized by Orangeville Transit

Orangeville Banner
By Chris Halliday

She sits alone on the Orangeville Transit bus fixated on the pictures of her emotional support dog found on her cellular phone.

As more people board the bus, the woman in her mid-30s looks away and senses her anxiety levels starting to rise. A quick glance back at her phone helps calm her down.

Design Exchange and Ontario Government Announce Post-Secondary Design Competition

January 4, 2017
by Shannon Moore

How can graphic design, architecture, product design, interior design and other disciplines change exterior sidewalks and walkways, outdoor public eating areas and play spaces, accessible parking, waiting areas and service counters to provide a positive experience for all?

This year, students studying in all design disciplines are invited to submit proposals that demonstrate how existing public spaces in Ontario can be re-designed to be accessible to the greatest number of individuals.

TTC Wheel-Trans Eligibility Expands in 2017

Source: Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Jan 2, 2017

Starting January 1, the TTC’s eligibility criteria for new Wheel-Trans customers are expanding and a new conditional category is being introduced.

To align with the Ontario Human Rights Code and to comply with changes to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), the TTC will accept applications from persons with cognitive, sensory and mental health disabilities in addition to physical disabilities. Services for existing Wheel-Trans customers will not be impacted as a result of this change.

New Year Should Bring Contentious Political Issues to Forefront in Peel Region

Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca at a transportation summit in Brampton in November 2016. All eyes will be on the provincial government in early 2017 waiting to find out the fate of the GTA West Corridor project. Brampton Guardian
By Roger Belgrave

Big changes are coming to TransHelp in the new year as the transportation services for residents with disabilities must implement new Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) requirements by Jan. 1, 2017.