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Yet More Great Accessibility Town Hall and Public Forum Events Coming Up Around Ontario

More New Quick and Important Ways to Give Your Feedback and Input on Disability Accessibility Barriers You Face

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

February 17, 2017

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Here’s a punchy and heaping grab-bag of news from the front lines of our non-partisan campaign for full accessibility in Ontario. This all shows that the accessibility movement is strong and continually growing. Here are announcements of:

If Inclusion Means Everyone, Why Not Me?

ARCH Disability Law Centre, in partnership with Community Living Ontario, Inclusive Education Canada, the University of Western Ontario, and Brock University, is announcing the launch of new research titled “If Inclusion Means Everyone, Why Not Me?”.

We are currently conducting a survey on the experiences of students with intellectual disabilities in Ontario’s public school system. The focus of this survey is on many of the current practices and barriers related to inclusive education.

Federal Accessibility Minister Carla Qualtrough Gives Toronto Star Another Glimpse into Her Thinking on the Promised Canadians with Disabilities Act

AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky Presents to the Final Federal Public Consultation Forum on the Canadians with Disabilities Act

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

February 10, 2017

SUMMARY

The February 10, 2017 Toronto Star includes a report, set out below, that offers a further glimpse into Federal Accessibility Minister Carla Qualtrough’s thinking on what the promised Canadians with Disabilities Act should include.

Accessibility Improvements Completed at Ossington TTC Subway Station

TTC working to renovate all subway stations by 2025 to satisfy Ont. deadline Justin Greaves/Metroland

Ossington is the latest TTC subway station to complete accessibility improvements.

The station now has two elevators leading from the concourse to either subway platform, sliding automated doors, better signage, plus upgrades to the bus bay. The station also has Presto fare gates which were installed last year.

On the Eve of Toronto Public Consultations, Canada’s Disabilities Minister Carla Qualtrough Offers a Glimpse Into What the Promised Canadians with Disabilities Act May Include

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

February 6, 2017

SUMMARY

The February 5, 2017 Global News reports on an interview that the Canadian Press conducted with Canada’s Disabilities Minister Carla Qualtrough. It offers a glimpse into the Federal Government’s thinking on what the promised Canadians with Disabilities Act should include. (See the article, below) Minister Qualtrough is leading the Federal Government’s development of this legislation, which was promised in the 2015 federal election.

Council Restores City Videos Online

By Miranda Chant
February 3, 2017

Archived videos of London city council and committee meetings will be restored to the city’s website and YouTube channel.

In a special council meeting held Friday afternoon, councillors unanimously voted in favour of staff re-posting the videos, which were removed earlier this week over fears they violated the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

On January 31, 2017, Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commission Heard David Lepofsky’s Freedom of Information Appeal Regarding Implementation and Enforcement of Ontario’s Disabilities Act, and Reserved Its Decision

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

February 2, 2017

SUMMARY

On Tuesday, January 31, 2017, AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky spent a day before Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commission. He argued his Freedom of Information appeal against the Wynne Government. This appeal garnered media coverage in the Toronto Star (see below. As well, a story ran in French on CBC Radio Canada, available at http://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1014122/un-avocat-aveugle-refuse-de-payer-4250-pour-obtenir-des-documents Back on June 4, 2015, David Lepofsky filed a Freedom of Information application with the Economic Development Ministry. He asked for the Wynne Government to disclose various records regarding its implementation and enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

Join Us as the AODA Alliance Comes to Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge Next Week

and come to the Federal Government’s February 8, 2017 Public Consultations in Toronto on the Promised Canadians with Disabilities Act, Where the AODA Alliance Will Be One of Many Presenters

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

February 3, 2017

SUMMARY

It’s time to hop back on board the AODA Alliance Express as we make our way around Ontario, helping non-partisan grass roots advocacy efforts in support of accessibility for people with disabilities.

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.”

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.

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

SUMMARY

Tomorrow at 10 a.m., AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky will personally argue his Freedom of Information appeal against the Wynne Government. He is appealing the Ontario Government’s refusal to waive the $4,250 fee the Wynne Government is charging to fully answer his June 4, 2015 Freedom of Information application. He seeks information on the Government’s implementation and enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. The Government gave him information it said it could quickly acquire, but is insisting on this fee for all the other information, due to the search time involved.

Ministry Affidavit, Without Appendices, Filed in Opposition to David Lepofsky’s Freedom of Information Application

(Note Appendices omitted.)
INFORMATION AND PRIVACY COMMISSIONER of ONTARIO
IN THE MATTER of Appeal Number PA 16-156 under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act

AFFIDAVIT OF JENNIFER BROWN
This affidavit was created as a result of an oral inquiry pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). Accordingly the use of this affidavit and the information contained within it is restricted by ss. 52(9) and 52(10) of the FIPPA.

Ontario Government’s Memorandum of Argument in Opposition to David Lepofsky’s Freedom of Information Appeal

INFORMATION AND PRIVACY COMMISSIONER OF ONTARIO

IN THE MATTER of Appeal Number PA 16-156 under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act

REPLY AFFIDAVIT OF DAVID LEPOFSKY

I, David Lepofsky, CM, O. Ont., LL.B. (Osgoode Hall), LL.M. (Harvard), LL.D. (Hon. Queen’s University, University of Western Ontario, and the Law Society of Upper Canada), of the City of Toronto, affirm as follows:

David Lepofsky’s Reply Affidavit in His Freedom of Information Appeal

INFORMATION AND PRIVACY COMMISSIONER OF ONTARIO

IN THE MATTER of Appeal Number PA 16-156 under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act

REPLY AFFIDAVIT OF DAVID LEPOFSKY

I, David Lepofsky, CM, O. Ont., LL.B. (Osgoode Hall), LL.M. (Harvard), LL.D. (Hon. Queen’s University, University of Western Ontario, and the Law Society of Upper Canada), of the City of Toronto, affirm as follows:

David Lepofsky’s Reply Memorandum of Argument on His Freedom of Information Appeal

IPC Appeal PA16-156

INFORMATION AND PRIVACY COMMISSIONER OF ONTARIO

In the Matter of an Application under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. F.31 dated June 4, 2015, directed to the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure, for the Disclosure of Records Regarding the Implementation and Enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Bearing Ministry File Number MEDEI 2015 -12
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In the Matter of an Appeal to the Information and Privacy Commissioner from a Refusal of the Ministry to Waive Its Fee Estimate at $4,250 for Disclosing Requested Information and Records