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Changes Will Regulate How New Facilities Are Built

By Jonathan Juha, Postmedia News
Friday, October 27, 2017

Future city-owned buildings and facilities are a step closer to become a bit more accessible for people with disabilities.

Pending formal approval from council, the city’s planning and heritage sub-committee voted unanimously on Thursday in favor of approving new accessibility guidelines, which will regulate how new city facilities are built, as well as any renovation projects done to properties currently owned by the city.

Making a Home Accessible Can Make All the Difference as We Age

by David Nickle
City Centre Mirror

Aging at home

Med+ Home Health Care manager Ron Wiskin (left) and homeowner Sandra Sexton stands in the acessible bathroom being built at her Hendon Avenue home, on Monday, Sept. 25, that will accommodate her husband and aging parents.

Sandra and Dan Sexton are doing the kind of work on their North York home that usually comes much later in life.

Accessibility Advocates Looking to Expand the Scope of the StopGap Program in the City

‘If you have to ask then it is not accessible’
By Jonathan Juha, Postmedia News
Saturday, October 7, 2017
From left to right, Cindy Walker, Sean Beech and their children, Theodore and Hendrik; UPS employee Ron Musselman; and Roger Koert, chair of the city’s accessibility advisory committee. They are all supporters and beneficiaries of the StopGap initiative and would like to see it expand, so participating businesses leave the ramps outside during business hours.

How an Ottawa Cancer Patient is Trying to Make CHEO More Accessible for Everyone

Bruce Deachman, Ottawa Citizen
Published on: October 6, 2017

Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario(CHEO) CEO Alex Munter and leukemia patient Sarah Telford.

Just before the elevator doors opened at CHEO, Sarah Telford playfully, but pointedly, picked up a nearby yellow caution cone the kind that warn of wet floors, spills and whatnot and placed it in front of the elevator. When the doors opened, the elevator’s lone occupant, hospital CEO Alex Munter, was compelled to negotiate his way around the obstacle as he exited, no small feat considering that he was in a wheelchair.

Daniels Leads Industry in Accessible Housing

Accessibility Designed Program creates inclusive living spaces for people using mobility devices

TORONTO, Oct. 3, 2017 /CNW/ – The Daniels Corporation announced a new program offering condominium suites designed specifically for purchasers who use mobility devices. Called ‘Accessibility Designed Program’ (ADP), suites within this innovative program will exceed Ontario Building Code (OBC) requirements by including features such as roll-out/low-threshold balconies with a swing door and large roll-in showers with mosaic tile flooring as standard, at no extra cost.

A Prisoner in Her Own Home

By Linda Crabtree, The Standard
Friday, September 29, 2017

In 2008, when Sandra Groves moved into her Roehampton Avenue apartment she was walking. Now, nine years later, due to multiple health issues including a balance and muscle condition, she uses an electric wheelchair to get around if she can get out of her building.

A Campus of Hurdles

Three student perspectives on accessibility issues at U of T By Varsity Contributors
Published: 2:27 am, 25 September 2017

The University of Toronto remains inaccessible to its students in a number of ways. Below, Comment contributors reflect on access to campus spaces, note-taking through Accessibility Services, and the need for comprehensive and detail-oriented accommodation.

Providing notes to those who need them should be a shared effort

Ontario Accessibility Standards: What Comes After the December 31, 2012 Reporting Deadline?

by Yosie Saint-Cyr
December 20, 2012

Ontario’s Accessibility Standard for Customer Service came into effect on January 1, 2012 for all businesses and not-for-profits in the province with more than one employee. If an organization has more than 20 employees, an online report must be filed by December 31, 2012 to demonstrate to the government that accessibility has been achieved under the Customer Service Standard.

AODA Enforcement: Where is it?

Geof Collis
October 26, 2012

Have you been affected by an Accessibility issue that is not being addressed under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).?

The Government should have appointed Inspectors under the Act by now to enforce the Law:

New Campaign to Get McGuinty Government to Strengthen Enforcement of the AODA


October 15, 2012


Our newest campaign starts on Monday, October 29, 2012. Our aim is to get the McGuinty Government to strengthen the enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. We need your help. It’s easy. It just takes one phone call!

City hall accessibility problems

By Kevin Werner, News Staff
Wednesday, October, 03, 2012

It will cost at least $250,000 to make Hamilton’s council chambers, and the other public meeting rooms in the renovated building accessible to the physically challenged.

But it’s a cost Stoney Creek councillor Brad Clark insists should be paid.

“I don’t care what the cost is, we should be leaders in the community,” he said.

Municipalities Urged to Eliminate Barriers to Housing Services

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Barbara Hall, left, chief commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, chats with Midland Mayor Gordon McKay and Jacqueline Pegg, an inquiry analyst with the public interest inquiries branch. DOUGLAS GLYNN The Free Press

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) is calling on municipalities across Ontario to review their zoning and rental licensing bylaws to eliminate barriers to housing services for people with mental health issues or addictions.

Accessibility Remains An Issue

By Michael Lea, Kingston Whig-Standard
Monday, October 8, 2012 11:21:27 EDT PM

Lisa Hewitt of Community Living Kingston, with Adrienne Kurji, for whom she provides support, says communities must do more to make their businesses accessible.

Lisa Hewitt took a walk down Princess Street the other day.

Human Rights Chief Will Fight Hamilton at the OMB

By Staff
Metroland News Service
October 5, 2012

Ontario human rights commissioner Barbara Hall says her offers to meet with Hamilton city councillors weren’t accepted.

A care facility for eight teenage girls with mental health issues just gained a powerful ally in its upcoming showdown with the city at the Ontario Municipal Board.

Accessibility After The Cart

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

RE: Town council to discuss bylaw exemptions to allow horse and buggy business in Navy Yard Park

With the exception of Councillor Diane Pouget, shame on council for putting accessibility after the cart. In particular, shame on Councillor Bart DiPasquale, a member of the town’s accessibility advisory committee, for not representing the rights of residents with disabilities.