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Local Man Wants Law to Regulate Service Dogs

“The accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 doesn’t currently include legislation that defines proper training and accreditation for service animals’ Chip Kean Certified Professional Dog Obedience Instructor
October 12, 2017
by: Linda Holmes

A professional dog obedience instructor in North Bay is petitioning the Ontario government to pass what he calls ‘much needed’ legislation regulating service dogs and their training.

Chip Kean, is also an associate certified dog behaviour consultant with the IAABC, International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants, with the dog division. He is currently doing assessments on four potential service dogs.

Taxi Ruling a Black Mark for Justice

Times Colonist
October 11, 2017
Re: “Victoria guide-dog owner loses discrimination suit over taxi ride,” Oct. 7.

Silly me. All this time, I have believed that our justice system was based on proof.

At no time in the Graeme McCreath/Victoria Taxi case – I was present throughout both the human-rights tribunal and the
Supreme Court hearings – was any “proof” of driver allergy presented. At the original rights hearing, the driver in question
was absent (“unavailable”) and the Victoria Taxi manager neither produced nor was asked to produce medical documentation for his driver. The transcript doesn’t mention it, either.

Ontario: Chihuahua as Service Dog Getting No Respect

‘I deal with PTSD and anxiety issues when I’m outside the house. Chico helps me deal with that stress of going out,’ says Leo Hansen about his service dog by: Linda Holmes
Sept. 28, 2017

Leo Hansen says service dog helps him deal with PTSD and anxiety

NORTH BAY – Service animals provide support for a multitude of disabilities, the most common being visual, hearing and mobility. But beyond the physical, service animals are used to assist people living with mental health issues which include, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety.

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

Guide Dogs Do Serious Work

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Many blind and partially sighted Canadians still find themselves in challenging and frustrating situations when trying to access public spaces such as cabs, B&Bs, restaurants and shopping establishments.

In all of Canada’s 13 jurisdictions, human rights legislation prohibits discriminating against a person with a disability working with a service animal. Discrimination includes denial of access to any premises to which the public would normally have access.

Store Owner Gives the Boot to Blind Sudbury Man and His Service Dog

Guy Carriere said he felt profoundly discriminated against after the owner of a local business told him the police would be called if he and his service dog showed up again by: Matt Durnan
Sept 6, 2017

Guy Carriere and his service dog, Dixon were asked to leave a local gas station on Aug. 16.

Guy Carriere’s sense of independence has grown by leaps and bounds since acquiring his service dog, Dixon, a little over a year ago.

Ontario Tribunal Rules Autistic Boy Can’t Bring Service Dog to Class

Michelle McQuigge
The Canadian Press
August 31, 2017

Ontario’s human rights tribunal has ruled that a nine-year-old autistic boy can’t bring his service dog with him into class.

The decision says Kenner Fee’s family failed to prove that having his black Labrador Ivy in the classroom would help him with his education.

Adjudicator and tribunal vice-chair Laurie Letheren found that the Waterloo Catholic District School Board took all necessary steps to evaluate whether the dog was needed in the classroom, and supported the board’s decision not to allow the service animal to sit beside Kenner during lessons.

Toronto Couple with Service Dog Barred From Prince Edward County B&B

Prominent lawyer and accessibility advocate says that’s against the law By John Rieti and Taylor Simmons, CBC News
Posted: Aug 17, 2017

The owners of this Bloomfield, Ont. B&B say they weren’t told some of their guests were bringing a service dog until they arrived. Refusing to welcome them has resulted in a series of critical posts online.

A Toronto couple were shocked when they were forced to leave a Prince Edward County bed and breakfast that wouldn’t accept their service dog.

When I’m Not Here, the Dog is Her Comfort

By Cheryl Clock, The Standard
Friday, June 23, 2017 9:37:57 EDT PM

Evelyn Lockie, 88 and Tina are inseparable. Tina is Evelyn’s service dog, trained to give her emotional support. Cheryl Clock

The blue leash is a lifeline. A connection so important, she holds on to it even in her sleep.

At one end is Tina, a five-year-old Papillon dog, a small spaniel breed with big brown eyes and wispy butterfly-wing ears that frame her short-haired face. She seems to know exactly when to cock her head and pause for maximum cuteness.

D’AMATO: Is a School a Public Place? Question Affects Boy and His Service Dog

Opinion Jun 22, 2017
by Luisa D’Amato
Waterloo Region Record

Is a school a public place?

It’s a simple question, but you could answer it either way.

This is what is at the heart of an Ontario Human Rights Commission hearing in Waterloo that will decide if a boy with autism has the right to have his service dog in the classroom with him.

Final arguments concluded Wednesday at the tribunal, which pits Craig and Amy Fee, parents of nine-year-old Kenner, against the Waterloo Catholic District School Board.

Changes to Ontario’s Accessible Customer Service Standard are Now in Effect

Changes to the customer service standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act came into effect on July 1, 2016.

As a result of these changes:

  • All employees (including volunteers, interns, students, etc.) must be trained on accessible customer service.
  • More types of regulated health professionals can provide documentation of a need for a service animal.

Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act, 2005, Part I: Is Your Business Subject to the Laws Customer Service Standards? The Answer May Surprise You.

by Michael Comartin
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

This is the first installment in a three-part series of articles focused on employers’ duties under Ontario’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. Part one addresses the scope and applicability of the law to various businesses.