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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

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.

Effective Jan. 1, 2016, sections 80.18 80.20 were added to O. Reg. 191/11: Integrated Accessibility Standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, S.O. 2005, c. 11 (AODA). The following are excerpts from O. Reg 191/11:

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

SUMMARY

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.

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

SUMMARY

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.

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.