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Toronto Star Editorial Blasts the Wynne Government for Too Much Secrecy and Not Enough Action on Disability Accessibility

Will the Wynne Government Finally Agree to Waive Its Fee and Make Public All the Information on the Disabilities Act’s Implementation and Enforcement that AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky Sought under the Freedom of Information Act Over Two Years Ago?

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update
United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities
http://www.aodaalliance.org aodafeedback@gmail.com Twitter: @aodaalliance

August 8, 2017

SUMMARY

On Accessibility, Ontario Needs Less Secrecy, More Action: Editorial

The government should stop fighting disability advocates and start working alongside them. By Star Editorial Board
Sun., Aug. 6, 2017

David Lepofsky just wants to make sure the province is doing what it promised to do. A disability advocate and lawyer, Lepofsky has worked tirelessly since the McGuinty Liberals passed the landmark Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) in 2005, holding the government to account as it moves toward its goal of a fully accessible Ontario by 2025.

New Democratic Party and Progressive Conservative Party Call on the Wynne Government to Make Public All Information that AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky Requested in His June 4, 2015 Freedom of Information Application, on the Disabilities Act’s Implementation and Enforcement Without Charging a Fee

and Other Developments on the Freedom of Information Front

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities http://www.aodaalliance.org aodafeedback@gmail.com Twitter: @aodaalliance

August 3, 2017

SUMMARY

Despite the lazy, hazy days of summer, there are four important developments on our efforts to get the Wynne Government to keep its promise to be the most open and transparent government in Canada.

Educational Organizations, Libraries, and the AODA

Charles Paul Hoffman
08/02/17

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) sets the goal of creating an accessible Ontario by the year 2025. Because of their important role, it is especially important for schools, libraries, and other educational organizations to be accessible for students, parents, and patrons with disabilities.

Tell the Ontario Government if You Support the AODA Alliance’s and ARCH Disability Law Centre’s Brief to the Ontario Government on Reforms to Make Transportation Accessible to People with Disabilities

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities http://www.aodaalliance.org aodafeedback@gmail.com Twitter: @aodaalliance

August 2, 2017

SUMMARY

On July 31, 2017, the AODA Alliance and ARCH Disability Law Centre submitted our finalized joint brief to the Transportation Standards Development committee. In it we offer detailed recommendations on how the Government should strengthen the Transportation Accessibility Standard which the Ontario Government enacted in 2011 under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Our finalized brief is available in MS Word format at:
http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/07312017-brief-on-transportation-accessibility-standard.docx If you have any trouble downloading the brief, you can always email us and ask us to email it to you. Email us at: aodafeedback@gmail.com

City of Peterborough Launches Online Survey on Accessibility

By The Peterborough Examiner
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The city has launched a survey for people with a disability, or their advocates, as part of a plan to set priorities for accessibility planning in the city.

People who live in Peterborough, or who work in or visit the city, are asked to share their experiences with accessibility through the online survey at http://www.peterborough.ca/AccessibilityPlanSurvey.

The deadline to take part in the survey is 4:30 p.m. Aug. 25.

Information and Privacy Commission Orders the Wynne Government to Reveal Its Plans for Enforcing Ontario’s Accessibility Law

and Finds the Government Tried to Charge the AODA Alliance, an Unfunded Disability Coalition, over Five Times the Fee It Could Justify Disability Coalition Presses the Government to Make “Freedom of Information” Free

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Privacy Commission Rules in Favour of Accessibility Advocacy Group

The Canadian Press
July 31, 2017

TORONTO Ontarios privacy commission says the provincial government significantly overcharged an advocacy group fighting for information on accessibility law compliance in the province and must now hand over the material.

The commissions decision says the government tried to charge the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance $4,200 for a sweeping access to information request seeking details on many issues, including plans to make sure private businesses are complying with accessibility laws.

Built Environment Accessibility Audit, Largest in Manitoba History

University of Manitoba in early stages of campus-wide assessment to identify physical accessibility barriers Winnipeg, July 26, 2017

Adaptability Canada is undertaking a campus-wide audit of the University of Manitoba’s built environment to identify accessibility barriers. The project involves over 100 buildings and 560,000+ sq. metres of space. It is part of the university’s response to the Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA) and its ongoing commitment to fostering and providing an accessible environment.

Toronto Looking to Crack Down on Misuse of Accessible Parking Permits

by News staff
Posted Jul 25, 2017

The City of Toronto is looking to crack down on drivers who misuse parking permits to park in spots for people with disabilities.

Coun. Joe Mihevc, who is spearheading the movement, is recommending that anyone who applies for an accessible parking permit prove they need it via an independent vetting process similar to one in New York.