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The Ten Years of AODA Implementation Seasonal Carol

By Victor Schwartzman
December 15, 2014

As 2014 draws to a close we celebrate the holidays with many songs representing many different cultures. To celebrate the TEN YEARS (more or less) OF AODA IMPLEMENTATION, here is a song which borrows from a popular carol. Our song starts back in 2005, when AODA was proclaimed, and then works its way ten years, to now. Let’s see where we end up! Sing-a-long with me! You all know the tune by now!

On the first year of implementation
AODA came to be
access was coming apparently

On the second year of implementation
The Government gave to me
Two Ministers talking
And access coming apparently

On the third year of implementation
The Government gave to me
Three, no just one standard for access
Two Ministers talking
And access coming apparently

On the fourth year of implementation
The Government gave to me
Four politicians creeping
Three, no just one standard for access
Two Ministers talking
And access coming apparently

On the fifth year of implementation
The Government gave to me
Five excuses, more coming
Four politicians creeping
Three, no just one standard for access
Two Ministers talking
And access coming apparently

On the sixth year of implementation
The Government gave to me
Six Ministers who did nothing
Five excuses, more coming
Four politicians creeping
Three, no just one standard for access
Two Ministers talking
And access coming apparently

On the seventh year of implementation
The Government gave to me
Seven golden promises
Six Ministers who did nothing
Five excuses, more coming
Four politicians creeping
Three, no just one standard for access
Two Ministers talking
And access coming apparently

On the eighth year of implementation
The Government gave to me
Eight free passes for business
Seven golden promises
Six Ministers who did nothing
Five excuses, more coming
Four politicians creeping
Three, no just one standard for access
Two Ministers talking
And access coming apparently

On the ninth year of implementation
The Government gave to me
Nine fingers down, middle one up
Eight free passes for business
Seven golden promises
Six Ministers who did nothing
Five excuses, more coming
Four politicians creeping
Three, no just one standard for access
Two Ministers talking
And access coming apparently

On this year of implementation
The Government gave to me
The need for a new election!
We just had one–what irony!
And access is coming, apparently.

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Victor Schwartzman contributes this weekly column to Accessibility News. Buy the first nine chapters of his current satirical fantasy novel, King Of The Planet, for .99 on Kindle at http://www.amazon.ca/King-The-Planet-Victor-Schwartzman-ebook/dp/B00NE0CCRC or read the earlier drafts and current chapters for free, on the King Of The Planet Facebook page. It has a “4 out of 5 star” review already!

His graphic novel The Winnipeg Weakly Herald (where each chapter is one issue of a community newspaper) is serialized on the great Canadian lit site, http://www.redfez.net. He also contributes to http://www.targetaudiencemagazine.com. He has had poetry and short fiction published, has edited novels and hosts two writers’ circles. His email is vschwartzman@gmail.com.