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New Information and Some Changed Dates for Charles Beer’s Public Forums on How to Improve the AODA

September 27, 2009

SUMMARY

It is more important than ever for as many of you as possible to attend the public forums Charles Beer is hosting, to get input on what can be done to more
effectively implement the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, so that Ontarians with disabilities can live in a barrier-free society. We
need a large turn-out. Please circulate this information to others who may be interested.


Deadline Looms for Accessibility Law

By Heather Travis
Thursday, September 24, 2009

The first step in a long, complex rollout of groundbreaking legislation to ensure accessibility for Ontarians with disabilities reaches The University of Western Ontario on Jan. 1.

Western, along with other public sector organizations in the province, is working towards a January deadline for instituting the first stage of compliance – new customer service standards – required by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) passed in 2005.


New Provincial Accessibility Regulations Affect New Business and Major Renovations

Posted By Jim Barber
September 24, 2009

As part of its new commitment to making Ontario more accessible for people living with disabilities, the provincial government passed The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act in 2005.

Within it’s framework, a number of committees have been set up and provided recommendations and new regulations outlining how the various sectors of the province need to become more accessible.


More services available for learning disabled

By SooToday.com Staff
SooToday.com

September 15, 2009 – The Learning Disabilities Association of Sault Ste. Marie (LDA) has had funding approval of $61,554 from the Province of Ontario, through the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities under the Ontario Job Creation Program for their ‘Opening Doors’ Project.

The one-year funding has allowed for the hiring of two full-time staff, an adult services manager and a community technology manager; and for project costs
including computers, assistive learning software and specialized training for the two participants.

This project will allow the LDA to improve, enhance and increase services in the community.


Critics Barking Over Carleton Place ‘Service Dog’

Dog Owner Launches Human Rights Complaints Against Merchants

By Kelly Egan, The Ottawa CitizenSeptember 11, 2009

OTTAWA-The movie, inescapably, would be called Carleton Place Chihuahua.

Except no one, even in Hollywood or Beverly Hills, would believe a story so bizarre — only government could make it so.

A teacup chihuahua named Dee-O-Gee, weighing maybe seven pounds, and its assertive owner, Alex Allarie, have dragged the Ontario Human Rights Commission into a dispute over what is and isn’t a “service dog” — the kind permissible in food stores and restaurants.


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