Equal Access Delayed is Equal Access Denied!

By Geof Collis
December 31, 2010

In my ongoing battle for my simple request for getting documentation in an accessible format from my City I was finally treated to a response from the Minister by way of the Accessibility Directorate’s Office.

On Monday December 6, 2010 I sent a letter to the Minister asking her to give the City direction on the matter, they finally responded to me on Friday December 17 at 4:30 in the afternoon2 business weeks later.

Disability Rights Activist Still Waiting For a Fully Accessible Transit System

By John Bonnar
December 22, 2010

Anne Abbott (centre) spoke at Monday’s rally calling for a free and fully accessible public transit system. Photo: John Bonnar

For nine months, Anne Abbott waited for the Toronto Transit Commission to fix the elevator at the Yonge and Bloor subway station in downtown Toronto so she and other disabled commuters could get to work, attend school, visit friends and be active members of their communities.

Watchdog’s Request Reasonable: Reader

Letters to the editor
Posted December 10, 2010

Re: ‘Access watchdog blasts city for PDFs of minutes,’ Dec. 3

I fail to see what the issue is for the City of Kawartha Lakes in providing Mr. Collis with copies of council minutes in an accessible format.

The Sound of Accommodation: Do You Hear What I Hear?

Published on December 16, 2010 by Donna Seale

I recently found myself at the place I love to grab a nice, hot cup of tea (I’m a sucker for a good

It’s a hip little place, where lots of people like to hang out on a Saturday and read their papers or chat with friends.  Music is always playing in the
background.  There’s always a line up and orders come fast and furious from customers and are echoed back to the person making the chosen beverage.

Reveal Human Rights Review Findings: Mother

Dec 08, 2010 – 4:27 PM

The City of Cambridge has a public duty to reveal findings of a consultant’s report ordered by a human rights tribunal, says a Cambridge mother whose son was denied access to a city summer camp.

Recently, the city was ordered by the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario to pay the Cambridge family $12,000 in damages after the 12-year-old boy was denied partial access to a nine-week camp at John Dolson Centre pool in 2008.

Customer Service Standard Not Worth the Paper It’s Printed On!

By Geof Collis
December 14, 2010

City of Kawartha Lakes cowardly hides behind the Provincial Government in its decision not to grant my request in the article
Access Watchdog Blasts City For PDFs of Minutes

Over a 12 business day span I had a one way email correspondence with my City for a simple request of documentation, the first one being part of the above article. Everyone was ignored, until the 16 th business day, coincidentally after the Article broke, the Mayor asked Staff to look into it.

Disabilities Call for Papers

Posted to site: December 8, 2010

Law Commission of Ontario Releases Six Commissioned Research Papers on the Law as it Affects Persons with Disabilities 

In January 2010, the LCO issued a Call for Research Papers
related to its project on the Law as it Affects Persons with Disabilities. The Call closed on February 12, 2010. Six research papers were completed through
this Call for Papers, as follows:  

Rights and Wrongs

By: Dan Birch

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario seems to be a more frequent stop for injured workers with accommodation concerns since changes to the provincial human rights system were adopted two years ago.

“It’s becoming increasingly more common,” notes Ryan Conlin, a partner at SBH Management Lawyers in Toronto.

Becoming Accessible

Ellie Garlin

Due to improvements made over the last few years, those with disabilities have fewer barriers on campus.

With the province’s Disabilities Act taking full effect in 2012, Laurier is planning to make campus more accommodating

Olivia Nightingale

December 1, 2010 3:32 AM

The Ontario provincial government introduced the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) in 2005, meant to usher in a new era of equality
for those with cognitive and physical disabilities.

Access Watchdog Blasts City For PDFs of Minutes

December 3, 2010

KAWARTHA LAKES- Accessibility watchdog Geof Collis is after the City of Kawartha Lakes again -this time for meeting minutes that he can read on his Screen Reader.

Collis, in an e-mail to mayor Ric McGee (copied to The Lindsay Post), said “since this has been an issue for me in the past, I’m starting at the top and
working down.