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Festival Leads Way With Accessibility for Patrons

Updated August 30, 2011

The philosophy behind the Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s accessibility program is dignity.

That’s one of the reasons the province considers the Festival a leader in the field.

By January, businesses and non-profit organizations will be expected to comply with the first phase of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities
Act, which focuses on customer service.

For an Independent Review of Ontario’s Human Rights Enforcement Ssystem, the McGuinty Government Appoints a Bill 107 Supporter, Who Publicly Opposed the AODA Alliance’s Position on Human Rights Enforcement

August 29, 2011

Your Government has already populated the new human rights system with a number of people who were Bill 107’s architects and who stood along side Mr. Pinto in support of the Bill. Mr. Pinto is essentially being asked to judge the performance of his allies who work in a system that they collectively created. The basic tenet of our justice system calls for a fundamental separation between, and independence of judiciary, prosecution and investigation.

New Accessibility Standards Affecting Employment Now In Force

Posted August 26, 2011

The Ministry of Community and Social Services newest Regulation under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (“AODA”), the Integrated Accessibility Standard (“Regulation”), is now in force.  This Regulation combines three accessibility standards, Employment, Information and Communication and Transportation Standard and will impact Employers across Ontario.

The AODA and the Integrated Accessibility Standards

By Dianne Wintermute, Staff Lawyer
Posted to site August 25, 2011 

As is evident, the Government’s commitment to accessibility for all Ontarians has been significantly watered down by these Standards, and is a significant disservice to Ontarians with Disabilities.

AODA administrative Monetary Penalties Scheme – Three Strikes You’re Out!

Author: Suzanne Cohen Share
Posted on Wednesday, August 24th, 2011 at 09:00

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) allows for severe maximum monetary penalties for any violation to the Act. The maximum penalties under the AODA include:


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