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An Education Campaign About Courtesy/Priority Seating Signs on Transportation Vehicles

September 14, 2012
Suzanne Cohen Share Accessibility Standards, Human Resources, Human Rights, Standard for Transportation, 0

In the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation, under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, there is the Standard for Transportation.

Health-Care Providers Openly Discriminate Against the Mentally Ill

Published on Thursday September 20, 2012
By Carol Goar
Editorial Board

The biggest surprise in the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s all-encompassing report on mental health is how deeply embedded discrimination against people with mental disabilities is in the health-care system.

Doctors, nurses and paramedics — who ought to know mental illness is a disease, not a moral weakness — withhold treatment from people who need medical help, ridicule individuals in distress, prejudge and label them.

Send Us Feedback on Our Draft Brief to the McGuinty Government on Its August 15, 2012 Draft Accessibility Regulation to Address Barriers in the Built Environment of Public Spaces

September 20, 2012

We have just released a draft brief to the McGuinty Government. It provides our input into the draft regulation that the Government is proposing to enact under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. That draft regulation addresses built environment barriers in public spaces. It also proposes some amendments to the Integrated Accessibility Regulation that the McGuinty Government enacted in 2011 to address barriers in employment, transportation, and information and communication.

OHRC Releases Consultation Report on Human Rights, Mental Health and Addictions

September 17, 2012
Yosie Saint-Cyr

Under the Ontario Human Rights Code, people with mental health disabilities or addictions have the right to be free from discrimination and harassment under the ground of disability in five social areas: housing, employment, goods, services and facilities, contracts, and membership in unions, trade and professional associations.

Group Home Location Bylaws Pit Ontario Cities Against Human Rights Watchdog

Kathryn Blaze Carlson | Sep 13, 2012 8:11 PM ET

Ontario’s top human rights watchdog warned Thursday it will actively challenge discriminatory” bylaws that restrict the location of group homes, but one prominent critic says the Ontario Human Rights Commission is treading clumsily into an area better left to local decision-makers.

Barbara Hall, the OHRC’s chief commissioner, said local governments discriminate against people with addictions and mental health issues when they uphold laws saying two group homes cannot be within a certain distance of one another.


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