By Victor Schwartzman
July 8, 2013
What has happened to the forms submitted by businesses and services as required under the AODA legislation? This reporter took the question to the Government
when he discovered several AODA forms for sale on EBay. An exclusive interview with Minister Eric Hoskins confirmed that Government Ministers and Deputy Ministers collect and trade “especially funny” AODA forms. He regretted one had made it to EBay, but said “These things happen in a democracy.”
What is a “funny” form?
“Obviously, one that makes us laugh,” Minister Eric Hoskins told this reporter in an exclusive interview, word-for-word, using
hints. (The Minister only conducts interviews with journalists as a charade.)
“For example, one great one says ‘We no longer have the staff to fill out these forms.’ It’s funny because it’s from the Ontario Human Rights Commission!”
Other collectables on the access forms include one where someone wrote, “Wasn’t Axis part of World War Two?”
Another form response asked “Aren’t axes about chopping down trees? I knew those advocates were against the environment!” while a third questioned “Why is the Government asking me about XXXs stuff?”
Minister Hoskins attributed the OHRC response to the Government’s Bill 107, which eliminated many OHRC responsibilities. Now individual human rights claimants, most of whom do not have lawyers, must present their case and evidence before a tribunal against respondents who mostly have lawyers. The results were predictable, which Minister Hoskins stated was gratifying.
“And not only is what’s left of the Human Rights Commission not doing individual complaints, it filed only one ‘special case’ based on Tribunal hearings.
Bill 107 was a great day for Respondents. We had to give them something after the AODA legislation was passed. They were worried that AODA would actually force them to create access,” Minister Hoskins said.
“By the way, regarding what we’ve done to human rights in Ontario, we feel some of the language used by advocates to describe our actions is uncalled for.
Disemboweled is an ugly term. Personally, and Premier Wynne is with me on this, I prefer gutted.”
Minister Hoskins also told this reporter “Our overall plan has worked very well. We are pleased with what we have done to respect for the law. Now that people are realizing just because there is a law that does not mean we have to take it seriously, we can move ahead. We’ll probably never appoint another Independent Commission to review AODA.
Who needs that?
And now we are able to look at laws regarding MLA expenses, conflict of interest and fracking.
Wait a minute. Are you writing this–”
The Minister ended the interview at that point and demanded this reporter’s notes. This reporter acted out many versions of “No” but Minister Hoskins was unable to guess any of them. The interview concluded with this reporter giving the Minister the written notes but keeping his smart phone which had recorded everything.
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