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Accessibility Advisory Committee is seeking new members

March 14, 2018 ?Media Release

Brockville The Leeds and Grenville Accessibility Advisory Committee is seeking new members. The Counties is required under the Provincial Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 to have a committee if its population is over 10,000.
The membership includes community volunteers and members of Counties Council, including the Warden. The Committee, which meets four times a year, assists Counties Council with changes that will make the Counties more accessible to people with disabilities.

City Pays $25K Fine for Not Calling Out OC Transpo Bus Stops

Fine comes after CBC Ottawa report of riders flagging problems with automated call system CBC News, Posted: Mar 13, 2018.

Terrance Green, right, complained successfully to the Canadian
Transportation Agency in 2006 about OC Transpo drivers failing to call out stops. More than a decade later, an automated system is in place to call out stops, but he and his wife Lorraine, who is also visually impaired, have said it frequently doesn’t work properly.

AODA Alliance Writes New Ontario Conservative Leader Doug Ford to Request a Meeting to Brief Him and His Team on Pressing Disability Accessibility Issues in Ontario

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities

March 12, 2018


On March 12, 2018, the AODA Alliance wrote the new leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party and Leader of the Official Opposition, Doug Ford. He won this leadership position this past weekend. We set out this letter below.

Petition Calls on Upper Canada Mall to Get Disabled Off Washroom Floor

Georgina and Aurora residents work with Newmarket mall to install washroom change table, lift for those who need by Teresa Latchford
Newmarket Era

Derek Bunn and Tyler Barker have made it their mission to get children, adults and seniors living with a severe disability off public washroom floors.

Bunn, a special-education teacher from Sutton, often takes his students on field trips to Newmarket’s Upper Canada Mall. The outings help the students gain valuable life skills such as working with a budget, shopping, social skills and more.

Fake Service Dogs a Menace for Legitimate Owners, Businesses Alike

Hotels, restaurants, shops across Ontario grappling with ‘epidemic’ of fraudulent service animals By Ashley Burke, CBC News Posted: Mar 09, 2018

Pet owners are turning to the internet to buy fake harnesses, vests and even documents so they can pass off their dogs as service animals.

People who rely on service dogs to help them navigate through life are facing some unwanted competition frauds who dress their pets up as working animals so they can take advantage of some of the special services available to people with disabilities.

The Toronto Star Reports on Objections from the Disability Community to the Wynne Government’s Appointing Its Former Accessibility Special Advisor to Conduct the Next Independent Review of the Government’s Implementation and Enforcement of Ontario’s Accessibility Law

Government Defence of Its Action Doesn’t Stand Up Under Scrutiny

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities Twitter: @aodaalliance

March 9, 2018


Advocates Question Independence of Provincial Accessibility Review

By Laurie MonsebraatenSocial Justice Reporter
Thu., March 8, 2018

Former lieutenant-governor David Onley defends his appointment to lead review of landmark legislation.

Accessibility activist and lawyer David Lepofsky, who is blind, says the independent reviewer of Ontario’s accessibility law should not have recent ties to the government.

Former lieutenant-governor David Onley says the bulk of his work as the government’s special adviser on accessibility was consulting with the public, not crafting policy.

At Odds Over Parking Proposal

By Jonathan Juha, Postmedia News
Thursday, March 8, 2018

A local advisory group on parking issues isn’t completely on board with a proposal that would allow people with accessible parking permits to use regular parking spots without having to feed the meter.

Instead, the parking task force, comprised of representatives from the Stratford Tourism Alliance, the Stratford Festival and businesses downtown, would like the city to focus its efforts on creating more accessible parking spaces.

Record Snow Creates ‘Nightmare’ for People With Accessibility Issues, Says Advocate Urging Better Clearing

Darby Lee Young says record snowfall is causing huge challenges for people with mobility issues By David Bell, CBC News
Posted: Mar 05, 2018

Accessibility advocate Darby Lee Young says snow clearing this year had led to some people with mobility issues being stuck in their homes.

A Calgary accessibility advocate says there are people with mobility challenges across the city who are suffering due to the city’s current level of snow clearing, and there are some real consequences.

Census an ‘Accessibility Debacle’, Blind Man Says

5 March 2018
Sally Murphy, Reporter

A blind man is calling for an inquiry into this year’s census, saying there are barriers for blind people and other groups to access the census.

Johnathan Mosen and his wife Bonnie, who is also blind.

However, Statistics Minister James Shaw said help was available.