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Blind Man Says Tribunal Ruling Aids in Discrimination

Louise Dickson / Times Colonist
September 20, 2017

Graeme McCreath stood in the B.C. Court of Appeal, his German shepherd guide dog at his feet, and asked the judges to imagine being refused hotel or rental accommodation or having taxis deliberately pass by.

“Imagine not having access to any public place or even service in a restaurant,” McCreath said Tuesday.

“All these things have happened to blind people, not just once, but many times even though we have stringent clear laws protecting the vulnerable.”

Wheel-Trans users fear new program will force them to use inaccessible TTC

TTC hears concerns about long waits and inaccessible stations at annual meeting ByNatalie Nanowski,
September 20, 2017

Michele Gardner (centre) and Robert Muzzy (right) say broken elevators make it difficult to ride the TTC. (Natalie Nanowski/CBC)

Michele Gardner never uses the TTC. Not because of delays or overcrowding, but because it scares her.

“I really don’t like using the regular transit, especially because I know that it’s not fully accessible,” said Gardner.

CBC Radio Reports on Serious Recurring Accessibility Barriers on Toronto Transit Commission

Will Reforms to Ontario’s 2011 Transportation Accessibility Standard Ensure These Barriers are Removed by 2025?

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities http://www.aodaalliance.org aodafeedback@gmail.com Twitter: @aodaalliance

September 20, 2017

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Workers’ Comp is a Right!

Posted on September 11, 2017
By Aidan Macdonald and Heidi MacFarland

For years now, injured workers and frontline advocates have been sounding the alarm that Ontario’s Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) has been “getting its financial house in order” through austerity and cost-cutting measures. Whether it be from slashing compensation for lost wages, denying healthcare treatment and medication, or refusing to recognize mental health injuries, the cuts have come squarely on the backs of injured workers.

AODA Alliance September 19 Press Release

TTC Top Brass to Hear from Passengers with all Kinds of Disabilities at Public Forum Tonight about Inexcusable Barriers They Still Face on Public Transit in Canada’s Biggest City 12 Years After Ontario Passed Its Disabilities Act

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE

Guide Dogs Do Serious Work

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Many blind and partially sighted Canadians still find themselves in challenging and frustrating situations when trying to access public spaces such as cabs, B&Bs, restaurants and shopping establishments.

In all of Canada’s 13 jurisdictions, human rights legislation prohibits discriminating against a person with a disability working with a service animal. Discrimination includes denial of access to any premises to which the public would normally have access.

New Program Helps Ontario Business Connect with the Right Talent

PR Newswire
Sep. 14, 2017

The Discover Ability Network will showcase the business advantages of employing persons with disabilities

TORONTO, Sept. 14, 2017 /CNW/ – Today, the Honourable David Onley, Special Advisor to the Government of Ontario’s Minister Responsible for Accessibility, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (The OCC) and the Discover Ability Network partners launched a new program and online portal that will connect persons with disabilities seeking employment directly with Ontario businesses looking to meet their talent requirements.

Raise Public Transit Accessibility Barriers at the September 19, 2017 TTC Public Forum on Accessible Transit

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities http:www.aodaalliance.org aodafeedback@gmail.com Twitter: @aodaalliance

AODA Alliance’s Advice on Accessibility Reaches All the Way to New Zealand

September 13, 2017

SUMMARY

1. Come to TTC’s Annual Public Forum on Accessible Transit on September 19, 2017

Disabled Accessibility Law Gathering Support

By John Gibb
Tuesday Sept. 12, 2017

Canadian disability advocate David Lepofsky believes there is growing political backing to pass “accessibility” legislation in this country.

“Accessibility legislation can only help, if it’s done right,” Mr Lepofsky said in Dunedin recently.

New Zealand could adopt what he termed a “buffet” dining approach, by picking up aspects of Canadian accessibility legislation that had worked well, to improve access for people with disabilities to buildings, public transport, as well as information and services.

Burlington Woman in Wheelchair Calls Condo Hunting ‘An Unacceptable Nightmare’

by John Bkila
Burlington Post
September 8, 2017
Cheryl Cousens, 31, wants to move out of her family home, but cannot find accessible condos/apartments in Burlington. Some are wide enough for her to move around, but bathroom facilities, kitchens and laundry rooms are not built to be accessible to people with mobility issues.

At 31, Cheryl Cousens says she can’t have what many single adults take for granted their independence.

Store Owner Gives the Boot to Blind Sudbury Man and His Service Dog

Guy Carriere said he felt profoundly discriminated against after the owner of a local business told him the police would be called if he and his service dog showed up again by: Matt Durnan
Sept 6, 2017

Guy Carriere and his service dog, Dixon were asked to leave a local gas station on Aug. 16.

Guy Carriere’s sense of independence has grown by leaps and bounds since acquiring his service dog, Dixon, a little over a year ago.

First Nations Monument to Be Shining Example of Accessibility

Douglas Cardinal-designed masterpiece to open Oct. 7
News 04:20 PM by Paul Forsyth Niagara This Week – Thorold|

THOROLD If doesn’t matter if you have trouble walking, can’t see too well or have other disabilities or physical limitations: you’ll be welcomed with open arms just like able-bodied people when the stunning new monument to the pivotal role of First Nations people in building Canada opens up at the Decew House Heritage Park in October.

Ontario Tribunal Rules Autistic Boy Can’t Bring Service Dog to Class

Michelle McQuigge
TORONTO
The Canadian Press
August 31, 2017

Ontario’s human rights tribunal has ruled that a nine-year-old autistic boy can’t bring his service dog with him into class.

The decision says Kenner Fee’s family failed to prove that having his black Labrador Ivy in the classroom would help him with his education.

Adjudicator and tribunal vice-chair Laurie Letheren found that the Waterloo Catholic District School Board took all necessary steps to evaluate whether the dog was needed in the classroom, and supported the board’s decision not to allow the service animal to sit beside Kenner during lessons.

Prominent International Disability Advocate to Visit NZ

Friday, 1 September 2017

Press Release: Access Alliance
Prominent international disability advocate David Lepofsky to visit New Zealand – 01 September 2017

The Blind Foundation is proud to bring renowned disability rights campaigner David Lepofsky to New Zealand to speak on behalf of The Access Alliance Access Matters campaign on the need for Parliament to pass Accessibility Legislation.

The AODA Alliance Writes Kent Hehr, Canada’s New National Minister for People with Disabilities, who is Now Responsible for Developing Canada’s Promised National Accessibility Law

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities http://www.aodaalliance.org aodafeedback@gmail.com Twitter: @aodaalliance

August 29, 2017

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On August 28, 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffled his federal cabinet. As a result, Mr. Kent Hehr was appointed Canada’s new Minister Responsible for People with Disabilities. He takes over responsibility for leading the development and enactment of the new national accessibility law which Prime Minister Trudeau promised in the 2015 federal election.