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News articles regarding the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)

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.

New Initiatives on Campus Aim to Improve Accessibility

Mary Dare Martin, News Editor
Feb 28, 2018

An accessibility sign stands in front of Talley Student Union on Wednesday. These signs are important for showing people an alternative path to take to access major campus buildings.

NC State efforts to improve accessibility on campus for students, faculty, staff and visitors have increased over the past year to include not only physical accommodations, but educational and online ones as well.

Dundas Service Ontario Office Encouraged to Improve Accessibility

Local pressure appears to have resulted in temporary fix
News Feb 23, 2018 by Craig Campbell
Dundas Star News

Ontario’s Ministry of Government and Consumer Services has been encouraging the private operator of Dundas’ Service Ontario office at 17 King St. E. to improve accessibility, and local pressure appears to have resulted in at least a temporary fix.

Widespread Economic Benefits To Be Gained From Making Workplaces More Accessible For People With Disabilities

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Conference Board of Canada

OTTAWA, Feb. 23, 2018 /CNW

Making work spaces and facilities more accessible would allow people with physical disabilities to participate more fully in the workforce, lifting overall economic activity by $16.8 billion by 2030, according to a new report by The Conference Board of Canada.

Supreme Court Ruling Affirms Injured Workers’ Rights on the Job

Decision sets a higher standard for lengths employers must go to find a suitable role for injured employees after a workplace accident.

“The fact is many workers who have permanent impairments are not returning to work,” says Karl Crevar, who has been an advocate for injured workers since his workplace accident in 1987. By Sara Mojtehedzadeh
Toronto Star, Feb. 18, 2018

Children’s Book Series Aims to Encourage Inclusion of People With Disabilities

The Canadian Press
Published on: February 19, 2018

TORONTO Ontario’s provincial government has published a series of children’s books aimed at encouraging inclusion and acceptance of people with disabilities.

Books with titles such as “I’m Smart in My Own Way” are meant to teach children the benefits of understanding diverse and varied experiences.

The initiative is related to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act(AODA).

Members of New Advisory Board Want Nova Scotia to Rethink Accessibility

12 people have been chosen to advise province on how to implement new act By Emma Smith, CBC News Posted: Feb 18, 2018

Nova Scotia’s Accessibility Act required half of the board to be people with disabilities.

Members of Nova Scotia’s new accessibility advisory board say it’s time to think about accessibility in a new way as the province works to implement legislation.