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In this Issue
*Appalling Toronto Star Report of Disability Accessibility Barriers on Greyhound Bus Ride from Toronto to Kitchener Reveals that the Ontario Government Doesn’t Understand or Recall Why It Passed the AODA
*Did You Live at Rideau Regional Centre or Southwestern Regional Centre Between 1963 and 2009? *Residents Struggle With Accessibility Issues
*Changes to UK Disability Benefit Payments Set to Reduce Independence
*Ontario’s English Catholic Teachers Union Presses the Ontario Government to Enact an Education Accessibility Standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act *Ontario Gripped by Access Vortex
*Action Kit for Raising Disability Accessibility Issues in Two February 13, 2014 Ontario By-Elections
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Appalling Toronto Star Report of Disability Accessibility Barriers on Greyhound Bus Ride from Toronto to Kitchener Reveals that the Ontario Government Doesn’t Understand or Recall Why It Passed the AODA
On the front page of the Wednesday, January 29, 2014 Toronto Star was an appalling story, set out below about inexcusable accessibility barriers that a woman with a disability reportedly suffered, on a recent inter-city bus ride in Ontario. It highlights the human toll that persons with disabilities suffer due to the Ontario Government’s glaring failure to keep its promise to effectively enforce the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
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Did You Live at Rideau Regional Centre or Southwestern Regional Centre Between 1963 and 2009?
There is a lawsuit about Rideau and there is another lawsuit about Southwestern.
Many people labeled with intellectual disabilities lived at Rideau and Southwestern. The lawsuits are about what happened to them between 1963 and 2009.
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Residents Struggle With Accessibility Issues
For two years residents of this apartment at 237 Auburn Dr. have been trying to get the owner to install an automatic door.
Residents in a Waterloo apartment building will not get any help from the city or the province in their bid to have an automatic door installed at their building.
Changes to UK Disability Benefit Payments Set to Reduce Independence
If you use a specialist wheelchair, mobility scooter or adapted car, these items of equipment are vital to allow you to maintain your independence and fully participate in the community, particularly when public transport is not always accessible. However, for people living in the UK who rely on these mobility aids, benefit changes mean that soon they could face losing their lifeline.
Ontario’s English Catholic Teachers Union Presses the Ontario Government to Enact an Education Accessibility Standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
Here is yet more momentum in support of our call for the Ontario Government to develop and enact an Education Accessibility Standard under the AODA. The Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) wrote the Ontario Government on January 7, 2014 to support our call for the Government to create this new accessibility standard.
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Ontario Gripped by Access Vortex
Its coming had been predicted. Steps which could have been taken to prevent it were left untaken. And now it is upon us: the Access Vortex.
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Action Kit for Raising Disability Accessibility Issues in Two February 13, 2014 Ontario By-Elections
The Ontario Government called two provincial by-elections for February 13, 2014. The parties and media see this as a trial run for a general election that could be called in Ontario for later this spring. The by-elections are in the Thornhill riding, just north of Toronto, and the Niagara Falls riding.
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In the Spotlight
*Irish Embassy Pub & Grill (Toronto)
*Irish Embassay Pub & Grill (Montreal)
*P.J. O’Brien Irish Pub and Restaurant
*Macy’s Diner & Delicatessen