Accessibility News June 11,2016 Update

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In this Issue

*More Reflections on Premier Wynnes Breaking Her Promise Not to Weaken Protections Weve Won In or Under Ontarios Disabilities Act
*Canadian Transportation Agency Launches Consultation on Accessible Transportation as Phase 1 of Its Regulatory Modernization Initiative
*Premier Wynne Breaks Important Promise to 1.8 Million Ontarians with Disabilities to Never Weaken Any Protections Wed Won under Ontarios Disabilities Act *Local MPP Introduces Private Members Bill for Service Dogs in Public Places *New Ontario Accessibility Rules Inadequate: Critic
*Increasing Legal Scrutiny of Website Accessibility in the Real Estate Industry

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ARTICLES:

More Reflections on Premier Wynnes Breaking Her Promise Not to Weaken Protections Weve Won In or Under Ontarios Disabilities Act

Further Reflections on the Wynne Governments Weakening the 2007 Customer Service Accessibility Standard and Premier Wynnes Broken Promise Never to Weaken Protections or Provisions Wed Won In or Under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/more-reflections-on-premier-wynnes-breaking-her-promise-not-to-weaken-protections-weve-won-in-or-under-ontarios-disabilities-act/

Canadian Transportation Agency Launches Consultation on Accessible Transportation as Phase 1 of Its Regulatory Modernization Initiative

As part of the Regulatory Modernization Initiative announced last week, the Agency is launching the first phase of its regulatory review, which focusses on accessible transportation.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/canadian-transportation-agency-launches-consultation-on-accessible-transportation-as-phase-1-of-its-regulatory-modernization-initiative/

Premier Wynne Breaks Important Promise to 1.8 Million Ontarians with Disabilities to Never Weaken Any Protections Wed Won under Ontarios Disabilities Act

A Sad Game-Changer for 1.8 Million Ontarians with Disabilities Premier Kathleen Wynne Breaks a Solemn Written Promise She Gave to People with Disabilities While Running for Ontario Liberal Leadership, to Never Weaken Any Protections Wed Won In or Under Ontarios Disabilities Act

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/premier-wynne-breaks-important-promise-to-1-8-million-ontarians-with-disabilities-to-never-weaken-any-protections-wed-won-under-ontarios-disabilities-act/

Local MPP Introduces Private Members Bill for Service Dogs in Public Places

At the announcement, Harris mentioned that while the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) points to accommodations for service dogs for the disabled, many public institutions, including schools, are often failing to provide those accommodations.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/local-mpp-introduces-private-members-bill-for-service-dogs-in-public-places/

New Ontario Accessibility Rules Inadequate: Critic

TORONTO Coming changes to the rules governing accessible customer service in Ontario are being decried as inadequate by at least one group representing the clientele the regulations are meant to help.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/new-ontario-accessibility-rules-inadequate-critic/

Increasing Legal Scrutiny of Website Accessibility in the Real Estate Industry

From fair housing laws to licensing requirements, the real estate industry is accustomed to navigating various legal constraints and requirements. However, as a result of current ambiguity in the law, class action lawsuits based upon website accessibility pose an emerging threat to real estate brokers, lenders, homebuilders, and ultimately, any company that has a web presence.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/increasing-legal-scrutiny-of-website-accessibility-in-the-real-estate-industry/

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