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In this Issue
*Lest You Forgot: The Wynne/McGuinty Legacy
*May 27 2014 All Candidates Debate in Hotly-Contested Toronto Riding Planned for Evidently-Inaccessible Location
*Elections Ontario Writes AODA Alliance to Say What It Is Doing to Remove Voting Barriers that Impede Voters with Disabilities And Other Ontario 2014 Election News on the Accessibility Front *New Guidelines Require Buildings to Be Accessible for Persons With Disabilities *AODA Alliance: 2014 Ontario Election Action Kit
*World Blind Union(WBU) Letter to All Governments
*Disability Report Opens Door to Greater Accessibility
*Ontario Betting Pools Damaged by Election News
*Disability Advocates Call on Party Leaders to Ensure Barrier-Free Ontario
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Lest You Forgot: The Wynne/McGuinty Legacy
With the upcoming election just around the corner, Ive compiled a list of Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynnes accomplishments, or lack of them with regards to the Disabled Community.
While she has tried to distance herself from him lately perhaps this video will remind you:
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May 27 2014 All Candidates Debate in Hotly-Contested Toronto Riding Planned for Evidently-Inaccessible Location
NDP Candidate Refuses to Attend Despite Inaccessibility Liberal Candidate Announced She Will Attend PC Candidate Hasnt Responded
May 23, 2014 Toronto: We have received troubling word that an All Candidates Debate in an evidently inaccessible location, Fern Avenue Public School, 128 Fern Avenue, Toronto, is scheduled for 7 pm on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in Torontos hotly-contested Parkdale High Park riding. We had tweeted to all Ontario election candidates on Twitter, seeking pledges that no candidate will agree to attend an All Candidates Debate in an inaccessible location.
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Elections Ontario Writes AODA Alliance to Say What It Is Doing to Remove Voting Barriers that Impede Voters with Disabilities And Other Ontario 2014 Election News on the Accessibility Front
Elections Ontario wrote us on May 9 and 21, 2014 to list the voting options available for voters with disabilities. We set out those letters below.
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New Guidelines Require Buildings to Be Accessible for Persons With Disabilities
AHMEDABAD, INDIA: It is now mandatory for all new buildings in city to have a accessible design.
During the workshop, Raju Param from Handicap International told journalists that people are not yet sensitive to issues related to persons with disabilities and their needs.
AODA Alliance: 2014 Ontario Election Action Kit
Introduction Its Time for Grassroots Action!
This Election Action Kit gives you quick and easy ways to help our non-partisan campaign to get stronger accessibility pledges from the political parties that want our votes. You dont need to be into politics or a veteran community grassroots advocate. Use our action tips! You just need to spend a few minutes. Circulate this Action Kit to others. Get them to do the same!
World Blind Union(WBU) Letter to All Governments
Six months ago governments put aside their differences and agreed an historic, ground-breaking treaty to help us end the book famine in which just a few percent of books are ever available in formats we can read. But this treaty must be ratified by at least 20 countries come into force, so that we can actually benefit from it. An un-ratified treaty is just a piece of paper.
Disability Report Opens Door to Greater Accessibility
VICTORIA As the B.C. government releases a report summarizing what was heard throughout a disability white paper consultation, it has taken an important first step with a commitment to create an accessibility secretariat.
Ontario Betting Pools Damaged by Election News
By Victor Schwartzman
Office betting pools on the current Ontario election have been badly damaged due to actions of all three major political parties. Office staff who engaged in the election by betting on events during it have been unable to place the bets they want. Bookies are outraged.
Disability Advocates Call on Party Leaders to Ensure Barrier-Free Ontario
Accessibility advocates arent impressed so far with how party platforms are meeting the provinces obligation to be barrier-free by 2025.
Ontario has a long way to go before its fully accessible to people like Laurier University student Chantal Huinink, whose story of a horror trip to Waterloo was told by the Star in January.
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