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Ontario Patients to Be Ranked for Life-Saving Care Should ICUs Become Full, Documents Show

The province’s triage protocol guidance states that patients should be assessed and placed in a colour-coded framework based on their risk of short-term mortality, which is defined as survival beyond 12 months after the onset of critical illness.

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https://aoda.ca/ontario-patients-to-be-ranked-for-life-saving-care-should-icus-become-full-documents-show/

Teachers Fear Return to Classrooms, But Parents Say Kids Need the Support

Toronto Star, Jan. 18, 2021
Olivia Bowden

While the rest of the province is hunkering down under new, stricter stay-at-home orders, Jim Rossiter is his usual place – with students in his classroom.

Rossiter is a special-education teacher at Maxwell Heights Secondary School in Oshawa and, even with most schools shuttered amid surging COVID-19 numbers, he is teaching in-class, as in-person learning continues for many students with disabilities.

His heart is with his students, but he worries about the safety risks the kids and his fellow staff members face being together in a classroom while the rest of the province is in lockdown amid a 28-day state of emergency.

We Publicly Post New Secret Ford Government Directions to Ontario Hospitals on How to Decide Who Lives and Who Dies if Life-Saving Critical Care Must Soon Be Triaged – Serious Human Rights Dangers for Ontarians with Disabilities

Compounding this cruel reality, this secret document shows that some patients with disabilities now risk being de-prioritized in access to life-saving critical care that they will disproportionately need if Ontario hospitals, now near the breaking point, cannot provide life-saving critical medical care to all patients needing it.”

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https://aoda.ca/we-publicly-post-new-secret-ford-government-directions-to-ontario-hospitals-on-how-to-decide-who-lives-and-who-dies-if-life-saving-critical-care-must-soon-be-triaged-serious-human-rights-dangers-for/

Any Time, You Can Watch The Agenda with Steve Paikin’s Panel on Disability Discrimination Risks If Life-Saving Critical Medical Care Must Soon Be Rationed – and – Excellent Canadian Press Article on This Triage Issue

We continue our unbelievably uphill efforts to get the media to cover the immediate and important issue of the danger that patients with disabilities could be subjected to disability discrimination in access to life-saving critical medical care if overloaded hospitals must ration or “triage” critical medical care. The Ford Government still refuses to answer our letters on this issue.

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https://aoda.ca/any-time-you-can-watch-the-agenda-with-steve-paikins-panel-on-disability-discrimination-risks-if-life-saving-critical-medical-care-must-soon-be-rationed-and-excellent-canadian-press-article-on/

Watch TVO’s “The Agenda with Steve Paikin” Tonight at 8 or 11 PM

Watch TVO’s flagship current affairs program “The Agenda with Steve Paikin” tonight at 8 or 11 pm Eastern time for a half-hour panel on what the Ford Government should be doing to ensure that patients with disabilities do not face disability discrimination if life-saving critical medical care must be triaged or rationed. This rationing or triage could be needed soon if the soaring COVID-19 infection rates overload Ontario hospitals.

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https://aoda.ca/watch-tvos-the-agenda-with-steve-paikin-tonight-at-8-or-11-pm/

Remembering a Major Setback on the Road to Equality for People with Disabilities Forty Years Ago Today- But One that Was Thankfully Reversed a Mere 16 Days Later!

Four decades ago, people with disabilities were waging a battle to get equality rights for people with disabilities entrenched in the new Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms that Parliament was then considering for inclusion in Canada’s Constitution.

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https://aoda.ca/remembering-a-major-setback-on-the-road-to-equality-for-people-with-disabilities-forty-years-ago-today-but-one-that-was-thankfully-reversed-a-mere-16-days-later/

Hospitals Are Near the Breaking Point, but Only “The Pointer”, a Local Mississauga Online News Publication, Has Reported How the Ford Government Has Announced No Plans to Ensure that Any Triage or Rationing of Life-Saving Medical Care Won?t Discriminate Against Patients with Disabilities

To begin our volunteer advocacy for 2021, we wish one and all a happy, healthy, safe and barrier-free new year!

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Already In ‘Crisis Mode’, Ontario Hospitals Have No Protocol for Who Gets Priority Treatment, Human Rights Advocates Say

Doctors in Ontario could soon be forced to undergo the harrowing process their peers in Italy and New York experienced in the spring choosing who lives and dies when intensive care reaches its maximum capacity.

That’s the question many fear as COVID-19 patients continue to pile into intensive care beds in Ontario. In Peel Region, hospitals are at breaking point, cancelling surgeries and transferring some patients to neighbouring sites.

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https://aoda.ca/already-in-crisis-mode-ontario-hospitals-have-no-protocol-for-who-gets-priority-treatment-human-rights-advocates-say/

Bluewater Decides Against Captioning Recorded Council Meetings

During the Dec. 21 regular council meeting, Bluewater clerk Chandra Alexander presented a report to councillors which outlined the municipality’s obligations according to new provincial criteria being included in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) to provide captioning for recorded council meetings.

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https://aoda.ca/bluewater-decides-against-captioning-recorded-council-meetings/

Accessibility Principles Across Canada

Many separate accessibility standards development processes exist in Canada. Ontario, Manitoba, and Nova Scotia all have laws that mandate creation of provincial accessibility standards. In addition, the Accessible Canada Act mandates accessibility standards that apply to organizations under federal jurisdiction. However, the government of Canada intends to coordinate federal and provincial accessibility laws.

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https://aoda.ca/accessibility-principles-across-canada/