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NDP Leader Singh Accuses Liberals Of Failing to Support Canadians Living with Disabilities During Pandemic

Speaking on Newstalk 580 CFRA’s “The Goods with Dahlia Kurtz”, Singh said the Liberal government, in its effort to keep benefits such as the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) from being accessed by people who don’t need the help, designed a program that excludes the most vulnerable.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/ndp-leader-singh-accuses-liberals-of-failing-to-support-canadians-living-with-disabilities-during-pandemic/

Free Rides Offered to Winnipeg COVID-19 Test Sites, but Many Unaware of Service

Scott McFadyen, director of development for Inclusion Winnipeg, says many people with intellectual disabilities face barriers to accessing transportation, and could benefit from a service like the one offered by the WRHA through Health Links.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/free-rides-offered-to-winnipeg-covid-19-test-sites-but-many-unaware-of-service/

AODA: Accessibility Compliance Deadline Postponed

In a notice to stakeholders, the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility announced it is extending the accessibility compliance reporting deadline under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) for businesses and non-profit organizations from December 31, 2020 to June 30, 2021.

London City Hall Accessibility Committee Chair Quits, Alleges Disability Law Violated

When London’s accessibility committee showed up in council chambers two years ago with resignation letters in hand, politicians promised change. But accessibility issues still aren’t taken seriously, advocates say, leading a longtime chairperson to resign her post and file complaints alleging city hall violated Ontario’s accessibility law.

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https://aoda.ca/london-city-hall-accessibility-committee-chair-quits-alleges-disability-law-violated/

New Restaurants, Cafes in N.S. Must Be Accessible to Meet Food Safety Requirements

Any new sit-down restaurants and cafes starting up in Nova Scotia will need an accessible washroom, entrances and pathways to meet food safety requirements.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/new-restaurants-cafes-in-n-s-must-be-accessible-to-meet-food-safety-requirements/

Web Accessibility and The Law

How do you make your website accessible?

How do you stay in compliance with digital accessibility law?

eSSENTIAL Accessibility’s Chief Accessibility & Legal Officer, Kris Rivenburgh, will quickly bring you up to speed in our “Web Accessibility and the Law” webinar on Tuesday, October 13 at 2:30pm ET.

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https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Q1H9jBO4SNu0_DRpaKSPPw

Disability Advocates Applaud Federal Pandemic Aid, But Say Payment Should Be Higher

“It’s frustrating that some of the most vulnerable and most needy Canadians are the last in line and also waiting months to get their support when other emergency payments were released within a matter of weeks after the pandemic started,” Dickinson said.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/disability-advocates-applaud-federal-pandemic-aid-but-say-payment-should-be-higher/

Promised Funds for Disabled Still Haven’t Arrived

Pandemic has laid bare systemic issues for people with disabilities

Lene Andersen says it’s hard to feel optimistic about Ottawa’s plans for Canadians living with a disability after waiting months for emergency funding that was promised, but never came. That’s something Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough takes personally.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/promised-funds-for-disabled-still-havent-arrived/

Ford Government Refuses to Make Public Its Bioethics Table Report Recommending Which Seriously-Ill COVID-19 Patients Should Be Refused Critical Medical Care They Need if the Surge in COVID-19 Cases Exceeds Hospital Capacity

Deeply disturbing Toronto Star and Radio Canada reports over the last two days, set out below, reveal that the Ford Government refused to make public the report it received last month that recommends how cases should be triaged in such life-and-death situations.

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https://aoda.ca/ford-government-refuses-to-make-public-its-bioethics-table-report-recommending-which-seriously-ill-covid-19-patients-should-be-refused-critical-medical-care-they-need-if-the-surge-in-covid-19-cases-ex/

Twitter Will Add Transcriptions for Voice Tweets to Promote Accessibility

The company was criticized for rolling out the test feature without support for people with disabilities.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/twitter-will-add-transcriptions-for-voice-tweets-to-promote-accessibility/