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Universities ‘Illegally Hitting Disabled Students with Extra Housing Costs’

Exclusive: Students told openDemocracy of receiving unfair charges for adapted rooms or for carers’ accommodation

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‘Enough is Enough’: Advocates Say London’s ParaTransit Needs Immediate Change

3 Londoners weigh-in on the state of paratransit in the city Michelle Both, CBC News
Posted: Jan 12, 2023

Londoners are speaking out about ongoing issues with paratransit in London – and renewing calls for change after years of frustration.

Complaints are surfacing about an overloaded booking and transportation system that is leaving many users without rides to necessities like medical appointments. The London Transit Commission (LTC) said more time is needed to address the issues, but advocates are saying it’s time to fix the problems.

LTC’s specialized transit service has 11,000 people registered – and offers door-to-door transportation through a contracted company for people with a disability that prevents them from using regular bus service.

City May Reverse Policy That Exceeds Provincial Mandate for Sidewalk Snow Removal

Gerry Dewan
CTV News London Reporter
Published Jan. 23, 2023

Two years ago the City of London adopted a higher standard for sidewalk snow clearing, exceeding provincial requirements.

City staff are now recommending going back to the previous benchmark in order to save costs.

“Anytime we’re talking about reducing service or scaling back service, that’s obviously a sign of concern,” said Jeff Preston.

Preston is a Kings University College professor specializing in disability issues. Born with a rare neuromuscular myopathy, he uses an electric mobility chair. He said for himself and many others, winter mobility continues to be an enormous challenge.

Broken Wheelchair Buttons are Leaving Students Stuck Out in the Cold

By Rebekah Houter
JAN 18, 2023

Logan Stewart, a first-year public relations student at Algonquin College, says the broken buttons in the N-building have left him outside in the cold this term.
The wheelchair-accessible buttons for the main doors into the N-building have been broken on and off since early 2022.

As the weather continues to get colder, this goes from being a nuisance to being a danger.

“Ever since I started attending Algonquin in September, most of my classes are in the N-building, so with that the majority of the time, like nine out of ten, the button doesn’t work to get into the building,” Stewart said.

Alberta Woman Filing Human Rights Complaint After Saying Taxi Denied Ride to Her and Service Dog

“It feels like I’m being discriminated against because I have a disability and I have a service dog,” Karen Almond told Global News on Friday. “It feels like a slap in the face.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/alberta-woman-filing-human-rights-complaint-after-saying-taxi-denied-ride-to-her-and-service-dog/

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In this Issue

Return of Online Voting, Vote-From-Hhome to Be Considered

Eleven people used vote-from-home during municipal election, but it’s ‘not accessible enough,’ says advocate Richard Vivian Richard Vivian
January 19, 2023
Guelph News

In a presentation to the Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) this week, city staff declared a pilot vote-from-home project offered for the first time during last year’s election a “success” and noted online voting will be considered as an accessible option for the next municipal election.

“Ultimately, we must do as council directs,” said Carrie Murray Sprague, the city’s council and committee coordinator.

Nearly a dozen people used the vote-from-home option during last fall’s municipal election.

Making Ontario Totally Accessible by Deadline of 2025 with Suggested Funding Model!

Jan. 20, 2023
by Jim McEwen

Note: This letter was sent to Premier Ford directly.

Honourable Doug Ford, Ontario Premier:

As we know the AODA deadline for making Ontario totally accessible is Jan. 1, 2025. For many businesses, the obstacle for achieving compliance with the AODA deadline is finances.
I suggest that Ontario consider a loan program comparable to the Ontario Tile Drainage Loan Act to help our local businesses secure affordable financing for accessibility projects on private property. Obviously, other financial models may be available.

Air Canada Lost Her Stepdad’s Custom Wheelchair. One Advocate Says It’s ‘Not a One-Off’

Airline provided $300 and loaner wheelchair, but family says transferring man in and out of chair not safe

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/air-canada-lost-her-stepdads-custom-wheelchair-one-advocate-says-its-not-a-one-off/

This Service Dog Isn’t a Golden Retriever or Lab. Is that Why This Woman Wasn’t Allowed in an Ontario Hotel?

Rebecca Zandbergen, CBC
Posted: Jan 13, 2023

Durham, Ont., resident Vita Stiebert wants people to know service dogs come in different shapes and sizes.

The mother of 17-year-old triplets was recently denied access to a hotel in Woodstock in southwestern Ontario when she arrived with her service dog, Amora, a 15-month-old miniature poodle, which was wearing a red vest with the words “Service Dog.”

Stiebert and Amora walked into the Holiday Inn Express and Suites on the afternoon of Jan. 7 to pick up bags belonging to her daughter, who had arrived the night before with her hockey team to play in a tournament. Stiebert was in town to see her daughter’s game, but stopped by the hotel first.

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