Tim Hudak Says He is Committed to Fulfilling Provisions of the Disabilities Act, But Still Hasn’t Clearly Promised Not to Slash Regulations Enacted Under It

With just over a week before Election Day, TV Ontario’s veteran affairs journalist Steve Paikin got Ontario Progressive Conservative Party leader Tim Hudak to break his radio silence on this election’s disability accessibility issue.


National Federation of the Blind Condemns Lack of Access to New Kindle Fire

The National Federation of the Blind commented today on the release of Amazon’s new Kindle Fire, which cannot be used by people who are blind.


AODA: Who Let the Dogs Out? Saying ‘Yes’ to All Service Animals

For 21 years we have had a provincial law that many people are still not aware of. A service dog should not be such an issue when discussing new rights under the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service. What is new in the standards is that all service animals are allowed on public places unless excluded by another law, usually for health and safety reasons.


Human Rights Cases Settled as Transit Providers Offer More Accessible Services

The cities of Hamilton, Greater Sudbury and Thunder Bay and the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) have settled three human rights cases at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. The OHRC filed the complaints in 2009 to increase accessibility for riders with vision disabilities by ensuring the calling out of all transit stops.


Disturbing Silence From Hudak on Accessibility

When asked to ensure the government doesn’t use our tax dollars to erect new disability barriers, the Conservatives are silent. They don’t agree to any action to make elections accessible to the more than one million voters with disabilities, such as measures PCs themselves proposed in 2010. The Conservatives won’t promise steps they pledged in the 2007 election, like reviewing Ontario laws for accessibility barriers, and exploring strategies to ensure school kids and relevant professionals get accessibility education.


Local School Doesn’t Meet Accessibility Requirements for Election

Nottawa residents are being told to go to Ravenna to vote on Oct. 6 after Elections Ontario ruled their traditional polling station no longer meets the
province’s accessibility requirements.


Wheelchair Users Can’t Always Roll Onto the Rocket

Jordan Lavoie was excited to ride one of the new Toronto Rocket trains recently, but was disappointed to find out he couldn’t wheel his chair onto the train.
Jordan demonstrates his problem for Star reporter Amy Dempsey.

Justice Department Reaches Americans with Disabilities Act Settlement with Wells Fargo

The agreement resolves numerous ADA complaints filed by individuals who are deaf, are hard of hearing or have speech disabilities who allege that Wells Fargo would not do business with them over the phone using a telecommunications relay service. Instead, the individuals were directed to call a TTY/TDD line that asked them to leave a message, which went unanswered.


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In this Issue

*The McGuinty Watch
*New Accessibility Standards Impact Ontario Restaurants
*Hit Them With the Statistics
*Province, Developmental Service Employers in Durham Region Must Rethink Options to Stabilize Supports and Avoid Service Disruptions
*Tories Silent on Accessibility Improvements for Disabled
*PC Candidate Agrees to Urge Tim Hudak to Make Accessibility Commitments – And Other Media Election Coverage of Disability Accessibility Issues
*Toronto Star Reports That Conservatives Promise to Cut at Least 30% of Ontario Regulations – Are New Accessibility Regulations on That Large Chopping Block?
*Use Options for Accessible Voting for Voters With Disabilities in This Ontario Election
*DOT Seeks Websites and Kiosks Accessible to Disabled
*City of Kawartha Lakes Uses AODA as Defense Against Disabled

Hit Them With the Statistics

Re: Real issue for campaign, Editorial Sept. 18

Your editorial on the need to find a catchy focus with which to frame the sorry state of mental health services for the provincial election campaign left me wondering why the Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Alliance don’t use the very obvious budget numbers that should shame our province into action.