Paranoia About Politicians: Is There A Down Side?

By Victor Schwartzman  

1. Written commitments and $25 will get you a cab ride to the Legislature in Toronto, if you live close by, not including tip.  Making a written
commitment, as did the Premier and other politicians guaranteeing their support for AODA and its underlying principles, often means you have an autograph. 


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In this Issue

The Latest in Our Campaign to Get the Wynne Government to at Last Keep Its Promise to Effectively Enforce the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

The Kathleen Wynne Government has still not kept its 2003 election pledge, reaffirmed to us again in the 2011 election, to effectively enforce the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. We give an update on two important items in our campaign to get the Government to keep its word.


Guide Dogs: Study Finds Shops Bar Users

Secret filming shows blind people being illegally refused entry to restaurants and shops because of their guide dogs.

Philip Biggs, of Hearing Dogs For Deaf People, says there is a lot of misunderstanding about access for guide and hearing dogs.

A new study by the charity Guide Dogs has shown that blind people are being illegally turned away from restaurants and shops because of their canine companions.

Landmark Settlement Addresses Needs of Inmates With Mental Health Issues in Ontario Prisons

The mental health needs of prison inmates is the focus of a landmark settlement reached yesterday.


Fedora Outlier: Wednesday Roundup For September 25, 2013

With this technology, a person would be able to purchase a ticket at the ticket booth and actually be able to locate their seat assignment. This research being done at Auburn University in Alabama will enable the blind to navigate areas in buildings, stadiums, theaters, and any other building they chose to enter and interact with their surroundings. Could this eventually help blind individuals navigate a hospital, doctors office building or other professional place that they previously needed an assistant to maneuver?


U.S. Proposes ADA Compliance for Public Websites

When Congress enacted the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990, the public Internet did not exist. Over the past 23 years, making the Internet accessible to those with disabilities has been a low priority for both the federal government and Internet businesses, bolstered by the fact that court decisions refuted the idea that the ADA applied to the Internet. Now, the federal government, with prodding from groups representing the disabled, is acknowledging how much of daily life the Internet affects.


Ontario Premier’s Wife Linked to Behavioural Therapy Agency

September 9th, 2013

“It’s just one more instance of the Liberal arrogance in this province,” he said. “McGuinty started the train, Wynne is now the new conductor and we’re all frantically pulling emergency brakes that aren’t connected to anything.”

Doug Paulley Wins First Bus Discrimination Ruling
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September 19 at 7:40am

First’s website states: “Wheelchair users have priority use of the wheelchair space”, but adds that “the driver has no power to compel passengers to move in this way and is reliant upon the goodwill of the passengers concerned” and “if a fellow passenger refuses to move [the wheelchair user] will need to wait for the next bus”.


AODA Implementation Techniques Can Help You Avoid Work

By Victor Schwartzman 

9.         Having no deadline is heaven on earth.  Apparently no one set deadlines for the committees.  Months became years with nothing to show.  Getting a deadline means the job has to get done.  No deadline means at 3 pm your work day is done.  Indulge the indolent!