As COVID-19 Infections Hit Record Highs and Hospital ICUs Reach the Brink, Five Bioethicists on The Ford Government’s Bioethics Table Release a Public Statement Revealing Major Concerns with Ontario’s Plans for Triage of Critical Care, that Echo Disability Community Objections

These five authors make it clear that Ontario needs a better approach to critical care triage. This is a direct blast at the Ford Government’s persistent secrecy on this issue and its refusal to speak directly to key stakeholders like those from the disability community. We offer the example that the Government has refused to even answer eight detailed letters from the AODA Alliance since last September which identify well-researched objections.

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https://aoda.ca/as-covid-19-infections-hit-record-highs-and-hospital-icus-reach-the-brink-five-bioethicists-on-the-ford-governments-bioethics-table-release-a-public-statement-revealing-major-concerns-with-ontario/

More Advocacy Action, More Media, and More Ford Government Secrecy on Ontario’s Disability-Discriminatory Plans for Critical Care Triage If Hospital ICUs Run Out of Space for All Patients Needing Life-Saving Care

Disability advocacy keeps up the pressure on the critical care triage issue while the Ford Government keeps up the secrecy.

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https://aoda.ca/more-advocacy-action-more-media-and-more-ford-government-secrecy-on-ontarios-disability-discriminatory-plans-for-critical-care-triage-if-hospital-icus-run-out-of-space-for-all-patients-needing-lif/

Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons Creates More Confusion for Doctors and Patients, and Doesn’t Answer Key Questions About Disability Discrimination in Ontario Critical Care Triage Protocol

Yet More Confusion Swirls Around Ontario’s Plans for Critical Care Triage

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https://aoda.ca/ontario-college-of-physicians-and-surgeons-creates-more-confusion-for-doctors-and-patients-and-doesnt-answer-key-questions-about-disability-discrimination-in-ontario-critical-care-triage-protocol/

Shared E-scooters Will Make Ottawa’s Streets and Sidewalks More Dangerous

Recently, Ottawa Council passed a motion to allow and expand the use of e-scooters on our streets in the downtown and some suburbs, putting blind people, other persons with disabilities and all pedestrians at risk. Despite the very real safety concerns raised by various groups, council did not even require the e-scooter companies to implement measures to lessen the risks.

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https://aoda.ca/shared-e-scooters-will-make-ottawas-streets-and-sidewalks-more-dangerous/

Mental Illness is Another Pandemic in the Making

Cachelle Colquhoun, mother of four from Collingwood, Ont., is frustrated with the state of mental-health supports available to her children.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Colquhoun has struggled to meet the needs of her nine-year-old with general anxiety disorder and attention deficit disorder and her six-year-old who has challenges with neurodiversity, including sensory disorder.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/mental-illness-is-another-pandemic-in-the-making/

Virtual events open up the world

Technology plays catch up as events head online, making them more accessible to people with disabilities.

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In this Issue

Ontario Human Rights Commission Again Commendably Raises Human Rights Concerns with Ontario’s Critical Care Triage Plans, While the Ontario College of Physicians And surgeons Appears to Wrongly — Green Light Those Plans The AODA Alliance Responds!

Things are moving fast on the terrifying critical care triage front. The AODA Alliance and the disability organizations with whom we are collaborating are trying to stay ahead of a potential tidal wave facing us all.

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https://aoda.ca/ontario-human-rights-commission-again-commendably-raises-human-rights-concerns-with-ontarios-critical-care-triage-plans-while-the-ontario-college-of-physicians-and-surgeons-appears-to-wrongly-gr/

Danger of Disability Discrimination in Access to Life-Saving Critical Medical Care Grows as Overloaded Ontario Hospitals Near the Breaking Point

One year ago today, in an open letter to Premier Ford, over 200 community organizations first sounded the alarm that patients with disabilities will suffer disability discrimination if critical care is rationed under the Ford Government’s earlier secret triage protocol. One year later, Ford still hasn’t remove disability discrimination from the subsequent, revised January 13, 2021 critical care triage protocol that was sent to all hospitals.

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https://aoda.ca/danger-of-disability-discrimination-in-access-to-life-saving-critical-medical-care-grows-as-overloaded-ontario-hospitals-near-the-breaking-point/

Ontario is Prioritizing Dining Over the Disabled with Its Vaccination Policy

If the pandemic has proved anything to disabled folks, it’s that able-bodied people value being able to drink on a patio over their lives. The Ontario government’s decision to vaccinate restaurant workers in Phase 2 only perpetuates this ableist system.

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https://aoda.ca/ontario-is-prioritizing-dining-over-the-disabled-with-its-vaccination-policy/