As Omicron Surges, Ford Government Flagrantly Discriminates Against Many Ontarians with Disabilities in Access to Health Care by Requiring A Driver’s License to Renew Ontario Health Card Online

This obvious disability discrimination violates the Ontario Human Rights Code and section 15 of the Charter of Rights. Many people with disabilities, such as blind people, cannot get a driver’s license. Doug Ford forces them to go to a Service Ontario venue to renew their health card, risking exposure to COVID-19. A person with vision loss or certain other disabilities faces additional challenges in maintaining safe social distancing at Service Ontario venues due to their disability.

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In this Issue

Important Victory! Toronto City Council Today Banned Robots from Sidewalks, to Protect People with Disabilities, Seniors, Children and Others – But Where is the Provincial Leadership 2.6 Million Ontarians with Disabilities Need from Premier Ford?

Toronto’s Accessibility Advisory Committee and Infrastructure Committee each recommended outlawing sidewalk robots. In its December 7, 2021 letter to Toronto’s Mayor and City Council, the AODA Alliance emphasized the many new disability barriers that robots and sidewalks can create.

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https://www.aoda.ca/important-victory-toronto-city-council-today-banned-robots-from-sidewalks-to-protect-people-with-disabilities-seniors-children-and-others-but-where-is-the-provincial-leadership-2-6-million-ontar/

Accessibility Advocate Stranded After Storm: Calls on Halifax to Improve Sidewalk Clearing

‘We have such a long way to go to make this city better for everybody,’ Brian George says

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/accessibility-advocate-stranded-after-storm-calls-on-halifax-to-improve-sidewalk-clearing/

Shopping Season Is in Full Swing, but Disability Community Can Feel Excluded

Katie Cashin of Stephenville says shopping is riddled with accessibility pitfalls for her, and that’s why she avoids it.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/shopping-season-is-in-full-swing-but-disability-community-can-feel-excluded/

B.C. Wants Your Opinion About Making Buildings More Accessible for Everyone

Stairways. Door handles. Slippery floors. Most disabled British Columbians have a list of things that make buildings inaccessible to them. Now, the province wants to hear about them as it works to update the B.C. Building Code.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/b-c-wants-your-opinion-about-making-buildings-more-accessible-for-everyone/

Trials Show Video Games Have Potential to Ease Canada’s Paediatric Mental Health-Care Crisis

Over the course of early 2021, 40 youth between 10 and 17 attended 10 anger management sessions at the Boston Children’s Hospital.

Though these sessions had the same goal as any other form of anger management treatment to help patients develop self-calming strategies the therapy was anything but conventional. It involved desktop computers, heart monitors and an adapted version of the hit 1970s arcade game, Space Invaders.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/trials-show-video-games-have-potential-to-ease-canadas-paediatric-mental-health-care-crisis/

Canada Post Makes Mail and Parcel Delivery More Accessible to All Customers

The Delivery Accommodation Program offers support to residential customers whose functional limitations, limited mobility or other health conditions impact their ability to retrieve mail and parcels from their mailbox. Accommodation solutions vary and can be provided year-round, temporarily or during winter only.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/canada-post-makes-mail-and-parcel-delivery-more-accessible-to-all-customers/

Will Toronto City Council Vote Today to Ban Robots from Sidewalks, to Protect People with Disabilities, Seniors, children and Others?

In its December 7, 2021 letter to Toronto’s Mayor and City Council, the AODA Alliance emphasized the many new disability barriers that robots and sidewalks can create. Robots on sidewalks can be a tripping hazard, or a collision danger. Blind people risk not knowing that a robot is heading right at them or in their path of travel.

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https://www.aoda.ca/will-toronto-city-council-vote-today-to-ban-robots-from-sidewalks-to-protect-people-with-disabilities-seniors-children-and-others/

Man in Wheelchair Making Edmonton Accessible One Bar at a Time

Brad Bartko says he looks up about 30 bars on the internet before he finds one that just might work for date night with his wife.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/man-in-wheelchair-making-edmonton-accessible-one-bar-at-a-time/