Lift Provides More Access to Fort Erie Pool

Device allows people with mobility issues to go for a swim
By Richard Hutton, Reporter
Fri., Aug. 26, 2022

Taking a dip in the pool at the E.J. Freeland Community Centre just got a little easier for people with mobility issues.

The town and the Boys and Girls Club of Niagara (BGCN), which offers programming at the facility, officially unveiled the new feature on Aug. 23.

“It is so fulfilling to see the chair lift installed here at E.J. Freeland pool,” said Lori Brant, chair of the Town of Fort Erie’s Accessibility Advisory Committee and who spearheaded the drive to have the lift installed. “To use it safely and have access to the joy of swimming makes all the hard work worth it. I couldn’t be more excited for all those in our community with physical limitations to have the chance to get in the water and feel the freedom and health benefits swimming provides.”

‘It Means Everything’: N.S. Program Makes Waterskiing Accessible for People With Disabilities

Stephen Wentzell Digital Coordinator
Published Aug. 26, 2022

A waterskiing organization in Dartmouth, N.S., is helping amateur water sport enthusiasts hit the waves in an accessible way.

Water Ski Wakeboard Nova Scotia teaches anybody from any skill level how to waterski along the East Coast.

It’s something Michelle Mahoney never saw herself doing five or 10 years ago.

“I would have thought you were crazy,” she says. “I am a water skier. How cool is that?”

Organizer Claudia Currie says it’s important for water sports programming to continue.

“We are in the top three provinces in Canada providing ski-ability to skiers,” Currie says. “It’s a nice program and we need to keep moving forward.”

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Glace Bay Senior Upset She was Denied Service at Drive-Thru in Motorized Wheelchair

It takes O’Donnell 25-30 minutes to go to downtown Glace Bay and she likes to run errands. Over the past six years, she’s been using a motorized wheelchair for mobility. She has often used drive-thrus at fast food restaurants because their locations were not accessible for her.


Accessible Parking Permit Applications, Renewals in Ontario Go Digital

Phil Tsekouras
CTV News Toronto Multi-Platform Writer
Published Aug. 24, 2022

Those in need of an accessible parking permit in Ontario will no longer need to leave the house to get their hands on the important document.

In a news release issued Wednesday, the Ontario government announced that Ontarians can now apply for, renew, and replace lost or stolen permits online.

“We are improving our services to make life easier for all Ontarians, especially those with accessibility needs,” Kaleed Rasheed, Minister of Public and Business Service Delivery, said in the release.

“Having the option to apply for and renew Accessible Parking Permits online will save people precious time and let them focus on what matters most in their life instead of filling out needless paperwork.”

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In this Issue

He Did It! Whitby’s Mike Shoreman First Person With Disability to Cross All five Great Lakes on a Paddleboard

Canada’s Great Lakes Crossing aims to raise funds and awareness for youth mental health By Jillian FollertReporter
Sat., Aug. 20, 2022

A Whitby resident has become the first person with a disability to paddleboard across all five Great Lakes.

Mike Shoreman arrived in Toronto Saturday afternoon, completing a Lake Ontario crossing that started Aug. 19 in New York state and followed a 54 km route to Toronto.

He crossed the other four Great Lakes earlier this summer.

Shoreman, 39, is a former paddleboard coach who says he abruptly lost his business, his social life and his independence in 2018 after developing Ramsay Hunt syndrome.

The neurological condition resulted in a loss of mobility and speech, and Shoreman was told he would never paddleboard again.

Long COVID Symptoms Leads to Woman Applying to End Life

Hannah Alberga
CTV News Toronto Multi-Platform Writer
Updated July 11, 2022

Contracting COVID-19 radically changed Tracey Thompson’s life. It’s been more than two years since the initial infection, but her symptoms still dictate her days, leaving her with heavy-weighted fatigue, robbing her of energy and her ability to work.

Thompson, a Toronto resident in her 50s, says the enduring illness and lack of substantive financial support has led her to begin the process of applying for Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD), a procedure that first became legal in Canada in 2016.

“[MAiD] is exclusively a financial consideration,” she told CTV News Toronto.

Ontario Tech Hosting Virtual Speaker Series to Advance Disability Rights Around the World


To position persons with disability as agents in their narratives and experts of their own experiences, event organizers commissioned professional artist Anne K Abbott to create promotional materials for the speaker series.


Mohawk College President’s Office Schedules, Cancels, Uncancels and Then Again Cancels Last Week’s Meeting with AODA Alliance Chair to Discuss Major Objections to Mohawk Killing Its One-of-a-Kind Accessible Media Production Program – When If Ever Will We Get to Meet?

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Society for All People with Disabilities

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August 23, 2022


The cloud over Mohawk College for cancelling its Accessible Media Production (AMP) program earlier this year has gotten even darker.

Last spring, Mohawk College, a community college operating under the Ontario Government, took the harmful step of cancelling Canada’s only post-secondary program that trains students on how to create accessible media such as documents, websites and videos. This triggered a strong negative response from the disability community and negative media coverage for Mohawk College.