This Mom Sits Outside Her Child’s School All Day. She Wants More Help for Students With Disabilities

An estimated 1 in 6 students in Ontario have a disability and face barriers to education, advocate says Vanessa Balintec, CBC News
Posted: Oct 28, 2022

Michelle Cousins follows her 14-year-old daughter Colette to school each morning.

Cousins meets her bus at Marshall McLuhan Catholic Secondary School in north Toronto. She helps Colette and her wheelchair onto the ground and parks her van on a nearby street.

She stays there until the end of the school day in case she needs to help her daughter, who has arthrogryposis, which causes joint stiffness and affects her mobility, among other conditions

“It’s been really, really challenging,” said Cousins, a single mom.

Will Bill C-22, the Proposed Canada Disability Benefit Act, Be a Trick or Treat? House of Commons Public Hearings Start Today, But Will the AODA Alliance Ever Get to Make a Presentation?

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

Twitter: @aodaalliance

October 31, 2022

Today begins public hearings on Bill C-22, the proposed Canada Disability Benefit Act, before HUMA, the House of Common Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities. We will be watching closely to see if this proposed new law to combat poverty among people with disabilities will be a trick or treat!

So far, we have heard that HUMA has scheduled four public hearings, two hours each, on October 31, and November 2, 14 and 16. A total of 21 groups would get to present, three per hour. The first hour today will be taken up by a presentation by federal Disabilities Minister Carla Qualtrough and her staff.

Twenty-Four Years After the Ontario Legislature Unanimously Called for Strong Provincial Legislation to Make Ontario Accessible, Students with Disabilities Still Face Unfair Disability Barriers

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

Twitter: @aodaalliance

October 29, 2022


An Appalling Disability Barrier at School is the Tip of a Cruel Iceberg Facing Too Many Students with Disabilities

Each day, a mother must sit in her car all day long, parked in front of her daughter’s school. she must be on stand-by to come into the school in case her daughter needs help to go to the bathroom. Her daughter is a student with disabilities.

This outrageous story hit the media yesterday. It was covered by CBC and CTV. Below you can read their reports.

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In this Issue

Some Doctors are Reluctant to Care for Patients With Disabilities, Study Finds

Details of three focus groups offer disturbing details about the challenges individuals with disabilities face when seeking care


Canadian Mom’s Harrowing Tale Shows the Real Dangers of Legal Euthanasia

When Margaret Marsilla found out her 23-year-old son scheduled his own death, she started her race against time.


Hamiltonians Can Give City Feedback on HSR, DARTS Transit Accessibility

By Nathan Sager
Published October 26, 2022

Area residents who rely on City of Hamilton transit infrastructure now have a chance to give feedback on accessibility.

The City of Hamilton Transit Division has commenced an annual public consultation regarding the accessibility of conventional transit (Hamilton Street Railway) and specialized transit (Accessible Transportation Services, ATS) delivered by DARTS, and through the Taxi Scrip program. A public meeting, which will include an in-person and virtual option, will take place next Thursday (Nov. 3) at the central branch of Hamilton Public Library.

That Nov. 3 meeting will be from 5 till 7 p.m. in the Hamilton Room at the HPL site located at 55 York Blvd. The first hour is the presentation portion of the meeting and will be made available online at the InsideCityofHamilton YouTube channel.

Ontario Man Applies for State-Sponsored suicide Over Homelessness

“I don’t want to die but I don’t want to be homeless more than I don’t want to die,” 54-year-old Amir Farsoud said.


Voter Upset With Accessibility Issue at Polling Station

‘It shouldn’t be happening. This is 2022’
Richard Vivian
about 15 hours ago
October 24, 2022

Is roof work getting in the way of prospective voters at a Ward 4 polling station?

A 50-foot section of sidewalk was taped off in front of the West End Community Centre during voting for Monday’s municipal election, forcing anyone not in a motor vehicle approaching from Imperial Road onto the paved driveway if they need a flat surface to travel.

“Inclusion shouldn’t be just lip service,” commented Ward 4 resident Jennifer Cameron, who walks with a cane. “The west end rec. centre shouldn’t have been a voting station if it wasn’t accessible.”

Federal Minister Says She’s ‘shocked’ by Suggestion of Assisted Deaths for Some Babies

Qualtrough says she hears regularly of people with disabilities seeking death due to lack of supports