Edmonton Woman Wants Change After She, Her Service Dog Were Left Waiting for a Taxi

Marla Smith and her service dog Kuno like to spend time doing things around the city, so she’s not very happy about being left at Rogers Place last Friday with no ride.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/edmonton-woman-wants-change-after-she-her-service-dog-were-left-waiting-for-a-taxi/

Region Not in ‘Full Compliance’ with Disabilities Act: Ajax Reader

Ajax News Advertiser
Tuesday, December 27, 2022

To the editor:

Earlier this year, the Ontario Human Rights Commission handed down a ruling in favour of Mr. Hejka in the case, Hejka versus Durham Region (https://canliiconnects.org/en/commentaries/89369 (opens in new window/tab)).

The complaint was in regards to discrimination by Durham Region Transit (DRT) Specialized Services. The ruling, although directed at Specialized Services, also is relevant to accessibility practices on conventional services.

My experiences and complaints over the years have gone overlooked and unheard. In reality, little has changed. Perhaps it is time for the region to be required to bring forward a major plan as to what is being done to bring DRT in full compliance with the Transportation Standard of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

We are just a little more than two years away from expected compliance of 2025.

Over the years, your publications have printed many articles in this regard, of DRT’s questionable practices in accessibility. Perhaps we need to start seeing them again!

Phillip McCorkell,
Ajax

Original at https://www.durhamregion.com/opinion-story/10807772-region-not-in-full-compliance-with-disabilities-act-ajax-reader/

Funding Announced for 47 New Affordable, Accessible Residential Units in Saint John

A news release from the City of Saint John says three of the one-bedroom units will be fully accessible and the entire building is designed to the universal design standard, including common areas and apartment suites.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/funding-announced-for-47-new-affordable-accessible-residential-units-in-saint-john/

Canada’s Policies are a Death Sentence for Disabled People. The Country Must Reckon with its Modern Eugenics

The way this country’s policies affect disabled people like me is a matter of life and death, writes Dev Ramsawakh.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/canadas-policies-are-a-death-sentence-for-disabled-people-the-country-must-reckon-with-its-modern-eugenics/

Members of Disability Community Support Development of Accessibility Legislation: Report

An interim report entitled Nothing About Us, Without Us: Moving Together Towards an Accessible New Brunswick was tabled in the legislature on Friday, Dec.16.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/members-of-disability-community-support-development-of-accessibility-legislation-report/

The Latest Android Update Is Bad News for Accessibility Users

I could tell it was going to be a bad day.

I woke up to an overdraft notice from my bank, which is never a good sign. Then I realized something was wrong with my phone. I’d updated it the day before, but hadn’t used it since then, so the changes took me by surprise.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/the-latest-android-update-is-bad-news-for-accessibility-users/

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In this Issue

*London Poised to Green-Light e-Scooters, Cargo Bikes
*Denied Long-Term Disability for Mental Health Issues: Your Rights
*Paralympic Hockey Player Calls for Greater Accessibility in Ontario Ice Rinks
*This Woman Can’t Physically Leave Her Basement. Calgary’s Rental Market Gives Her Few Options
*2022 Hearing Aid Survey – Aging In Place.org
* AODA Alliance Updates(4)

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London Poised to Green-Light e-Scooters, Cargo Bikes

Expect a green light for electric scooters and cargo bikes on London’s streets, as city staff prepare new rules to allow their use on public property.

There’s just one catch: They’re already there.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynews.ca/london-poised-to-green-light-e-scooters-cargo-bikes/

Denied Long-Term Disability for Mental Health Issues: Your Rights

In Canada, long-term disability (LTD) claims for mental health issues make up the lion’s share of claims filed each year.

Despite mental disorders, such as depression and anxiety, being recognized as conditions that can affect your ability to do your job, many insurance companies still turn down legitimate claims.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/denied-long-term-disability-for-mental-health-issues-your-rights/

Paralympic Hockey Player Calls for Greater Accessibility in Ontario Ice Rinks

“Nothing says ‘you still don’t belong here’ in hockey quite like being assigned a city rink to coach my daughter, that is still 100 per cent inaccessible,” Bridges said in a Twitter post on Dec. 3.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/paralympic-hockey-player-calls-for-greater-accessibility-in-ontario-ice-rinks/

This Woman Can’t Physically Leave Her Basement. Calgary’s Rental Market Gives Her Few Options

On most days, Terry Goss is trapped inside her basement suite because she can’t make it up the stairs.

She has good days, when the handrail is enough to get out. But on bad days, she can’t check the mailbox, pick up medication at the pharmacy or even get food delivered to her door â all because of the stairs.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/this-woman-cant-physically-leave-her-basement-calgarys-rental-market-gives-her-few-options/

2022 Hearing Aid Survey – Aging In Place.org

Today’s hearing aids are more discreet and technologically advanced than ever, especially considering the original hearing aid was the ear trumpet, a horn held to the ear for people to speak into.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/2022-hearing-aid-survey-aginginplace-org/

AODA Alliance Updates:

The AODA Alliance’s 2022 Year-End Report to Our Many Supporters

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Check Out New Captioned Video Series on how and Why to Tear Down Disability Barriers in the Education system that Impede Students with Disabilities

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Read the Improved but Still Too Weak Bill C-22, the Canada Disability Benefit Act, With House of Commons Standing Committee’s Nine Amendments Added

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Members of Parliament Head Home for Holiday Festivities Without Passing Bill C-22, the Canada Disability Benefit Act – Standing Committee Makes Nine Helpful Amendments, But the Bill Still is Far Too Weak

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London Poised to Green-Light e-Scooters, Cargo Bikes

Author of the article:Megan Stacey
Published Dec 22, 2022

Expect a green light for electric scooters and cargo bikes on London’s streets, as city staff prepare new rules to allow their use on public property.

There’s just one catch: They’re already there.

There is no London bylaw regulating use of e-scooters or cargo e-bikes in London, but owners may not know or care about the regulatory black hole. Ontario is running two- and three-year pilot projects.

“The city is really, in this case, hamstrung,” said Jamieson Roberts, a cycling and active transportation advocate.

“There are already people riding them. We need to say, ‘We don’t want these devices that will enable people to travel without a car,’ . . . put our foot down and start ticketing people, or just accept it and roll with it.”

He votes for the latter, as did London’s last council, which asked staff to draft an e-scooter and cargo bike bylaw.

The vehicles are affordable, easy to use, and actually deliver “on the promise of freedom and being able to do what you want,” Roberts said.

“Where we’re seeing the largest adoption (of electric vehicles) is in stuff like scooters and bicycles and electric (two- and three-wheelers) – stuff that lets people get around their city cheaply, effectively and efficiently,”

Electric cargo bikes also help businesses looking to make deliveries.

But not everyone is sold, with significant worries from accessibility advocates and a few flags raised by London’s transportation advisory committee, which advises council on transportation issues like cycling.

The draft bylaw hasn’t reached council, but the advisory committee got a first look at the proposed rules for e-scooters and “cargo power-assisted bicycles,” including:

  • Banning them from sidewalk or roads with speed limits higher than 50 km/h.
  • Encouraging their use in bike lanes or on shared paths, like the Thames Valley Parkway.
  • Requiring all cyclists, and scooter riders under 18, to wear helmets.

Ontario’s e-scooter pilot project runs until 2024, and the cargo e-bike trial until 2026. Municipalities including Brampton, Hamilton, Mississauga, Ottawa, Windsor and Waterloo Region already allow e-scooters.

London’s advisory committee raised concerns about what happens after those trials. The province ultimately will decide whether to allow e-scooters and electric cargo bikes on Ontario roads.

“Cargo e-bikes are a significant investment for individuals and businesses. Uptake will be limited if there is a risk that they will not be allowed after the . . . pilot. This applies to e-scooters, too,” the committee wrote.

Accessibility advocates said e-scooters pose a real safety hazard to blind and deaf people.

“We will still feel threatened when out there trying to take a walk,” Ashfaq (Kash) Husain, a longtime member of city hall’s accessibility advisory committee who is legally blind, told politicians in June.

It’s hoped the proposed rules, limiting the vehicles to roads and paths where bikes are already allowed, will mitigate many accessibility advocates’ concerns.

“They’re going to be travelling at a similar speed (as bicycles), and . . . away from the sidewalk,” Roberts said. “They’re not going to be interacting with pedestrians or people moving . . . slower, or with assistive devices.”

But it will be up to e-scooter or cargo bike riders to think of others and consider pedestrians, he said. “They’re going to use them either way. If we at least put some guidelines in place, we can help shape (their) usage.”

City hall also proposes creating a four-month staff post to boost public awareness and handle complaints as the new rules are rolled out. The recommendation goes to council’s civic works committee in the new year.

mstacey@postmedia.com

Original at https://lfpress.com/news/local-news/london-poised-to-green-light-e-scooters-cargo-bikes

Denied Long-Term Disability for Mental Health Issues: Your Rights

In Canada, long-term disability (LTD) claims for mental health issues make up the lion’s share of claims filed each year.

Despite mental disorders, such as depression and anxiety, being recognized as conditions that can affect your ability to do your job, many insurance companies still turn down legitimate claims.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/denied-long-term-disability-for-mental-health-issues-your-rights/

Paralympic Hockey Player Calls for Greater Accessibility in Ontario Ice Rinks

“Nothing says ‘you still don’t belong here’ in hockey quite like being assigned a city rink to coach my daughter, that is still 100 per cent inaccessible,” Bridges said in a Twitter post on Dec. 3.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/paralympic-hockey-player-calls-for-greater-accessibility-in-ontario-ice-rinks/