Less Talk, More Action: Advocates Critical of Feds’ Update on Disability Air Services

“We are disappointed at the unacceptable treatment that some persons with disabilities have received while travelling. Passengers have rights when they travel. They must be treated with respect and dignity throughout their journey, full stop.”

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/less-talk-more-action-advocates-critical-of-feds-update-on-disability-air-services/

During National AccessAbility Week, Advocates Say Ontario Has a Long Way to Go

Lane Harrison, CBC News
Posted: May 31, 2023

During a week dedicated to promoting accessibility and celebrating the contributions of people with disabilities in Canada, advocates say Ontario needs to do more on the issue.

David Lepofsky, chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance, says the province is falling behind on its goal of making Ontario fully accessible by 2025.

National AccessAbility Week, a campaign from Employment and Social Development Canada, runs from May 28 to June 3. Lepofsky says the most meaningful result of the week would be more government action.

Flush with Excitement: Enniskillen Officially Opens Accessible Washroom

By The Independent -May 26, 2023

Sarnia Lambton MPP Bob Bailey, Enniskillen Mayor Kevin Marriot and Christine Greydanus open a new chapter with accessible washrooms in the Marthaville Park

Enniskillen officials are hoping new accessible washrooms will help breathe new life into Marthaville Park.

The park, complete with children’s playground, pavilion and a ball diamond, was built in 1991.But the washroom facilities were aging and difficult for those with accessibility issues to use. “They were in need of repair when I was on council; I recall talking about the washrooms,” says Christine Greydanus who was at Marthaville Park as an Ontario Trillium Foundation volunteer as the municipality officially opened the washrooms Friday.

Red Shirt Day Creates Visible Display of Solidarity for Accessibility and Inclusion

May 26, 2023 Jessica Foley

Easter Seals Ontario is ready to celebrate Red Shirt Day next week. Wednesday, May 31, 2023, will be the fifth annual day to promote greater accessibility and inclusion within Kingston and communities everywhere, while also increasing awareness of the valuable contributions people with disabilities make to all aspects of life in Canada.

Red Shirt Day encourages Ontarians and people across the country to proudly wear red as a visible demonstration of support for persons living with disabilities and their families, according to a release from Easter Seals. “By actively participating, we not only acknowledge the remarkable accomplishments of people living with disabilities but also reaffirm our collective commitment to creating a fully accessible and inclusive society,” the organization stated.

Individuals With Disabilities Still Carry Burden of Accessibility at Universities, Panelists Say

When Alicia-Ann Pauld was earning her bachelor’s degree in sociology and sexuality studies in Montreal a few years ago, one of her classes was changed to a location that was inaccessible for her.

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https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/individuals-with-disabilities-still-carry-burden-of-accessibility-at-universities-panelists-say/

Please Email the City of Toronto Infrastructure and Environment Committee in the Next 48 Hours to Support the AODA Alliance’s Brief that Opposes Toronto Allowing Electric Scooters

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities https://www.aodaalliance.org aodafeedback@gmail.com Twitter: @aodaalliance

June 2, 2023

Toronto must not re-open the question of whether to ban e-scooters! If you can take one minute to help the accessibility cause in the next 48 hours, please send a short email to the City of Toronto Infrastructure and Environment Committee. Tell them not to allow e-scooters in Toronto. It would be great if you could also tell them that you support the AODA Alliance’s June 1, 2023, brief to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee, which opposes allowing e-scooters.

We emphasize that we don’t want anything done that would limit the use of mobility devices for people with disabilities. We are only opposing kick-style electric scooters.

A Powerful Letter from Two Legal Experts to Prime Minister Trudeau, Endorsed By Every Provincial Trial Lawyers Association in Canada, Urges the House of Commons to Ratify The Senate’s Amendments to Bill C-22 (the Canada Disability Benefit Act), Including the Ban on Private Insurance Companies from Clawing Back the Canada Disability Benefit

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities https://www.aodaalliance.org aodafeedback@gmail.com Twitter: @aodaalliance

May 30, 2023

SUMMARY

With the impressive endorsement of every Trial Lawyers Association in Canada, Toronto lawyers Steven Muller and Hart Schwartz have written Prime Minister Trudeau, calling for the House of Commons to ratify the Senate’s recent amendments to Bill C-22, the proposed Canada Disability Benefit Act. Their powerful letter is set out below. The AODA Alliance fully endorses it.

As Pressure Mounts for the House of Commons to Now Ratify All the Senate’s Recent Amendments to Bill C-22 (the Canada Disability Benefit Act), Why Is the Trudeau Government Delaying?

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE
NEWS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 1, 2023, Toronto: Without offering over 6 million people with disabilities in Canada an explanation, the Trudeau Government is delaying a vote in the House of Commons to ratify the Senate’s recent amendments to Bill C-22 (the Canada Disability Benefit Act) which is desperately needed now by hundreds of thousands of people with disabilities who languish in chronic poverty. The Federal Government pledged that no people with disabilities in Canada should ever live in poverty. It offered this bill to create a new social benefit, the Canada Disability Benefit, to lift eligible people with disabilities out of poverty.

Pressure on the Trudeau Government to stop its foot-dragging is growing and growing:

Very Important! Email Toronto City Council’s Infrastructure and Environment Committee! Ask to Speak (Virtually) for 5 Minutes on June 5, 2023 to Oppose City Councillor Paul Ainslie’s Attempt to Get Toronto to Allow Electric Scooters

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities Website: https://www.aodaalliance.org
Email: aodafeedback@gmail.com
Twitter: @aodaalliance

May 30, 2023

SUMMARY

Unbelievable as it sounds, we again need your help right away to stop the e-scooter corporate lobbyists from trying to get Toronto to allow e-scooters. As an especially cruel irony, this ordeal again confronts us right in the middle of National AccessAbility Week!

Toronto Councillor Paul Ainslie has sloughed off our serious disability concerns and is asking the City of Toronto to re-open this e-scooter issue. He wants Toronto to allow e-scooters. He has acted on this without even giving the disability community the courtesy of talking to us before he did so! In this update, we tell you what we need you to do and explain why.

New Guest Column in the Toronto Star’s Metroland Newspapers Shows Why the House of Commons Should Immediately Vote to Ratify All the Senate’s Amendments to Bill C-22, the Canada Disability Benefit Act

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities Website: https://www.aodaalliance.org
Email: aodafeedback@gmail.com
Twitter: @aodaalliance

May 29, 2023
SUMMARY

The Toronto Star’s Metroland newspapers have published a guest column in its Metroland newspapers. This column, as it appears in Metroland’s Barrie Advance, is set out below.

AODA Alliance Chair, David Lepofsky, shows why it is so important for the House of Commons to immediately ratify all the Senate’s amendments to Bill C-22, the proposed Canada Disability Benefit Act. The Trudeau Liberals have promised that no persons with disabilities should ever live in poverty and proposed the Canada Disability Benefit as a way to achieve this.

We encourage you to: