Accessibility News April 3,2021 Update

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In this Issue

*Accessibility Advocates Raise Serious Concerns With New Policy Allowing Dogs on Nova Scotia Patios
*As the COVID-19 Pandemic Again Worsens, Here’s Additional Media Coverage of the Ford Government’s Unwarranted Secrecy Over Ontario’s Seriously Flawed Critical Care Triage Protocol and Plans
*Please Write to the City of Toronto to Support the AODA Alliance’s New, Comprehensive Brief on Why Toronto Should Not Lift the Ban on Electric Scooters
*Waterloo’s Free Rides to Vaccine Clinics Are Not Wheelchair-Accessible
*One Year After the First Secret Ontario Critical Care Triage Protocol Was Sent to Ontario Hospitals, the Threat of Critical Care Discrimination Against Some Patients with Disabilities Remains A Live Worry
*Ontario COVID-19 Surge Could Force Doctors to Use Online Calculator to Make Life-and-Death Decisions

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Accessibility Advocates Raise Serious Concerns With New Policy Allowing Dogs on Nova Scotia Patios

One day after the Nova Scotia government announced a new policy allowing dogs on outdoor patios, some accessibility advocates and guide dog users are raising concerns that the presence of pets could compromise their safety.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/accessibility-advocates-raise-serious-concerns-with-new-policy-allowing-dogs-on-nova-scotia-patios/

As the COVID-19 Pandemic Again Worsens, Here’s Additional Media Coverage of the Ford Government’s Unwarranted Secrecy Over Ontario’s Seriously Flawed Critical Care Triage Protocol and Plans

The new and much more contagious COVID-19 variants are rapidly spreading. The media reports that Ontario hospital Intensive Care Units have more COVID-19 patients than ever. The Ford Government is understandably imposing more lock-down measures to stem the spread of the pandemic.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/as-the-covid-19-pandemic-again-worsens-heres-additional-media-coverage-of-the-ford-governments-unwarranted-secrecy-over-ontarios-seriously-flawed-critical-care-triage-protocol-and-plans/

Please Write to the City of Toronto to Support the AODA Alliance’s New, Comprehensive Brief on Why Toronto Should Not Lift the Ban on Electric Scooters

The AODA Alliance has just submitted a comprehensive brief to the City of Toronto showing why it must not lift the ban on electric scooters (e-scooters). This brief, set out below, brings together and supplements all the work we have done on this e-scooters issue over the past 19 months. We set the brief out below.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/please-write-to-the-city-of-toronto-to-support-the-aoda-alliances-new-comprehensive-brief-on-why-toronto-should-not-lift-the-ban-on-electric-scooters/

Waterloo’s Free Rides to Vaccine Clinics Are Not Wheelchair-Accessible

The usefulness of an offer by the City of Waterloo to take people with disabilities and older adults to vaccination appointments is being questioned, because the transportation being used is not wheelchair accessible.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/waterloos-free-rides-to-vaccine-clinics-are-not-wheelchair-accessible/

One Year After the First Secret Ontario Critical Care Triage Protocol Was Sent to Ontario Hospitals, the Threat of Critical Care Discrimination Against Some Patients with Disabilities Remains A Live Worry

It was one year ago yesterday that the Ford Government secretly sent Ontario hospitals a deeply-flawed critical care triage protocol, directing how hospitals should decide who will be refused life-saving critical care if hospitals get overloaded by the COVID-19pandemic. It was one year ago next week that the disability community learned of this, and made public the fact that the Government’s critical care triage protocol discriminates against some patients with disabilities.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/one-year-after-the-first-secret-ontario-critical-care-triage-protocol-was-sent-to-ontario-hospitals-the-threat-of-critical-care-discrimination-against-some-patients-with-disabilities-remains-a-live-w/

Ontario COVID-19 Surge Could Force Doctors to Use Online Calculator to Make Life-and-Death Decisions

If COVID-19’s surging third wave overwhelms Ontario’s hospitals, doctors could soon be using an emergency triage protocol that includes an online calculator to help decide who gets lifesaving care and who does not.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/ontario-covid-19-surge-could-force-doctors-to-use-online-calculator-to-make-life-and-death-decisions/

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