Accessibility News December 23,2023 Update

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In this Issue

*Why are Canadian Airlines Failing Passengers With Disabilities?
*Critics Caution Against Plan to Expand Medical Assistance in Dying to Those With Mental Illness
*Advocate Says Regina Councillor was Right to Oppose Proposed Accessible Waterslide Budget Cut
*StatCan: Eight Million People, 27 Per Cent of Canadians, have at Least one Disability
*Hamilton Delays End to Free Transit for Blind, Disabled Residents
* AODA Alliance Updates(6)

ARTICLES:

Why are Canadian Airlines Failing Passengers With Disabilities?

Spot checks by the regulator would put the airlines on notice since they could face serious consequences for failure to discharge their obligations.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/why-are-canadian-airlines-failing-passengers-with-disabilities/

Critics Caution Against Plan to Expand Medical Assistance in Dying to Those With Mental Illness

Hope is what kept Laurel Walker alive as thoughts of suicide overwhelmed her, and that is exactly what she says would be stripped from people battling the same darkness if Canada forges ahead with plans to expand medical assistance in dying to those with a mental disorder.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/critics-caution-against-plan-to-expand-medical-assistance-in-dying-to-those-with-mental-illness/

Advocate Says Regina Councillor was Right to Oppose Proposed Accessible Waterslide Budget Cut

“You all make me sick,” Nelson said. “How dare you take this away from the disabled community, the community that was so excited to finally go down a god damn waterslide.”

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/advocate-says-regina-councillor-was-right-to-oppose-proposed-accessible-waterslide-budget-cut/

StatCan: Eight Million People, 27 Per Cent of Canadians, have at Least one Disability

The number of Canadians with at least one disability has doubled in ten years, a reality that should push governments to help reduce barriers to accessibility, says the head of a human rights organization.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/statcan-eight-million-people-27-per-cent-of-canadians-have-at-least-one-disability/

Hamilton Delays End to Free Transit for Blind, Disabled Residents

Council approved the “grace period” Wednesday for riders using the long-standing voluntary pay program, which is being replaced Jan. 1 by a new transit affordability program that will provide discounts to more riders.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynews.ca/hamilton-delays-end-to-free-transit-for-blind-disabled-residents/

AODA Alliance Updates:

AODA Alliance’s 2023 Year-End Report to Our Many Supporters

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynews.ca/aoda-alliances-2023-year-end-report-to-our-many-supporters/

As 2023 Comes to an End, What’s Happening with the Accessible Canada Act and the Canada Disability Benefit Act?

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynews.ca/as-2023-comes-to-an-end-whats-happening-with-the-accessible-canada-act-and-the-canada-disability-benefit-act/

Ontario Accessibility Minister Raymond Cho Finally Breaks Months of Radio Silence and Writes the AODA Alliance, But Tells Us Nothing New and Does Not Agree to Meet

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynews.ca/ontario-accessibility-minister-raymond-cho-finally-breaks-months-of-radio-silence-and-writes-the-aoda-alliance-but-tells-us-nothing-new-and-does-not-agree-to-meet/

More Media Coverage of the Toronto Bike Path that Endangers Pedestrians with Disabilities

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynews.ca/more-media-coverage-of-the-toronto-bike-path-that-endangers-pedestrians-with-disabilities/

Good Media Coverage of the Rich Donovan Final Report

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynews.ca/good-media-coverage-of-the-rich-donovan-final-report/

Ford Government Belatedly Makes Public Blistering Independent Review’s Final Report on Failed Government Implementation of Ontario’s Disabilities Act – Report Declares Disability Inaccessibility a ?Crisis? Needing Urgent Action, Will Premier Ford Take Action?

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynews.ca/ford-government-belatedly-makes-public-blistering-independent-reviews-final-report-on-failed-government-implementation-of-ontarios-disabilities-act-report-declares-disability-inaccessibility-a/

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