Accessibility News July 11,2015 Update

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In this Issue

*VCH Investigation Unable To Conclude Why It Told the Truth
*Stuck on the Sidelines
*Quebec Superior Court Assumes Jurisdiction Over Accessibility Class Action
*Access Austerity Referendum in Ontario
*Blind Transit Riders Deserve Safe Callout System

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VCH Investigation Unable To Conclude Why It Told the Truth

By Valentine Marten

On July 7, 2015 VCH released the report of an investigation into why one of their media spokespeople told the truth in 2012. The three year meticulous,
exhaustive investigation was unable to conclude why the spokesperson told the truth. VCH issued a highly qualified, carefully worded safety blanket apology to their stakeholders, and made a commitment to never tell the truth again.


Stuck on the Sidelines

Transit will tell you the city buses are all wheelchair accessible, but the old ramps only work on a sidewalk or curb. We need accessible buses that can help people in wheelchairs whether there is a sidewalk, curb or nothing.


Quebec Superior Court Assumes Jurisdiction Over Accessibility Class Action

The backdrop to the class action was a January 2008 decision of the CTA (Decision 6-AT-A-2008) in which WestJet (along with Air Canada and Air Canada Jazz)
was prohibited from charging a fare for any additional seat required by persons who were disabled by reason of their obesity.


Access Austerity Referendum in Ontario

By Victor Schwartzman

Starting shortly, athletes from all over North, South and Central America WERE planning on converging on Toronto for the PanAm summer games, including
Paralympic athletes. However, while the Games facilities are accessible, virtually nothing else has changed in Toronto.


Blind Transit Riders Deserve Safe Callout System

How can a serious problem affecting people with disabilities in Victoria persist for seven years when everyone involved agrees on the obvious solution?


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