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In this Issue
* B.C. Residents With Disabilities Demand a Say on Proposed Accessibility Law
* A Look at Premier Doug Ford’s First Throne Speech from the Perspective of Ensuring that Ontario Becomes Accessible to 1.9 Million Ontarians with Disabilities by 2025
* What Will Today’s Throne Speech at Queen’s Park Offer 1.9 Million Ontarians with Disabilities?
* Supporting Autism in Classrooms with Different Strategies
* Left In The Dark: Canadians With Disabilities Deserve Better From CRA
* Bike-Lane Bus Stops Dangerous for Blind: Suit
* Firm Ordered to Pay $1.5 Million in Fees!
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B.C. Residents With Disabilities Demand a Say on Proposed Accessibility Law
Amanda Reaume, Kent Loftsgard, Jessica Leung, and Vivian Ly are people living with varying disabilities who say they have to be involved in drafting any new accessibility legislation.
A Look at Premier Doug Ford’s First Throne Speech from the Perspective of Ensuring that Ontario Becomes Accessible to 1.9 Million Ontarians with Disabilities by 2025
Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s first Throne Speech, read at Queen’s Park on July 12, 2018, said nothing about taking new action to ensure that Ontario becomes accessible to 1.9 million Ontarians with disabilities by 2025, the deadline which all parties set in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2005. Below the AODA Alliance identifies six passages in the Throne Speech which have implications for the accessibility needs of Ontarians with disabilities.
The Throne Speech is where a Government sets out, at a high level, its priorities for action.
What Will Today’s Throne Speech at Queen’s Park Offer 1.9 Million Ontarians with Disabilities?
Community groups and advocates for the needs of 1.9 million Ontarians with disabilities are poised to scrutinize and respond to today’s Ontario Throne Speech, to see what new action it offers for people with disabilities. They will also be carefully watching the responses from the other parties at Queen’s
Park, to see what they have to say about people with disabilities, in their responses to the Throne Speech.
Supporting Autism in Classrooms with Different Strategies
According to a Global News Article, 1 in 66 children in Canada is born with autism. With numbers like these, it is clear that supporting autism in classrooms is necessary. Although Ontario school boards must provide accessibility training, there is still more work to be done. As well, teachers need to be mindful of including all abilities when planning their lessons.
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Left In The Dark: Canadians With Disabilities Deserve Better From CRA
My colleagues and I learned that both of Canada’s Disability Tax Credit programs are failing our most vulnerable people. Sen. Jim Munson
Canadians with physical disabilities and serious mental health issues are being denied crucial tax credits due to a change in eligibility criteria.
Bike-Lane Bus Stops Dangerous for Blind: Suit
The City of Victoria and B.C. Transit have put the lives of blind pedestrians at risk by moving bus stops away from the curb to accommodate bike lanes, claims the Canadian Federation of the Blind.
Firm Ordered to Pay $1.5 Million in Fees!
Koskie Minsky LLP is seeking leave to appeal an Ontario Superior Court of Justice order to donate $1.5 million of its legal fees to charity.
The order comes as part of the decision in Welsh v. Ontario, a class action lawsuit that alleges the Ontario government was negligent and failed in its fiduciary duties and duties to care for students at three provincially run schools for the deaf.
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