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April 09, 2024
By Swimming Canada

TORONTO – The Olympic & Paralympic Swimming Trials, Presented by Bell, will be moved to Toronto due to the closure of the Olympic Pool in Montreal.

Swimming Canada was informed Wednesday by Federation de natation du Quebec that the Centre sportif du Parc Olympique would be closed for several months due to damage caused by fire. Since that time senior staff have been consulting with partners and working on contingency plans for the event, which serves as the selection meet to nominate teams for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

New Patented Wearable Technology Provides Support

Canine Companions is proud to introduce our groundbreaking CanineAlert Device, a patented wearable technology designed to provide essential support. Developed in-house, this innovative technology represents a significant advancement in assisting people with disabilities.


‘Overwhelming Support’ for Disability Benefit Complicated by Slow Implementation, Survey Finds

As Canada’s Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland prepares to deliver the federal government’s budget next week, new data suggests overwhelming support for the Canada Disability Benefit, a form of financial support for people living with disabilities signed into law last June.


Remembering All that Roy McMurtry Achieved for People with Disabilities

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities Website:
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April 9, 2024


Many Great Accomplishments for People with Disabilities Never Reach the Headlines

Last month, Canada lost a giant of Canadian politics and law. Roy McMurtry had been Ontario’s Attorney General for a decade and later Chief Justice of Ontario’s Superior Court. He then went on to serve as Chief Justice of Ontario’s Court of Appeal.

Political leaders, community leaders and political columnists have all marked his death with speeches and articles recounting his many achievements over his long and impressive career. However, it is also important to honour his memory by highlighting his accomplishments for people with disabilities. These did not lead to headlines during his lifetime but have made a major difference in our lives.

Ford Government to Spend 1.3 Billion Dollars on School Construction Without Ensuring that these Schools will be Fully Accessible to Thousands of Students, Parents and School Staff with Disabilities


April 8, 2024 Toronto: Disability advocates are blasting the Ford Government for failing to announce any measures to ensure that newly built or renovated schools will be designed to be accessible to thousands of students, parents, teachers, and other school staff with disabilities when it announced last week that it is investing 1.3 billion tax dollars into building new schools and expanding existing ones.

Town Encourages People to Report Accessibility Barriers

Online feedback form available for people to submit if they encounter accessibility barriers at town facilities CollingwoodToday Staff
April 2, 2024

The Town of Collingwood is encouraging residents and visitors to report any accessibility barriers they encounter while accessing town services.

The town, together with the accessibility advisory committee, is currently undertaking an Accessible Collingwood campaign, meant to raise awareness about the work being done to increase accessibility and also to identify areas of town services that still need work.

Those who encounter barriers can submit an online feedback form or call customer service at 705-445-1030 to report the barrier.

Vancouver Schools Lag on Playground Accessibility, Parents Say

While some Lower Mainland school districts have publicly released accessibility plans, Vancouver’s is still in “formative stage” 18 months past legislated deadline.


New Hiking Trail Set to Revolutionize Outdoor Accessibility in Green River

Spanning four miles and with a width of five feet, the Skyline Trail will wind its way from Upland Way, ascending South Hill, tracing the ridge line, and descending behind Western Wyoming Community College. Unlike traditional concrete or asphalt paths, this trail will feature a soft surface, providing a more natural and immersive experience for visitors.


Toronto e-scooter Pilot Program Facing Roadblocks

Budget constraints and continued opposition stand in the way of an e-scooter program possibly being launched any time soon. Mark McAllister looks at the roadblocks and the city’s efforts to create an overall micromobility strategy. By Mark McAllister and John Marchesan
Posted March 27, 2024

Toronto will soon see more e-scooters taking over the streets now that spring has arrived even though they’re still banned.

An e-scooter pilot program was first discussed at City Hall last summer in an effort to tackle what some consider to be a nuisance while also dealing with the reality that they, and other ‘micromobility’ vehicles, are here to stay.

Action Kit – Press Toronto City Council Not to Lift the Ban on Electric Scooters

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update

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March 27, 2024

Act Now, Before May 2, 2024

It is important to take action now, before May 2, 2024! Help keep people who live in Toronto or who visit Toronto safe from the serious dangers created by electric scooters (e-scooters). Three years ago, Toronto City Council wisely voted unanimously to ban people from riding e-scooters in public. Now, a new Toronto City Council is considering whether to change its mind. Its Infrastructure and Environment Committee will vote on this on May 2, 2024.