Barrier Free Canada – Canada sans Barrières Honored to Witness History at Minister Qualtrough’s Reception on June 20, 2019

Photograph. Minister Qualtrough stands smiling to the left of Louise Gillis, Barrier-Free Canada Board Member, at the June 20, 2019 Accessible Canada Act Celebrations.

We at Barrier Free Canada – Canada sans Barrières were extremely pleased and honoured to have been a part of Minister Qualtrough’s reception on June 20, 2019 and to have been a witness to the history making Royal Assent Ceremony on June 21, 2019. Now it’s time to relish this… Read more“Barrier Free Canada – Canada sans Barrières Honored to Witness History at Minister Qualtrough’s Reception on June 20, 2019”

Letter From Senator Chantal Petitclerc. Together, we made history. Bill C-81 The Accessible Canada Act Receives Royal Assent June 21, 2019

Illustration. Three celebratory banners with alternating rows of red and white drop downs showcasing maple leaves overlap across the top. In the bottom right corner are three Canadian flags waving in the wind. In the bottom left corner is the Barrier Free Canada / Sans Barriere Canada logo. Below the BFC / CSB logo are the words 'Bill C-81 The Accessible Canada Act'. Confetti of all different colors rains down from above.

Together, we made history. As you must be aware, Bill C-81 has passed and will be receiving royal assent today (June 21, 2019). After months of thorough review, by both the House of Commons and the Senate, and finally listening to your comments, advice and opinions on the bill, we… Read more“Letter From Senator Chantal Petitclerc. Together, we made history. Bill C-81 The Accessible Canada Act Receives Royal Assent June 21, 2019”

A Landmark Victory For All Canadians Bill C-81 The Accessible Canada Act Passes

Illustration. Three celebratory banners with alternating rows of red and white drop downs showcasing maple leaves overlap across the top. In the bottom right corner are three Canadian flags waving in the wind. In the bottom left corner is the Barrier Free Canada / Sans Barriere Canada logo. Below the BFC / CSB logo are the words 'Bill C-81 The Accessible Canada Act'. Confetti of all different colors rains down from above.

It’s time to celebrate! Royal Assent has been given and now history will reflect that we did it! A landmark victory for all Canadians! Congratulations to everyone! Time to tip our chapeaux and raise our glasses!

Who is The Real Advocate? A Tribute to the Late Chris Stark By Donna J. Jodhan

Red maple leaf on transparent background of Montreal city. In the center of the maple leaf is a photo of a smiling Chris Stark. Above the photo are the words 'In Loving Memory'. Below the photo are the words 'Chris Stark (1947-2019). Image.

It is certainly not me and it is certainly not most of us. However, when I think of it, the answer is just so close at hand. I can practically reach out and grab it! I can touch it and I can feel it! So who is it? Or should… Read more“Who is The Real Advocate? A Tribute to the Late Chris Stark By Donna J. Jodhan”

A Decade to Remember. Minister Qualtrough Champions Into Law Bill C-81 – The “Accessible Canada Act”

Canada Day flag with maple leaf on background of Montreal city. Red Canadian symbol over buildings of Montreal town with Barrier Free Canada Logo in English on the left, and in French on the right. Image.

In 2010 Canada became a signatur on the United Nations convention On the Rights Of Persons With Disabilities. Then In 2017 Canada completed it’s obligatory commitment when it acceded to the Optional Protocol to this United Nations convention. This week Minister Qualtrough championed into law Bill C-81 – the “Accessible… Read more“A Decade to Remember. Minister Qualtrough Champions Into Law Bill C-81 – The “Accessible Canada Act””

Access Means #EveryoneEverywhere Let’s Build a Canada That’s Accessible For All

#EveryoneEverywhere poster from the Rick Hansen Foundation features the hashtag #EveryoneEverywhere printed 15 times in white on a blue background. White letters on a black border reads 'All People. All Places.'

English: We at Barrier Free Canada / Canada sans Barrieres (@barrierfreeca) believe that all people should be able to go all places, which is why we are excited to share the #EveryoneEverywhere campaign from the Rick Hansen Foundation (https://www.rickhansen.com/EveryoneEverywhere). A lack of physical accessibility in the built environment is a… Read more“Access Means #EveryoneEverywhere Let’s Build a Canada That’s Accessible For All”

Bill C-81: Adoption Amendments and Third Reading in the Senate

Photo of the indoor Senate of Canada at the Canadian Parliament. All seats are empty and awaiting arrivals.

Wednesday May 8, 2019 Senator Petitclerc moved the adoption of the report on Bill C-81 with amendments and observations from the SOCI Committee. She said that the Committee heard from 20 witnesses and received more than 70 emails over their 4 meetings to study the bill. Based on the testimony,… Read more“Bill C-81: Adoption Amendments and Third Reading in the Senate”

Closing Remarks for the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility at the Building an Inclusive Canada: A National Disability Summit Ottawa, Ontario May 9, 2019

Close up photo of a bronze statuette of a blindfolded woman holding out the scales of justice in her right hand. Blurred in the background is the flag of Canada.

Hello everyone, Here we are, already at the very end of the Summit. Thank you so much for your participation. Over the past two days I’ve seen you all come together and share your ideas and perspectives on how we can make Canada more accessible and more inclusive for persons… Read more“Closing Remarks for the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility at the Building an Inclusive Canada: A National Disability Summit Ottawa, Ontario May 9, 2019”

Open Letter on the Need to Swiftly Pass All Senate Amendments to Bill C-81 – Accessible Canada Act

Photograph of a wheelchair sitting atop a three dimensional rendering of a map of the entire country of Canada which is, in turn, overlaid with the Canadian flag.

Open Letter on the Need to Swiftly Pass All Senate Amendments to Bill C-81 – Accessible Canada Act To: All Members of Parliament Date: May 16, 2019 The undersigned national, provincial and local disability groups ask all Members of Parliament to commit to swiftly pass all the amendments to Bill… Read more“Open Letter on the Need to Swiftly Pass All Senate Amendments to Bill C-81 – Accessible Canada Act”