Toronto Looks Into Cost Of Disability Accommodation

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City has avoided hiring people with restrictions because of budget constraints, analyst said. Laurie Monsebraaten The Toronto Star October 1, 2019 Louis Manno worked in the city’s old “Access Toronto” call centre for a dozen years until the current 311 information service was introduced in 2009 and forced him into… Read more“Toronto Looks Into Cost Of Disability Accommodation”

Open Letter to the Attorney General. Advocates Call for Disability-Rights Based Appeal of the Quebec Superior Court’s Decision in Truchon & Gladu

To: Hon. David Lametti, MP. Attorney General Cc: Right Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Hon. Carla Qualtrough, MP. Minister of Accessibility, Liberal Party of Canada Dear Minister Lametti, We, the undersigned members and supporters of the Canadian disability community, are deeply troubled by… Read more“Open Letter to the Attorney General. Advocates Call for Disability-Rights Based Appeal of the Quebec Superior Court’s Decision in Truchon & Gladu”

Why The Fate Of Online Accessibility May Rest With A Domino’s Pizza Lawsuit

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The pizza chain asked the Supreme Court to review a case that could push business websites to better serve people with disabilities. By Abrar Al-Heeti, October 7, 2019 This is part of CNET’s “Tech Enabled” series about the role technology plays in helping the disability community. When the Americans with… Read more“Why The Fate Of Online Accessibility May Rest With A Domino’s Pizza Lawsuit”

Airlines Putting The Squeeze On Safety

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In An Era Of Cramped Flights, Officials Time How Long It Takes To Deplane Hannah Sampson, The Washington Post The Toronto Star, October 5, 2019 This year, over the course of 12 days, 720 volunteers will go through the motions of every air traveller’s nightmare: an emergency evacuation. The testing… Read more“Airlines Putting The Squeeze On Safety”

Silicon Valley’s Motor City: As Big Tech Adds Fuel To A Housing Crisis, Poorer Residents Live In RVs

Image. Francisca Ramirez lives in an RV, shown in June on Shoreline Boulevard in Mountain View, Calif. She and her husband tried to find an apartment to rent in the California town, which is home to Google's headquarters, but they settled on the RV after landlords asked for a large security deposit and the last month's rent up front.

In a quiet residential neighbourhood near Google’s headquarters, Francisca Ramirez has finished the dishes and is sweeping the kitchen floor while her nine-year-old granddaughter naps. A few doors away, William Adolfo Yac has his tools out and the generator going, readying to start some home repairs. His neighbour Norma Ruiz… Read more“Silicon Valley’s Motor City: As Big Tech Adds Fuel To A Housing Crisis, Poorer Residents Live In RVs”

Diversity At Law Firms A Work In Progress, Analysis Finds Women Remain Underrepresented At Partnership Level, Data Shows

Image. Jennifer Gold, vice-president of the Women’s Law Association of Ontario, says that while there is now greater diversity at the lower levels of the profession, firms have much work to do to improve diversity at the leadership level.

Women represented 30 per cent or less of partners at the majority of Canada’s biggest law firms with offices in Ontario, a Star analysis has found. While the Star also found that the number of female associates was closer to 50 per cent – and in some cases 60 per… Read more“Diversity At Law Firms A Work In Progress, Analysis Finds Women Remain Underrepresented At Partnership Level, Data Shows”

Summary Report of the Elections Canada TeleTownHall Held June 6, 2019 by Canadian Council of the Blind and Sterling Creations

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Canadian Council of the Blind and Sterling Creations Present: Summary Report of the Elections Canada TeleTownHall TeleTownHall Date: June 6, 2019 Report Finalized On: August 23, 2019 Prepared by: The Canadian Accessible Elections TeleTownHall Organizing Committee Introduction: This TeleTownHall was held countrywide and was hosted by the Canadian Council of… Read more“Summary Report of the Elections Canada TeleTownHall Held June 6, 2019 by Canadian Council of the Blind and Sterling Creations”

Disabled Passengers Say New Rules Present Some Greater Barriers to Air Travel

Montreal - Tracy Odell recalls with a mix of pride and pain the sunny Spring day two years ago that her daughter got married in California.

Tracy Odell recalls with a mix of pride and pain the sunny spring day two years ago that her daughter got married in California. Pride in the milestone. Pain at having to miss it. Airlines, she said, effectively failed to accommodate her disability, a problem that thousands of Canadians continue… Read more“Disabled Passengers Say New Rules Present Some Greater Barriers to Air Travel”

Canadian Transportation Agency Launches a New Confidential Toll-Free Accessibility Help Line at +1 (844) 943-0273

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The disability community and persons with disabilities now have new tools available to help them exercise their right to an accessible transportation network. In support of the implementation of the new Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations, the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) has launched a new confidential toll-free Accessibility… Read more“Canadian Transportation Agency Launches a New Confidential Toll-Free Accessibility Help Line at +1 (844) 943-0273”

Accessibility App Receives Cash Injection To Help More Canadians With Disabilities Accessnow Will Receive $2.7M From The Federal Government

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An accessibility application that aims to break down barriers facing Canadians with disabilities has received a major boost in funding from Ottawa. AccessNow, an online platform that uses crowd-sourced information to show how mobility-friendly buildings and public transit are, will receive $2.7 million in investment from the federal government. Carla… Read more“Accessibility App Receives Cash Injection To Help More Canadians With Disabilities Accessnow Will Receive $2.7M From The Federal Government”