Ottawa Expands Air Passenger Rights as Airlines Push Back Bumped Travellers to get up to $2,400, Those with Lost or Damaged Luggage up to $2,100

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Christopher Reynolds The Canadian Press The Toronto Star July 16, 2019 MONTREAL – Transport Minister Marc Garneau said he was “surprised” and “disappointed” by legal action from Canadian airlines to quash new rules to beef up compensation for passengers subjected to delayed flights and damaged luggage. “We feel that we… Read more“Ottawa Expands Air Passenger Rights as Airlines Push Back Bumped Travellers to get up to $2,400, Those with Lost or Damaged Luggage up to $2,100”

Toronto Pearson Announces it is Now Offering Aira Service, A Leading-Edge Assistive Technology, to Help Travellers with Sight Loss Navigate the Airport Independently

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On July 16, 2019 Toronto Pearson announced it is now offering Aira service, a leading-edge assistive technology, to help travellers with sight loss navigate the airport independently. Using the Aira iPhone or Android mobile phone application, passengers can connect to a specially trained, human agent for navigational assistance as they… Read more“Toronto Pearson Announces it is Now Offering Aira Service, A Leading-Edge Assistive Technology, to Help Travellers with Sight Loss Navigate the Airport Independently”

Elections Canada Tele Town Hall Held June 6th 2019 A Success

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On June 6, 2019 Sterling Creations in collaboration with the Canadian Council of the Blind and Elections Canada hosted and ran a country wide tele town hall. The objective of this tele town hall was to have given participants an opportunity to provide feedback to Elections Canada with regard to… Read more“Elections Canada Tele Town Hall Held June 6th 2019 A Success”

Accessible Transportation for Persons With Disabilities Regulations Have Been Published in the Canada Gazette, Part II

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The proposed regulations can be found at the following link: Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations: SOR/2019-244 Canada Gazette, Part II, Volume 153, Number 14 http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p2/2019/2019-07-10/html/sor-dors244-eng.html

The Barrier Free Canada – Canada Sans Barriers June 2019 Newsletter Second Quarter

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The following information is being provided in an accessible PDF format in order to preserve its original formatting and visual style. Please access this document using the link below. The Barrier Free Canada – Canada Sans Barriers June 2019 Newsletter Second Quarter http://barrierfreecanada.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/BFC-CSB-June-2019-Newsletter-Second-Quarter.pdf

Canadian Airlines Ask Appeal Court to Quash New Passenger Rights Rules

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Canadian airlines are among hundreds of carriers asking the Federal Court of Appeal to quash new rules that beef up compensation for passengers subjected to delayed flights and damaged luggage. Air Canada and Porter Airlines Inc., along with 17 other applicants that include the International Air Transport Association — which… Read more“Canadian Airlines Ask Appeal Court to Quash New Passenger Rights Rules”

Promoting Lifelong Learning Skills for a Barrier-free Canada

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I came to Canada in September 2005. The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) had just been passed. I was a student; a woman of colour; and in a wheelchair with a fractured knee. Toronto welcomed me and I felt included. Fourteen years later, the Accessible Canada Act (ACA)… Read more“Promoting Lifelong Learning Skills for a Barrier-free Canada”

Canadian Transportation Agency Announces Plans to Enhance Accessibility of Canada’s National Transportation System

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PR Newswire June 21, 2019 GATINEAU, QC, June 21, 2019 / CNW / – Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act , which received Royal Assent today, will provide the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) with new tools to help advance the accessibility of the national transportation system. Once in force, this… Read more“Canadian Transportation Agency Announces Plans to Enhance Accessibility of Canada’s National Transportation System”

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

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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”