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”

A Personal Perspective By Andrew Johnson, Consultant & Notary Public

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Introduction I (Donna Jodhan) first met Andrew Johnson in the early 1990s when I asked him to become my personal lawyer, and over the years he has become more than just my personal lawyer. Today, Andrew is my mentor and sounding board! I recently asked him to share his perspectives… Read more“A Personal Perspective By Andrew Johnson, Consultant & Notary Public”

Sharing My Hopes for the Accessible Canada Act Contributed by Penny Leclair

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Since this new act relates to federal jurisdiction, my hopes for the difference it should bring to my life, as a senior who is deafblind. I often must travel with a guide or with my guide dog. For purchasing a ticket I must do this via phone, and under-go lengthy… Read more“Sharing My Hopes for the Accessible Canada Act Contributed by Penny Leclair”

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”

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”

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”

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

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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”