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

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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”

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”

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

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

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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”

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

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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!