Moving Forward Together Speech from the Throne to Open the First Session of the Forty-Third Parliament of Canada

Honourable Senators, Members of the House of Commons, Ladies and gentlemen, It is my pleasure to address this first session of Canada’s 43rd Parliament. I would like to welcome the 98 new members of this assembly and to welcome back returning members. Your predecessors first sat in Parliament in November 1867. Canada was barely fiveContinue reading Moving Forward Together Speech from the Throne to Open the First Session of the Forty-Third Parliament of Canada

Opinion: Blocking the Disabled on the Web Means Blocking Innovation

Disabled folks like Vint Cerf and Joybubbles helped birth today’s digital world. But a lack of ADA compliance thwarts the innovators of tomorrow. Without the inspiration and innovation of two disabled individuals, the digital world likely wouldn’t be what it is today. Yet that same world so summarily excludes disabled individuals today that we’re eliminatingContinue reading Opinion: Blocking the Disabled on the Web Means Blocking Innovation

The Barrier Free Canada – Canada Sans Barriers October 2019 Newsletter

Dear Friends, Barrier Free Canada is again grateful to all of you for staying connected with us. We are very proud to have had a powerful presence in the creation of the Accessible Canada Act (ACA). This Act is a historical landmark in Canadian History and we would like to continue to work to stayContinue reading The Barrier Free Canada – Canada Sans Barriers October 2019 Newsletter

Toronto Looks Into Cost Of Disability Accommodation

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 early retirement. Manno is blind,Continue reading 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 the Quebec Superior Court’s decisionContinue reading 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

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 Disabilities Act was passed inContinue reading Why The Fate Of Online Accessibility May Rest With A Domino’s Pizza Lawsuit

Airlines Putting The Squeeze On Safety

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 will take place in NovemberContinue reading 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

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 is preparing to run errands.Continue reading 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

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 cent – data from theContinue reading 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

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 the Blind (CCB) and SterlingContinue reading Summary Report of the Elections Canada TeleTownHall Held June 6, 2019 by Canadian Council of the Blind and Sterling Creations