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

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 to face despite new rulesContinue reading 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

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 Help Line to provide information,Continue reading 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

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 Qualtrough, the minister of PublicContinue reading Accessibility App Receives Cash Injection To Help More Canadians With Disabilities Accessnow Will Receive $2.7M From The Federal Government

Rallies And Events Held Around Ontario To Protest Legal Aid Cuts Lives Are In The Balance, Says Director Of Parkdale Community Legal Services

Legal clinics around Ontario are holding co-ordinated events on Tuesday to protest provincial cuts to Legal Aid Ontario. In April, the Progressive Conservative government slashed nearly 30 per cent of the organization’s budget and said that it could no longer use provincial funds for refugee and immigration cases. To draw attention to the cuts, clinicsContinue reading Rallies And Events Held Around Ontario To Protest Legal Aid Cuts Lives Are In The Balance, Says Director Of Parkdale Community Legal Services

Airlines’ Legal Fight Against Passenger Bill Of Rights Should Be Thrown Out Of Court, AG Says

A legal challenge to Canada’s new passenger bill of rights from a group of airlines is “ill-founded” and should be dismissed, according to the country’s attorney general. In a pair of court filings, lawyers for the federal government and the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) say the government will fight air carriers’ attempt to overturn rulesContinue reading Airlines’ Legal Fight Against Passenger Bill Of Rights Should Be Thrown Out Of Court, AG Says

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

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 have done our homework very,Continue reading 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

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 journey through the airport. TorontoContinue reading 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

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 their concerns, suggestions, and commentsContinue reading 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

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