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

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

A Personal Perspective By Andrew Johnson, Consultant & Notary Public

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 on the role of BlindContinue reading A Personal Perspective By Andrew Johnson, Consultant & Notary Public

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

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 processing time. This is notContinue reading 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

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