Federal Election Action Kit – Raise Disability Accessibility Issues in Canada’s 2019 Federal Election! – AODA Alliance


Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update

United for a Barrier-Free Society for All People with Disabilities

www.aodaalliance.org [email protected] Twitter: @aodaalliance

Federal Election Action Kit – Raise Disability Accessibility Issues in Canada’s 2019 Federal Election!

September 20, 2019

Introduction

Do you think people with disabilities in Canada should be able to travel on airplanes and on interprovincial buses or trains without being impeded by disability barriers? Do you think they should have equal access to services provided by the Government of Canada? Should they be able to enjoy whatever information CBC posts on its public website? Should they be assured that they can enter their neighbourhood polling station during a federal election, and independently mark their own ballot in private? Should the Federal Government ensure that our public money is never used to create or perpetuate barriers against people with disabilities?

Over six million people with disabilities in Canada still face too many accessibility barriers. They should not have to individually fight these barriers, one at a time, through endless federal human rights complaints. They need the Federal Government to ensure that it does all it can to ensure that people with disabilities can live in a Canada that is accessible and barrier-free.

Canada’s next federal election is on October 19, 2015. Canadians have a unique opportunity during this election campaign to speed up progress on the long, challenging road to a barrier-free Canada for more than 6 million Canadians with physical, mental, sensory, communication or other disabilities. The new Accessible Canada Act, enacted this past June, requires Canada to become accessible to people with disabilities by 2040. We want each party and each candidate to commit to plans that will ensure we will reach this goal.

Let’s work together to raise important disability accessibility issues during this federal election campaign. Let’s get the strongest election pledges from each party and candidate. This Action Kit tells you how to pitch in and help with this effort between now and October 21. Our blitz is totally non-partisan. We don’t try to elect or defeat any party or candidate. We try to get all parties and candidates to make the strongest election commitments we can get on our issues.

This Action Kit tells you:

* What we are seeking from the federal parties and candidates in this federal election.

* What we’ve heard from the major parties so far.

* What you can do.

Helping our cause takes just a few minutes. This Action Kit draws on the extensive experience of the AODA Alliance  and its predecessor coalition, the ODA Committee, in successfully conducting non-partisan blitzes like this in seven Ontario elections since 1995. All you need to know is in this Action Kit. Be creative. Come up with your own ideas. Share them with us. Contact us at [email protected] or on Twitter @aodaalliance

What We’re Seeking from the Federal Political Parties

We aim to get all the major national parties to commit to strengthen the new Accessible Canada Act and to promptly effectively implement it, so that the many barriers impeding people with disabilities will get torn down, as far as the Federal Government can do this. Back on July 18, 2019, we wrote the leaders of the major federal parties. We asked them to make specific commitments. We are making the responses of the party leaders public on our website at www.aodaalliance.org/canada You can read the AODA Alliance’s July 18, 2019 letter to the major national party leaders by visiting https://www.aodaalliance.org/whats-new/aoda-alliance-writes-federal-party-leaders-seeking-election-commitments-on-advancing-the-cause-of-accessibility-for-over-6-million-people-with-disabilities-in-canada/

Let’s build on our past successes! In the 2015 federal election campaign, we and others conducted a successful non-partisan blitz to get commitments to pass a new national law that would make Canada become accessible to people with disabilities, in so far as the Federal Government can do this. Working together, we and others in the disability community succeeded in getting three of the four national parties that existed in 2015 to do so. In the 2015 election, the Liberals, NDP and Greens all made the pledge. Only the federal Conservatives did not.

We and others in the disability community continued to work hard over the past four years since the 2015 election to get strong new national accessibility law passed. In June of this year, Parliament unanimously passed Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act.

The Accessible Canada Act is a helpful step forward for people with disabilities in Canada. We got some of the ingredients in the law that we sought. However the Accessible Canada Act falls well short of what people with disabilities need.

It is good that this new law sets the mandatory goal of Canada becoming accessible to people with disabilities by 2040. It gives us and all people with disabilities in Canada added tools we can try to use in an effort to tear down the many barriers that persist across this country. It includes a complaints-based enforcement process, a national body to recommend accessibility standards to be enacted, and reductions in the improper power of the Canadian Transportation Agency to enact regulations that can cut back on the human rights of people with disabilities.

Yet the Accessible Canada Act also suffers from serious deficiencies. For example:

  1. Even though it gives the Federal Government helpful powers to promote accessibility, it largely does not require that these ever be used. For example, it lets the Federal Government create helpful and enforceable national accessibility standards but does not require the Federal Government to ever do so.
  1. It provides for helpful enforcement tools but splinters its enforcement across four federal agencies. That is a real disadvantage for people with disabilities.
  1. It continues to allow federal public money to be wastefully used to create or perpetuate accessibility barriers against people with disabilities.
  1. It unfairly lets the Federal Government grant sweeping exemptions from some of the bill’s requirements to regulated organizations, including the Federal Government itself.
  1. It is very long, excessively complicated and hard to read and navigate.

The AODA Alliance’s July 18, 2019 letter to the federal party leaders asks them for 11 commitments to ensure that Canada becomes accessible to people with disabilities by 2040. We want to know what their plans are to ensure that Canada is accessible by that date.

Where Do the Parties Stand?

As of September 20, 2019, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh is the only leader of a major federal party that has answered the AODA Alliance’s July 18, 2019 letter, which asked for election commitments on this issue. The NDP made some of the commitments we sought. To read the NDP’s September 16, 2019 letter to the AODA Alliance, visit https://www.aodaalliance.org/whats-new/what-pledges-will-the-federal-party-leaders-make-in-this-election-to-make-canada-accessible-for-over-6-million-people-with-disabilities-federal-ndp-leader-jagmeet-singh-is-first-national-leader-to-wr/

We will make public any responses we get from the other party leaders. Check out our website’s Canada page for the latest news, at www.aodaalliance.org/Canada and follow our tweets on Twitter: @aodaalliance

How You Can Help

* Phone, email or visit the candidates’ campaign offices in your riding. Later in this Action Kit we give you ideas of what you might say to them. To help you, we have posted online a list of the names, email addresses and Twitter handles (where we could locate ones) for the candidates for some of the major parties at https://www.aodaalliance.org/whats-new/list-of-major-national-party-candidates-and-their-email-and-twitter-addresses-in-the-2019-federal-election/

 

* Go to a local all-candidates’ debate in or near your riding. These are a great place for grassroots democracy. These usually are held at a school, church or other community hall. You can find out when and where an all-candidates’ debate will be held by contacting any local candidate’s campaign office. Ask the candidates a brief, punchy question about the Accessible Canada Act during the debate. Later in this Action Kit, we offer ideas of what you might ask.

* Spread the word about these issues on social media like Twitter and Facebook. These social media platforms give you great ways to reach candidates, voters and news organizations during election campaigns. Later in this Kit, we give you sample tweets you might wish to use on Twitter and/or Facebook.

Tweet candidates in your riding or elsewhere to ask where they stand on the need to strengthen the Accessible Canada Act and to ensure its swift, strong implementation and enforcement. Just include their Twitter name in the tweet.

In fact, you can quickly help our social media blitz, without having to yourself compose your own tweets to the candidates. We and others are daily tweeting about this issue on Twitter. Just follow @aodaalliance on Twitter or search for the hashtag #AccessibleCanada and you will see all our tweets. It would help us so much if you would set aside a few minutes each day to just retweet our tweets to the candidates. Every re-tweet helps.

* On a smart phone or digital camera, take photos or videos of any accessibility barriers you find at candidates’ offices, campaign events, all-candidates debates, and other election events. Share those photos on social media like Facebook and Twitter. Use the hashtag #AccessibleCanada

* Use a smart phone to make video or audio recordings of candidates when they answer questions about the Accessible Canada Act, at all-candidates forums or other campaign events. Post these videos for free on YouTube. Then you can share the YouTube link to your video via social media like Facebook, and Twitter. This lets you become your own citizen journalist. Your online video may be the only record of a candidate’s giving commitments at one of these events on the Accessible Canada Act.

* Talk to your friends, family, and colleagues about these accessibility issues. Tell them what the parties have said about this issue. Urge them to consider this issue when deciding on their vote.

* Call your local radio or TV station, and your local newspaper. Tell them about disability accessibility barriers that impede you or others you know, especially in areas like air and train travel, banking, cable or telephone services, Canada Post, or when dealing with the federal government. Urge the media to cover this election issue.

* Call in to radio or TV call-in shows. Write letters to the editor. If you are especially eager, write a guest column and urge your local newspaper to print it. Cut and paste as much as you want from this Action Kit and from our website. We are delighted when others make use of our resources.

* If you are connected with a community organization, such as one that deals with disability or other social justice issues, get that organization to circulate this Action Kit and post it or link to it on their website and Facebook page.

What You Might Say to Candidates, Media Reporters and Voters

 

It is best if you say it in your own words, not ours. However, if you don’t have time to re-phrase our suggestions, just use them as is!

Give examples of barriers that we need the Accessible Canada Act to fix, such as accessibility problems you or others have faced at airports, or when taking flights within Canada or on flights that start or end in Canada; when trying to use services of the Government of Canada; with Canada Post services; using banks in Canada, or when trying to vote in a Canadian election.

Explain why you or others should not have to fight these accessibility barriers one at a time, by launching a human rights complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission, or by suing in court under the Charter of Rights. Accessibility is good for all Canadians. We all are bound to get a disability as we age. These barriers hurt our economy, are bad for business, and create a preventable burden on the public purse.

Be brief – candidates and news reporters are extremely busy during election campaigns. Be personal. People remember personal stories more than statistics.

Tips for Phoning or Visiting a Candidate’s Campaign Office:

Usually, a receptionist or volunteer at a candidate’s campaign office will take your call. The candidate is likely out knocking on doors to meet voters. Here is what you might say when someone answers your call or meet you at their campaign office. Try to get the receptionist or volunteer on our side, by getting them interested in the Accessible Canada Act. We have found that often, campaign staff and volunteers have their own personal experience with disability accessibility barriers.

ME:  Hello, my name is [insert name] and I’m a voter and constituent of [insert riding]. I’d like to speak with the candidate to introduce myself. Would he/she be available?

 

RECEPTIONIST: No, he/she is out at the moment. Can I take a message?

ME: Yes, please. My name is [insert name], and I’m a person with a disability/family member or friend of someone with a disability. Parliament passed a law last spring called the Accessible Canada Act. It says that Canada must become accessible to people with disabilities by 2040. I want to know what your party will do to achieve this if you are elected.

Note: It is helpful to try to convince a campaign staff member or volunteer about the importance of this issue. If they get really motivated about this issue, they can call their party’s campaign headquarters and help turn up the heat on this issue.

What You Might Say When Talking to a Candidate Wherever You Meet Them

 

ME: My name is [insert name] and I am a voter in [insert riding]. I’m also a person with a disability/family member or friend of someone with a disability. [Describe your connection to disability.]

Last June, Parliament passed the Accessible Canada Act. It requires Canada to become accessible to over 6 million people with disabilities in Canada by 2040. I want to know what you and your party will do to make sure this happens, if you are elected.

Canadians with disabilities continue to face barriers in areas that the federal government can address, like air travel, federal government services, banking, Canada Post, phone and cable companies, and other telecommunications. Everyone either has a disability now or will get one as they age. So this issue affects all voters.

Tips for Emailing a Candidate:

Email is a quick and easy way to get your message to candidates. However, candidates often have staff or volunteers monitor email accounts for them. If you want to be sure you’re reaching the candidate him/herself, it is best to email them, and then phone their campaign office to follow up on the email.

Sample email:

Dear [insert name],

As a person with a disability/family member or friend of someone with a disability, I would like to know where you stand on an important issue in this federal election.

[Feel free to insert a paragraph about your personal connection to disability.]

Today there are more than 6 million Canadians with disabilities, and this number is expected to grow even larger in the future. These people continue to face unnecessary barriers in areas of federal authority such as federal government services, air travel, cable TV and phone services, Canada Post, banking, and telecommunications. These barriers mean that people with disabilities in Canada can’t fully participate in all aspects of life.

Last June, Parliament unanimously passed the Accessible Canada Act. It requires Canada to become accessible to people with disabilities by 2040. I want to know what your party’s plan is to ensure that we achieve this goal. What will your party do on this issue, if you are elected? I also want to know if you, as a Member of Parliament, will personally advocate to make sure this new law is effectively implemented and enforced. I would appreciate it if you would tell others in your party that this issue is important to your constituents.

If you have any questions or require further information, please feel free to contact me or to email the AODA Alliance at [email protected].

Yours sincerely,

Tips for Attending a Local All-Candidates’ Debate

Some all-candidates debates let you ask a question from the floor. Others require you to write it out while there, and submit it so that the debate moderator can read it aloud. Either way, you should write it out in advance if you can. Make it short and punchy. If the event’s format presents accessibility challenges, let the organizers know. You may even wish to highlight the challenges as part of your question.

ME: My name is [insert name], and I live in this riding. More than 6 million Canadians have disabilities. They face unfair accessibility barriers in areas of federal jurisdiction like federal government services, Canada Post, air travel, banking, phone and cable TV companies, and telecommunications.

Here is my question for all the candidates:

Last June, Parliament unanimously passed the Accessible Canada Act. It requires Canada to become accessible to people with disabilities by 2040. I want to know what your party’s plan is to ensure that we achieve this. What will your party do on this issue, if you are elected.

 

Tweets You Might Wish to Send on Twitter or Facebook

As mentioned earlier, you can find all the email addresses and Twitter handles for federal candidates that we could track down on our website at https://www.aodaalliance.org/whats-new/list-of-major-national-party-candidates-and-their-email-and-twitter-addresses-in-the-2019-federal-election/

At the start of your tweet, insert the Twitter handle (i.e. Twitter name) for a candidate and then cut and paste in any of these tweets. These all fit within the Twitter maximum of 280 characters, with a bit of space leftover.

Parliament unanimously passed #AccessibleCanada Act. It requires Canada to become #accessible to people with disabilities by 2040. What is your party’s plan to ensure we reach that goal? https://www.aodaalliance.org/whats-new/aoda-alliance-writes-federal-party-leaders-seeking-election-commitments-on-advancing-the-cause-of-accessibility-for-over-6-million-people-with-disabilities-in-canada/ #AODA #accessibility #accessibility #canpoli

@aodaalliance wrote party leaders for election pledges to ensure #AccessibleCanada Act is swiftly & effectively implemented & enforced. Will you help get your leader to pledge? Read our letter https://www.aodaalliance.org/whats-new/aoda-alliance-writes-federal-party-leaders-seeking-election-commitments-on-advancing-the-cause-of-accessibility-for-over-6-million-people-with-disabilities-in-canada/ #AODA #accessibility #CRPD #canpoli

Parliament unanimously passed the #AccessibleCanada Act this year to make Canada #accessible by 2040. Do you pledge to support its full, strong and prompt implementation & enforcement? https://www.aodaalliance.org/whats-new/aoda-alliance-writes-federal-party-leaders-seeking-election-commitments-on-advancing-the-cause-of-accessibility-for-over-6-million-people-with-disabilities-in-canada/ #AODA #accessibility #CRPD #canpoli

Do you agree that the Federal Government should never let public money be used to create or perpetuate #accessibility barriers against over 6 million people with disabilities in Canada? Please pledge! https://www.aodaalliance.org/whats-new/aoda-alliance-writes-federal-party-leaders-seeking-election-commitments-on-advancing-the-cause-of-accessibility-for-over-6-million-people-with-disabilities-in-canada/ #AccessibleCanada #CRPD #CanPoli

Do you agree and commit that enforceable federal #accessibility regulations should &will be enacted within 4 years in the areas that the new #AccessibleCanada Act is mandated to regulate? Please pledge! https://www.aodaalliance.org/whats-new/aoda-alliance-writes-federal-party-leaders-seeking-election-commitments-on-advancing-the-cause-of-accessibility-for-over-6-million-people-with-disabilities-in-canada/ #CRPD #CanPoli

Do you agree and commit that nothing should and will be done under the #AccessibleCanada Act that reduces the rights of people with disabilities in Canada? Please pledge https://www.aodaalliance.org/whats-new/aoda-alliance-writes-federal-party-leaders-seeking-election-commitments-on-advancing-the-cause-of-accessibility-for-over-6-million-people-with-disabilities-in-canada/ #accessibility #CRPD #CanPoli

Do you agree that the Federal Government should ensure that no federal laws create or permit #accessibility barriers against people with disabilities? https://www.aodaalliance.org/whats-new/aoda-alliance-writes-federal-party-leaders-seeking-election-commitments-on-advancing-the-cause-of-accessibility-for-over-6-million-people-with-disabilities-in-canada/ #AccessibleCanada #CRPD #CanPoli

Do you agree that the Federal Government should ensure that voters with disabilities face no #accessibility barriers to voting independently and in private & verifying that their ballot was marked as they wish? https://www.aodaalliance.org/whats-new/aoda-alliance-writes-federal-party-leaders-seeking-election-commitments-on-advancing-the-cause-of-accessibility-for-over-6-million-people-with-disabilities-in-canada/ #AccessibleCanada

Do you agree that the Federal Government should not be able to exempt itself from any of its obligations under the new #AccessibleCanada Act? https://www.aodaalliance.org/whats-new/aoda-alliance-writes-federal-party-leaders-seeking-election-commitments-on-advancing-the-cause-of-accessibility-for-over-6-million-people-with-disabilities-in-canada/ #accessibility #CRPD #CanPoli

Do you commit to only attend all-candidates debates during this election campaign if they are held in a place that has #accessibility for voters with disabilities? https://www.aodaalliance.org/whats-new/aoda-alliance-writes-federal-party-leaders-seeking-election-commitments-on-advancing-the-cause-of-accessibility-for-over-6-million-people-with-disabilities-in-canada/ #AccessibleCanada #CRPD #Canpoli



Source link

What Pledges Will the Federal Party Leaders Make in This Election to Make Canada Accessible for Over 6 Million People with Disabilities? Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh Is First National Leader to Write the AODA Alliance to Pledge to Strengthen the Accessible Canada Act


ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE

NEWS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

What Pledges Will the Federal Party Leaders Make in This Election to Make Canada Accessible for Over 6 Million People with Disabilities? Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh Is First National Leader to Write the AODA Alliance to Pledge to Strengthen the Accessible Canada Act

September 19, 2019 Toronto: In the federal election, the NDP is the first federal party to write the AODA Alliance to commit to strengthen the recently-enacted Accessible Canada Act (ACA), and to ensure that public money is never used to create barriers against over six million people with disabilities. In its July 18, 2019 letter to the major party leaders, the non-partisan AODA Alliance requested 11 specific commitments to strengthen the ACA and to ensure its swift and effective implementation and enforcement. (Summary of 11 requests set out below). On September 16, 2019, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh became the first, and to date, the only federal leader to answer this request. In the NDP’s letter, set out below, Mr. Singh makes several of the commitments the AODA Alliance sought.

“We’ve gotten commitments from NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, so now we aim to get the other federal party leaders to meet or beat those commitments,” said AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky. “We and other disability advocates together got the Accessible Canada Act introduced into Parliament, and then got it strengthened somewhat over the past year before it was passed in June. It has helpful ingredients, but is too weak. We are seeking commitments to ensure that this law gets strengthened, and that it is swiftly and effectively implemented and enforced.”

In Parliament, the Liberals have made promising statements about what the new law would achieve for people with disabilities. Commitments are now sought to turn those statements into assured action.

Even though Parliament unanimously passed the ACA, the federal parties were substantially divided on whether it went far enough to meet the needs of people with disabilities. The Tories, NDP and Greens argued in Parliament for the bill to be made stronger, speaking on behalf of diverse voices from the disability community. Last year, the Liberals voted down most of the proposed opposition amendments that were advanced on behalf of people with disabilities.

Last spring, the Senate called for new measures to ensure that public money is never used to create new barriers against people with disabilities. The ACA does not ensure this.

Among the disability organizations that are raising disability issues in this election, the AODA Alliance is spearheading a blitz to help the grassroots press these issues on the hustings, in social media and at all-candidates’ debates. The AODA Alliance is tweeting candidates across Canada to solicit their commitments and will make public any commitments that the other party leaders make. Follow @aodaalliance. As a non-partisan effort, the AODA Alliance does not support or oppose any party or candidate.

The AODA Alliance is also calling on the Federal Government and Elections Canada to ensure for the first time that millions of voters with disabilities can vote in this election without fearing that they may encounter accessibility barriers in the voting process.

Contact: David Lepofsky, [email protected] Twitter: @aodaalliance

For background on the AODA Alliance ‘s participation in the grassroots non-partisan campaign since 2015 for the Accessible Canada Act, visit www.aodaalliance.org/canada

September 16, 2019 Letter to the AODA Alliance from NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh

From: Jagmeet Singh <[email protected]>
Date: September 16, 2019 at 10:54:40 AM EDT
To:[email protected]” <[email protected]>
Subject: RE: Seeking All Parties’ election commitments on accessibility for people with disabilities

Thank you for the opportunity to contribute to your questionnaire.

Please find the NDP’s response attached.

All the best,

NDP Team

Attachment: NDP Response:  Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance

  1. Will you enact or amend legislation to require the Federal Government, the CTA

and the CRTC to enact regulations to set accessibility standards in all the areas that

the ACA covers within four years? If not, will you commit that those regulations

will be enacted under the ACA within four years?

We can do much more to make Canada an inclusive and barrier-free place. As a start, New Democrats will uphold the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and strengthen the Accessibility Act to cover all federal agencies equally with the power to make accessibility standards in a timely manner.

The NDP made multiple attempts to include implementation of timelines. During Committee meetings of Persons Living with Disabilities, the Government was presented with overwhelming unanimity on the part of the leading experts and stakeholder groups in the country as to which parts of the bill needed amending. The amendments proposed by us aligned with the leading experts’ proposals. The Government brought no one forward to rebut this testimony. They listened but rejected almost all of the amendments brought forward by the opposition parties. A New Democrat government will work hard to enact regulations to set accessibility standards in a timely fashion.

  1. Will your party commit to ensure that the ACA is effectively enforced?

 

Yes, it’s critical to ensure that the ACA is effectively enforced. Once again, the NDP made multiple attempts to ensure the ACA is effectively enforced. During Committee, the Government was presented with overwhelming unanimity on the part of the leading experts and stakeholder groups in the country as to which parts of the bill needed amending. The amendments proposed by us were taken from their proposals. The Government brought no one forward to rebut

this testimony. They listened but rejected almost all of the amendments brought forward by the opposition parties.

  1. Will your party ensure by legislation, and if not, then by public policy, that no one will use public money distributed by the Government of Canada in a manner that creates or perpetuates barriers, including e.g., payments by the Government of Canada to any person or entity to purchase or rent any goods, services or facilities, or to contribute to the construction, expansion or renovation of any infrastructure or other capital project, or to provide a business development loan or grant to any person or entity?

The Liberal government missed a sizable opportunity in C-81. Federal money should never used by any recipient to create or perpetuate disability barriers. We proposed such an amendment during committee hearing.

Our ultimate goal is to help foster a society in which all of our citizens are able to participate fully and equally. We believe that this cannot happen

until all of our institutions are open and completely accessible to everyone. The NDP would require that federal public money would never be used to create or perpetuate disability barriers, including federal money received for procurement; infrastructure; transfer payments; research grants; business development loans or grants, or for any other kind of payment, including purpose under a contract.

  1. Will your party amend the ACA to provide that if a provision of the ACA or of a regulation enacted under it conflicts with a provision of any other Act or regulation, the provision that provides the highest level of accessibility shall prevail, and that nothing in the ACA or in any regulations enacted under it or in any actions taken under it shall reduce any rights which people with disabilities otherwise enjoy under law?

Yes, if a provision of the Act or of a regulation enacted under it conflicts with a provision of any

other Act or regulation, the provision that provides the highest level of accessibility for persons  with disabilities with respect to goods, services, facilities, employment, accommodation,  buildings, structures or premises shall prevail.

  1. Will your party repeal the offending portion of section 172(3) of the ACA that

reads “but if it does so, it may only require the taking of appropriate corrective

measures.”” And replace them with words such as: “and grant a remedy in

accordance with subsection 2.”?

 

We will review section 172(3) of the ACA a take the appropriate corrective measures to make

sure airlines and railways pay monetary compensation in situations where they should have to

pay up.

  1. Will your party assign all responsibility for the ACA’s enforcement to the Accessibility Commissioner and all responsibility for enacting regulations under the ACA to the Federal Cabinet? If not, then at a minimum, would your party require by legislation or policy that the CRTC, CTA and the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations and Employment Board must, within six months, establish  policies, practices and procedures for expeditiously receiving, investigating,  considering and deciding upon complaints under this Act which are the same as or

as reasonably close as possible to, those set out for the Accessibility  Commissioner?

Yes. The Liberal government`s Bill C-81 wrongly gave several public agencies or officials far too much sweeping power to grant partial or blanket exemptions

to specific organizations from important parts of this bill. C-81 separated enforcement and implementation in a confusing way over four different public agencies. Rather it should be providing people with disabilities with what they need: the single service location or, one-stop shop..

We will assign all responsibility for the ACA’s enforcement to the Accessibility Commissioner and all responsibility for enacting regulations under the

ACA to the Federal Cabinet.

  1. Will your Party review all federal laws to identify any which require or permit any barriers against people with disabilities, and will your party amend Section 2 of the ACA (definition of “barrier”) to add the words “a law”, so that it will read:

“barrier means anything — including anything physical, architectural,

technological or attitudinal, anything that is based on information or

communications or anything that is the result of a law, a policy or a

practice — that hinders the full and equal participation in society of

persons with an impairment, including a physical, mental,

intellectual, cognitive, learning, communication or sensory

impairment or a functional limitation.”

The NDP has long been committed to the rights of persons with disabilities. It has been our longstanding position that all of government—every budget,

every policy and regulation—should be viewed through a disability lens. The NDP has supported the establishment of a Canadians with Disabilities Act for many years.

  1. Will your party pass legislation or regulations and adopt policies needed to ensure that federal elections become barrier-free for voters and candidates with disabilities.

New Democrats have always fought to remove the barriers keeping persons with disabilities from living with dignity and independence, because when barriers are removed all Canadians are empowered to participate fully in society and we all benefit.

We brought forward amendments to C-81 that require the Accessibility Commissioner to appoint, within 12 months of the bill being enacted, an independent person (with no current or prior involvement in administering elections) to conduct an Independent Review of disability barriers in the election process, with a requirement to consult the public, including persons with disabilities, and to report within 12 months to the Federal Government. Their report should immediately be made public. Additionally, we would require the Federal Government to designate a minister with responsibility to bring forward a bill to reform elections legislation within 12 months of the completion of that Independent Review.

  1. Will your Party eliminate or reduce the power to exempt organizations from some of the requirements that the ACA imposes? Such as eliminating the power to exempt the Government of Canada, or a federal department or agency? If not, will your party commit not to grant any exemptions from the ACA?

 

Nine years ago, Canada ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with

Disabilities (CRPD). Though the Liberal government has tabled a new Accessibility Act, its’ exemptions mean C-81 falls short of meeting Canada’s goal of creating an inclusive and barrier-free country. An NDP government will reduce the power to exempt organizations from some of the requirements that the ACA imposes.

 

  1. Will your party develop and implement a plan to ensure that all federally-operated courts (e.g. the Supreme Court of Canada and Federal Courts), and federally operated regulatory tribunals (like the CRTC and CTA) become accessible.

The amendment we brought forward during the C-81 proceedings would have required the

Minister of Justice, on behalf of the Federal Government, to develop and implement a multi-

year plan to ensure that all federally controlled courts (e.g. the Supreme Court of Canada and

Federal Courts) as well as federally-created administrative tribunals become fully accessible to

court participants with disabilities, by the bill’s accessibility deadline. This should adopt and

build upon the work of the Ontario Courts Accessibility Committee, which oversees efforts on

accessibility for provincially-regulated courts in Ontario.

  1. Would your party pass the amendments to the ACA which the opposition proposed in the fall of 2018 in the House of Commons, which the Government had defeated, and which would strengthen the ACA?

 

Absolutely! The Liberals hailed this bill as a historical piece of legislation. But without substantial amendments, it is yet another in a long line of

Liberal half-measures. New Democrats are committed to ensuring that C-81 actually lives up to Liberal Party rhetoric.

Summary of the Election Pledges that the AODA Alliance Sought In Its July 18, 2019 Letter to the Federal Party Leaders

The specific pledges we seek include:

  1. Enforceable accessibility standard regulations should be enacted within four years.
  1. The ACA should be effectively enforced.
  1. Federal public money should never be used to create or perpetuate barriers.
  1. The ACA should never reduce the rights of people with disabilities.
  1. Section 172(3) of the ACA should be amended to remove its unfair and discriminatory ban on the Canadian Transportation Agency ever awarding monetary compensation to passengers with disabilities who are the victims of an undue barrier in federally-regulated transportation (like air travel), where a CTA regulation wrongly set the accessibility requirements too low.
  2. The ACA’s implementation and enforcement should be consolidated in One federal agency, not splintered among several of them.
  1. No federal laws should ever create or permit disability barriers.
  1. Federal elections should be made accessible to voters with disabilities.
  1. Power to exempt organizations from some ACA requirements should be eliminated or reduced.
  1. Federally-controlled courts and tribunals should be made disability-accessible.
  1. Proposed Opposition amendments to the ACA that were defeated in the House of Commons in 2018 and that would strengthen the ACA should be passed.



Source link

List of Major National Party Candidates and Their Email and Twitter Addresses in the 2019 Federal Election – AODA Alliance


AODA Alliance List of Major National Party Candidates and Their Email and Twitter Addresses in the 2019 Canada Election

 

This information is current as of about September 8, 2019. We have not been able to test and verify each of these email and Twitter addresses. There may be some inaccuracies. We thank our volunteers who assembled this information for us. We regret that we will not have the capacity to update this list as the election campaign continues.

 

We make this information available to assist voters in raising disability issues in this election. The AODA Alliance is non-partisan. We do not support or oppose any party or candidate. We seek to get all parties and candidates to make as strong commitments as possible on disability issues.

 

Candidates for the Liberal Party of Canada

Cloverdale – Langley City

John Aldag

@jwaldag

[email protected]

Mississauga Centre

Omar Alghabra

[email protected]

@OmarAlghabra

Pontiac

William Amos

[email protected]

@WillAAmos

Oakville

Anita Anand

[email protected]

@AnitaOakville

Scarborough – Rouge Park

Gary Anandasangaree

[email protected]

@gary_srp

Madawaska – Restigouche

René Arsenault

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Nepean

Chandra Arya

@ChandraNepean

[email protected]

@ChandraNepean

Thérèse-de Blainville

Ramez Ayoub

[email protected]

@RamezAyoub

Niagara Centre

Vance Badawey

[email protected]

@VBadawey

Port Moody – Coquitlam

[email protected]

@sarabadiei

Yukon

Larry Bagnell

[email protected]

@LarryBagnell

Mississauga – Malton

Navdeep Bains

[email protected]

@NavdeepSBains

Etobicoke Centre

Yvan Baker

[email protected]

@Yvan_Baker

Wellington – Halton Hills

Lesley Barron

[email protected]

@DrLesleyBarron

Sydney – Victoria

Jaime Battiste

No contact email

@youngmedicine33

Burnaby North – Seymour

Terry Beech

[email protected]

@terrybeech

Outremont

Rachel Bendayan

[email protected]

@RachelBendayan

Carolyn Bennett

Toronto – St. Paul’s

Carolyn Bennett

[email protected]

@Carolyn_Bennett

Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes

Josh Bennett

No contact email

No Twitter account

Compton – Stanstead

Marie-Claude Bibeau

[email protected]

@mclaudebibeau

Ian Bigham

Niagara West

@LiberalBingham

[email protected]

Skeena – Bulkley Valley

Dave Birdi

[email protected]

No email account

St. Catharines

Chris Bittle

[email protected]

@Chris_Bittle

Scarborough Southwest

Bill Blair

[email protected]

@BillBlair

Kings – Hants

Kody Blois

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Timmins – James Bay

Michelle Boileau

[email protected]

@MicheBoileau

Edmonton Centre

Randy Boissonnault

[email protected]

@R_Boissonnault

Hastings – Lennox and Addington

Mike Bossio

[email protected]

@MikeBossio

Joliette

Michel Bourgeois

[email protected]

@MBourgeoisPLC

Hamilton East – Stoney Creek

Bob Bratina

[email protected]

@BobBratina

Shefford

Pierre Breton

[email protected]

@pierrebretonplc

Lethbridge

Amy Bronson

https://amybronson.com/contact

@AmyBronson

Beauport – Limoilou

Antoine Bujold

[email protected]

@AntoineBujold

Cariboo – Prince George

Tracy Calogheros

[email protected]

@TracyCalogheros

Winnipeg South Centre

Jim Carr

[email protected]

@jimcarr_wpg

Charlottetown

Sean Casey

[email protected]

@SeanCaseyLPC

Waterloo

Bardish Chagger

[email protected]

@BardishKW

Pierre-Boucher – Les Patriotes – Verchères

Simon Chalifoux

[email protected]

@SChalifouxPLC

Saint-Maurice – Champlain

François-Philippe Champagne

[email protected]

@FP_Champagne

Scarborough North

Shaun Chen

[email protected]

@Shaun_Chen

Desnethé – Missinippi – Churchill River

Tammy Cook-Searson

[email protected]

@ChiefTammy

Nanaimo – Ladysmith

Michelle Corfield

[email protected]

@micorfield

Serge Cormier

Acadie – Bathurst

@sergecormierlib

[email protected]

Parry Sound – Muskoka

Trisha Cowie

[email protected]

@trishacowie

Toronto – Danforth

Julie Dabrusin

[email protected]

@juliedabrusin

Oakville North – Burlington

Pam Damoff

[email protected]

@PamDamoff

Fredericton

Matt DeCourcey

[email protected]

@MattDeCourcey

Bruce – Grey – Owen Sound

Michael Den Tandt

[email protected]

@mdentandt

South Okanagan – West Kootenay

Connie Denesiuk

No contact email

@ConnieGDenesiuk

North Okanagan – Shuswap

Cindy Derkaz

[email protected]

@CDerkaz

West Nova

Jason Deveau

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Surrey – Newton

Sukh Dhaliwal

[email protected]

@sukhdhaliwal

Dorval – Lachine – Lasalle

Anju Dhillon

[email protected]

@adhillonDLL

Glengarry – Prescott – Russell

Francis Drouin

[email protected]

@Francis_Drouin

Bourassa

Emmanuel Dubourg

[email protected]

@EmmanuelDubourg

Québec

Jean-Yves Duclos

[email protected]

@jyduclos

Winnipeg South

Terry Duguid

[email protected]

@TerryDuguid

Etobicoke North

Kirsty Duncan

[email protected]

@KirstyDuncanMP

Davenport

Julie Dzerowicz

[email protected]

@JulieDzerowicz

Wayne Easter

Malpeque

@WayneEaster

[email protected]

Willowdale

Ali Ehsassi

[email protected]

@AliEhsassi

Laval – Les Îles

Faycal El-Khoury

[email protected]

@F_ElKhoury

Edmonton Manning

Kamal Elkadri

No contact email

No Twitter account

Bay of Quinte

Neil Ellis

[email protected]

@NeilREllis

Beaches – East York

Nathaniel Erskine-Smith

[email protected]

@beynate

Charleswood – St. James – Assiniboia – Headingley

Douglas Eyolfson

[email protected]

@DougEyolfson

Salaberry – Suroît

Marc Faubert

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Regina – Lewvan

Winter Fedyk

[email protected]

@winterfedyk

Hull – Aylmer

Greg Fergus

[email protected]

@GregFergus

Halifax

Andy Fillmore

[email protected]

@AndyFillmoreHFX

Miramichi – Grand Lake

Pat Finnigan

[email protected]

@PatFinniganMP

Dartmouth – Cole Harbour

Darren Fisher

[email protected]

@DarrenFisherNS

Dufferin – Caledon

Michele Fisher

[email protected]

@MicheleFisherDC

Mississauga East – Cooksville

Peter Fonseca

[email protected]

@PeterFonsecaMP

Haliburton – Kawartha Lakes – Brock

Judi Forbes

[email protected]

@ForbesHKLB

Ottawa – Vanier

Mona Fortier

[email protected]

@MonaFortier

London North Centre

Peter Fragiskatos

[email protected]

@pfragiskatos

Central Nova

Sean Fraser

[email protected]

@SeanFraserMP

University – Rosedale

Chrystia Freeland

[email protected]

@cafreeland

Vancouver Centre

Hedy Fry

[email protected]

@HedyFry

Kelowna – Lake Country

Stephen Fuhr

[email protected]

@FuhrMP

Rivière-du-Nord

Florence Gagnon

[email protected]

@FlorenceGagnon_

Notre-Dame-de-Grâce – Westmount

Marc Garneau

[email protected]

@MarcGarneau

Kingston and the Islands

Mark Gerretsen

[email protected]

@MarkGerretsen

Thornhill

Gary Gladstone

[email protected]

@Vote_Gladstone

Regina – Wascana

Ralph Goodale

[email protected]

@RalphGoodale

Burlington

Karina Gould

[email protected]

@karinagould

Laurentides – Labelle

David Graham

[email protected]

@daviddbgraham

Laurier – Sainte-Marie

Steven Guilbeault

No contact email

@s_guilbeault

Saint-Léonard – Saint-Michel

Hassan Guillet

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Thunder Bay – Superior North

Patty Hajdu

[email protected]

@PattyHadju

Beloeil – Chambly

Marie-Chantal Hamel

[email protected]

@HamelMarieC

Esquimalt – Saanich – Sooke

Jamie Hammond

[email protected]

@JamieHammondESS

Fleetwood – Port Kells

Ken Hardie

[email protected]

@KenHardie

Bellechasse – Les Etchemins – Lévis

Laurence Harvey

[email protected]

@Laurence_Harv

Simcoe North

Gerry Hawes

[email protected]

@hawes_gerry

Saskatoon – University

Susan Hayton

No contact email

No Twitter account

Lac-Saint-Jean

Richard Hébert

[email protected]

@RHebertPLC

Calgary Centre

Kent Hehr

[email protected]

@kenthehr

Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie

Genevieve Hinse

No contact email

@GenevieveHinse

Prince Albert

Estelle Hjertaas

[email protected]

@ehjertaas

South Surrey – White Rock

Gordon Hogg

[email protected]

@GordieHogg

Ajax

Mark Holland

[email protected]

@markhollandlib

Mount Royal

Anthony Housefather

[email protected]

@AHousefather

York South – Weston

Ahmed Hussen

[email protected]

@HonAhmedHussen

Long Range Mountains

Gudie Hutchings

[email protected]

@Gudie

Alfred-Pellan

Angelo Iacono

[email protected]

@AIaconoMP

Langley – Aldergrove

Leon Jensen

No Twitter account

[email protected]

Edmonton West

Kerrie Johnston

[email protected]

@KerrieLJohnston

Ahuntsic-Cartierville

Mélanie Joly

[email protected]

@melaniejoly

Labrador

Yvonne Jones

[email protected]

@YvonneJJones

South Shore – St. Margarets

Bernadette Jordan

[email protected]

@BernJordanMP

Richmond Hill

Majid Jowhari

[email protected]

@MajidJowhari

Niagara Falls

Andrea Kaiser

[email protected]

@votekaiser

Calgary Rocky Ridge

Todd Kathol

[email protected]

@KatholTodd

Lanark – Frontenac – Kingston

Kayley Kennedy

[email protected]

@kayleykennedyca

Simcoe – Grey

Lorne Kenney

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Mississauga – Erin Mills

Iqra Khalid

[email protected]

@iamIqraKhalid

Kamal Khera

Brampton West

@KamalKheraLib

[email protected]

Churchill – Keewatinook Aski

Judy Klassen

[email protected]

@JudyKlassenMLA

Kamloops – Thompson – Cariboo

Terry Lake

[email protected]

@TerryLake16

Saint-Laurent

Emmanuella Lambropoulos

[email protected]

@emlambropoulos

Lasalle–Émard–Verdun

David Lametti

[email protected]

@DavidLametti

Winnipeg North

Kevin Lamoureux

[email protected]

@Kevin_Lamoureux

Rivière-des-Mille-Îles

Linda Lapointe

[email protected]

@LapointeLinda

Argenteuil–La Petite-Nation

Stephane Lauzon

[email protected]

@stephanelauzon5

Beauséjour

Dominic LeBlanc

[email protected]

@DLeBlancNB

Diane Lebouthillier

Gaspésie – Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine

@DiLebouthillier

[email protected]

Sudbury

Paul Lefebvre

[email protected]

@LefebvrePaul

Montmagny – L’islet – Kamouraska – Rivière-du-Loup

Aladin Legault d’Auteuil

[email protected]

@AladinLegault

Sarnia – Lambton

Carmen Lemieux

[email protected]

@lemieux_carmen

York Centre

Michael Levitt

[email protected]

@LevittMichael

Louis-Hébert

Joël Lightbound

[email protected]

@JoelLightbound

Fundy Royal

Alaina Lockhart

[email protected]

@AlainaLockhart

Saint John – Rothesay

Wayne Long

[email protected]

@WayneLongSJ

Guelph

Lloyd Longfield

[email protected]

@LloydLongfield

Kitchener – Conestoga

Tim Louis

No contact email

@votetimlouis

New Brunswick Southwest

Karen Ludwig

[email protected]

@KarenLudwigMP

Cardigan

Lawrence MacAulay

[email protected]

@L_MacAulay

Gatineau

Steve MacKinnon

[email protected]

@stevenmackinnon

Elmwood – Transcona

Jennifer Malabar

No contact email

No Twitter account

Etobicoke – Lakeshore

James Maloney

[email protected]

@j_maloney

Renfrew – Nipissing – Pembroke

Ruben D Marini

No contact email

No Twitter account

Hochelaga

Soraya Martinez

[email protected]

@SorayaMartinezF

Avignon–La Mitis–Matane–Matapédia

Rémi Massé

[email protected]

@Remi_Masse1

Cambridge

Bryan May

[email protected]

@_BryanMay

Kanata – Carleton

Karen McCrimmon

[email protected]

@karenmccrimmon

Avalon

Ken McDonald

[email protected]

@avalonMPKen

Ottawa South

David McGuinty

[email protected]

@DavidMcGuinty

Scarborough – Guildwood

John McKay

[email protected]

@JohnMcKayLib

Ottawa Centre

Catherine McKenna

[email protected]

@cathmckenna

Coquitlam – Port Coquitlam

Ron McKinnon

[email protected]

@RonMcKinnonLib

Northwest Territories

Michael McLeod

[email protected]

@MMcLeodNWT

Brossard – Saint-Lambert

Alexandra Mendes

[email protected]

@AlexandraBrStL

Eglinton – Lawrence

Marco Mendicino

[email protected]

@marcomendicino

Kildonan – St. Paul

Maryann Mihychuk

[email protected]

@MPMihychuk

Ville-Marie – Le Sud-Ouest – Île-des-Soeurs

Marc Miller

[email protected]

@MarcMillerVM

Perth – Wellington

Pirie Mitchell

[email protected]

@Pirie_Mitchell

Peterborough – Kawartha

Maryam Monsef

[email protected]

@MaryamMonsef

Toronto Centre

Bill Morneau

[email protected]

@Bill_Morneau

Egmont

Robert Morrissey

[email protected]

@MorrisseyEgmont

Saskatoon – Grasswood

Tracy Muggli

[email protected]

@tracymuggli

Central Okanagan – Similkameen – Nicola

Mary Ann Murphy

[email protected]

@Murphy4COSN

Vancouver Quadra

Joyce Murray

[email protected]

@joycemurray

Markham – Thornhill

Mary Ng

[email protected]

@mary_ng

Vancouver Granville

Taleed Noormohamed

[email protected]

@Taleeb

Pickering – Uxbridge

Jennifer O’Connell

[email protected]

@MPJenOConnell

St. John’s South – Mount Pearl

Seamus O’Regan

[email protected]

@SeamusORegan

Don Valley West

Rob Oliphant

[email protected]

@Rob_Oliphant

Edmonton Strathcona

Eleanor Olszewski

[email protected]

@Eleanor4Strath

Chatham-Kent – Leamington

Katie Omstead

[email protected]

@KatieOmstead

Winnipeg Centre

Robert-Falcon Ouellette

[email protected]

@DrRobbieO

Steveston – Richmond East

Joe Peschisolido

[email protected]

@jpeschisolido

Moncton – Riverview – Dieppe

Ginette Petitpas Taylor

[email protected]

@GinettePT

Montarville

Michel Picard

[email protected]

@MPicardLiberal

Rimouski-Neigette – Témiscouata – Les Basques

Chantal Pilon

No contact email

No Twitter account

Nunavut

Megan Pizzo Lyall

No contact email

No Twitter account

La Pointe-de-L’île

Jonathan Plamondon

[email protected]

@Plamondonj

La Prairie

Jean-Claude Poissant

[email protected]

@PLCLaPrairieJCP

Thunder Bay – Rainy River

Marcus Powlowski

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Delta

Carla Qualtrough

[email protected]

@CQualtro

Don Valley East

Yasmin Ratansi

yasmin[email protected]

@Yasmin_Ratansi

Geoff Regan

Halifax West

[email protected]

@geoffregan

Trois-Rivières

Valérie Renaud-Martin

No contact email

@ValRenaudMartin

Saint-Jean

Jean Rioux

[email protected]

@jeanriouxplc

Marc-Aurèle-Fortin

Yves Robillard

[email protected]

@YRobillardPLC

Carleton

Chris Rodgers

[email protected]

@VoteChris2019

Honoré-Mercier

Pablo Rodriguez

[email protected]

@pablorodriguez

Bonavista – Burin – Trinity

Churence Rogers

[email protected]

@ChurenceRogers

Longeuil – Charles-Lemoyne

Sherry Romanado

[email protected]

@SherryRomanado

Nipissing – Timiskaming

Anthony Rota

[email protected]

@AnthonyRota

Northumberland – Peterborough South

Kim Rudd

[email protected]

@RuddKim

Pitt Meadows – Maple Ridge

Dan Ruimy

[email protected]

@DanRuimyMP

Brampton North

Ruby Sahota

[email protected]

@MPRubySahota

Kitchener Centre

Raj Saini

[email protected]

@RajSainiMP

Vancouver South

Harjit Sajjan

[email protected]

@HarjitSajjan

Sackville – Preston – Chezzetcook

Darrell Samson

[email protected]

@darrellsamson

Brampton Centre

Ramesh Sangha

[email protected]

@sangharamesh

Surrey Centre

Randeep Sarai

[email protected]

@randeepssarai

Manicouagan

Dave Savard

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Montcalm

Isabel Sayegh

No contact email

No Twitter account

Lac-Saint-Louis

Francis Scarpaleggia

[email protected]

@ScarpaleggiaLSL

Vaudreuil – Soulanges

Peter Schiefke

[email protected]

@PeterSchiefke

King – Vaughan

Deb Schulte

[email protected]

@_DebSchulte

North Island – Powell River

Peter Schwarzhoff

[email protected]

@PeteSchwarzhoff

Nickel Belt

Marc Serré

[email protected]

@MarcSerreMP

Humber River – Black Creek

Judy Sgro

[email protected]

@JudySgroMP

Châteauguay – Lacolle

Brenda Shanahan

[email protected]

@BShanahanLib

Sault Ste. Marie

Terry Sheehan

[email protected]

@TerrySheehanMP

Brampton South

Sonia Sidhu

[email protected]

@SoniaLiberal

Mission – Matsqui – Fraser Canyon

Jati Sidhu

[email protected]

@MPJatiSidhu

Brampton East

Maninder Sidhu

No contact email

@MSidhuLiberal

Mississauga – Streetsville

Gagan Sikand

[email protected]

@gagansikand

Coast of Bays – Central – Notre Dame

Scott Simms

[email protected]

@Scott_Simms

Edmonton Mill Woods

Amarjeet Sohi

[email protected]

@SohiAmarjeet

Vaughan – Woodbridge

Francesco Sorbara

[email protected]

@fsorbara

Mississauga – Lakeshore

Sven Spengemann

[email protected]

@SvenTrueNorth

Flamborough – Glanbrook

Jennifer Stebbing

[email protected]

@Jen_Stebbing

Calgary Confederation

Jordan Stein

[email protected]

@JordanSteinAB

Kitchener South – Hespeler

Marwan Tabbara

[email protected]

@MarwanTabbaraMP

Vancouver Kingsway

Tamara Taggart

[email protected]

@tamarataggart

Hamilton West – Ancaster – Dundas

Filomena Tassi

[email protected]

@FilomenaTassiMP

Aurora – Oak Ridges – Richmond Hill

Leah Taylor Roy

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Abitibi – Témiscamingue

Claude Thibault

No contact email

No Twitter account

Huron – Bruce

Allan Thompson

[email protected]

@ElectAllanT

Papineau

Justin Trudeau

[email protected]

@JustinTrudeau

Mirabel

Karl Trudel

[email protected]

@karl_trudel

Hamilton Mountain

Bruno Uggenti

[email protected]

@BUggenti

Newmarket – Aurora

Tony van Bynen

Contact form: https://www.vanbynen.ca/contact/

@TonyVanBynen

Milton

Adam van Koeverden

No contact email

@vankayak

Saint Boniface – Saint Vital

Dan Vandal

[email protected]

@stbstvdan

Ottawa West – Nepean

Anita Vandenbeld

[email protected]

@anitavandenbeld

Spadina – Fort York

Adam Vaughan

[email protected]

@TOAdamVaughan

Saint-Hyacinthe – Bagot

René Vincelette

No email contact

@Rene_Vincelette

Parkdale – High Park

Arif Virani

[email protected]

@viraniarif

Portage – Lisgar

Ken Werbiski

No contact email

No Twitter account

Nicholas Whalen

St. John’s East

[email protected]

@NickWhalenMP

North Vancouver

Jonathan Wilkinson

[email protected]

@JonathanWNV

Algoma – Manitoulin – Kapuskasing

Heather Wilson

No contact email

@HWilsonAMK

Saanich – Gulf Islands

Ryan Windsor

[email protected]

@RyanWindsor19

Scarborough – Agincourt

Jean Yip

[email protected]

@JeanYip3

London West

Kate Young

[email protected]

@KateYoungMP

Scarborough Centre

Salma Zahid

[email protected]

@SalmaZahid15

Cumberland – Colchester

Lenore Zann

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Candidates for the Conservative Party of Canada

 

Alberta (34 Seats)

Banff—Airdrie

Blake Richards

[email protected]

@BlakeRichardsMP

Battle River—Crowfoot

Damien C. Kurek

[email protected]

@dckurek

Bow River

Martin Shields

[email protected]

@MartinBowRiver

Calgary Centre

Greg McLean

[email protected]

@GregMcLeanYYC

Calgary Confederation

Len Webber

[email protected]

@Webber4Confed

Calgary Forest Lawn

Candidate not yet announced

Calgary Heritage

Bob Benzen

[email protected]

@BobBenzen

Calgary Midnapore

Stephanie Kusie

[email protected]

@StephanieKusie

Calgary Nose Hill

Michelle Rempel Garner

[email protected]

@MichelleRempel

Calgary Rocky Ridge

Pat Kelly

[email protected]

@PatKelly_MP

Calgary Shepard

Tom Kmiec

[email protected]

@tomkmiec

Calgary Signal Hill

Ron Liepert

[email protected]

@RonLiepert

Calgary Skyview

Jagdeep Sahota

[email protected]

@votesahota

Edmonton Centre

James Cumming

Contact form: https://www.edmontoncentrecpc.ca/contact

@CummingK

Edmonton Griesbach

Kerry Diotte

[email protected]

@KerryDiotte

Edmonton Manning

Ziad Aboultaif

[email protected]

@ziad_aboultaif

Edmonton Mill Woods

Tim Uppal

[email protected]

@TimUppal

Edmonton Riverbend

Matt Jeneroux

[email protected]

@jeneroux

Edmonton Strathcona

Sam Lilly

Contact form: https://www.samlilly.ca/contact

@sam_lilly1

Edmonton West

Kelly McCauley

[email protected]

@KellyMcCauleyMP

Edmonton—Wetaskiwin

Mike Lake

[email protected]

@MikeLakeMP

Foothills

John Barlow

[email protected]

@JohnBarlowMP

Fort McMurray—Cold Lake

David Yurdiga

[email protected]

@DavidYurdiga

Grande Prairie—Mackenzie

Chris Warkentin

[email protected]

@chriswarkentin

Lakeland

Shannon Stubbs

[email protected]

@ShannonStubbsMP

Lethbridge

Rachael Harder

[email protected]

@RachaelHarderMP

Medicine Hat—Cardston—Warner

Glen Motz

[email protected]

@GlenMotz

Peace River—Westlock

Arnold Viersen

[email protected]

@ArnoldViersen

Red Deer—Lacombe

Blaine Calkins

[email protected]

@blainecalkinsmp

Red Deer—Mountain View

Earl Dreeshen

[email protected]

@earl_dreeshen

Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan

Garnett Genuis

[email protected]

@GarnettGenuis

St. Albert—Edmonton

Michael Cooper

[email protected]

@Cooper4SAE

Sturgeon River—Parkland

Dane Lloyd

[email protected]

@DaneLIoyd

Yellowhead

Gerald Soroka

[email protected]

No Twitter account

British Columbia (42 seats)

Abbotsford

Ed Fast

[email protected]

@HonEdFast

Burnaby North—Seymour

Heather Leung

Contact form: https://www.heatherleung.com/contact

@NorthPpc

Burnaby South

Jay Shin

@jayshin2019

[email protected]

Cariboo—Prince George

Todd Doherty

[email protected]

@ToddDohertyMP

Central Okanagan—Similkameen—Nicola

Dan Albas

[email protected]

@DanAlbas

Chilliwack—Hope

Mark Strahl

[email protected]

@markstrahl

Cloverdale—Langley City

Tamara Jansen

[email protected]

@Tamara_retired

Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam

Nicholas Insley

[email protected]

@InsleyNicholas

Courtenay—Alberni

Byron Horner

[email protected]

@Byron4CA

Cowichan—Malahat—Langford

Alana DeLong

[email protected]

@alanadelong

Delta

Tanya Corbet

[email protected]

@TanyaCorbet

Esquimalt—Saanich—Sooke

Randall Pewarchuk

[email protected]
No Twitter account

Fleetwood—Port Kells

Shinder Purewal

[email protected]

@ShinderPurewal

Kamloops—Thompson—Cariboo

Cathy McLeod

[email protected]

@Cathy_McLeod

Kelowna—Lake Country

Tracy Gray

[email protected]

@TracyGrayKLC

Kootenay—Columbia

Rob Morrison

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Langley—Aldergrove

Tako van Popta

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Mission—Matsqui—Fraser Canyon

Brad Vis

[email protected]

@BradleyVis

Nanaimo—Ladysmith

John Hirst

[email protected]

@JohnHirst2019

New Westminster—Burnaby

Megan Veck

[email protected]

@MeganVeck

North Island—Powell River

Shelley Downey

[email protected]

No Twitter account

North Okanagan—Shuswap

Mel Arnold

[email protected]

@MelArnoldMP

North Vancouver

Andrew Saxton

[email protected]

@Andrewesaxton

Pitt Meadows—Maple Ridge

Marc Dalton

[email protected]

@MarcDalton

Port Moody—Coquitlam

Nicholas Insley

[email protected]

@InsleyNicholas

Prince George—Peace River—Northern Rockies

Bob Zimmer

[email protected]

@bobzimmermp

Richmond Centre

Alice Wong

[email protected]

@AliceWongCanada

Saanich—Gulf Islands

David Busch

[email protected]

@DavidBusch2019

Skeena—Bulkley Valley

Claire Rattée

[email protected]

@ClaireRattee

South Okanagan—West Kootenay

Helena Konanz

[email protected]

@HelenaKonanz

South Surrey—White Rock

Kerry-Lynne Findlay

[email protected]

@KerryLynneFindl

Steveston—Richmond East

Kenny Chiu

[email protected]

@RmdKenny

Surrey Centre

Tina Bains

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Surrey—Newton

Harpreet Singh

[email protected]

@harpreetcpc

Vancouver Centre

David Cavey

[email protected]

@DavidCavey

Vancouver East

Candidate not yet announced

 

Vancouver Granville

Zach Segal

[email protected]

@vancouver_segal

Vancouver Kingsway

Helen Quan

Contact form: https://www.conservative.ca/eda/vancouver-kingsway/

No Twitter account

Vancouver Quadra

Kathleen Dixon

Contact form: https://www.vqca.ca/contact

No Twitter account

Vancouver South

Wai Young

[email protected]

@WaiYoung

Victoria

Richard Caron

Contact form: https://www.conservativevictoria.ca/contact

@RichardCaronCPC

West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country

Gabrielle M. Loren

Contact form: https://www.votegabrielleloren.ca/contact

@GabrielleMLoren

Manitoba (14 seats)

Brandon—Souris

Robert Kitchen

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Charleswood—St. James—Assiniboia—Headingley

Marty Morantz

[email protected]

@marty_morantz

Churchill—Keewatinook Aski

Cyara Bird

Contact form: https://www.conservative.ca/eda/churchill-keewatinook-aski/

@CyaraBird

Dauphin—Swan River—Neepawa

Daniel Mazier

[email protected]

@MBDan7

Elmwood—Transcona

Lawrence Toet

[email protected]

@lawrencetoet

Kildonan—St. Paul

Raquel Dancho

[email protected]

@RaquelDancho

Portage—Lisgar

Candice Bergen

[email protected]

@CandiceBergenMP

Provencher

Ted Falk

[email protected]

@MPTedFalk

Saint Boniface—Saint Vital

Réjeanne Caron

[email protected]

@rejeanne2019

Selkirk—Interlake—Eastman

James Bezan

[email protected]

@jamesbezan

Winnipeg Centre

Ryan Dyck

Contact form: https://www.conservative.ca/eda/winnipeg-centre/

@WpgCentreCPC

Winnipeg North

Cameron Ogilive

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Winnipeg South

Melanie Maher

[email protected]

@melanielmaher

Winnipeg South Centre

Joyce Bateman

[email protected]

@JoyceBatemanCPC

New Brunswick (10 seats)

Acadie—Bathurst

Martine Savoie

Contact form: https://www.conservative.ca/eda/acadie-bathurst/

No Twitter account

Beauséjour

Candidate not yet announced

Fredericton

Andrea Johnson

[email protected]

@andreajohnsonNB

Fundy Royal

Rob Moore

[email protected]

@RobMoore_CPC

Madawaska—Restigouche

Nelson Fox

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Miramichi—Grand Lake

Peggy McLean

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Moncton—Riverview—Dieppe

Sylvie Godin-Charest

[email protected]

@sgc555

New Brunswick Southwest

John Williamson

[email protected]

@JohnW_NB

Saint John—Rothesay

Rodney Weston

[email protected]

@rodneywestonsj

Tobique—Mactaquac

Richard Bragdon

[email protected]

@RichardBragdon

Newfoundland and Labrador (7 seats)

Avalon

Matthew Chapman

Contact form: https://www.conservative.ca/eda/avalon/

No Twitter account

Bonavista—Burin—Trinity

Mike Windsor

Contact Form: https://www.conservative.ca/eda/bonavista-burin-trinity/

No Twitter account

Coast of Bays—Central—Notre Dame

Alex Bracci

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Labrador

Larry Flemming

[email protected]

@Larry4Labrador

Long Range Mountains

Candidate not yet announced

St. John’s East

Joedy Wall

Contact form: https://www.conservative.ca/eda/st-johns-east/

@wall_joedy

St. John’s South—Mount Pearl

Terry Martin

Contact form: https://www.conservative.ca/eda/st-johns-south-mount-pearl/

@terrycmartin

Northwest Territories (1 seat)

Northwest Territories

Yanik D’Aigle

Contact form: https://www.ntconservatives.ca/contact

@yanikdaigle

Nova Scotia (11 seats)

Cape Breton—Canso

Alfie MacLeod

No contact email

No Twitter account

Central Nova

Roger MacKay

No contact email

@RogerMacKayCPC

Cumberland—Colchester

Scott Armstrong

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Dartmouth—Cole Harbour

Jason Cole

[email protected]

@JasonColeCPC

Halifax

Bruce Holland

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Halifax West

Fred Shuman

[email protected]

@ForShuman

Kings—Hants

Martha MacQuarrie

[email protected]

@Martha4KH

Sackville—Preston—Chezzetcook

Kevin Copley

[email protected]

@SPCconservative

South Shore—St. Margarets

Rick Perkins

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Sydney—Victoria

Eddie Orrell

[email protected]

@sydneyvicTORYa

West Nova

Chris d’Entremont

[email protected]

@ChrisMLA

Nunavut (1 seat)

Nunavut

Leona Aglukkaq

[email protected]

@leonaaglukkaq

Prince Edward Island (4 seats)

Cardigan

Wayne Phelan

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Charlottetown

Robert Campbell

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Egmont

Logan McLellan

[email protected]

@loganmp2019

Malpeque

Stephen Stewart

[email protected]

@StephenMalpeque

Yukon (1 seat)

Yukon

Jonas Smith

[email protected]

@jonasjsmith

Saskatchewan (14 seats)

Battlefords—Lloydminster

Rosemarie Falk

[email protected]

@rosemarie_falk

Carlton Trail—Eagle Creek

Kelly Block

[email protected]

@KellyBlockmp

Cypress Hills—Grasslands

Jeremy Patzer

@jp4cp

Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River

Gary Vidal

[email protected]

@GaryAVidal

Moose Jaw—Lake Centre—Lanigan

Tom Lukiwski

[email protected]

@TomLukiwski

Prince Albert

Randy Hoback

[email protected]

@MPRandyHoback

Regina—Lewvan

Warren Steinley

[email protected]

@WSteinley_SP

Regina—Qu’Appelle

Andrew Scheer

[email protected]

@AndrewScheer

Regina—Wascana

Micheal Kram

[email protected]

@MichaelKramSK

Saskatoon—Grasswood

Kevin Waugh

[email protected]

@KevinWaugh_CPC

Saskatoon—University

Corey Tochor

[email protected]

@ctochor

Saskatoon West

Brad Redekopp

Contact form: https://www.saskatoonwestconservative.com/contact

@BradRedekopp

Souris—Moose Mountain

Robert Kitchen

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Yorkton—Melville

Cathay Wagantall

[email protected]

@cathayw

Ontario (121 seats)

Ajax

Tom Dingwall

[email protected]

@TomDingwallAjax

Algoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskasing

Dave Williamson

Contact form: https://www.amkconservative.com/contact
No Twitter account

Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill

Leona Alleslev

[email protected]

@LeonaAlleslev

Barrie—Innisfil

John Brassard

[email protected]

@JohnBrassardCPC

Barrie—Springwater—Oro-Medonte

Doug Shipley

Contact form: https://www.dougshipley.ca/contact

@DougShipleyBSOM

Bay of Quinte

Tim Durkin

[email protected]

@QuinteDurkin

Beaches—East York

Nadirah Nazeer

[email protected]

@NadirahNazeer

Brampton Centre

Pawanjit Gosal

Contact form: https://www.conservative.ca/eda/brampton-centre/

No Twitter account

Brampton East

Ramona Singh

[email protected]

@RamonaToday

Brampton North

Arpan Khanna

[email protected]

@ArpanKhanna

Brampton South

Ramandeep Brar

[email protected]

@electbrar

Brampton West

Murarilal Thapliyal

Contact form: https://www.conservative.ca/eda/brampton-west/

@thapliyalbw

Brantford—Brant

Phil McColeman

[email protected]

@Phil4Brant

Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound

Alex Ruff

[email protected]

@AlexRuff17

Burlington

Jane Michael

[email protected]

@JaneMichael1

Cambridge

Sunny Attwal

[email protected]

@SunnyCBridge

Carleton

Pierre Poilievre

Contact form: https://pierremp.ca/contact/

@PierrePoilievre

Chatham-Kent—Leamington

David Epp

[email protected]

@DaveEppCKL

Davenport

Sanjay Bhatia

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Don Valley East

Michael Ma

[email protected]

@MichaelMaCPC

Don Valley North

Sarah Fischer

[email protected]

@SarahFischerDVN

Don Valley West

Yvonne Robertson

[email protected]

@YRobertsonCa

Dufferin—Caledon

Kyle Seeback

[email protected]

@KyleSeeback

Durham

Erin O’Toole

[email protected]

@ErinOTooleMP

Eglinton—Lawrence

Chani Aryeh

[email protected]

@chaniaryehbain

Elgin—Middlesex—London

Karen Vecchio

[email protected]

@karen_vecchio

Essex

Chris Lewis

[email protected]

@ChrisLewisEssex

Etobicoke Centre

Ted Opitz

[email protected]

@TedOpitz

Etobicoke—Lakeshore

Barry O’Brien

[email protected]

@VoteBarry4EL

Etobicoke North

Sarabjit Kaur

[email protected]

@electsarabjitk

Flamborough—Glanbrook

David Sweet

[email protected]

@DavidSweetMP

Glengarry—Prescott—Russell

Pierre Lemieux

[email protected]

@CPCLemieux

Guelph

Ashish Sachan

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Haldimand—Norfolk

Diane Finley

[email protected]

@dianefinleymp

Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock

Jamie Schmale

[email protected]

@Jamie_Schmale

Hamilton Centre

Monica Ciriello

[email protected]

@CirielloMonica

Hamilton East—Stoney Creek

Nikki Kaur

Contact form: https://www.votenikki.ca/contact

No Twitter account

Hamilton Mountain

Peter Dyakowski

[email protected]

@PeterDyakowski

Hamilton West—Ancaster—Dundas

Bert Laranjo

Contact form: https://www.votebertlaranjo.ca/contact

@BertLaranjo

Hastings—Lennox and Addington

Derek Sloan

[email protected]

@DerekSloanCPC

Humber River—Black Creek

Iftikhar Choudry

[email protected]

@iachoudry

Huron—Bruce

Ben Lobb

[email protected]

@BenLobbMP

Kanata—Carleton

Justina McCaffrey

[email protected]

@justinabridal

Kenora

Eric Melillo

[email protected]

@Eric_Melillo

King—Vaughan

Anna Roberts

Contact form: https://www.conservative.ca/eda/king-vaughan/

@VoteRoberts_CPC

Kingston and the Islands

Ruslan Yakoviychuk

[email protected]

@RYakoviychuk

Kitchener Centre

Stephen Woodworth

Contact form: https://www.kitchenercentrecpc.ca/contact/

@Woodworth1CPC

Kitchener—Conestoga

Harold Albrecht

[email protected]

@Albrecht4KitCon

Kitchener South—Hespeler

Alan Keeso

[email protected]

@AlanKeeso

Lambton—Kent—Middlesex

Lianne Rood

[email protected]

@Lianne_Rood

Lanark—Frontenac—Kingston

Scott Reid

[email protected]rl.gc.ca

@ScottReidCPC

Leeds—Grenville—Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes

Michael Barrett

[email protected]

@MikeBarrettON

London—Fanshawe

Michael van Holst

[email protected]

@mikevanholst

London North Centre

Sarah Bokhari

Contact form: https://www.conservative.ca/eda/london-north-centre/

No Twitter account

London West

Liz Snelgrove

[email protected]

@LizSnelgroveCPC

Markham—Stouffville

Theodore Antony

[email protected]

@theodore_antony

Markham—Thornhill

Alex Yuan

[email protected]

@AlexyuanCPC

Markham—Unionville

Bob Saroya

[email protected]

@BobSaroya

Milton

Lisa Raitt

[email protected]

@lraitt

Mississauga Centre

Milad Mikael

Contact form: https://www.miladmikael.com/contact

No Twitter account

Mississauga East—Cooksville

Wladyslaw Lizon

[email protected]

@wladyslawlizon

Mississauga—Erin Mills

Hani Tawfilis

[email protected]

@VoteTawfilis

Mississauga—Lakeshore

Stella Ambler

[email protected]

@StellaAmbler

Mississauga—Malton

Tom Varughese

[email protected]

@TomVarughese4

Mississauga—Streetsville

Ghada Melek

[email protected]

@ghada_melek

Nepean

Brian St. Louis

[email protected]

@BrianForNepean

Newmarket—Aurora

Lois Brown

[email protected]

@LoisBrownCanada

Niagara Centre

April Jeffs

Contact form: https://apriljeffs.com/

@April_Jeffs

Niagara Falls

Tony Baldinelli

[email protected]

@NiagaraTonyfor

Niagara West

Dean Allison

[email protected]

@DeanAllisonMP

Nickel Belt

Aino Laamanen

Contact form: https://www.conservative.ca/eda/nickel-belt/

No Twitter account

Nipissing—Timiskaming

Jordy Carr

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Northumberland—Peterborough South

Philip Lawrence

[email protected]

@PLawrence2019

Oakville

Terence Young

[email protected]

@Young4Oakville

Oakville North—Burlington

Sean Weir

[email protected]

@SeanWeirONB

Orléans

David Bertschi

Contact form: https://www.conservative.ca/eda/orleans/

@David_Bertschi

Oshawa

Colin Carrie

[email protected]

@ColinCarrieCPC

Ottawa Centre

Carol Clemenhagen

[email protected]

@ottawaccarol

Ottawa South

Eli Tannis

[email protected]

@eli_tannis

Ottawa—Vanier

Joel Bernard

Contact form: https://www.ottawavanierconservatives.ca/contact

@VoteJoelCPC

Ottawa West—Nepean

Abdul Abdi

[email protected]

@AbdulAbdi6

Oxford

Dave Mackenzie

[email protected]

@DaveMacKenzieMP

Parkdale—High Park

Adam Pham

[email protected]

@AdamPhamforMP

Parry Sound—Muskoka

Scott Aitchison

Contact form: https://www.conservativepsm.com/contact

@ScottAAitchison

Perth—Wellington

John Nater

[email protected]

@JohnNaterMP

Peterborough—Kawartha

Michael Skinner

[email protected]

@mikeskinnerptbo

Pickering—Uxbridge

Cyma Musarat

Contact form: https://www.cymamusarat.ca/contact

@cmusarat

Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke

Cheryl Gallant

[email protected]

@cherylgallant

Richmond Hill

Costas Menegakis

[email protected]

@CostasMenegakis

St. Catharines

Krystina Waler

Contact form: https://www.stcatharinescpc.ca/contact

@KrystinaWaler

Sarnia—Lambton

Marilyn Gladu

[email protected]

@MPMarilynGladu

Sault Ste. Marie

Sonny Spina

Contact form: https://www.conservative.ca/eda/sault-ste-marie/

@SonnySpina

Scarborough—Agincourt

Sean Hu

[email protected]

@SeanHuCPC

Scarborough Centre

Irshad Chaudhry

[email protected]

@Irshad_C18

Scarborough—Guildwood

Quintus Thuraisingham

[email protected]

@Qthu123

Scarborough North

David Kong

[email protected]

@votedavidkong

Scarborough—Rouge Park

Bobby Singh

[email protected]

[email protected]

Scarborough Southwest

Kimberly Fawcett

Contact form: https://www.votekimberly.com/contact

@KimberlyFawcett

Simcoe—Grey

Terry Dowdall

[email protected]

@TerryDowdallcpc

Simcoe North

Bruce Stanton

[email protected]

@bruce_stanton

Spadina—Fort York

Frank Fang

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Stormont—Dundas—South Glengarry

Eric Duncan

[email protected]

@EricDuncanSDSG

Sudbury

Pierre St-Amant

No contact email

No Twitter account

Thornhill

Peter Kent

[email protected]

@KentThornhillMP

Thunder Bay—Rainy River

Linda Rydholm

Contact form: https://www.conservative.ca/eda/thunder-bay-rainy-river/

No Twitter account

Thunder Bay—Superior North

Frank Pullia

[email protected]

@frank_pullia

Timmins—James Bay

Kraymr Grenke

[email protected]

@Kraymr

Toronto Centre

Ryan Lester

[email protected]

@RyanLesterTO

Toronto—Danforth

Zia Choudhary

[email protected]

@votezia2019

Toronto—St. Paul’s

Jae Truesdell

[email protected]

No Twitter account

University—Rosedale

Helen-Claire Tingling

[email protected]

@HCTingling

Vaughan—Woodbridge

Teresa Kruze

[email protected]

@TeresaKruze

Waterloo

Jerry Zhang

[email protected]

@jerryzwaterloo

Wellington—Halton Hills

Michael Chong

[email protected]

@MichaelChongMP

Whitby

Todd McCarthy

[email protected]

@ToddMcCarthyCPC

Willowdale

Daniel Lee

[email protected]

@DanielLeeCPC

Windsor—Tecumseh

Leo Demarce

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Windsor West

Henry Lau

[email protected]

No Twitter account

York Centre

Rachel Willson

[email protected]

@rachelbwillson

York—Simcoe

Scot Davidson

[email protected]

@ScotDavidsonMP

York South—Weston

Jasveen Rattan

Contact form: https://www.conservative.ca/eda/york-south-weston/

@jasveenrattan

Quebec (78 seats)

Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou

Martin Ferron

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Abitibi—Témiscamingue

Mario Provencher

[email protected]

@MarioProvenche1

Ahuntsic-Cartierville

Kathy Laframboise

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Alfred-Pellan

Angelo Esposito

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Argenteuil—La Petite-Nation

Marie Louis-Seize

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Avignon—La Mitis—Matane—Matapédia

Candidate not yet announced

Beauce

Richard Lehoux

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Beauport—Côte-de-Beaupré—Île d’Orléans—Charlevoix

Sylvie Boucher

[email protected]

@SBoucherMP

Beauport—Limoilou

Alupa Clarke

[email protected]

@Alupa_Clarke

Bécancour—Nicolet—Saurel

Pierre-André Émond

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Bellechasse—Les Etchemins—Lévis

Steven Blaney

[email protected]

@HonStevenBlaney

Beloeil—Chambly

Candidate not yet announced

Berthier—Maskinongé

Josée Bélanger

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Bourassa

Catherine Lefebvre

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Brome—Missisquoi

Bruno Côté

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Brossard—Saint-Lambert

Glenn Hoa

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Charlesbourg—Haute-Saint-Charles

Pierre Paul-Hus

[email protected]

@PierrePaulHus

Châteauguay—Lacolle

Hugues Laplante

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Chicoutimi—Le Fjord

Richard Martel

[email protected]

@richardmartelpc

Compton—Stanstead

Jessy McNeil

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Dorval—Lachine—LaSalle

Celine Laquerre

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Drummond

Jessica Ebacher

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Gaspésie—Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine

Jean-Pierre Pigeon

[email protected]

@JPierrePigeon

Gatineau

Sylvie Goneau

Contact form: https://www.conservative.ca/eda/gatineau/

No Twitter account

Hochelaga

Christine Marcoux

Contact form: https://www.conservative.ca/eda/hochelaga/

@HochelagaC

Honoré-Mercier

Guy Croteau

Contact form: https://www.conservative.ca/eda/honore-mercier/

No Twitter account

Hull—Aylmer

Mike Duggan

[email protected]

@MikeDugganPCC

Joliette

Jean-Martin Masse

No contact email

No Twitter account

Jonquière

Philippe Gagnon

[email protected]

No Twitter account

La Pointe-de-l’Île

Robert Coutu

[email protected]

@RobertJrCoutu

La Prairie

Isabelle Lapointe

[email protected]

@ilapointePCC

Lac-Saint-Jean

Jocelyn Fradette

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Lac-Saint-Louis

Ann Francis

[email protected]

No Twitter account

LaSalle—Émard—Verdun

Claudio Rocchi

[email protected]

@ClaudioRocchi1

Laurentides—Labelle

Serge Grégoire

[email protected]

@SergeGregoire

Laurier—Sainte-Marie

Lise des Greniers

No contact email

No Twitter account

Laval—Les Îles

Tom Pentefountas

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Lévis—Lotbinière

Jacques Gourde

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Longueuil—Charles-LeMoyne

Stéphane Robichaud

[email protected]

@StefrobiCAQ

Longueuil—Saint-Hubert

Patrick Clune

Contact form: https://www.conservative.ca/eda/longueuil-saint-hubert/

No Twitter account

Louis-Hébert

Marie-Josée Guérette

Contact form: https://www.conservative.ca/eda/louis-hebert/

No Twitter account

Louis-Saint-Laurent

Gérard Deltell

[email protected]

@gerarddeltell

Manicouagan

François Corriveau

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Marc-Aurèle-Fortin

Sonia Baudelot

Contact form: https://www.conservative.ca/eda/marc-aurele-fortin/

@BaudelotSonia

Mégantic—L’Érable

Luc Berthold

[email protected]

@LucBerthold

Mirabel

François Desrochers

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Montarville

Julie Sauvageau

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Montcalm

Gisèle Desroches

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Montmagny—L’Islet—Kamouraska—Rivière-du-Loup

Bernard Généreux

[email protected]

@GenereuxBernard

Mount Royal

David Tordjman

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Westmount

Neil Drabkin

Contact form: https://www.conservative.ca/eda/notre-dame-de-grace-westmount/

@CPCNDGWest

Outremont

Jasmine Louras

Contact form: https://www.conservative.ca/eda/outremont/

@JasmineLouras

Papineau

Sophie Veilleux

Contact form: https://www.conservative.ca/eda/papineau/

@VeilleuxSophie

Pierre-Boucher—Les Patriotes—Verchères

Mathieu Daviault

[email protected]

@DaviaultMathieu

Pierrefonds—Dollard

Mariam Ishak

Contact form: https://mariamishak.com/en/mariam-ishak-conservative-party-of-canada-candidate/#contact

@MariamIshakCPC

Pontiac

Dave Blackburn

[email protected]

@Blackburn2019

Portneuf—Jacques-Cartier

Joël Godin

[email protected]

@Pjcjoelgodin

Québec

Bianca Boutin

[email protected]

@BiancaBoutin

Repentigny

Pierre Branchaud

Contact form: https://www.conservative.ca/eda/repentigny/

No Twitter Account

Richmond—Arthabaska

Alain Rayes

[email protected]

@AlainRayes

Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques

Candidate not yet announced

Rivière-des-Mille-Îles

Maikel Mikhael

[email protected]

No Twitter Account

Rivière-du-Nord

Candidate not yet announced

Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie

Johanna Sarfati

Contact form: https://www.conservative.ca/eda/rosemont-la-petite-patrie/

No Twitter Account

Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot

Bernard Barré

[email protected]

No Twitter Account

Saint-Jean

Martin Thibert

Contact form: https://www.conservative.ca/eda/saint-jean/

No Twitter Account

Saint-Laurent

Richard Serour

[email protected]

@SerourRichard

Saint-Léonard—Saint-Michel

Ilario Maiolo

[email protected]

@IlarioMaioloPCC

Saint-Maurice—Champlain

Bruno-Pier Courchesne

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Salaberry—Suroît

Cynthia Larivière

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Shefford

Nathalie Clermont

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Sherbrooke

Dany Sévigny

Contact form: https://www.conservative.ca/eda/sherbrooke/

No Twitter account

Terrebonne

Annie Trudel

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Thérèse-De Blainville

Marie Claude Fournier

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Trois-Rivières

Yves Lévesque

[email protected]

@Yveslevesque_tr

Vaudreuil—Soulanges

Karen Cox

Contact form: https://www.conservative.ca/eda/vaudreuil-soulanges/

No Twitter account

Ville-Marie—Le Sud-Ouest—Île-des-Sœurs

Michael Forian

[email protected]

@ForianVM

Vimy

Rima El-Helou

Contact form: https://www.conservative.ca/eda/vimy/

No Twitter account

Candidates for the New Democratic Party of Canada

 

Thunder Bay-Superior North

Anna Betty Achneepineskum

No contact email

@DGCAnnaBetty

Oakville

Jerome Adamo

[email protected]

@JEROME4Oakville

Niagara Centre

Malcolm Allen

No contact email

@NDPMalcolmAllen

Timmins–James Bay

Charlie Angus

[email protected]

@CharlieAngusNDP

Churchill—Keewatinook—Aski

Niki Ashton

[email protected]

@nikiashton

Trois-Rivières

Robert Aubin

[email protected]

@RobertAubinNPD

Skeena—Bulkley Valley

Taylor Bachrach

[email protected]

@taylorbachrach

Niagara Falls

Brian Barker

[email protected]

@BBarker77

North Vancouver

Justine Bell

[email protected]

@justinegbell

Bay of Quinte

Stephanie Bell

No contact email

@Bell4Council

Saskatoon West

Sheri Benson

[email protected]

@sherirbenson

Elmwood—Transcona

Daniel Blaikie

[email protected]

@Daniel_Blaikie

North Island—Powell River

Rachel Blaney

[email protected]

@RABlaney

Rosemont—La-Petite-Patrie

Alexandre Boulerice

[email protected]

@alexboulerice

Berthier—Maskinongé

Ruth Ellen Brosseau

[email protected]

@RE_Brosseau

Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill

Aaron Brown

No contact email

No Twitter account

Waterloo

Lori Campbell

[email protected]

@campbelllor

South Okanagan—West Kootenay

Richard Cannings

[email protected]

@CanningsNDP

Davenport

Andrew Cash

No contact email

@AndrewCash

Nanaimo—Ladysmith

Bob Chamberlin

[email protected]

@ChiefBobbyc

Oxford

Matthew Chambers

No contact email

@MatthewNewDem

Toronto Centre

Brian Chang

[email protected]

@bfchangTO

Mississauga–Malton

ikki Clarke

[email protected]

@NikkiClarkeNDP

Kanata–Carleton

Melissa Coenraad

[email protected]

@MelissaCoenraad

Victoria

Laurel Collins

[email protected]

@Laurel_BC

Vancouver Kingsway

Don Davies

[email protected]

@DonDavies

Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock

Barbara Doyle

[email protected]

@DoyleHKLB

Beloeil–Chambly

Matthew Dubé

[email protected]

@MattDube

Burlington

Lenaee Dupuis

Email not available

Twitter not available

Sherbrooke

Pierre-Luc Dusseault

[email protected]

@PLDusseault

Hamilton Mountain

Scott Duvall

[email protected]

@sduvall07

Ahuntsic-Cartierville

Zahia El Masri

No contact email

@MasriZahia

Etobicoke North

Naiima Farah

No contact email

@Naiima_Farah

Esquimalt—Saanich—Sooke

Randall Garrison

[email protected]

@r_garrison

Ottawa South

Morgan Gay

Contact form: https://www.morgangay.ca/contact

@Morgan_Gay

Winnipeg Centre

Candidate Leah Gazan

Contact form: https://www.leahgazan.ca/contact

@LeahGazan

Pontiac

Denise Giroux

Contact form: https://www.ndppontiacnpd.ca/nous-joindre-contact-us

No Twitter account

Salaberry-Suroît

Joan Gottman

No contact email

No Twitter account

Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam

Christina Gower

No contact email

No Twitter account

Hamilton Centre

Matthew Green

No contact email

@MatthewGreenNDP

Cambridge

Scott Hamilton

[email protected]

@HamiltonCbridge

Vancouver Granville

Yvonne Hanson

No contact email

@YVR_Hanson

Windsor-Tecumseh

Cheryl Hardcastle

[email protected]

@CHardcastleNDP

St. John’s East

Jack Harris

[email protected]

@JackHarrisNDP

South Shore—St. Margaret’s

Jessika Hepburn

[email protected]

@ohmyhandmade

Carleton

Kevin Hua

No contact email

@HuaForCarleton

Algoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskasing

Carol Hughes

[email protected]

@CarolHughesMP

Beaches–East York

Mae J. Nam

[email protected]

@MaeJNam

Guelph

Aisha Jahangir

[email protected]

@JahangirAisha

Barrie—Springwater—Oro—Medonte

Dan Janssen

[email protected]

@IAMDanJ

Brome—Missisquoi

Sylvie Jetté

No contact email

No Twitter account

York Centre

Andrea Vasquez Jimenez

No contact email

@AndreaVasquezJ

Courtenay-Alberni

Gord Johns

[email protected]

@GordJohns

New Westminster—Burnaby

Peter Julian

[email protected]

@MPJulian

Brampton West

Navjit Kaur

No contact email

@Navjitkaurndp

Brampton South

Mandeep Kaur

https://mandeepkaur.ndp.ca/

No contact email

@mandeepndp

Newmarket—Aurora

Yvonne Kelly

No contact email

@YvonneKellyCRF

Vancouver Quadra

Leigh Kenny

No contact email

No Twitter account

Sarnia—Lambton

Adam Kilner

No contact email

No Twitter account

Kildonan—St. Paul

Evan Krosney

No contact email

@EvanKrosney

Kelowna–Lake Country

Justin Kulik

[email protected]

@JustinKulik

Vancouver East

Jenny Kwan

[email protected]

@JennyKwanBC

Toronto—Danforth

Min Sook Lee

[email protected]

@minsooklee

Yukon

Justin Lemphers

[email protected]

@YukonNDP

London West

Shawna Lewkowitz

No contact email

@ShawnaLewk

Haldimand—Norfolk

Jordan Louis

[email protected]

@jordanlouis

Central Nova

Betsy MacDonald

No contact email

No Twitter account Twitter not available

Vaudreuil—Soulanges

Amanda MacDonald

No contact email

No Twitter account

Don Valley West

Laurel MacDowell

No contact email

No Twitter account

Ottawa West—Nepean

Angella MacEwen

Contact form: https://www.ownndp.ca/wp/contact/

@AMacEwen

Cowichan-Malahat-Langford

Alistair MacGregor

[email protected]

@AMacGregor4CML

Glengarry—Prescott—Russell

Konstantine Malakos

[email protected]

@kmalakos

Hamilton West—Ancaster—Dundas

Yousaf Malik

No contact email

No Twitter account

Winnipeg North

Kyle Mason

[email protected]

@kyle_j_mason

Windsor West

Brian Masse

[email protected]

@BrianMasseMP

London—Fanshawe

Lindsay Mathyssen

No contact email

@LMathys

Sault Ste. Marie

Sara McCleary

No contact email

@saramccleary

York—Simcoe

Jessa McLean

No contact email

@JessaMcLeanNDP

Ottawa—Vanier

Stéphanie Mercier

No contact email

No Twitter account

Hamilton East Stoney Creek

Nick Milanovic

[email protected]

@nickemilanovic

Kitchener Centre

Andrew Moraga

[email protected]

@andrew_moraga

Kamloops—Thompson—Cariboo

Gina Myhill-Jones

No contact email

No Twitter account

Longueuil—Saint-Hubert

Pierre Nantel

[email protected]

@pierrenantel

Eglinton—Lawrence

Alexandra Nash

No contact email

@_AlexNash

Dartmouth–Cole Harbour

Emma Norton

No contact email

@dilemmmanorton

Fleetwood—Port Kells

Annie Ohana

Contact form: https://www.annieohana.com/contact

@ohana_annie

Nickel Belt

Stef Paquette

No contact email

@StefPaquette

Central Okanagan–Similkameen–Nicola

Joan Phillip

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Shefford

Raymonde Plamondon

No contact email

No Twitter account

London North Centre

Dirka Prout

No contact email

@DirkaProut

Essex

Tracey Ramsey

[email protected]

@traceyram

Burnaby North-Seymour

Svend Robinson

[email protected]

@Svend4MP

Hochelaga

Catheryn Roy-Goyette

[email protected]

@roy_goyette

North Okanagan-Shuswap

Harwinder Sandhu

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Saint-Hyacinthe–Bagot

Brigitte Sansoucy

[email protected]

@bsansoucynpd

Surrey Centre

Sarjit Saran

[email protected]

@SaranSarjit

Halifax

Christine Saulnier

[email protected]

@cmysaul

Abbotsford

Madeleine Sauvé

[email protected]

@MadeleineSauve

Brantford—Brant

Sabrina Sawyer

No contact email

No Twitter account

Kings—Hants

Stephen Schneider

Contact form: https://stephenschneider.ca/contact-information/

@NdpStephen

Peterborough-Kawartha

Candace Shaw

[email protected]

@CSHawPKNDP

Brampton East

Saranjit Singh

[email protected]

@SaranjitSingh_

Burnaby South

Jagmeet Singh

[email protected]

@theJagmeetSingh

Saanich–Gulf Islands

Sabina Singh

[email protected]

@Sabina4SGI

Surrey-Newton

Harjit Singh Gill

No contact email

No Twitter account

Charleswood—St. James—Assiniboia—Headingley

Ken St.George

[email protected]

No contact email

No Twitter account

Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound

Chris Stephen

[email protected]

@NDPChrisBGOS

Kootenay—Columbia

Wayne Stetski

[email protected]

@WayneStetski

Bécancour—Nicolet—Saurel

Nicolas Tabah

No contact email

@NicolasTabah

Ottawa Centre

Emilie Taman

No contact email

@EmilieTaman

Leeds—Grenville—Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes

Michelle Taylor

No contact email

@M_TaylorNDP

Parkdale—High Park

Paul Taylor

[email protected]

@PaulTaylorNDP

York South—Weston

Yafet Tewelde

[email protected]

@YafetYSW

Don Valley East

Nicholas Thompson

No contact email

No Twitter account

Jonquière

Karine Trudel

[email protected]

@trudel_karine

St. Catharines

Dennis Van Meer

No contact email

@scfndp

Langley–Aldergrove

Stacey Wakelin

No contact email

@staceywakelin

Kingston and the Islands

Barrington Walker

[email protected]

@WalkerNDP

Durham

Sarah Whalen-Wright

No contact email

@Swhalen87

Orléans

Jacqueline Wiens

No contact email

@JacquiWiensNDP

Thunder Bay—Rainy River

Yuk-Sem Won

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Spadina—Fort York

Diana Yoon

[email protected]

@DianaDYoon

Parry Sound—Muskoka

Tom Young

No contact email

No Twitter account

Port Moody–Coquitlam

Bonita Zarrillo

No contact email

@BonitaZarrillo

Rimouski-Neigette–Témiscouata–Les Basques

Guy Caron

[email protected]

@GuyCaronNPD

Drummond

François Choquette

[email protected]

@F_Choquette

Laurier–Sainte-Marie

Nimâ Machouf

[email protected]

@nimamachoufnpd

Candidates for the Green Party of Canada

Kootenay – Columbia

Abra Brynne

No contact email

No Twitter account

Saint-Léonard – Saint-Michel

Alessandra Szilagyi

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Abitibi – Témiscamingue

Aline Bégin

No contact email

@alinebegin

Scarborough Southwest

Amanda Cain

No contact email

@AskAmandaCain

Don Valley West

Amanda Kistindey

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Burnaby North – Seymour

Amita Kuttner

No contact email

@AmitaKuttner

Bellechasse – Les Etchemins – Lévis

André Voyer

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Winnipeg Centre

Andrea Shalay

No contact email

No Twitter account

Ottawa – Centre

Angela Keller-Herzog

[email protected]

@akellerherzog

Malpeque

Anna Keenan

[email protected]

@annackeenan

Toronto Centre

Annamie Paul

[email protected]

@AnnamiePaul

Sackville – Preston – Chezzetcook

Anthony Edmonds

No contact email

@ALEdmonds

Lambton – Kent – Middlesex

Anthony Li

[email protected]

@anthonytonyli

Chilliwack – Hope

Arthur Green

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Banff – Airdrie

Austin Mullins

[email protected]

@ausjermullins

Marc –Aurele – Fortin

Bao Tran Le

No contact email

No Twitter account

La Prairie

Barbara Joannette

No contact email

No Twitter account

Central Nova

Barry Randle

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Saint-Boniface – Saint-Vital

Ben Linnick

No contact email

@bennydelnorte

Portage – Lisgar

Beverly Eert

[email protected]

@PL_GreenParty

South Surrey – White Rock

Beverly (Pixie) Hobby

No contact email

No Twitter account

Brantford – Brant

Bob Jonkman

[email protected]

@BobJonkmanGPC

Barrie – Innisfil

Bonnie North

[email protected]

@BonnieNorthGP

Burnaby South

Brennan Wauters

[email protected]

@brennanwauters

Vancouver East

Bridget Burns

[email protected]

@votebridgetb

Kigns – Hants

Brogan Anderson

[email protected]

@anderson4greens

Haldimand – Norfolk

Brooke Martin

No contact email

@Brookemartin_13

Coast of Bays – Central – Notre Dame

Byron White

No contact email

No Twitter account

Vaudreuil – Soulanges

Cameron Stiff

[email protected]

@CamStiff_Vert

Kingston and the Islands

Candice Christmas

[email protected]

No Twitter account

London North Centre

Carol Dyck

[email protected]

@CarolDyckGPC

Longueuil – Saint-Hubert

Casandra Poitras

No contact email

No Twitter account

Sturgeon River – Parkland

Cass Romyn

[email protected]

@ED75Green

Calgary Rocky Ridge

Catriona Wright

[email protected]

@CatsWright1

Etobicoke – Lakeshore

Chris Caldwell

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Mississauga – Streetsville

Chris Hill

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Toronto – Danforth

Chris Tolley

[email protected]

@christolley

Moncton – Riverview – Dieppe

Claire Kelly

[email protected]

@clairekellyCAN

Pontiac

Claude Bertrand

[email protected]

@BertrandGreen

Mount Royal

Clement Badra

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Perth – Wellington

Collan Simmons

[email protected]

@Csimmons21

Red Deer – Mountain View

Conner Borle

[email protected]

@BorleGpc

Delta

Craig DeCraene

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Mississauga – Lakeshore

Cynthia Trentelman

No contact email

@CCTrentelman

Regina – Qu’Appelle

Dale Dewar

[email protected]

@daledewar

Beauport – Limoilou

Dalila Elhak

No Twitter account

[email protected]@greenparty.ca

Don Valley East

Dan Turcotte

[email protected]

@Dan4Greens

West Vancouver – Sunshine Coast – Sea to Sky Country

Dana Taylor

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Don Valley North

Daniel Giavedoni

No contact email

No Twitter account

Outremont

Daniel Green

[email protected]

@DanielGreen_PVC

Bruce – Grey – Owen Sound

Danielle Valiquette

[email protected]

@DaniValiquette

Bay of Qunite

Danny Celovsky

[email protected]

@CelovskyDanny

Charlottetown

Darcie Lanthier

[email protected]

@DarcieLanthier

Hamilton Mountain

Dave Urquhart

[email protected]

@DaveUrquhartGP

Esquimalt – Saanich – Sooke

David Merner

[email protected]

@DavidMerner

Ottawa West – Nepean

David Stibbe

[email protected]

@davidstibbe

David Turcotte

Bécancour – Nicolet – Saurel

No contact email

No Twitter account

Kitchener South – Hespeler

David Weber

[email protected]

@davidwebergreen

Spadina – Fort York

Dean Maher

No contact email

@VoteDeanMaher

Gaspésie – Les Iles-de-la-Madeline

Dennis Drainville

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Red Deer – Lacombe

Desmond Bull

No contact email

No Twitter account

Milton

Elanor Hayward

[email protected]

@eleanorhayward4

Haliburton – Kawartha Lakes – Brock

Elizabeth Fraser

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Saanich – Gulf Islands

Elizabeth May

[email protected]

@ElizabethMay

Markham – Unionville

Elvin Kao

[email protected]

@ElvinKao

Berthier – Maskinongé

Éric Laferriere

No contact email

No Twitter account

Simcoe North

Erik Schomann

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Durham

Evan Price

[email protected]

@_evanp

Burlington

Gareth Williams

[email protected]

@WilliamsGarethE

Vancouver Quadra

Geoff Wright

[email protected]

@geoffwright64

North Vancouver

George Orr

[email protected]

@george_orr

Saint-Laurent

Georgia Kokotsis

No contact email

No Twitter account

Parry Sound – Muskoka

Gord Miller

No contact email

@Ecogai

Carleton

Gordon Kubanek

[email protected]

@gordonjkubanek

Edmonton Centre

Grad Murray

No contact email

No Twitter account

Brossard – Saint-Lambert

Greg De Luca

[email protected]

@GregTheGreenMan

Avalon

Greg Malone

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Gatineau

Guy Dostaler

No contact email

No Twitter account

Davenport

Hannah Conover-Arthurs

[email protected]

@ArthursConover

Missisauga Centre

Hugo Reinoso

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Kamloops – Thompson – Cariboo

Iain Currie

[email protected]

@IanCurrie4

Renfrew – Nipissing – Pembroke

Ian Pineau

No contact email

@pineaui

Manicouagan

Jacques Gélineau

No contact email

No Twitter account

Winnipeg – South Centre

James Beddome

[email protected]

@JamesBeddome

Avignon – La Mitis – Matane – Matapédia

James Morrison

No contact email

No Twitter account

Laurier – Sainte-Marie

Jamil Azzaoui

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Saskatoon – University

Jan Norris

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Flamborough – Glanbrook

Janet Errygers

@JanetGPO

[email protected]

Provencher

Janine Gibson

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Cumberland – Colchester

Jason Blanch

[email protected]

@JasonBlanch

Rosemont – La Petitie-Patrie

Jean Désy

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Compton – Stanstead

Jean Rousseau

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Montraville

Jean-Charles Pelland

No contact email

No Twitter account

Nepean

Jean-Luc Cooke

[email protected]

@VoteJeanLuc

Ahuntsic-Cartierville

Jean-Michel Lavarenne

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Northumberland – Peterborough South

Jeff Wheeldon

[email protected]

@Jeff_Wheeldon

LaSalle – Émard – Verdun

Jency Mercier

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Fredericton

Jenica Atwin

[email protected]

@JenicaAtwin

Kanata – Carleton

Jennifer Purdy

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Vancouver Centre

Jesse Brown

[email protected]

@votejesse2019

Scarborough – Rouge Park

Jessica Hamilton

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Halifax

Jo-Ann Roberts

[email protected]

@JoAnnRobertsHFX

Riviere-du-Nord

Joey Leckman

[email protected]

@JoeyLeckman

Mission – Matsqui – Fraser Canyon

John Kidder

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Beauce

Josiane Fortin

[email protected]arty.ca

No Twitter account

Oshawa

Jovannah Ramsden

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Papineau

Juan Vazquez

[email protected]

@Chitacosmico7

Vancouver South

Judith Zaichkowsky

[email protected]

@Zaichkow

West Nova

Judy N Green

[email protected]

@RAWnGreen

Langley – Aldergrove

Kaija Farstad

[email protected]

@KaijaF

Dauphin – Swan River – Neepawa

Katherine Storey

[email protected]

@KateStorey_

Shefford

Katherine Turgeon

No contact email

No Twitter account

Bonavista – Burin – Trinity

Kelsey Reichel

No contact email

@kelsreichel

Charleswood – St. James – Assiniboia – Headingley

Kevin Nichols

[email protected]

@KevinNichols11

Waterloo

Kirsten Wright

[email protected]

@kirstenllwright

Beauséjour

Laura Reinsborough

[email protected]

@lauraatthereins

Vancouver Kingsway

Lawrence Taylor

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Ottawa South

Les Schram

[email protected]

@Les4OS

Dartmouth – Cole Harbour

Lil MacPherson

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Oxford

Lisa Birtch-Carriere

[email protected]

@lisac_gpc

Leeds – Greenville – Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes

Lorraine Rekmans

[email protected]

@Goddessonloose

Vancouver Granville

Louise Boutin

No contact email

No Twitter account

Lévis – Lotbiniere

Luc Saint-Hilaire

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Long Range Mountains

Lucas Knill

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Cowichan – Malahat – Langford

Lydia Hwitsum

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Chicoutimi – Le Fjord

Lynda Youde

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Louis-Hébert

Macarena Diab

@macarenadiab

[email protected]

Cariboo – Prince George

Mackenzie Kerr

[email protected]

No Twitter account

North Okanagan – Shuswap

Marc Reinarz

[email protected]

No Titter account

Trois-Rivieres

Marie Duplessis

[email protected]

No Twitter account

North Island – Powell River

Mark de Bruijn

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Chatham-Kent – Leamington

Mark Vercouteren

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Barrie – Springwater – Oro-Medonte

Marty Lancaster

[email protected]

@gp_marty

Sherbrooke

Mathieu Morin

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Algoma – Manitoulin – Kapuskasing

Max Chapman

[email protected]

@MaxChapmanAMK

Niagara Centre

Michael Tomaino

[email protected]

@MichaelPTomaino

Cambridge

Michele Braniff

[email protected]

@MicheleBraniff

Orléans

Michelle Petersen

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Kitchener Centre

Mike Morrice

[email protected]

@morricemike

Humber River – Black Creek

Mike Schmitz

No contact email

No Twitter account

Oakville North – Burlington

Mithu Valika

[email protected]

@MithuValika

Regina – Lewvan

Naomi Hunter

[email protected]

@GpcHunter

Calgary Confederation

Natalie Odd

[email protected]

@natalieodd

Huron – Bruce

Nicholas Wendler

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Nanaimo – Ladysmith

Paul Manly

[email protected]

@paulmanly

Hamilton East – Stoney Creek

Peter Ormond

[email protected]

@Peter_Ormond

Sarnia – Lambton

Peter Smith

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Beloeil – Chambly

Pierre Carrier

No contact email

No Twitter account

Victoria

Racelle Kooy

[email protected]

@racellekooy

Stormont – Dundas – South Glengarry

Raheem Arman

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Wellington – Halton Hills

Ralph Martin

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Churchill – Keewatinook Aski

Ralph McLean

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Vaughan – Woodbridge

Raquel Fronte

No contact email

No Twitter account

Dorval – Lachine – LaSalle

Réjean Malette

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Mississauga – Erin Mills

Remo Boscarino-Gaetano

[email protected]

@Remo_Bosco

Halifax West

Richard Zurawski

No contact email

No Twitter account

Hochelaga

Robert D. Morais

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Notre-Dame-de-Grace – Westmount

Robert Green

[email protected]

@RobertGreenPVC

Central Okanagan – Similkameen – Nicola

Robert Mellalieu

[email protected]

@RobMellalieu

Tobique – Mactaquac

Rowan Miller

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Charlesbourg – Haute-Saint-Charles

Samuel Moisan-Domm

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Niagara Falls

Sandra O’Connor

[email protected]

@SandraONFGreens

Beaches – East York

Sean Manners

No contact email

No Twitter account

Courtenay – Alberni

Sean Wood

[email protected]

@SeanWood4Greens

Saskatoon West

Shawn Setyo

[email protected]

@ShawnSetyo

Simcoe – Grey

Sherri Jackson

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Saint-Maurice – Champlain

Stéphanie Dufresne

[email protected]

@StephanieDufr

Kitchener – Conestoga

Stephanie Goertz

[email protected]

@GoertzSteph

Lanark – Frontenac – Kingston

Stephen Kotze

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Guelph

Steven Dyck

[email protected]

@SteveDyck

New Westminster – Burnaby

Suzanne De Montigny

[email protected]

@sfierymountain

Fleetwood – Port Kells

Tanya Baertl

No contact email

No Twitter account

Edmonton Mill Woods

Tanya Herbert

[email protected]

No Twitter account

South Okanagan – West Kootenay

Tara Howse

[email protected]

@taralynhowse

Niagara West

Terry Teather

[email protected]

@terry_teather

Calgary Centre

Thana Boonlert

[email protected]

@thana4yyc

South Shore – St. Margarets

Thomas Trappenberg

[email protected]

@ttrappenberg

University – Rosedale

Tim Grant

[email protected]

No Twitter account

Fundy Royal

Timothy Thompson

[email protected]

No Twitter account

London – Fanshawe

Tom Cull

[email protected]

@waltercull

Edmonton Riverbend

Valerie Kennedy

[email protected]

@4valeriekennedy

Hamilton West – Ancaster – Dundas

Victoria Galea

[email protected]

@vote_victoria

Newmarket – Aurora

Walter Bauer

[email protected]

@WalterB23697518

Calgary Forest Lawn

William Carnegie

No contact email

@WillCarnegieYYC

Selkirk – Interlake – Eastman

William James

[email protected]

No Twitter account



Source link

Tell the Ford Government if You Support the AODA Alliance’s Brief and Recommendations on the Government’s Proposal to Hold a 5-Year Pilot Project to Allow Electric Scooters in Ontario – and – Lots More Media Coverage of Our Issues Over the Past Two Weeks


Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update

United for a Barrier-Free Society for All People with Disabilities

www.aodaalliance.org [email protected] Twitter: @aodaalliance

Tell the Ford Government if You Support the AODA Alliance’s Brief and Recommendations on the Government’s Proposal to Hold a 5-Year Pilot Project to Allow Electric Scooters in Ontario – and – Lots More Media Coverage of Our Issues Over the Past Two Weeks

September 13, 2019

SUMMARY

1. Please Tell the Ford Government If you Support the AODA Alliance’s Brief on the Proposal to Hold a 5-Year Pilot Project Allowing E-scooters in Ontario

Please email the Doug Ford Government as soon as you can to support the AODA Alliance’s September 12, 2019 brief on the Government’s proposal to permit the use of electric scooters on Ontario roads and bike paths for the next 5 years as a pilot project. Even though the Government’s incredibly-rushed 2.5 week public consultation on this proposal ended yesterday, nothing stops you from now writing the Government. Send your email to: [email protected]

It’s best when you use your own words in your email. If you are in a rush, you can simply say:

I support the September 12, 2019 brief to the Ontario Government on its proposal to allow e-scooters in Ontario for a 5-year pilot project.

Feel free to copy us on your email to the Government if you wish. Our email address is [email protected]

You can write the Government as an individual. We are also eager for any community organizations to write the Government to support our brief as an organization.

In summary, the AODA Alliance brief calls for the Government not to allow e-scooters in Ontario. It urges the Government to withdraw its proposal to hold an excessive 5-year pilot that would allow anyone age 16 and up to ride e-scooters on Ontario roads and bike paths, even if they and the e-scooter have no training, are uninsured and have no license.

E-scooters racing at up to 32 KPH will create serious new public safety and disability accessibility problems. Either riding or leaving an e-scooter on a sidewalk should be banned. An e-scooter left on a sidewalk should be immediately forfeited and confiscated.

If, despite this, e-scooters are allowed at all, e-scooter rentals, like those dominating in some US cities, should not be permitted. An e-scooter and its driver should be required to have a license and insurance. Virtually silent e-scooters should be required to audibly beep when in use, to warn pedestrians, including those who are blind, that they are racing towards them.

The AODA Alliance opposes the idea of the Province first permitting e-scooters and then leaving it to municipalities to regulate them. Ontarians with disabilities and others who do not welcome a risk to their safety should not have to fight separate battles, in one city after the next. Each municipality should not be burdened to clean up the mess that the Province is proposing to create.

If, despite these serious concerns, the Government wishes to proceed with a pilot, it should be for 6 months, not 5 years. It should be restricted to a small part of Ontario. The residents of an area selected for such a pilot should have to first consent to the pilot taking place there.

To make it easier for you, below we set out the 16 recommendations in our brief. You can read the entire AODA Alliance September 12, 2019 brief on this topic by visiting https://www.aodaalliance.org/whats-new/aoda-alliance-files-a-brief-with-ontarios-doug-ford-government-urging-that-ontario-should-not-allow-e-scooters-should-withdraw-its-proposal-for-a-5-year-e-scooter-pilot-project-or-if-allowed-sh/

We again thank the people who took the time to send us their feedback on our earlier draft of this brief. Their input helped us as we turned that draft into the finished product that we made public yesterday. We are encouraged by the strong support for our concerns that has been voiced.

2. Yet More Great Media Coverage of Our Issues Over the Past Two Weeks

To supplement the recent coverage of the disability concerns regarding the Ford Government’s proposal to allow e-scooters in Ontario for a 5-year pilot that has been reported in the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, City TV news and several CBC radio programs, our accessibility issues have kept getting great media coverage. We set out a sampling below. We also include an item that concerns weak action by the Federal Government on the eve of the current federal election in its early days to implement the brand-new Accessible Canada Act.

  1. The September 9, 2019 Toronto Star included a good editorial that raised a number of concerns that we had earlier raised with the Ford Government’s proposal to allow e-scooters in Ontario. We applaud this editorial, even though the Star did not refer to the specific disability concerns that we had raised and did not mention the AODA Alliance.
  1. The September 10, 2019 Toronto Star included a letter to the editor from AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky. It pointed out the additional disability concerns with the Ford Government’s e-scooter proposal that the Star’s September 9, 2019 editorial did not mention.
  1. The Toronto Star’s September 10, 2019 edition also included an article on concerns with e-scooters that were raised at a meeting of a Toronto City council Committee. We were not involved in that committee’s meeting. That article reported on Toronto Mayor John Tory’s commendable reluctance to allow e-scooters in Toronto.
  1. On September 11, 2019, CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning program included an interview with AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky on the e-scooters issue. CBC posted an online news report on that issue, based on that interview. That interview supplements the interviews on the same issue that all seven other CBC local morning programs aired one week earlier, on September 4, 2019, with AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky.
  1. The September 12, 2019 Toronto Star included another letter to the editor on the e-scooters issue. It voiced strong opposition to allowing e-scooters in Ontario. It did not refer to disability-specific concerns with e-scooters.
  1. The September 9, 2019 edition of the Globe and Mail included an article by the Canadian Press that a number of other media outlets also posted on their websites. It focuses on a number of concerns with new regulations enacted by the Canadian Transportation Agency to address disability accessibility needs in federally-regulated transportation, such as air travel. That article quoted a number of sources from the disability community, including the AODA Alliance. Its quotes of AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky are to some extent inaccurate.

The regulation addressed in this article is the first such regulation enacted in this area since Parliament passed the Accessible Canada Act last June. The problems with that regulation exemplify the serious concerns we raised over the past year at the House of Commons and Senate with the Accessible Canada Act leaving the Canadian Transportation Agency with responsibility for creating regulations in the area of accessible transportation. Regulations seem to cater far more to the resistance of airlines and other federally-regulated transportation providers, and too little to the needs of passengers with disabilities.

3. The Ford Government’s Dithering on the Onley Report Continues

There have been 226 days, or over seven months, since the Ford Government received the final report of the Independent Review of the implementation of Ontario’s accessibility law, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, conducted by former Lieutenant Governor David Onley. The Ford Government has not announced any plan of action to implement the Onley report.

The Onley report showed that Ontario remains full of “soul-crushing” barriers against over 2 million Ontarians with disabilities, and that Ontario Government action to redress these has been inadequate.

          MORE DETAILS

List of the 16 Recommendations in the AODA Alliance’s September 12, 2019 Brief to the Ontario Government Regarding E-scooters

Recommendation #1

There should be no pilot project allowing e-scooters to be driven in public places in Ontario.

Recommendation #2

The Government should withdraw this e-scooter public consultation and go back to the drawing board. If it is not prepared to withdraw this public consultation on e-scooters, the Ontario Government should at least extend the consultation period to October 31, 2019.

Recommendation #3

The rental of e-scooters should be strictly forbidden, even if private ownership of an e-scooter by a user of that e-scooter were to be permitted.

Recommendation #4

There should be a strict ban on leaving an e-scooter in a public sidewalk or like location. If an e-scooter is left in such a place, it should be subject to immediate confiscation and forfeiture, as well as a strict penalty.

Recommendation #5

If e-scooters are to be permitted in Ontario, they should be required to make an ongoing beeping sound when they are powered on, to warn others of their approach.

Recommendation #6

The speed limit for e-scooters should initially be set much lower than 32 KPH, such as 15 or 20 KPH, until a strong showing can be made that a higher speed limit poses no safety threat to the public.

 

Recommendation #7

A person wishing to drive an e-scooter should be required to first take required training on its safe operation and on the rules of the road, and then to obtain a license.

Recommendation #8

Each e-scooter should be required to be licensed and to display a readily-seen license plate number.

Recommendation #9

The owner and driver of an e-scooter should be required to carry sufficient liability insurance for injuries or other damages that the e-scooter causes to others.

Recommendation #10

All e-scooter drivers, regardless of their age, should be required to wear a helmet whenever operating an e-scooter.

Recommendation #11

No e-scooter pilot project should be held in Ontario until the Ontario Government effectively studies the impact on public safety of e-scooters in jurisdictions that have allowed them, and on options for regulatory controls of them, and has made the details of these public. A pilot project should only be held in Ontario if public safety can be fully and effectively protected.

Recommendation #12

If Ontario is to hold an e-scooter pilot project, it should only take place for a period much shorter than five years, e.g. six months, and should only take place in a specific community that has consented to permit that pilot project there.

Recommendation #13

If Ontario is to hold an e-scooter pilot project, the Ontario Government should retain a trusted independent organization with expertise in public safety to study the impact of e-scooters during that pilot project, and to make the full results of that study public.

Recommendation #14

The Government should not treat a ban on riding e-scooters on the sidewalk, while necessary, as a sufficient protection against the threat to public safety that e-scooters present.

Recommendation #15

nothing should be done to reduce or restrict the availability or use of powered mobility devices used by people with disabilities.

Recommendation #16

The Ontario Government should not permit e-scooters and then leave it to each municipality to regulate them or leave it to each municipality to decide if they want to permit e-scooters.

The Toronto Star September 9, 2019

Originally posted at https://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/2019/09/09/ontario-can-do-better-on-electric-scooters.html

Editorial

Let’s do better on e-scooters

Love them or loathe them, there’s no denying that two-wheeled electric scooters are finding their way onto streets, cycle paths and sidewalks all over the world.

So Ontario’s plan to regulate them is welcome, and a pilot project is a good way to find out if its rules work or a different approach is needed.

But there are significant problems with the proposal the Ford government quietly posted online last week.

The first relates to speed. That’s both the 32 km/h allowable speed for e-scooters, which is too fast to be safe for riders or the people around them, and the public consultation period.

Originally, the government thought two days would be sufficient for consultation. After an uproar that was extended until Sept. 12, which is still unnecessarily hasty.

The second concern is over the length of Ontario’s pilot project – an astonishing five years.

That’s longer than the mandate of a provincial government and it’s far too long for an e-scooter trial, especially if problems arise here as they have elsewhere. The results should be reviewed after no more than a year to decide whether it should continue, be changed or be scrapped entirely.

The current proposal would limit scooters to roads, lanes and paths where bicycles are allowed and set a minimum age of 16 to ride one.

If these rules go forward, they’ll throw open the door to rental companies that operate like bike-share programs but with dockless scooters that can be left anywhere. Tourists and locals use an app to find and unlock them.

The government’s summary of its plan breezily states that “e-scooters have been launched in more than 125 cities across the United States.”

They’re in Canadian and European cities, too. But none of that has been without considerable controversy and problems.

Chicago has fined rental companies for failing to live up to the rules it set. Nashville just ended its pilot and banned e-scooters entirely.

People in Los Angeles are vandalizing them in protest. And in Paris, a group of victims of e-scooter accidents are threatening to sue the city and demanding stricter rules to deal with the “chaos and anarchy in the streets.”

Even their credentials as a particularly green form of transport are being challenged. Are they replacing car trips or healthier walking?

While the annoyance of e-scooters cluttering sidewalks and creating tripping hazards or riders breaking laws and behaving badly gets the lion’s share of the negative attention, the people at the greatest risk are users themselves. (Most don’t wear helmets and, like cyclists, they really should.) An American study found an emergency room surge in head injuries, fractures and dislocations related to scooters.

All of this is of particular concern in Toronto, which is already struggling with its Vision Zero plan to make roads safer for everyone. There’s a lot of tension on city streets and the addition of scooter rental companies catering in part to tourists unfamiliar with the city’s traffic rules and its many potholes will only add to that.

The province’s pilot project must give municipalities the flexibility they need to manage the challenges of e-scooters and come up with local solutions.

That’s the only hope of reaping the potential benefits of this new form of shared transportation.

Around the world e-scooters have grown faster than the rules to regulate them, much like ride-hailing and home-sharing services. So, yes, let’s get ahead of it for once.

But let’s not pretend we’re starting from scratch. Ontario needs to design a pilot project that learns from mistakes elsewhere rather than simply repeating them.

The Toronto Star September 10, 2019

Originally posted at https://www.thestar.com/opinion/letters_to_the_editors/2019/09/10/ontarians-with-disabilities-on-losing-end-of-e-scooter-pilot.html

Letters to the Editor

Ontarians with disabilities on losing end of e-scooter pilot

Let’s do better on e-scooters, Editorial, Sept. 9

It’s great that your editorial demands the Ford government be more cautious before exposing Ontarians to the dangers that electric scooters pose if allowed.

But you missed key problems.

The Star said “The people at the greatest risk are users themselves.” In fact, Ontarians with disabilities are among those at greatest risk. Rental e-scooters, routinely left on sidewalks in other cities where allowed, are a serious tripping hazard for blind people like me. They are a new accessibility barrier for people using wheelchairs or walkers. Silent e-scooters are also a danger to us blind people when we cross streets.

The Disabilities Act requires the government to lead Ontario to become barrier-free for Ontarians with disabilities by 2025. The Ford government is way behind on this. E-scooters would create new disability barriers.

Those injured by e-scooters aren’t just the users, but innocent pedestrians. Premier Doug Ford promised to end hallway medicine. The hours of waiting to see a doctor in emergency rooms will only get longer as they are cluttered up with e-scooters’ victims, drivers and pedestrians.

If Ontario is to pilot e-scooters, it should have safeguards like your editorial mentioned. We must go further. Ontario shouldn’t run any pilot until and

unless e-scooters’ safety risks are eliminated.

Banning e-scooters from being driven on sidewalks won’t protect us. Such a ban, while needed, is extremely difficult to enforce.

Don’t burden municipalities with cleaning up this mess. Strict provincial rules must ensure our safety.

David Lepofsky, chair, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance, Toronto

The Toronto Star September 10, 2019

Originally posted at https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2019/09/09/toronto-committee-wants-e-scooters-barred-from-sidewalks.html

City wants e-scooters off sidewalks

Bird CEO argues temporary ban will make launch impossible

Francine Kopun

The Toronto Star Sept. 10, 2019

Barring e-scooters from city sidewalks, recommended by a city committee on Monday, would make it impossible to introduce the concept to Toronto, according to the CEO of Bird Canada, an e-scooter company hoping to launch here in the spring of 2020.

“If you can’t park them on the sidewalk and you can’t park them on the street, I guess we’re parking them in the air?” Stewart Lyons said.

“I don’t know where we’re parking them. They can’t fly.”

Lyons was speaking after the city’s infrastructure and environment committee passed a motion that would temporarily prevent e-scooters from occupying sidewalks – at least until city staff can come up with a better plan, expected later this year.

Lyons said being able to park e-scooters on some sidewalks is a key part of the e-scooter program.

He said it would be hard to create enough demand if the scooters can’t be made available to customers right where they live and work, arguing that docking stations, such as those used by the current Bike Share Toronto program, wouldn’t be accessible enough.

Currently, users in cities where shared e-scooter programs are in place can locate scooters near them using an app.

Mayor John Tory said he supports the motion, saying it’s meant to preserve the status quo, so Toronto doesn’t have an uncontrolled and undisciplined entry of e-scooters into the market.

Tory said he is concerned about the safety of scooter use and clutter they may create, adding Toronto has many narrow sidewalks and the city must be careful with regulations controlling their use.

The mayor said he has seen scooters littering sidewalks in Austin, Texas, and has asked mayors from other cities about their experiences with the dockless devices.

“They described it all the way from successful to others who would describe it … as a gong show,” Tory said. “We don’t want any gong shows in Toronto, we don’t want people to have their safety imperiled on sidewalks or elsewhere and we don’t want the city to become cluttered.”

Tory said he personally doesn’t think e-scooters should be allowed to be driven on sidewalks, or left helter-skelter there, but he’ll wait to see what city staff propose.

The fact that e-scooters from companies such as Bird and rival firm Lime have no docking stations has led to problems in some cities, with scooters being littered across sidewalks, thrown into bushes and even into bodies of water.

Lyons said that was a problem in the early days of the program, but it’s mostly been resolved. He said the scooters were being left around because the company was hiring workers on contract who were ditching them instead of relocating them in order to save time.

These days, the company uses a more secure method to collect, charge and redistribute the scooters. The program is active in Edmonton and Calgary and is set to launch in Montreal in a couple of weeks, Lyons said.

“The good thing about Canada starting a little bit later is we have now the lessons learned and now we want to be better …. operators,” Lyons said.

The province intends to release regulations soon concerning the use of e-scooters on roads. But it’s up to the city to police sidewalks.

Committee member Mike Layton (Ward 11, University-Rosedale) said the ban on sidewalk use by e-scooters, if council adopts it, would be temporary, until city staff can come up with a more detailed plan.

He said the committee is already thinking of ways to refine it, but they wanted to get out in front of the issue quickly.

“We wanted to make sure that the city’s regulatory regime is out front before one of these companies tried to come into a municipality and impose a system,” said Layton, who supports the idea of docking stations for e-scooters.

The province is looking at a five-year pilot program that would allow e-scooters to be operated in the same places bicycles can operate. It’s looking for feedback by Sept. 12 on the proposal.

The proposed rules would set a minimum age for drivers at 16 and a maximum speed of 32 km/h.

E-scooters, which have been adopted in numerous cities in North America and Europe, are being pitched as a solution to gridlock in big cities and an environmentally friendly mode of transportation, but have proven controversial.

Nashville banned them entirely after a pilot project. In Los Angeles, people are vandalizing them in protest.

The problem is they clutter sidewalks when not in use, presenting obstacles for pedestrians, people pushing strollers and anyone with a visual or mobility impairment.

One U.S. study traced a surge in head injuries, fractures and dislocations treated in emergency rooms to scooter use. And researchers at North Carolina State University found that scooter travel produces more greenhouse gas emissions per kilometre than travelling by foot, bicycle or public transit.

Bird Canada is offering free trials of its scooters in the Distillery District until Sunday.

It expects to charges $1.15 to unlock its scooters and 35 cents a minute to ride them when it introduces the service next spring.

“Hopefully some cooler heads prevail between now and council,” Lyons said.

CBC Radio Ottawa September 11, 2019

Originally posted at https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/e-scooters-disabilities-ontario-feedback-pilot-project-1.5278879

Ottawa

Scrap Ontario e-scooter pilot, disability advocate urges

Province seeking feedback ahead of proposed 5-year pilot project

The Ontario government is considering a five-year pilot project that would allow e-scooters on the province’s roads, but disability advocates have major concerns with the plan. (Mike

A group that advocates for the rights of disabled Ontarians is urging the province to hit the brakes on a proposed five-year e-scooter pilot project before it begins.

The province has been seeking public feedback on their plan to allow electric scooters on the same roads where bicycles can operate, save for provincial highways.

  • Ontario plans to launch 5-year pilot project that allows e-scooters on roads
  • Why an image problem is slowing e-scooter rollout in Canada

Under the proposed pilot, drivers would have to be at least 16 years old and could not have passengers. The e-scooters could not exceed a maximum operating speed of 32 km/h.

Even with those limitations, allowing e-scooters on the roads will make it harder for people with disabilities to get around, and could lead to more injuries, said David Lepofsky, the chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance.

“We’ve got lots of proof that these pose a lot of problems,” Lepofsky told CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning. “We don’t need to experiment on Ontarians.”

‘An instant barrier’

Many e-scooter rental services around the world allow users to sign out the devices using an app and then — once they’re done with them — simply leave them behind on a sidewalk or other public space.

While Lepofsky’s group has asked the Ontario government to kill its pilot project entirely, it has also come up with 12 draft recommendations should the experiment ultimately go ahead.

They include cutting the maximum speed limit by as much as half, requiring drivers to be licensed and levying strict penalties if the scooters are dumped on sidewalks — though Lepofsky admits that last recommendation could be hard to enforce.

Something can be barrelling at me at 32 kilometres an hour … and I can’t know they’re coming.

“You’re walking down the street, you’re blind, and all of the sudden there’s an instant barrier, a tripping hazard in your path,” said Lepofsky, who’s been blind most of his life.

“Five minutes later it could be gone … how do you prove your case? We don’t have police on every corner just waiting to enforce [that restriction].”

Then, there’s the fact the scooters are largely silent: Lepofsky also wants the e-scooters, if they’re allowed, to emit beeping noises that warn others of their approach.

“Something can be barrelling at me at 32 km/h, ridden at me by an unlicensed and uninsured driver,” Lepofsky said. “And I can’t know they’re coming.”

David Lepofsky, a law professor and chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance, says the province should rethink its plans for a five-year e-scooter pilot project. (Tina Mackenzie/CBC)

Safety ‘key consideration’

Lepofsky also questioned the need for a five-year study that would be rolled out from one end of Ontario to the other.

“If you want to see if it’s safe on our roads, you do it for a much [narrower] piece of territory, not the entire province of Ontario, and for a much shorter period — six months or something like that is what we’d propose,” he said.

San Francisco-based Lime has already been lobbying Ottawa city councillors, claiming its dockless e-scooters would be an ideal fit with the city’s stated transportation goals.

The company recently wrapped up a trial rollout at the University of Waterloo, with competitor Bird Canada slated to launch a similar project this month in Toronto’s Distillery District.

  • E-scooter pilot project to launch in Toronto, but major hurdles remain
  • Lime e-scooter pilot project to end in Waterloo

Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation declined an interview with CBC News, but said in a statement that all feedback heard during the consultation process “will be taken into consideration before any final decisions on the pilot take place.”

“Ensuring that new vehicle types can integrate safely with pedestrians and other vehicles is a key consideration before any new vehicle type will be allowed on-road,” the statement said.

The public consultation period wraps up Sept. 12.

With files from The Canadian Press and CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning

The Toronto Star September 12, 2019

Letters to the editor

E-scooters have no place in current infrastructure

City wants e-scooters off sidewalks, Sept. 10

Toronto is in the throes of a traffic crisis. Deaths and injuries are occurring daily.

To this we plan to add e-scooters, which can travel at 32 kph, into the already-congested bike lanes, to be ultimately discarded on our sidewalks?

Surely wisdom dictates that adding another form of transportation into this chaos is not a move to be contemplated until our city figures out a way to make commuters safe within our present infrastructure. E-scooters? Eek!

Judith Butler, Toronto

The Globe and Mail September 9, 2019

Originally posted at https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/article-advocates-say-new-canadian-air-travel-rules-present-greater-barriers/

Report on Business

Advocates of accessible air travel say new rules raise barriers to mobility

By CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS

THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – 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 rules designed in theory to open the skies to disabled travellers.

As seating space shrank and cargo doors were often too small for customized wheelchairs, Ms.Odell cut back on the flights she once took routinely for her work with a non-profit.

“My wheelchair is part of me,” said Ms. Odell, 61, who was born with spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic condition that gradually prevents forming and keeping the muscles needed to walk, balance, eat and even breathe. “I’m helpless without it.”

“It’s like if someone says, ‘I’m sorry, you can travel but we have to unscrew your legs,’ ” said Ms.Odell, who last took an airplane in 2009.

Her $18,000 mobility device is not allowed in the aircraft cabin, nor can it fit through some cargo doors without being tipped on its side, risking damage. As a result, her husband opted to stay by her side and miss their daughter’s San Jose wedding, too.

Ms. Odell, president of Citizens with Disabilities Ontario, is one of a number of advocates who say new rules ostensibly designed to make air travel more accessible fail to go far enough – and, in some cases, mark a step backward.

“It’s called second-class citizenry. I’ve felt it all my life,” said Marcia Yale, a lifelong advocate for blind Canadians.

The regulations, rolled out in June under a revised Canada Transportation Act – with most slated to take effect in June, 2020 – do little to improve spotty airport service or accommodate attendants and service dogs on international flights, she said.

“These are going backwards,” Ms. Yale said, citing carriers’ legal duty to accommodate. “We wanted pro-active regulations that were going to raise the bar. And in some ways, they’ve lowered it.”

The new rules require travellers to notify airlines anywhere from 48 to 96 hours in advance to receive certain accommodations, such as being guided through security or receiving help transferring from a wheelchair to a smaller, cabin-compatible mobility device. There are currently no rules requiring notification that can jeopardize last-minute travel for work or emergencies.

Many passenger planes’ cargo doors are about 79 centimetres in height – a little more than 2 1/2 – slightly smaller than a typical power wheelchair for youth, said Terry Green, chairman of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities’ transportation committee.

“These aircraft are totally restricting adults who use large mobility devices from travelling,” he said, saying many wheelchairs cannot fit into cargo at all.

The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) says it will be “monitoring … very closely” a U.S. Federal Aviation Administration study on wheelchair anchor systems, with an eye to allowing passengers to remain seated in the cabin in their mobility devices. A report is expected in the next three years.

David Lepofsky, an adjunct law professor at the University of Toronto, is reminded of the challenges facing disabled passengers by the case of a couple abandoned in their wheelchairs for 12 hours after being dropped at a service counter in the Vancouver airport en route to Edmonton from their home in Nepal earlier this year.

He can relate.

“There are times it takes me longer to get out of the airport than it took to fly here,” said Prof. Lepofsky, who is blind and travels frequently for lectures.

Prof. Lepofsky says he’ll often ask a passerby to guide him to the gate rather than go through the stop-and-go relay he’s experienced with airport and airline agents.

The Canadian Transportation Agency’s stated goals, variously defined as “equal access” and “more accessible” service, conflict with each other, leaving levels of accommodation unclear, Prof. Lepofsky said.

The rules require an airport to provide a disabled passenger with curb-to-gate assistance, except “if the transportation provider is providing that service.”

“It’s good that they spell out what has to be provided; it’s bad that there are so many escape clauses,” Prof. Lepofsky said.

He added that the confusion may be more tolerable if airports were required to install way-finding beacons – which connect with an app on a user’s smartphone via Bluetooth to offer verbal directions (Toronto’s Pearson airport recently added the devices) – or kiosks with audio output, an omission he deemed “inexcusable.”

The new rules come alongside a passenger bill of rights that beefs up compensation for travellers subjected to delayed flights and damaged luggage.

Consumer- rights advocates have said the regulations grant airlines loopholes to avoid payment, while Canadian carriers have launched a legal challenge to quash provisions they argue breach international standards.

Meanwhile, the new accessibility regulations require free travel for an attendant or guide dog in an adjacent seat only on domestic flights, with taxes and fees still applicable. A second phase of the regulatory process, now under way, will consider extending the one-person-one-fare requirement to international flights, according to the CTA.



Source link

AODA Alliance Writes Federal Party Leaders Seeking Election Commitments on Advancing the Cause of Accessibility for Over 6 Million People with Disabilities in Canada


Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update

United for a Barrier-Free Society for All People with Disabilities

www.aodaalliance.org [email protected] Twitter: @aodaalliance

AODA Alliance Writes Federal Party Leaders Seeking Election Commitments on Advancing the Cause of Accessibility for Over 6 Million People with Disabilities in Canada

July 18, 2019

          SUMMARY

A hotly-contested federal election will take place this October. The candidates are already fanning out across Canada, campaigning for our votes.

Once again, the AODA Alliance is jumping into the fray. On July 18, 2019, we wrote the leaders of the major federal parties. We asked them for election pledges concerning accessibility for over 6 million people with disabilities in Canada. We set that letter out below.

Our letter offers this short summary of what we seek:

“In summary we ask your Party to make 11 commitments to ensure that the implementation and enforcement of the Accessible Canada Act (ACA) is swift, strong and effective, including, e.g. making needed accessibility standard regulations within four years, effectively enforcing the law, establishing a single unified process for complaints under the ACA, ensuring that nothing is done under the ACA that cuts back on the rights of people with disabilities, and ensuring that public money is not used to create or perpetuate barriers against people with disabilities.”

The specific pledges we seek include:

  1. Enforceable accessibility standard regulations should be enacted within four years.
  1. The ACA should be effectively enforced.
  1. Federal public money should never be used to create or perpetuate barriers.
  1. The ACA should never reduce the rights of people with disabilities.
  1. Section 172(3) of the ACA should be amended to remove its unfair and discriminatory ban on the Canadian Transportation Agency ever awarding monetary compensation to passengers with disabilities who are the victims of an undue barrier in federally-regulated transportation (like air travel), where a CTA regulation wrongly set the accessibility requirements too low.
  2. The ACA’s implementation and enforcement should be consolidated in One federal agency, not splintered among several of them.
  1. No federal laws should ever create or permit disability barriers.
  1. Federal elections should be made accessible to voters with disabilities.
  1. Power to exempt organizations from some ACA requirements should be eliminated or reduced.
  1. Federally-controlled courts and tribunals should be made disability-accessible.
  1. Proposed Opposition amendments to the ACA that were defeated in the House of Commons in 2018 and that would strengthen the ACA should be passed.

We will let you know what responses we receive. We will be active over the next three months on social media and elsewhere, in an effort to raise these issues leading up to the federal election. In future AODA Alliance Updates, we will offer you action tips on how you can help.

As we say time and again, but must repeat here: We don’t support or oppose any candidate. We try to get the strongest commitments on accessibility from as many candidates and parties as we can.

To learn about our efforts over the past four years to get a strong and effective Accessible Canada Act enacted by Canada’s Parliament, visit www.aodaalliance.org/canada

          MORE DETAILS

Text of the July 18, 2019 Letter to the Leaders of the Major Federal Political Parties

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE

1929 Bayview Avenue,

Toronto, Ontario M4G 3E8

Email [email protected] Twitter: @aodaalliance www.aodaalliance.org

United for a Barrier-Free Society for All People with Disabilities

July 18, 2019

To:

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

Via email: [email protected]

Office of the Prime Minister of Canada

80 Wellington Street

Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2

Twitter: @JustinTrudeau

The Hon. Andrew Scheer, Leader of the Loyal Opposition and the Conservative Party

Leader of the Conservative Party; MP, Regina-Qu’Appelle

Via email: [email protected]

Leader of the Conservative Party

House of Commons

Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

Twitter: @AndrewScheer

The Hon. Jagmeet Singh Leader of the NDP

Via email: [email protected]

300 – 279 Laurier West

Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5J9

Twitter: @theJagmeetSingh

The Hon. Elizabeth May Leader of the Green Party; MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands

Via email: [email protected]

House of Commons

Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6

Twitter: @ElizabethMay

The Hon. Rhéal Fortin Interim Leader of the Bloc Québécois

Via email: [email protected]

3730 boul. Crémazie Est, 4e étage

Montréal, Québec H2A 1B4

Twitter: @RhealFortin

The Hon. Maxime Bernier, Leader of the People’s Party of Canada

Via email: [email protected]

House of Commons

Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 Canada

Twitter: @MaximeBernier

Dear Federal Party Leaders,

Re: Seeking Your Commitments to Ensure the Effective Implementation of the Accessible Canada Act (ACA)

With a federal election approaching, we seek 11 commitments from each federal political party on Canada’s new national accessibility legislation, the Accessible Canada Act (Bill C-81). It is good that Parliament recently passed Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act . That is only the first step on the road to making Canada accessible to people with disabilities in Canada.

In this letter, we explain what we seek, who we are, and why over six million people with disabilities in Canada need these strong election commitments. Founded in 2005, the AODA Alliance is a non-partisan community coalition that advocates for accessibility for people with disabilities in Ontario and at the federal level. We were one of the disability organizations that appeared before the House of Commons and Senate to call for amendments to strengthen Bill C-81. During debates in Parliament over this bill, MPs and Senators relied on our submissions.

In summary we ask your Party to make 11 commitments to ensure that the implementation and enforcement of the Accessible Canada Act (ACA) is swift, strong and effective, including, e.g. making needed accessibility standard regulations within four years, effectively enforcing the law, establishing a single unified process for complaints under the ACA, ensuring that nothing is done under the ACA that cuts back on the rights of people with disabilities, and ensuring that public money is not used to create or perpetuate barriers against people with disabilities.

1. Enforceable Accessibility Standard Regulations Should Be Enacted Within Four Years

The ACA’s centerpiece is the enactment and enforcement of accessibility standard regulations. These regulations will specify what an organization must do and by when, to become accessible. The ACA lets the Federal Cabinet, the Canadian Radio, Television and Telecommunication Commission (CRTC) and the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) enact these regulations. However, it does not require them ever to be enacted. If they are not enacted, the ACA will fail.

  1. Will you enact or amend legislation to require the Federal Government, the CTA and the CRTC to enact regulations to set accessibility standards in all the areas that the ACA covers within four years? If not, will you commit that those regulations will be enacted under the ACA within four years?

2. The ACA Should Be Effectively Enforced

We have learned from extensive experience with provincial accessibility legislation that the ACA will be ineffective unless it is effectively enforced.

  1. Will your party commit to ensure that the ACA is effectively enforced?

 3. Federal Public Money Should Never Be used to Create or Perpetuate Barriers

The ACA does not require the Federal Government to ensure that federal money is never used by any recipient of those funds, to create or perpetuate disability barriers. For example, the ACA doesn’t require the Federal Government to attach accessibility strings when it gives money to a municipality, college, university, local transit authority or other organization to build new infrastructure. Those recipients of federal money are left free to design and build new infrastructure without ensuring that it is fully accessible to people with disabilities. Also, the bill doesn’t require the Federal Government to attach any federal accessibility strings when it gives business development loans or grants to private businesses.

It is helpful that the ACA lets the Federal Government impose accessibility requirements when it buys goods or services. However it doesn’t require the Federal Government to ever do so.

This allows for a wasteful and harmful use of public money. The Senate’s Standing Committee on Social Affairs that held hearings on Bill C-81 made this important observation in its May 7, 2019 report to the Senate:

“Your committee heard concerns that despite this legislation, federal funding may continue to be spent on projects that do not always meet accessibility standards. Therefore, we encourage the federal government to ensure that when public money is spent or transferred, the funding should never be used to create or perpetuate disability-related barriers when it is reasonable to expect that such barriers can be avoided.”

  1. Will your party ensure by legislation, and if not, then by public policy, that no one will use public money distributed by the Government of Canada in a manner that creates or perpetuates barriers, including e.g. , payments by the Government of Canada to any person or entity to purchase or rent any goods, services or facilities, or to contribute to the construction, expansion or renovation of any infrastructure or other capital project, or to provide a business development loan or grant to any person or entity?

4. The ACA Should Never Reduce the Rights of People with Disabilities

The ACA includes only limited and insufficient protection to ensure that nothing under the ACA reduces the rights of people with disabilities. The ACA provides:

“121.1 For greater certainty, nothing in any provision of this Act or the regulations limits a regulated entity’s duty to accommodate under any other Act of Parliament.”

  1. Will your party amend the ACA to provide that if a provision of the ACA or of a regulation enacted under it conflicts with a provision of any other Act or regulation, the provision that provides the highest level of accessibility shall prevail, and that nothing in the ACA or in any regulations enacted under it or in any actions taken under it shall reduce any rights which people with disabilities otherwise enjoy under law?

A discriminatory provision was included in the Accessible Canada Act. It is helpful that it was softened in the Senate, after extensive advocacy efforts by people with disabilities. However, it should be repealed altogether.

Making this worse, section 172(3) of the ACA unfairly takes away important rights from people with disabilities in a discriminatory way. It bars the CTA from awarding justly-deserved money compensation to a passenger with a disability, even if the Agency finds that an airline or other federally-regulated transportation-provider has imposed an undue barrier against them, so long as a federal transportation accessibility regulation wrongly says that the airline did not have to provide the passenger with that accommodation. Section 172 of the ACA provides:

“Inquiry — barriers to mobility

172 (1) The Agency may, on application, inquire into a matter in relation to which a regulation could be made under subsection 170(1), regardless of whether such a regulation has been made, in order to determine whether there is an undue barrier to the mobility of persons with disabilities.

Remedies

(2) On determining that there is an undue barrier to the mobility of persons with disabilities, the Agency may do one or more of the following:

(a) require the taking of appropriate corrective measures;

(b) direct that compensation be paid for any expense incurred by a person with a disability arising out of the barrier, including for any costs of obtaining alternative goods, services or accommodation;

(c) direct that compensation be paid for any wages that a person with a disability was deprived of as a result of the barrier;

(d) direct that compensation be paid up to a maximum amount of — subject to the annual adjustments made under section 172.2 — $20,000, for any pain and suffering experienced by a person with a disability arising out of the barrier;

(e) direct that compensation be paid up to a maximum amount of — subject to the annual adjustments made under section 172.2 — $20,000, if the Agency determines that the barrier is the result of a wilful or reckless practice.

Compliance with regulations

(3) If the Agency is satisfied that regulations made under subsection 170(1) that are applicable in relation to a matter have been complied with or have not been contravened, the Agency may determine that there is an undue barrier in relation to that matter but if it does so, it may only require the taking of appropriate corrective measures.”

This unfairly protects huge, well-funded airlines and railways from having to pay monetary compensation in situations where they should have to pay up.

  1. Will your party repeal the offending portion of section 172(3) of the ACA that reads “but if it does so, it may only require the taking of appropriate corrective measures.”” And replace them with words such as: “and grant a remedy in accordance with subsection 2.” ?

5. The ACA’s Implementation and Enforcement Should be Consolidated in One Federal Agency, Not Splintered Among Several of Them

The 105-page ACA is far too complicated and confusing. It will be hard for people with disabilities to navigate it. This is because the bill splinters the power to make accessibility standard regulations and the power to enforce the bill among a number of federal agencies, such as the new federal Accessibility Commissioner, the CTA, and the CRTC.

This makes the ACA’s implementation and enforcement less effective, more confusing, more complicated and more costly. It will make it take longer to get accessibility regulations enacted. It risks weak, contradictory or unnecessarily complex regulations.

This splintering makes it much harder for people with disabilities to navigate the system, to find out what rights they have, and to get violations fixed. People with disabilities are burdened to learn to navigate as many as three or four different sets of accessibility rules, enforcement agencies, procedures, forms and time lines for presenting an accessibility complaint.

This splintering only helps existing federal bureaucracies that want more power, and any large obligated organizations that want to dodge taking action on accessibility. Those organizations will relish exploiting the bill’s confusing complexity to delay and impede its implementation.

It is wrong for the ACA to give almost exclusive powers over accessibility to federally-regulated transportation organizations (like airlines) to the CTA, and almost exclusive powers over broadcasters and telecommunication companies (like Bell Canada and Rogers Communications) to the CRTC. The CTA and CRTC have had powers in this area for years. Their record on accessibility is not good.

  1. Will your party assign all responsibility for the ACA’s enforcement to the Accessibility Commissioner and all responsibility for enacting regulations under the ACA to the Federal Cabinet? If not, then at a minimum, would your party require by legislation or policy that the CRTC, CTA and the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations and Employment Board must, within six months, establish policies, practices and procedures for expeditiously receiving, investigating, considering and deciding upon complaints under this Act which are the same as or as reasonably close as possible to, those set out for the Accessibility Commissioner?

6. No Federal Laws Should Ever Create or Permit Disability Barriers

It is important to ensure that no federal laws impose or permit the creation of barriers against people with disabilities.

  1. Will your Party review all federal laws to identify any which require or permit any barriers against people with disabilities, and will your party amend Section 2 of the ACA (definition of “barrier”) to add the words “a law”, so that it will read:

“barrier means anything — including anything physical, architectural, technological or attitudinal, anything that is based on information or communications or anything that is the result of a law, a policy or a practice — that hinders the full and equal participation in society of persons with an impairment, including a physical, mental, intellectual, cognitive, learning, communication or sensory impairment or a functional limitation.”

7. Federal Elections Should Be Made Accessible to Voters with Disabilities

Voters with disabilities continue to face disability barriers in federal elections, including, for example, barriers that can impede them from voting independently and in private, and verifying their choice. Recent amendments to federal election legislation do not ensure this.

  1. Will your party pass legislation or regulations and adopt policies needed to ensure that federal elections become barrier-free for voters and candidates with disabilities.

8. Power to Exempt Organizations from Some ACA Requirements Should be Eliminated or Reduced

The ACA has too many loopholes. For example, it lets the Federal Government exempt itself from some of its duties under the ACA. The Government should not ever be able to exempt itself.

  1. Will your Party eliminate or reduce the power to exempt organizations from some of the requirements that the ACA imposes? Such as eliminating the power to exempt the Government of Canada, or a federal department or agency? If not, will your party commit not to grant any exemptions from the ACA?

9. Federally-Controlled Courts and Tribunals Should be Made Disability-Accessible

People with disabilities continue to face barriers when they try to take part in proceedings in courts for which the Federal Government is responsible.

  1. Will your party develop and implement a plan to ensure that all federally-operated courts (e.g. the Supreme Court of Canada and Federal Courts), and federally operated regulatory tribunals (like the CRTC and CTA) become accessible.

10. Other Measures Needed to Strengthen the ACA

In 2018, federal opposition parties proposed a number of amendments to strengthen Bill C-81 in the House of Commons. The Government defeated most if not all of them.

  1. Would your party pass the amendments to the ACA which the opposition proposed in the fall of 2018 in the House of Commons, which the Government had defeated, and which would strengthen the ACA?

We would appreciate a response by email in MS Word format. We will make responses public. We would be pleased to answer any questions you have.

Sincerely,

David Lepofsky CM, O. Ont

Chair Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance



Source link

Download the final text of the Accessible Canada Act, as passed by Canada’s Parliament, previously called Bill C-81, in English or French, and in an accessible MS Word or a pdf format



Click here to download the English version of the Accessible Canada Act in MS Word format. Click here to down load the English version of the Accessible Canada Act in pdf format. Click here to download the French version of the Accessible Canada Act in an accessible MS Word format. Click here to download the … Continue reading Download the final text of the Accessible Canada Act, as passed by Canada’s Parliament, previously called Bill C-81, in English or French, and in an accessible MS Word or a pdf format



Source link

The Ford Government Gets A Failing Grade on Making Progress on Disability Accessibility After One year in Power – AODA Alliance


Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update

United for a Barrier-Free Society for All People with Disabilities

www.aodaalliance.org [email protected] Twitter: @aodaalliance

The Ford Government Gets A Failing Grade on Making Progress on Disability Accessibility After One year in Power

June 21, 2019

SUMMARY

It’s time to look back on the past year, take stock and give a report card on the Ontario Government’s performance on achieving the goal of accessibility for people with disabilities in Ontario. The Ontario Government has now been in office for one year, or one quarter of its term in office. It has been blanketing social media and the web with glowing statements about its progress on various issues, exemplified in Minister for Accessibility and Seniors Raymond Cho’s June 14, 2019 email to disability stakeholders, set out below. It repeatedly tells the public that it is keeping its promises and protecting “what matters most” to Ontarians.

We regret that we must give the Ford Government a failing “F” grade. It has done virtually nothing helpful and new to improve the Ontario Government’s efforts on leading Ontario to become accessible to over 1.9 million Ontarians with disabilities by 2025, the deadline which the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act sets. It has even exceeded the previous Wynne Government’s record for dithering and inaction on accessibility. When running for office, Doug Ford told all Ontarians that if he is elected, help is on the way. When it comes to the accessibility needs of Ontarians with disabilities, we are still waiting.

We were delighted at the start of the new Government that it appointed the closest thing to a fulltime accessibility minister. This meant that progress on accessibility could be sped up, since more ministerial time could be devoted to that issue. Yet no such progress occurred over the year that followed.

The only new initiative on disability accessibility that the Ford Government has announced in an entire year is unhelpful. It appears to be a major distraction rather than a real significant help. That is the Ford Government’s decision to divert 1.3 million public dollars over two years into having the Rick Hansen Foundation undertake a private “certification” of a total of 250 buildings (125 per year), using the Rick Hansen Foundation’s problematic private accessibility certification process. We have been on the record for years in opposition to investing any public money in a private accessibility certification process, no matter who runs it. In an upcoming AODA Alliance Update, we will have more to say specifically about the Rick Hansen Foundation private accessibility certification process which the Ford Government has chosen to endorse and finance in Ontario.

With yesterday’s Cabinet shuffle, the Ford Government is now broadly trying to do a re-set, since it has plummeted in the polls. This is a good time for the Government to do a re-set in its approach to accessibility for people with disabilities. We estimate that there are at least one million voters with disabilities in Ontario. We are ready and willing to help with this, in our ongoing spirit of non-partisanship.

We remain open to work with the Ford Government so that it turns the page and begins a new strategy on disability accessibility. We invite and encourage your feedback on what to do in response to the Ford Government’s failing grade on accessibility in its first year in office. Email us at [email protected]

In striking contrast to this “F” grade for the Ontario Government, today the Federal Government is scheduled to give Royal Assent to Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act. That means that it goes into operation as a federal law. While the Accessible Canada Act lacks important features for which we and others vigorously campaigned, it underwent a series of improvements over the year since it was introduced in the House of Commons for First Reading on June 20, 2018, just one year and one day ago. It was improved in the House of Commons last fall at public hearings. It was further improved this past spring in the public hearings in the Senate. Check out the seven preliminary observations we have offered in response to the enactment of the Accessible Canada Act, in the June 3, 2019 AODA Alliance Update.

          MORE DETAILS

The Doug Ford Government’s Record on Accessibility After One Year in Office – A Closer Look

Here are the key developments over the past year which together lead to the Ford Government’s failing grade on promoting accessibility for Ontarians with disabilities during its first year in office.

1. Starting on a Positive Note

The Ford Government started its term in office on a positive note. In June 2018, on being sworn in, the Ford Government announced that it was appointing Ontario’s first ever Minister for Accessibility and Seniors. This was the closest Ontario has ever come to having a much-needed full-time accessibility minister. Combining responsibility for accessibility and for seniors was a good idea, since these mandates overlap. A large percentage of people with disabilities are seniors.

We congratulated the Government for this move. We offered to work together with Raymond Cho, the new minister, and the new Government. We have had a number of discussions with the minister and the minister’s staff.

2. We Offered the Government Good Ideas Early On But Got Vague Answers

Within a month of the Ford Government taking office, we wrote to the Minister for Accessibility and Seniors and to Premier Doug Ford. We made specific suggestions for priority actions. Check out our July 17, 2018 letter to Minister for Accessibility and Seniors Raymond Cho and our July 19, 2018 letter to Premier Doug Ford.

Both Premier Ford and Minister Cho replied with pro forma letters. These letters said little and committed to nothing specific. Apart from our request that the Government revive the work of five Standards Development Committees (which the Government had just frozen due to the election and its outcome), addressed further below, the Ford Government has taken none of the actions in the past year that we recommended as priorities.

3. Chilling Progress on Accessibility by Freezing the Work of AODA Standards Development Committees for Many Months

When the Ford Government won the 2018 Ontario election, the work of five AODA Standards Development Committees were promptly all frozen, pending the new Minister for Accessibility and Seniors getting a briefing. Any delay in the work of those committees further slows the AODA’s sluggish implementation.

Those Standards Development Committees remained frozen for months, long after the minister needed time to be briefed. We had to campaign for months to get that freeze lifted.

Over four months later, in November 2018, the Ford Government lifted its freeze on the work of the Employment Standards Development Committee and the Information and Communication Standards Development Committee. However it did not then also lift the freeze on the work of the three other Standards Development Committees, those working on proposals for accessibility standards in health care and education.

We had to keep up the pressure. The Ford Government waited until March 7, 2019 before it announced that it was lifting its freeze on the work of the Health Care Standards Development Committee and the two Education Standards Development Committees. As of now, over three and a half months since the Ford Government announced that it was lifting that freeze, none of those three remaining Standards Development Committees has had a single meeting, as far as we can tell.

The Ford Government has announced potential reductions in the number of days that they will be able to meet. In the meantime, the many barriers in Ontario’s education system and Ontario’s health care system remain in place, while new ones continue to be created.

4. No New Government Action on Ensuring the Accessibility of Public Transportation in Ontario

Just before the 2018 Ontario election, the Ontario Government received the final recommendations for reforms to the Transportation Accessibility Standard from the AODA Transportation Standards Development committee. Since then, the Ford Government has announced no action on those recommendations. It has not publicly invited any input or consultation on those recommendations. At the same time, the Ford Government has made major announcements about the future of public transit infrastructure in Ontario. As such, barriers in public transportation remain while the risk remains that new ones will continue to be created.

5. Failure to Fulfil Its Duty to Appoint A Standards Development Committee to Review the Public Spaces Accessibility Standard

The AODA required the Ontario Government to appoint a Standards Development Committee to review the Public Spaces Accessibility Standard by the end of 2017. Neither the previous Wynne Government nor the current Ford Government have fulfilled this legal duty. This is a mandatory AODA requirement. The Ford Government has had a year in office to learn about this duty and to fulfil it. We flagged it for the Government early on.

6. No Comprehensive Government Plan of Action on Accessibility 142 Days After Receiving the Report of David Onley’s AODA Independent Review, Even Though the Government Thought Onley Did a “Marvelous Job”

We have been urging the Ford Government to develop a detailed plan on accessibility since shortly after it took office. it has never done so.

In December 2018, the Ford Government stated that it was awaiting the final report of former Lieutenant Governor David Onley’s Independent Review of the AODA’s implementation and enforcement, before deciding what it would do regarding accessibility for people with disabilities.

On January 31, 2019, the Ford Government received the final report of the David Onley Independent Review of the AODA’s implementation and enforcement. Minister for Accessibility and Seniors Raymond Cho publicly said on April 10, 2019 in the Ontario Legislature that David Onley did a “marvelous job.”

The Onley report found that Ontario is still full of serious barriers impeding people with disabilities, and that specific new Government actions, spelled out in the report, are needed. However, in the 142 days since receiving the Onley Report, the Ford Government has not made public any detailed plan to implement that report’s findings and recommendations. It says it is still studying the issue.

The Ford Government Voiced Very Troubling and Harmful Stereotypes About the AODA and Disability Accessibility During National Access Abilities Week

For years, Canada has held some form of National Access Week towards the end of May. During this week, provincial politicians typically make public statements in the Legislature committing to accessibility and focusing on what more needs to be done.

This year, during National Access Abilities Week, MPP Joel Harden proposed a that the Legislature pass a resolution that called for the Government to bring forward a plan in response to the Onley Report. The resolution was worded in benign and non-partisan words, which in key ways tracked Doug Ford’s May 15, 2018 letter to the AODA Alliance. In that letter, Doug Ford had set out the Conservative Party’s 2018 election promises on disability accessibility. The proposed resolution stated:

“That, in the opinion of this House, the Government of Ontario should release a plan of action on accessibility in response to David Onley’s review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act that includes, but is not limited to, a commitment to implement new standards for the built environment, stronger enforcement of the Act, accessibility training for design professionals, and an assurance that public money is never again used to create new accessibility barriers.”

Premier Doug Ford had every good reason to support this proposed resolution, as we explained in the June 10, 2019 AODA Alliance Update. Yet, as described in detail in the June 11, 2019 AODA Alliance Update, the Doug Ford Government used its majority in the Legislature to defeat this resolution on May 30, 2019, right in the middle of National Access Abilities Week.

The speeches by Conservative MPPs in the Legislature on the Government’s behalf, in opposition to that motion, voiced false and harmful stereotypes about disability accessibility. That was hurtful to 1.9 million Ontarians with disabilities. Those statements in effect call into serious question the Ford Government’s commitment to the effective implementation and enforcement of the AODA. They denigrated the creation and enforcement of AODA accessibility standards as red tape that threatened to imperil businesses and hurt people with disabilities.

7. In an Inappropriate Use of Public Money, the Ford Government Diverts 1.3 Million Dollars into the Rick Hansen Foundation’s Private Accessibility Certification Process

The only new action the Ford Government has taken on accessibility over its first year in office is its announcement in the April 11, 2019 Ontario Budget that it would spend 1.3 million public dollars over two years to have the Rick Hansen Foundation’s private accessibility certification process “certify” some 250 buildings, belonging to business or the public sector, for accessibility. We oppose any public funding for any private accessibility certification process, no matter who provides this service.

the Ford Government entirely ignored all our serious concerns with spending public money on such a private accessibility certification process. These concerns have been public for well over three years. The Ford Government has given no public reasons for its rejecting all of these concerns.

We here summarize our major concerns with any kind of private accessibility certification process, no matter who is operating it. A future AODA Alliance update will address concerns specific to the Ford Government’s funding the private accessibility certification process offered under the name of the Rick Hansen Foundation.

  1. a) A private accessibility certification risks misleading the public, including people with disabilities. It also risks misleading the very organization that seeks this so-called certification. It “certifies” nothing. A private organization might certify a building as accessible, and yet people with disabilities may well find that the building itself, or the services offered in the building, still has serious accessibility problems.

Such a certification provides no defence to an accessibility complaint or proceeding under the AODA, under the Ontario Building Code, under a municipal bylaw, under the Ontario Human Rights Code, or under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

As well, the certification, for whatever it is worth on the day it is granted, can quickly become out-of-date. New accessibility rules might later be enacted or amended that the assessor did not even consider. The building might proudly display a gold accessibility certification, while something might have been changed inside the building that creates new barriers.

If an organization gets a top-level accessibility certification, it may think they have done all they must do on accessibility. The public, including people with disabilities, and design professionals may be led to think that this is a model of accessibility to be emulated, and that it is a place that will be easy to fully access. This may turn out not to be the case, especially if the assessor uses an insufficient standard to assess accessibility, and/or if it does not do an accurate job of assessing the building and/or if things change in the building after the certification is granted.

  1. b) All a private accessibility is some kind of accessibility advice, dressed up in the seemingly more impressive and authoritative label of “certification”. There are a number of accessibility consultants available to organizations to provide accessibility reviews and advice. The Government should not be subsidizing one accessibility consultant over another, and conferring on it the seemingly superior designation of “certification”. There is no assurance that the people who do the certifying have as much training, experience and expertise on accessibility as do other accessibility consultants.
  1. c) A private accessibility certification process lacks much-needed public accountability. The public has no way to know if the private accessibility assessor is making accurate assessments. It is not subject to Freedom of Information laws. It can operate behind closed doors. It lacks the kind of public accountability that applies to a government audit or inspection or other enforcement.
  1. d) Especially in a period of austerity and major Ontario budget cuts, spending any public money on a private accessibility certification process is not a priority for efforts on accessibility in Ontario or a responsible use of public money. It is not focusing Government funding and efforts on the things that “matter most”, to draw on the Ford Government’s slogan.

There are much more pressing areas for new public spending on accessibility. At the same time as it is diverting this new public money to the Rick Hansen Foundation, the Ford Government appears to be cutting its expenditures on existing Standards Development Committees that are doing work in the health care and education areas. There is a much more pressing need for the Government to now appoint a Built Environment Standards Development Committee to recommend an appropriate accessibility standard to deal with barriers in the built environment. These public funds could also be far better used to beef up the flagging and weak enforcement of the AODA.

  1. e) The Onley report recommended important and much-needed measures to address disability barriers in the built environment that the Ford Government has not yet agreed to take. The Onley Report did not recommend spending scarce public money on a private accessibility certification process.
  1. f) If a private organization wants to hire an accessibility consultant of any sort, that organization should pay for those services. The Government should not be subsidizing this.

To read the AODA Alliance’s February 1, 2016 brief to Deloitte on the problems with publicly funding any private accessibility certification process, visit https://www.aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-sends-the-deloitte-company-its-submission-on-the-first-phase-of-the-deloitte-companys-public-consultation-on-the-wynne-governments-problem-ridden-proposal-to-fund-a-new-private-ac/

7. Text of the June 14, 2019 Email from Minister for Accessibility and Seniors Raymond Cho to Stakeholders on Accessibility Issues

Dear Stakeholder:

June 7th marks the one-year anniversary that our government has been in office, and together, we have much to celebrate. We were elected to be a government that works for the people, putting their interests first in everything we do. I am proud to share with you how our government has helped people with disabilities and their families across Ontario over this past year.

Premier Ford and our entire team made five core commitments to the people of Ontario: restoring trust, accountability, and transparency; putting more money in people’s pockets; cleaning up the hydro mess; ending hallway healthcare; and making Ontario open for business and open for jobs.

Today, we can proudly say: “Promises made, promises kept.” We have charted a reasonable and responsible path to a balanced budget in five years, invested in core public services like healthcare and education, and protected frontline workers.

As Minister for Seniors and Accessibility, I am committed to helping seniors and people with disabilities stay independent, safe, active and socially connected. Our government has the highest regard for people with disabilities and is committed to protecting what matters most to them and their families. I am incredibly proud of the work that our Ministry has accomplished over the past year, working alongside terrific partners like AODA Alliance.

We are committed to making Ontario more accessible for all. That is why when the Honourable David C. Onley completed and submitted his review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act in January 2019, our government tabled the report faster than either previous review. After tabling the report, we immediately announced that we would be resuming the Health Care and Education Standards Development Committees so that they can continue their valuable work to improve accessibility in those sectors. We are also continuing to work with the Information and Communications Standard Development Committee. Needless to say, we are taking Mr. Onley’s input very seriously as we continue to work towards making Ontario more accessible.

People with disabilities and seniors deserve to remain engaged and participate fully in their communities. Yet many buildings in Ontario continue to be a challenge for people with disabilities and seniors. That is why our government is investing $1.3 million over two years through a new partnership with the Rick Hansen Foundation. The Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification program is expected to start this fall and will roll out over the next two years in select communities across Ontario. The certification program will provide accessibility ratings of businesses and public buildings by trained professionals, and will help property managers and owners determine ways to remove identified barriers. Through this investment, the Rick Hansen Foundation will undertake ratings of 250 facilities.

We are also continuing to work closely with many partners to spread the word about the importance of accessibility. For instance, our Employers’ Partnership Table, which was brought together to support the creation of employment opportunities for people with disabilities. They are working on developing sector-specific business cases for hiring people with disabilities that will be shared with businesses in Ontario to help them see the benefits of employing people with disabilities.

Additionally, through our EnAbling Change Program, we partner with non-profit organizations to develop educational tools and resources to promote ways to make our communities and businesses more accessible.

This is just the beginning. We look forward to continuing to work together to make Ontario more accessible for all.

As our track record shows, we have accomplished a great deal, but our work is far from over. Looking ahead, our government will continue turning this province around and building for the future.

We look forward to continuing to work with you to build an Ontario where everyone shares in greater opportunity and prosperity.

Sincerely,

Raymond Cho

Minister



Source link

CBC National News Reveals Appalling Incidents of Accessibility Failures in Air Travel in Canada – Yet More Proof that the Canadian Transportation Agency has been Ineffective at Ensuring Accessibility for Air Travel Passengers with Disabilities in Canada


Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update

United for a Barrier-Free Society for All People with Disabilities

www.aodaalliance.org [email protected] Twitter: @aodaalliance

CBC National News Reveals Appalling Incidents of Accessibility Failures in Air Travel in Canada – Yet More Proof that the Canadian Transportation Agency has been Ineffective at Ensuring Accessibility for Air Travel Passengers with Disabilities in Canada

June 4, 2019

          SUMMARY

On June 2 and 3, 2019, CBC TV and radio national news broke a story of two appalling failures to ensure proper accessibility for air travel passengers in Canada. These were two episodes at the Vancouver Airport where passengers using wheelchairs were left stranded in the airport for hours by airline ground assistance staff. CBC asked the AODA Alliance to comment on the incidents which CBC had uncovered.

These reports were included in the June 2, 2019 edition of CBC TV’s “The National” and CBC national radio’s “World Report” broadcast on June 3, 2019. We offer four important observations:

  1. These are not the only such incidents that air travellers have reported. As a result of this CBC report, on June 3, 2019, AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky was invited to appear on the Fight Back program on Toronto’s Zoomer Radio station, hosted by Libby Znaimer. Two callers to the program said they had experienced somewhat similar incidents. The podcast of that program is available at https://www.zoomerradio.ca/show/fight-back-on-zoomer-radio/fight-back-on-zoomer-radio-podcast/treatment-vulnerable-passengers-airlines-june-03-2019/

These disability accommodations in air travel must be consistent and reliable. Even if such appalling incidents are the exception, passengers with disabilities should not be left to fear that they might be the victim of such treatment.

  1. This is a further illustration of the Canadian Transportation Agency’s (CTA’s) poor long-term track-record of regulating airlines in the area of accessibility. It is because of the poor CTA track-record in this area that we and others in the disability community had urged the Federal Government to assign the regulation of air travel accessibility to the new Canada Accessibility Commissioner. Instead, and over our objection, Bill C-81, the new Accessible Canada Act, leaves the CTA as mainly in charge of regulating air travel accessibility.
  1. It is good that the CTA has decided to propose regulations to set some accessibility standards in the area of air travel. However, as our April 18, 2019 brief to the CTA shows, those proposed regulations are too weak. This story should be a wake-up call to the CTA to listen to us and strengthen those proposed regulations.
  1. It should not be left to individual victims of such inexcusable treatment to have to file complaints with the CTA. If the victim is just flying into Canada for a visit and then returning home, they likely would not incur the expense and inconvenience of returning to Canada just to litigate a complaint before the CTA. For meaningful reform, we need the CTA to do its own strong “secret shopper” monitoring of airlines to catch deficiencies in the efforts of airlines or airports.
  1. The troubling incidents of accessibility failures about which CBC reported took place at the Vancouver International Airport. We note that on December 5, 2018, the Rick Hansen Foundation’s private accessibility certification process announced that it gave the Vancouver International Airport a gold rating for accessibility. This is the Rick Hansen Foundation’s highest accessibility rating.

This illustrates some of the serious problems with such a private accessibility certification process. We have previously raised our serious concerns with the whole idea of a private accessibility certification process.

We recognize that such a private accessibility certification process may only examine a building, and not the services provided in that building. That is part of the problem. Those hearing that an airport got a “gold” certification can well be expected not to draw fine distinctions between the accessibility of an airport building on the one hand, and the accessibility of the services provided in that airport on the other.

We always welcome your feedback. Write us at [email protected]

          MORE DETAILS

CBC TV The National June 2, 2019

Originally posted at https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/seniors-abandoned-by-airlines-in-wheelchairs-1.5154364

Edmonton GO PUBLIC

‘Appalling treatment’: Couple in wheelchairs left alone for almost 12 hours at Vancouver airport

Airlines are shirking responsibility to accommodate disabled passengers, advocate says

Rosa Marchitelli CBC News · Posted: Jun 02, 2019 6:00 PM MT | Last Updated: 5 hours ago

Narayan Karki, left, and her husband, Chhaya, right, missed their flight from Vancouver to Edmonton after being left in their wheelchairs without assistance for hours at the airport. They were travelling from Nepal to visit their son, Mohan, shown at centre. (Rosa Marchitelli/CBC)

The son of an elderly couple says he wants two major airlines to stop blaming each other and take responsibility for abandoning his parents in their wheelchairs for half a day, with no help to access food, water or a washroom.

Mohan Karki’s parents, who don’t speak English and require assistance to travel, were found almost 12 hours after being dropped off at a service counter at the Vancouver airport — just not by the airlines responsible for assisting them during their trip, WestJet and Cathay Pacific.

“We were thinking they were somewhere in the corner of the airport … not knowing where to go,” said Karki. “My parents told me, ‘We never left this place’ … 12 hours they were there. They tried to communicate with some other people, passersby, and nobody responded to them. Maybe they couldn’t understand what they were saying.”

On Feb. 23, Chhaya and Narayan Karki, aged 66 and 69, were on the final leg of a trip from their home in Kathmandu, Nepal, to visit their son and his family in Edmonton, with a stopover in Vancouver.

Mohan Karki said Cathay Pacific told him it delivered his parents to the WestJet customer service counter at the airport, and WestJet was to transport the pair to the gate for their final flight to Edmonton.

The Karkis sat just steps from the WestJet service counter at the Vancouver airport for almost 12 hours, until the RCMP found them.  (Rosa Marchitelli/CBC)

When his parents failed to arrive, a worried Karki spent hours on the phone trying to track them down. They didn’t have a cellphone. “For about six or seven hours, I kept on calling both airlines, but they never found my parents,” he said.

Karki then called the RCMP. It took officers 20 minutes to find the couple, located just steps from the service counter.

The couple had placards with Karki’s name and phone number, in case of an emergency. No one responded when they tried to get help by holding them up, he said.

According to an Ontario-based advocate for people with disabilities, services for those who need assistance travelling are “unreliable and inconsistent” because airlines are allowed to set their own rules — instead of being told to meet specific standards.

“It is appalling treatment … the regulator should make it clear that [airlines] can’t pass the buck to each other,” said David Lepofsky, chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance.

Left at the wrong gate for 8 hours

Thanh Phan shares that frustration; the same thing happened to his 76-year-old mother at the same airport.

In August, Niem Thi Le, who has trouble walking and doesn’t speak English, was left in a wheelchair for eight hours after being dropped off at the wrong departure gate by WestJet.

Le was on her way home to Hanoi, Vietnam, after visiting family in Victoria. WestJet was supposed to connect her with China Southern Airlines for her next flight.

“My mom told me that the wheelchair attendant just left her there without talking to anyone.… I was shocked … this is a human being,” Phan said.

Niem Thi Le, 76, was on her way back to Vietnam after visiting her family in Victoria. She missed her flight after being left at the wrong gate at the Vancouver airport.  (Submitted by Thanh Phan)

An employee with another airline eventually noticed Le sitting alone, found someone who could speak Vietnamese and brought the woman to the China Southern Airlines counter.

That airline contacted Phan and suggested he call WestJet to find out what happened. He did, asking if someone could help his mother until he could get there himself.

“I said, ‘Could you please help her give her some food and drinks.’… They said, no, they didn’t do anything wrong and that’s not their business,” Phan said.

He called China Southern Airlines back and it agreed to help, bringing Le a hamburger and a

drink.

‘They did not think it’s a serious problem’

Phan complained to customer service and WestJet apologized, saying it would review its internal process. But he said the airline never got back to him to explain what happened.

WestJet also told him travellers who don’t speak English shouldn’t be travelling alone, he said, though they offered him a $100 travel voucher.

“It’s very frustrating because they blame passengers, and they did not think that is a serious problem.”

Phan said he was ‘shocked’ to receive a phone call from South China Airlines, telling him his mother had missed her flight and he needed to come pick her up.  (Mike McArthur/CBC)

WestJet ‘reaching out to the families involved’

Both Phan and Karki are still demanding an explanation from the airlines involved in their respective cases.

“We sincerely apologize for the stress and worry that these guests and their families experienced,” WestJet’s media relations manager Lauren Stewart wrote in an email to Go Public.

“The nature of these incidents is serious, and we are in touch with both airline partners involved to investigate and make enhancements to our processes to prevent this type of incident from happening again. We are also reaching out to the families involved.”

Karki says Cathay Pacific told him it took his parents to the WestJet counter, but the couple never made it on their next flight. They spent almost 12 hours sitting in wheelchairs at the airport.  (CBC)

The airline says it provides mobility assistance to more than 900 guests per day.

Cathay Pacific told Go Public it was sorry to hear what happened to the Karkis, adding it followed “standard operating procedure” when it delivered the couple to WestJet staff and exchanged wheelchairs.

“The proper turnover to WestJet was made by our staff. Additionally, we are in the process of reviewing this situation with WestJet and we will apply learnings from this experience to future transitions between our airlines,” wrote Julie Jarratt, the airline’s communications director.

‘I dread entering Canadian airspace’

Lepofsky, who is blind, said he’s had his own problems travelling. “I dread entering Canadian airspace if I’m travelling alone … not because the service is always bad, but because it’s not reliably and consistently good.”

Airlines have a duty to accommodate passengers with disabilities under Canada’s human rights laws, he said. But when that doesn’t happen, it’s tough to figure out where to turn for help.

David Lepofsky, chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance, says services for those with disabilities are ‘unreliable and inconsistent’ when it comes to air travel in Canada.  (Gary Morton/CBC)

“There are multiple agencies involved,” Lepofsky said. “The Canadian Human Rights Commission, the Canadian Transportation Agency — and you could be kicked from one to the other, trying to figure out where you’re supposed to go.

“The Canadian Transportation Agency, where you’re often kicked to, does not, from the perspective of people with disabilities, have a good track record in this area.”

Proposed rules require airlines to take responsibility

The CTA says it’s aware some of the standards are out of date and a binding set of rules is needed. Until now, accessible transportation has been governed by mostly voluntary codes of practice.

The agency has proposed new accessible transportation regulations for airlines and all travel providers. The new rules would be legally binding and impose penalties up to $25,000 for non-compliance. And if another proposed law passes, the Accessible Canada Act, that fine could jump to a maximum of $250,000.

“They need to make sure that passengers don’t fall between the cracks,” said Scott Streiner, chair and CEO of the Canadian Transportation Agency.

CTA chair and CEO Scott Streiner says his agency has proposed legally binding regulation for accessible transportation.  (Richard Agecoutay/CBC)

Under the CTA’s proposed rules, airlines would have to provide people who need assistance a place to wait, near personnel who can assist them and will “periodically inquire” about the person’s needs.

Airports would be responsible for providing assistance from curbside to check-in, while the airlines would be responsible from check-in to boarding.

Streiner said the proposed recommendations would have helped in both cases. The agency plans to have the final regulations published before summer and hopes to have the majority of requirements in place in about a year.

“Persons who require wheelchair assistance, including older Canadians, absolutely are covered by these regulations,” Streiner said. “We want to make sure that there’s no confusion about who’s providing assistance and that people aren’t left without assistance.”

As for Karki, he said that the next time his parents visit, he won’t leave them in the hands of the airlines. Instead, he’ll try to match their itinerary with other Nepali-speaking travellers.

After hearing from Go Public, WestJet called Karki last week, promising an explanation once it looks into what went wrong.

Phan said WestJet has yet to follow up with him, adding that his mother is now afraid to travel and will no longer come visit.

Submit your story ideas

Go Public is an investigative news segment on CBC-TV, radio and the web.

We tell your stories and hold the powers that be accountable.

We want to hear from people across the country with stories you want to make public.

Submit your story ideas at [email protected].



Source link

Canada’s Parliament Has Now Passed Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act -Here Are Seven Preliminary Reflections – AODA Alliance


Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update

United for a Barrier-Free Society for All People with Disabilities

www.aodaalliance.org [email protected] Twitter: @aodaalliance

Canada’s Parliament Has Now Passed Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act –Here Are Seven Preliminary Reflections

June 3, 2019

          SUMMARY

We are right back in action, after being off-line during a short but eventful time in the campaign for accessibility in Canada and Ontario. Get ready for a number of updates to bring you up to speed!

In the most important development last week, right in the middle of National Accessibility Week, the House of Commons passed all the amendments to Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act, that the Senate earlier made to the bill. Therefore, Bill C-81 has completed its current journey through Canada’s Parliament.

The Accessible Canada Act does not go into effect until the Federal Government gives the bill “Royal Assent.” We understand that this step may well take place in the next few weeks.

We thank everyone who helped in our shared efforts to get this bill improved. We thank those disability organizations and groups who worked with us on this shared goal. We thank all the AODA Alliance supporters and volunteers who contributed to our efforts. We appreciate every tweet or email sent to add pressure in favour of a stronger bill. As well the feedback we regularly received from our supporters have helped improve our message and our strategies.

We also thank all the MPs and Senators and their staff who helped press for a stronger bill, and all the federal public servants who did the same. Some of their efforts were undertaken behind the scenes, and without an opportunity for public acknowledgement and thanks.

Below we offer seven reflections on this achievement. In summary:

  1. Final passage of the amended Bill C-81 is a helpful step forward for people with disabilities in Canada.
  1. We got some of the ingredients in the bill that we were seeking.
  1. We found creative ways to constructively contribute to advocacy efforts on this legislation where there are so many disability organizations and groups spread over such a big country.
  1. While helpful, Bill C-81 still falls well short of what people with disabilities need.
  1. We’re ready for the next round in this non-partisan campaign.
  1. Our advocacy principles served us well.
  1. The media too often failed to cover this important issue – a disservice to all Canadians.

As well, for those who want more detail on all of the above, below we provide this further background information:

* A May 30, 2019 report by CTV on line, written by Michelle McQuigge of the Canadian Press, on the final passage of Bill C-81.

* The May 24, 2019 Globe and Mail article, also by CP’s Michelle McQuigge, on the Federal Government’s announcement that it would agree to ratify all the Senate’s amendments to Bill C-81.

* The May 22, 2019 Globe and Mail article reporting on efforts to get the Federal Government to finally pass Bill C-81. This article includes some of the inaccurate statements that overstates what Bill C-81 requires.

* The May 30, 2019 news release by the ARCH Disability Law Centre, on the passage of Bill C-81, which provides a good response to the bill’s final passage with which we agree.

* The final version of this spring’s second open letter to the House of Commons, calling for all the Senate’s amendments to Bill C-81 to be ratified. Fully 84 disability organizations and groups signed this open letter, listed below.

          MORE DETAILS

Our Top Seven Preliminary Reflections on the Enactment of the Accessible Canada Act

Here are our top seven preliminary reflections we offer about this news:

1. Final Passage of the Amended Bill C-81 is a Helpful Step Forward

It is a helpful step forward that Parliament has passed the Accessible Canada Act, replete with all the amendments to it that the Senate made last month. As amended, this law gives us and all people with disabilities in Canada added tools we can try to use in an effort to tear down the many barriers that persist across this country. We plan to be active in pressing the Federal Government to ensure the achievement of the law’s goal of a barrier-free Canada without delay, and in any event, no later than 2040.

2. We Got Some of the Ingredients in the Bill that We Were Seeking

The Act includes features for which we and others pressed over the past four years. These include a fixed deadline to achieve an accessible Canada, a complaints-based enforcement process, a national body to recommend accessibility standards to be enacted, and reductions in the improper power of the Canadian Transportation Agency to enact regulations that can cut back on the human rights of people with disabilities.

Working with others in the disability community, we saw improvements to the law at each stage of the process. We saw improvements when the law was being initially designed, when it first came before the House of Commons for debate in the fall of 2018, and after that, when it came before the Senate this spring. This included some improvements to which the Federal Government had been opposed throughout the process.

3. We Found Ways to Constructively Contribute in a Country with so Many Disability Organizations and Groups

We found constructive and creative ways to work within Canada’s disability community throughout this four-year process. From coast to coast, Canada has a large and diverse landscape of disability organizations and groups. The AODA Alliance is but one of them. We certainly were not the leader of the effort, and at no time purported to be such. There was no one “leader” in this effort.

Moreover, in a country as big as Canada, there is no way to bring all of these disability organizations and groups together at one time and in one place to operate as one unanimous voice. With over five million people with disabilities, there are bound to be differences of opinion and approach.

Our goal was to try to offer influential ideas for the content of Bill C-81 and effective strategies for achieving as strong a bill as possible. We wanted to offer ideas around which as many people with disabilities and disability organizations could rally, based on the strength of those ideas.

We found it very constructive to collaborate with a good number of disability organizations and groups. Among other things, this included a close and ongoing collaboration with the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) and the ARCH Disability Law Centre.

Among our contributions and efforts in this process were the following:

* We took part in behind-the-scenes efforts to get 2016 election commitments to pass national accessibility legislation from the federal Liberals and New Democratic Party. We also mounted a major social media campaign to press candidates across Canada to support the enactment of strong national accessibility legislation.

* In 2016, we made public a detailed Discussion Paper on what the national accessibility legislation should include. We refined it after receiving public input on it. We can trace some key features in Bill C-81 to ideas set out in this Discussion Paper. The Discussion Paper built on experience with provincial accessibility legislation.

* In August 2017, AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky designed and moderated a 3-hour captioned online policy experts conference on what the promised national accessibility legislation should include. Federal Accessibility Minister Carla Qualtrough and her deputy minister attended and took active part in this event. It remains archived online for any Canadian province or other government around the world to learn from our ideas. This was conducted under the auspices of a coalition that formed for purposes of the Federal Government’s consultation on this bill, the Alliance for an Accessible and Inclusive Canada.

* We took part in behind-the-scenes briefings of several successive ministers that had responsibility for this file, several MPs from the various federal parties, and senior public servants involved with this issue.

* AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky delivered a lecture on what the promised national accessibility legislation should include at the Osgoode Hall Law School where he is a part-time faculty member. This captioned lecture has remained available online, to assist others advocating in this area.

* Before Bill C-81 was introduced into Parliament in June 2018, we made public a beginner’s guide to how a law goes through parliament. This was written to help everyone involved in this campaign learn the processes for passing a federal law.

* We submitted a very detailed brief to the House of Commons in Fall 2017. It analyzed Bill C-81 in detail and sought 96 amendments. We also made an oral presentation to the House of Commons’ Standing Committee that held public hearings on the bill last fall.

* We joined together with ARCH Disability Law Centre and CCD to collectively spearhead an open letter to the House of Commons at the conclusion of its public hearings. Over 90 disability organizations and groups signed it. It listed key amendments needed to make this legislation strong and effective.

* After the House of Commons passed the bill with some but not all of the amendments we and others had sought, we worked together with other disability organizations to advocate at the Senate for further amendments to the bill. Again, our efforts were coordinated with other like-minded organizations, with a special effort together with ARCH and CCD.

* This spring, we submitted a brief to the Senate as well as the text of a short list of amendments that we proposed. We were also one of the disability organizations that made an oral presentation at the Senate’s Standing Committee hearings in April and May of this year. Here again, the Senate made some but not all of the amendments that we and others sought.

* At the Senate, as at the House of Commons, we were also very busy with extensive behind-the-scenes advocacy efforts with several Senators and their staff. We were delighted at how many were open to consult with us right up to the last minute.

* Over the final three weeks, we and others mounted a concerted and successful campaign to get the House of Commons to ratify all the Senate’s amendments to Bill C-81. This ratification was far from a certainty when we began that effort. This included our Twitter blitz to as many MPs as possible.

Again, we joined with ARCH and CCD to create another open letter to the House of Commons. This one called for the House to approve all the Senate’s amendments to Bill C-81. Set out below, fully 84 disability organizations and groups signed it.

* We kept our supporters and the broader public aware of each major step in this four-year campaign via our AODA Alliance updates and our tweets. This entire saga is reported at www.aodaalliance.org/canadaHere

* We attempted to use the conventional media, as well as social media, to spread the word on this campaign and get more public support for our cause. We issued news releases at several major steps along the way. Most recently, the April 30, 2019 online Toronto Star included our guest column on this campaign.

* Throughout this process, several members of the House of Commons and the Senate made supportive and flattering references to our presentations and recommendations and advocated for their adoption. We, like ARCH and CCD, were often the sources quoted when a member of the House or Senate was pointing out deficiencies with the bill and the needed improvements. Several other disability organizations pointed to and relied on the detailed analysis of the bill and the detailed recommendations for amendments that we and/or ARCH presented. We worked very closely with ARCH to coordinate our respective analysis and proposals.

4. While Helpful, Bill C-81 Still Falls Well Short of What People with Disabilities Need

While the final version of Bill C-81 is helpful and a step forward, it still suffers from serious deficiencies. For example:

* It gives the Federal Government helpful powers to promote accessibility, but largely does not require that these ever be used. For example, it lets the Federal Government create helpful and enforceable national accessibility standards but does not require the Federal Government to ever do so.

* It provides for helpful enforcement tools but splinters its enforcement across four federal agencies, which is a real disadvantage to people with disabilities.

* It continues to allow federal public money to be used to create or perpetuate accessibility barriers against people with disabilities.

* It lets the Federal Government grant sweeping exemptions from some of the bill’s requirements to regulated organizations, including the Federal Government itself.

* It is excessively complicated and hard to read. This threatens to make it less effective and harder to implement.

In the excitement over the passage of a new law called “the Accessible Canada Act,” it is important not to overstate what this law actually does. As we noted in our April 30, 2019 AODA Alliance Update, Rick Hansen incorrectly stated in a guest column in the April 22, 2019 Globe and Mail that Bill C-81 (the proposed Accessible Canada Act), now before Parliament “…will require the Government of Canada and organizations under its jurisdiction to ensure that public spaces, workplaces, employment, program, services and information be accessible to everyone.”

We regret that the Globe never ran our letter to the editor correcting this inaccuracy, and that, to our knowledge, Mr. Hansen did not himself correct it. We had asked him to do so.

Similarly, a May 22, 2019 Globe and Mail article, set out below, included these two inaccuracies about Bill C-81:

* “If the amendments recently added by the Senate are accepted, the bill would ensure federal agencies proactively fix their buildings to allow disabled people to move freely as well as design their programs in ways that can be delivered to all Canadians.”

* “Bill C-81 would force more accessible workplaces on agencies such as the RCMP, as well as federally run services that cross provincial lines such as banking and long-range bus transportation.”

We wish Bill C-81 did what the Globe reported in that article and what Rick Hansen wrote in the April 22, 2019 Globe. We regret that it does not require these measures. It only permits them.

5. We’re Ready for the Next Round in This Non-Partisan Campaign

Our volunteer advocacy work is not finished. Over the next weeks and months, we will launch a non-partisan campaign to get the federal political parties to make strong commitments during the upcoming 2019 federal election campaign. We will ask them to make detailed commitments to effectively implement this law, and to strengthen it with further amendments that the Federal Government did not agree to over the past year. Stay tuned for more on this.

6. Our Advocacy Principles Served Us Well

Throughout this process we adhered to important principles:

* We never give up. We took every opportunity up to the last to get this bill strengthened. We did not simply settle for what we considered a weak bill, and we did not give up the chance to get more amendments.

* We maintained complete independence from the Federal Government by not applying for any grant money from the Government at any time. We also will seek no federal grant money in the future.

* We offered our best ideas to the Government and the disability community, focusing on amendments that are substantive and as impactful as possible for all people with disabilities.

7. The Media too Often Failed to Cover this Important Issue – A Disservice to All Canadians

It remains deeply troubling that throughout the past four years, the campaign for this legislation secured very little media coverage. It deserved much more coverage, both during the 2015 federal election campaign, during the Federal Government’s 18-month public consultation leading to the bill, and during the bill’s two trips through the House of Commons and one trip through the Senate. It is commendable that despite this, a few reporters tried to cover this issue. You can find most of these reports at www.aodaalliance.org/canada

This is a newsworthy subject. This bill directly affects the needs of over five million people with disabilities in Canada. It ultimately addresses the needs of all in Canada, since everyone is bound to get a disability as they age.

The media should reflect on this. It is profoundly regrettable that the media’s preoccupation with certain scandals and perceived headline-grabbing issues has left far too many Canadians unaware that there even was a Bill C-81 or a campaign to get it strengthened.

CTV News Online May 30, 2019

First national accessibility legislation gets unanimous support in House

Originally posted at https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/first-national-accessibility-legislation-gets-unanimous-support-in-house-1.4444877?cache=yes%3FclipId%3D375756%3FautoPlay%3Dtrue%3Fot%3DAjaxLayout%3FautoPlay%3Dtrue%3FclipId%3D89619

Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Service and Procurement and Accessibility stands during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press

Disabled Canadians declared a partial victory Thursday hours after the government voted to enact Canada’s first national accessibility law, calling it a major step forward while cautioning that more work was still needed to ensure it achieves its goal.

The Accessible Canada Act, which aims to improve life for those with disabilities, received unanimous support in the House of Commons on Wednesday evening. It awaits only royal assent, expected in the coming weeks, before officially becoming law.

Advocates who fought for amendments to strengthen the legislation praised the governing Liberals for delivering on a promise to implement the bill and bring Canada more in line with other countries that have had such laws for years. But they also cautioned against complacency, saying more work lay ahead.

“We applaud the government for its willingness to listen to Canadians with disabilities,” Council of Canadians with Disabilities chair Jewelles Smith said in a statement.

“CCD reminds the government that there are many serious ongoing barriers that will not be addressed by this act, and encourages the federal government to pursue policy solutions to these well-known concerns.”

Accessibility Minister Carla Qualtrough, who spearheaded national consultations on the bill and shepherded it through Parliament, hailed its passage as a significant moment.

“This is the most transformative piece of legislation since enacting the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and a true testament to the work, commitment and contributions of the Canadian disability community,” she said in a statement. “This historic act sends a clear signal to Canadians that persons with disabilities will no longer be treated as an afterthought.”

The act passed by Parliament bears striking differences from the version initially tabled last June.

Its stated purpose — to “identify, remove and prevent” accessibility barriers in areas that fall under federal jurisdiction — was greeted with enthusiasm and remains the same. Those areas include built environments, federally run programs and services, banking, telecommunications and transportation that crosses provincial lines.

But disabled advocates almost immediately began raising concerns about the effectiveness of the legislation and lobbied for changes.

Last fall, a group of 95 disability groups signed an open letter outlining nine areas of perceived weakness, including the lack of a timeline for the bill’s implementation and failure to recognize various forms of sign language as official languages of the deaf.

The Senate’s committee on social affairs, science and technology, citing community concerns, amended the bill to include sign language recognition as well as a timeline for the bill to be fully implemented by 2040.

Those amendments were reflected in the bill that garnered parliamentary approval.

Activists celebrated the passage of the act as genuine progress, but some continued to voice concerns about areas where they feel it still falls short.

The Arch Disability Law Centre indicated Thursday that it was particularly troubled by the language employed throughout the bill, which repeatedly uses “may” rather than “shall” or “must” when describing initiatives.

This language gives government … power to make and enforce the new accessibility requirements, but does not actually require them to use these powers,” Arch said in a statement.

An amendment before the Senate committee addressed that concern but was defeated.

Advocates also criticized the bill for granting the government broad powers to exempt people from the new rules, spreading enforcement over numerous agencies, and opting not to withhold federal funding from organizations that don’t comply with accessibility measures. Conservatives and New Democrats echoed those issues in Parliament.

Gabrielle Peters, a Vancouver-based wheelchair user, said the government’s failure to address those areas leaves the law lacking compared to similar legislation in other countries. She said she questions whether the law will prove significant for all its meant to serve.

“I and many like me will be at home with my broken wheelchair in my tiny box of an improperly adapted apartment living in poverty in a city with 8,000 corners where I can’t cross the street,” she said.

“Nothing in the act will change that. But I am glad Canada finally has an Accessible Canada Act, however lacking I find it, and I want to recognize the work of those who actually worked on and for it.”

The Globe and Mail May 24, 2019

Originally posted at https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-federal-government-will-implement-senate-proposals-to-strengthen/

Accessibility bill will be amended to address concerns: minister

By MICHELLE MCQUIGGE

THE CANADIAN PRESS

The federal government will heed the calls of Canada’s disabled community and amend the country’s first piece of national accessibility legislation to

include some of the changes they sought, the minister spearheading the effort said Thursday.

Accessibility Minister Carla Qualtrough said the government will be adopting all the amendments the Senate introduced to Bill C-81, also known as the Accessible

Canada Act, when it comes back before the House next week.

Earlier this month, the upper chamber’s committee on social affairs, science and technology amended the proposed act to include a handful of measures disability

advocacy organizations across the country said were necessary to make the bill more effective.

Ms. Qualtrough conceded that the government had initially resisted some of their most pressing calls, such as the demand to include a timeline that would

require the bill to be fully implemented by 2040.

But Ms. Qualtrough said the legislation, which was drafted after cross-country consultations with disabled individuals and advocacy groups, needed to reflect

the will of the people it’s meant to serve.

“It’s just paying tribute to all the work and all the people that have been here in the past 40, 50 years really insisting that disability rights are human

rights,” Ms. Qualtrough said in a telephone interview.

Activists had been crusading for Canadian accessibility legislation for decades and watched as other countries, including the United States, got laws on

their books.

The Liberals began making good on an election promise to deliver a Canadian version when they tabled the Accessible Canada Act last June, pledging $290-million

over six years toward its implementation.

The act’s stated purpose is to “identify, remove and prevent” accessibility barriers in areas that fall under federal jurisdiction. This includes built

environments, federally run programs and services, banking, telecommunications and transportation that crosses provincial lines.

Barrier, as defined by the act, includes anything “architectural, physical, technological or attitudinal” that “hinders the full participation in society

of a person with a physical, mental, intellectual, learning, communication or sensory impairment.”

Disabled Canadians reacted with wary optimism when the draft act was first tabled, but soon began voicing concerns that it was too weak to make a difference

in their lives.

Last year, an open letter signed by 95 organizations, including the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, National Network for Mental Health and March

of Dimes Canada, raised a number of measures they said the act must include to be effective.

Chief among their concerns was the bill’s unwillingness to include a timeline for implementation, as well as its failure to name various forms of sign

language as official languages of deaf Canadians.

The Senate’s social-affairs committee, citing community concerns, amended the bill to address those issues. Ms. Qualtrough said their proposed amendments

will now be incorporated into the bill, which will come before Parliament for final debate next week and could be officially passed into law by the end

of June.

The government, Ms. Qualtrough said, has already begun work to appoint the people who will be tasked with implementing and enforcing the bill.

A chief accessibility officer will oversee the implementation of the legislation across all sectors, while a new Accessibility Commissioner will be responsible

for compliance. A new Canadian Accessibility Standards Development Organization, comprised largely of people with a broad spectrum of disabilities, will

also be put in place.

“Canadians deserve this,” Ms. Qualtrough said.

Activists celebrated the inclusion of the Senate’s amendments, saying they help to strengthen the bill in some key areas.

“This is an important victory,” accessibility activist David Lepofsky said in a statement. “While the Senate’s amendments don’t fix all the deficiencies

with Bill C-81 … they are an important and helpful step forward.”

Many community members said they remain concerned about other areas the Senate did not address when making revisions to the act.

The open letter criticized the bill for granting the government broad powers to exempt people from the new rules, spreading enforcement over numerous agencies,

and opting not to withhold federal funding from organizations that don’t comply with accessibility measures.

Advocates also raised concerns about the way the bill was written. The bill repeatedly uses “may” rather than “shall” or “must” when describing initiatives,

meaning the government is empowered to take actions but never required to follow through on them, they argued.

The Globe and Mail May 22, 2019

Originally posted at https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/british-columbia/article-push-is-on-to-pass-canadian-accessibility-law/

Activists urge Ottawa to pass accessibility law before summer

By MIKE HAGER

Globe and Mail, May 22, 2019

VANCOUVER – Disabled Canadians and their supporters are pushing Ottawa to pass a bill enshrining their right to more accessible and inclusive federal workplaces before the next election, legislation they say could help improve the lives of those with physical and mental disabilities.

Bill Adair, a spokesperson for a group of 96 organizations, said more than a thousand people and non-profit groups have recently sent letters to every MP in a blitz aimed at getting Bill C-81, known as the Accessible Canada Act, passed by Parliament and written into law before the summer break begins next month.

“We worked hard at bringing this into effect over the past three years and it is time for our country to take this step forward and throw the doors wide open for participation,” said Mr. Adair, who is also executive director of Spinal Cord Injury Canada.

Mr. Adair said his umbrella group believes the bill, which would “identify, remove and prevent” accessibility barriers in agencies and programs that fall under federal jurisdiction, could help level the considerable unemployment gap for disabled people, roughly 60 per cent of whom are employed, compared with 80 per cent for the general population.

If the amendments recently added by the Senate are accepted, the bill would ensure federal agencies proactively fix their buildings to allow disabled people to move freely as well as design their programs in ways that can be delivered to all Canadians.

As well, the bill would recognize various forms of sign language – including Indigenous sign languages – and include them among government services.

Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, said passing the amended bill remains a priority for her government.

“I expect the debate in the House of Commons to take place next week coinciding with National AccessAbility Week – a timely opportunity to highlight the work our government is doing to create a more accessible and inclusive Canada for all,” her statement Tuesday said.

Bill C-81 would force more accessible workplaces on agencies such as the RCMP, as well as federally run services that cross provincial lines such as banking and long-range bus transportation.

The government has pledged $290-million over six years toward implementing the act, which will see Ottawa appoint an accessibility commissioner and create an organization to develop accessibility standards for the industries covered by the law.

Rick Hansen, a former Paralympian whose eponymous foundation is part of the push to pass the bill, said it would be a huge disappointment if the act didn’t pass before the federal election. “Canada can’t afford to let down the one in five Canadians with disabilities,” Mr. Hansen said.

In the absence of national accessibility standards, his organization is launching an awareness campaign called Everyone Everywhere to identify common barriers disabled people face. These include: a lack of visual fire alarms; no push button doors at a building’s main entrance; steep curbs, narrow parking spaces, circular doorknobs; signage without Braille or raised lettering; ramps that are too steep or not wide enough and a lack of grab bars in bathrooms.

Mr. Hansen said a pilot project completed over two years rated about 1,100 buildings across B.C.

for their accessibility and found just more than a third didn’t meet the minimum standard.

Mr. Hansen’s organization also commissioned a Conference Board of Canada report last year that suggested the estimated 2.9 million Canadians with physical disabilities would be able to contribute $16.8-billion more to the gross domestic product by 2030 if they faced fewer barriers to participating in the workforce. Earlier this year, an independent review found deficiencies to nearly all aspects of Ontario’s 14-yearold accessibility law, including that too many buildings are still designed in ways that make it impossible for some disabled people to enter.

Gabrielle Peters, a Vancouverbased writer who led a campaign that created a matted trail for wheelchair users to access one of the city’s most popular beaches last summer, said Bill C-81 needs to give Ottawa the teeth to limit the funding of any agencies not making the effort to improve life for disabled Canadians. Ms. Peters, who uses a wheelchair, said she is genuinely uncertain how the legislation would affect her own life and the lives of other disabled people if it passes.

Text of the ARCH Disability Law Centre May 30, 2109 News Release

Originally posted at https://archdisabilitylaw.ca/press-release-arch-disability-law-centre-welcomes-the-passage-of-the-accessible-canada-act/

Press Release – ARCH Disability Law Centre welcomes the passage of the Accessible Canada Act

ARCH Disability Law Centre welcomes the passage of the Accessible Canada Act, an important moment in Canada’s disability rights movement continuing towards our goal of full inclusion and equality for persons with disabilities across Canada.

The Accessible Canada Act is federal accessibility legislation. Its stated purpose is to achieve a barrier free Canada by 2040. To do this, the Act gives powers to the Government of Canada, the Canadian Transportation Agency and the Canadian Radio-television and telecommunications commission to create new legal requirements for advancing accessibility in federal employment, the built environment, transportation, procurement of goods, services and facilities, information and communication technologies, communication, and the design and delivery of programs and services. These new legal requirements will be aimed at identifying, removing and preventing barriers, which the Act defines as anything that hinders the full and equal participation in society of persons with a physical, mental, intellectual, cognitive, learning, communication or sensory impairment or functional limitation.

Bill C-81 – Accessible Canada Act was first introduced in the House of Commons in June 2018. As the Bill wound its way through the legislative process, a number of important changes were made to it. In particular, the Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology (SOCI) made several amendments which strengthened the Bill. For example, SOCI included in the Bill a timeline of 2040 for achieving a barrier free Canada; added multiple and intersectional discrimination as a principle which must be considered when laws, policies, services and programs are developed; clarified that nothing in the Bill or its regulations limits the existing legal obligation to accommodate persons with disabilities; and recognized sign languages as the primary languages for communication by Deaf persons in Canada.

SOCI adopted these amendments after receiving recommendations from disability organizations across Canada. “ARCH thanks Senators for listening to the concerns of disability communities and taking action to address them. The amendments made by the Senate strengthen the Accessible Canada Act. We commend Minister Qualtrough and the Government for voting to pass Bill C-81 with all the amendments made by the Senate” said Robert Lattanzio, Executive Director of ARCH.

Throughout Bill C-81’s journey, disability communities across Canada were actively involved in advocating for the Bill to be as strong as possible. ARCH worked closely with Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD), AODA Alliance and over 90 national, provincial and local disability groups. To support disability communities with their advocacy, ARCH wrote an extensive legal analysis of Bill C-81, provided updates on the Bill’s progress in our quarterly newsletter, gave presentations on the legislation, and produced a series of Briefing Notes explaining key amendments sought. ARCH also worked with CCD and AODA Alliance to coordinate 2 Open Letter campaigns. “Advocating to strengthen Bill C-81 has provided opportunities for disability communities to work together. It has been a privilege to work closely with so many dedicated advocates. The Accessible Canada Act is stronger because of their tireless work” said Kerri Joffe, ARCH Staff Lawyer.

Despite the helpful amendments that were made to the legislation, a number of concerns raised by ARCH and other disability groups remain. One such weakness is the use of permissive language “may” rather than directive language “shall” or “must” in the Accessible Canada Act. This language gives government, the Canadian Transportation Agency, the CRTC and other bodies power to make and enforce the new accessibility requirements, but does not actually require them to use these powers.

The Accessible Canada Act has been passed by the House of Commons, but there is still one more step before it becomes law – the Act must receive Royal Asset. ARCH urges the Government to ensure that the Act receives Royal Assent before the next federal election is called.

For more details contact:

Robert Lattanzio, Executive Director

416-482-8255 x. 2233

Kerri Joffe, Staff Lawyer

416-482-8255 x. 2222

Open Letter to the House of Commons Updated

Open Letter on the Need to Swiftly Pass All Senate Amendments to Bill C-81- Accessible Canada Act

[Le français suit]

To: All Members of Parliament

Date: May 14, 2019

The undersigned national, provincial and local disability groups ask all Members of Parliament to commit to swiftly pass all the amendments to Bill C-81, the proposed Accessible Canada Act that the Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology (SOCI) passed on May 2, 2019.

We commend the Honourable Minister Carla Qualtrough for championing this Bill and her openness to considering amendments to it, as she expressed to the Senate Standing Committee.

The Senate Standing Committee heard from a spectrum of disability organizations and advocates who supported the need for national accessibility legislation and who recommended areas where the bill could be improved to achieve its goal of ensuring that Canada becomes barrier-free for people with disabilities. SOCI chair Senator Chantal Petitclerc concluded the committee’s debates by stating that the committee’s amendments reflect the maxim of disability communities: “Nothing about us without us.

While they do not include all the improvements that disability organizations and advocates sought, the Senate’s amendments improve Bill C-81. The amendments include: setting 2040 as the end date for Canada to become accessible; ensuring that this time line does not justify any delay in removing and preventing accessibility barriers as soon as reasonably possible; recognizing American Sign Language, Quebec Sign Language and Indigenous Sign Languages as the primary languages for communication used by Deaf people; making it a principle to govern the bill that multiple and intersectional forms of discrimination faced by persons with disabilities must be considered; ensuring that Bill C-81 and regulations made under it cannot cut back on the human rights of people with disabilities guaranteed by the Canadian Human Rights Act; ensuring that the Canadian Transportation Agency cannot reduce existing human rights protections for passengers with disabilities when the Agency handles complaints about barriers in transportation; and fixing problems the Federal Government identified between the bill’s employment provisions and legislation governing the RCMP.

It is expected that the Senate will pass Bill C-81 as amended by May 16, 2019. The bill then returns to the House of Commons, for a vote on the Senate’s amendments. It is critical that the House pass all of the Senate’s amendments to Bill C-81, to ensure that this important bill swiftly becomes law.

We ask the House of Commons to schedule a vote on the bill as soon as possible. We ask all MPs to vote to pass all the Senate’s amendments to Bill C-81.

If the House of Commons does anything less, it will weaken the bill, and risk the possibility that the bill will not finish its journey through Parliament before the fall election.

Signed:

AODA Alliance

ARCH Disability Law Centre

Citizens With Disabilities Ontario (CWDO)

Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD)

Federal Accessibility Legislation Alliance (FALA)

Ontario Autism Coalition

Spinal Cord Injury Canada

StopGap Foundation

Travel for All

Older Women’s Network

PONDA

Barrier Free Canada – Canada sans Barrières

BC Coalition of People who use Guide Dogs

Keremeos Measuring Up Team

National Coalition of People who use Guide and Service Dogs in Canada

The Project Group Consulting Cooperative

VIEWS Ontario For the Vision ImpairedDoing It Blind

Communication Disabilities Access Canada (CDAC)

British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS)

DeafBlind Ontario Services

March of Dimes Canada

North Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre Inc.

Peterborough Council for Persons with Disabilities

Québec Accessible

CNIB

Electromagnetic Pollution Illnesses Canada Foundation (EPIC)

Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy

Rick Hansen Foundation

Access 2 Accessibility

BALANCE for Blind Adults

Barrier Free Manitoba (BFM)

Canadian Association of the Deaf – Association des Sourds du Canada (CAD-ASC)

Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf

Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT)

Community Living Ontario

Disability Justice Network of Ontario (DJNO)

Hydrocephalus Canada

L’Arche Canada

Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario

National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)

NWT Disability Council

Realize

Tetra Society of North America – Ontario Division

Unitarian Commons Co-Housing Corporation

Vibrant Healthcare Alliance

Vie Autonome Montréal

Association du Syndrome de Usher du Québec

Association multiethnique pour l’intégration des personnes handicapées (AMEIPH)

Barrier Free Saskatchewan

Canadian Association for Community Living

Canadian Centre on Disability Studies Inc. o/a Eviance

Canadian Epilepsy Alliance

Community Services for Independence North West (CSINW)

Deaf Literacy Initiative

Guide Dog Users of Canada

Handicapped Action Group Inc. (HAGI)

Law, Disability & Social Change Research Project

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

Muscular Dystrophy Canada

National Network for Mental Health

OCASI- Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants

Ontarian with Disabilitites League for Human Rights of B’nai Brith Canada

People First of Canada

reachAbility Association

Regroupement des associations de personnes handicapées de l’Outaouais (RAPHO)

Silent Voice Canada Inc.

The Canadian Council of the Blind

The Club Inclusion

The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (Toronto Chapter)

Family Network for Deaf Children

SPH Planning & Consulting Limited (SPH)

Disability Awareness Consultants

Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities (MLPD)

Empowered Kids Ontario – Enfants Avenir Ontario

Sound Times Support Services

Coalition of Persons with Disabilities

JRG Society for the Arts

A Resource Centre for Families Cumberland

Community Inclusion Society

Abilities Centre

Ontario Association of the Deaf

L’Arche Comox Valley

ALS Society of Canada

Saskatchewan ALS Society

Lettre ouverte pour une rapide ratification des modifications sénatoriales au projet de loi C-81, la Loi canadienne sur l’accessibilité.

À: Tous les membres du Parlement

Date: 14 mai 2019

Nous, les soussignés, organisations nationales, provinciales et locales de personnes handicapées, recommandons à tous les membres du Parlement de s’engager à adopter rapidement toutes les modifications au projet de loi C-81, Loi canadienne sur l’accessibilité, adoptées le 2 mai 2019 par le Comité sénatorial permanent des affaires sociales, sciences et technologie (SOCI).

Nous félicitons l’honorable ministre Carla Qualtrough d’avoir défendu ce projet de loi et, tel qu’exprimé au Comité sénatorial permanent, de son ouverture envers les modifications proposées.

Le Comité sénatorial a entendu une vaste gamme d’organisations de personnes en situation de handicap et d’intervenants marteler le besoin d’une loi nationale sur l’accessibilité et recommander l’amélioration de certains secteurs afin que le projet de loi atteigne son objectif, à savoir faire du Canada un pays exempt d’obstacles. En clôturant les débats, la sénatrice Chantal Peticlerc, présidente du SOCI, a déclaré que les modifications apportées par le Comité traduisaient le slogan des collectivités de personnes handicapées “Rien pour nous, sans nous”.

Bien que n’incluant pas toutes les améliorations revendiquées par les organisations de personnes handicapées et les intervenants, les modifications sénatoriales améliorent le projet de loi C-81. Elles stipulent : que le Canada devienne un pays totalement exempt d’obstacles d’ici 2040; que cet échéancier ne justifie aucun délai quant à l’élimination et la prévention des obstacles le plus tôt possible; que l’American Sign Language, de la langue des signes québécoise et de les langues des signes autochtones soient reconnues comme langues de communication fondamentales des personnes Sourdes; que les formes multiples et intersectorielles de discrimination subies par les personnes en situation de handicap soient un principe sous-tendant l’application du projet de loi; que le projet de loi C-81 et les règlements afférents ne puissent restreindre les droits humains des personnes handicapées, garantis par la Loi canadienne sur les droits de la personne; que lors du règlement des plaintes basées sur les obstacles dans les transports, l’Office des transports du Canada ne puisse atténuer les droits des voyageurs en situation de handicap, actuellement garantis; que soient réglés les problèmes identifiés par le gouvernement fédéral entre les dispositions du projet de loi en matière d’emploi et la loi régissant la GRC.

Le Sénat devrait adopter le projet de loi C-81, tel que modifié, avant le 16 mai 2019. Le projet de loi reviendra alors en la Chambre des communes pour un vote sur les modifications sénatoriales. Et pour que le projet de loi devienne rapidement loi, ces modifications doivent absolument être adoptées.

Nous demandons à la Chambre des communes de programmer un vote aussitôt que possible et nous demandons à tous les membres du Parlement de voter en faveur des modifications sénatoriales au projet de loi C-81.

La Chambre des communes affaiblira le projet de loi si elle se contente de moins; dans ce cas-là, la course parlementaire de ce projet de loi risque d’être stoppée avant l’élection de cet automne.

Lettre ouverte signée par:

AODA Alliance

ARCH Disability Law Centre

Citizens With Disabilities Ontario (CWDO)

Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD)

Federal Accessibility Legislation Alliance (FALA)

Ontario Autism Coalition

Spinal Cord Injury Canada

StopGap Foundation

Travel for All

Older Women’s Network

PONDA

Barrier Free Canada – Canada sans Barrières

BC Coalition of People who use Guide Dogs

Keremeos Measuring Up Team

National Coalition of People who use Guide and Service Dogs in Canada

The Project Group Consulting Cooperative

VIEWS Ontario For the Vision ImpairedDoing It Blind

Communication Disabilities Access Canada (CDAC)

British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS)

DeafBlind Ontario Services

March of Dimes Canada

North Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre Inc.

Peterborough Council for Persons with Disabilities

Québec Accessible

CNIB

Electromagnetic Pollution Illnesses Canada Foundation (EPIC)

Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy

Rick Hansen Foundation

Access 2 Accessibility

BALANCE for Blind Adults

Barrier Free Manitoba (BFM)

Canadian Association of the Deaf – Association des Sourds du Canada (CAD-ASC)

Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf

Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT)

Community Living Ontario

Disability Justice Network of Ontario (DJNO)

Hydrocephalus Canada

L’Arche Canada

Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario

National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)

NWT Disability Council

Realize

Tetra Society of North America – Ontario Division

Unitarian Commons Co-Housing Corporation

Vibrant Healthcare Alliance

Vie Autonome Montréal

Association du Syndrome de Usher du Québec

Association multiethnique pour l’intégration des personnes handicapées (AMEIPH)

Barrier Free Saskatchewan

Canadian Association for Community Living

Canadian Centre on Disability Studies Inc. o/a Eviance

Canadian Epilepsy Alliance

Community Services for Independence North West (CSINW)

Deaf Literacy Initiative

Guide Dog Users of Canada

Handicapped Action Group Inc. (HAGI)

Law, Disability & Social Change Research Project

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

Muscular Dystrophy Canada

National Network for Mental Health

OCASI- Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants

Ontarian with Disabilitites League for Human Rights of B’nai Brith Canada

People First of Canada

reachAbility Association

Regroupement des associations de personnes handicapées de l’Outaouais (RAPHO)

Silent Voice Canada Inc.

The Canadian Council of the Blind

The Club Inclusion

The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (Toronto Chapter)

Family Network for Deaf Children

SPH Planning & Consulting Limited (SPH)

Disability Awareness Consultants

Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities (MLPD)

Empowered Kids Ontario – Enfants Avenir Ontario

Sound Times Support Services

Coalition of Persons with Disabilities

JRG Society for the Arts

A Resource Centre for Families Cumberland

Community Inclusion Society

Abilities Centre

Ontario Association of the Deaf

L’Arche Comox Valley

ALS Society of Canada

Saskatchewan ALS Society



Source link

An Important Victory – The Trudeau Government Announced Yesterday that It will Vote in the House of Commons to Ratify All the Senate’s Amendments to Bill C-81, the Proposed Accessible Canada Act


Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update

United for a Barrier-Free Society for All People with Disabilities

www.aodaalliance.org [email protected] Twitter: @aodaalliance

An Important Victory – The Trudeau Government Announced Yesterday that It will Vote in the House of Commons to Ratify All the Senate’s Amendments to Bill C-81, the Proposed Accessible Canada Act

May 23, 2019

Yesterday, May 22, 2019, the Federal Government announced by email and Twitter that it will vote to approve all the amendments to Bill C-81, the proposed Accessible Canada Act, that the Senate passed earlier this month. The debate in the House of Commons on these amendments is expected to begin next week according to the Federal Government. Next week also happens to be National accessibility Week in Canada.

“This is an important victory for those disability advocates who have devoted so much effort and energy over the past weeks and months to strengthen Bill C-81,” said David Lepofsky, chair of the non-partisan AODA Alliance, which has campaigned on accessibility for people with disabilities for many years, and which has been involved in the campaign for this legislation since at least 2014. “The Senate’s amendments set 2040 as the legal deadline for Canada to become accessible to people with disabilities, and cut back on the power of the Canadian Transportation Agency to make regulations that could weaken the accessibility rights of passengers with disabilities when travelling on airlines or other inter-provincial modes of transportation, among other things.”

While the Senate’s amendments don’t fix all the deficiencies with Bill C-81 with which we have been concerned, they are an important and helpful step forward. The AODA Alliance and others have been hard at work over the past three weeks, mounting an all-out blitz on social media and elsewhere to press all MPs in the House of Commons to agree to vote to ratify all the Senate’s amendments to Bill C-81. It was by no means a certainty that the Federal Government, which holds a majority in the House of Commons, would agree to do so. Opposition parties in the House of Commons have since last fall been supporting our call for Bill C-81 to be strengthened.

We express our gratitude and appreciation to the Federal Government, including the minister responsible for this bill, federal Accessibility Minister Carla Qualtrough, for making its announcement yesterday in which it agreed to pass all the Senate’s amendments to Bill C-81. We thank the opposition parties that have pressed for Bill C-81 to be strengthened.

The House of Commons only needs to hold one vote to ratify these amendments. No further public hearings or Standing Committee study of the bill are needed. Once the amendments are passed during that vote, Bill C-81 will have completed its current journey through Canada’s Parliament. It will be a law. It will come into force when the Federal Government gives Bill C-81 royal assent. The Federal Government decides when that will take place.

With the Federal Government’s announcement yesterday, there is no doubt that the vote in the House of Commons will be successful. The bill had been unanimously passed last fall on Third Reading in the House of Commons. That was the case even though opposition parties had agreed with us and other similarly-disposed disability advocates that Bill C-81 needed to be strengthened. It is an important fact that up to now, all provincial accessibility legislation passed so far in Ontario in 2005, in Manitoba in 2013 and in Nova Scotia in 2017, has passed unanimously.

“This good news does not mean that our advocacy work is finished,” said Lepofsky. “Our attention now turns to the federal election this fall. We will be unleashing a non-partisan campaign to get election commitments from all the federal political parties regarding the future of Bill C-81 and its implementation and enforcement.”

We thank all those who have toiled tirelessly at the grassroots to help our campaign in the Senate and the House of Commons to get Bill C-81 strengthened. Every tweet or re-tweet, and every email or phone call to a Senator or MP, plays a crucial part in our efforts.

We thank all the disability organizations, numbering at least 71, that signed the open letter to the House of Commons sent earlier this month, that called for the House of Commons to ratify all the Senate’s amendments to Bill C-81. The AODA Alliance is a co-signatory to that letter. We also thank all those other disability organizations with whom we have teamed up over the past weeks and months to work on our shared objective of getting Bill C-81 strengthened.

Today’s announcement again shows that we were right to not simply accept Bill C-81 as it was, when the House of Commons passed it last fall. It was right for us and so many others to agree that people with disabilities deserve better, and to keep working to get the Senate to strengthen the bill. The improvements that we and others have won are helpful and important.

Our tenacity has always been one of our strengths. We remain resolved to do what we can with Bill C-81 to make as much progress as we can for over five million people with disabilities in Canada, and to keep working to get the bill further improved in the future.

To read the text of the Senate Standing Committee’s amendments to Bill C-81, and a good explanation of them by the ARCH Disability Law Centre, visit https://www.aodaalliance.org/whats-new/more-specifics-on-the-amendments-to-bill-c-81-the-proposed-accessible-canada-act-that-the-senates-standing-committee-passed-and-that-we-want-the-house-of-commons-to-ratify-still-no-commitment-by /

To watch the captioned video of AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky’s opening statement at the Senate Standing Committee on April 11, 2019 (10 minutes), visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FERCAljHbrw&feature=em-uploademail

To watch a captioned video of the portion of the Senate Standing Committee’s question-and-answer after that opening statement, where the AODA Alliance answers questions directed to us (26 minutes), visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dr0fCtB_cyw&feature=em-uploademail

To read the AODA Alliance’s May 6, 2019 letter to federal Disabilities Minister Carla Qualtrough, explaining why it is important for the Federal Government to agree to pass all the amendments to Bill C-81 that the Senate has now passed, visit https://www.aodaalliance.org/whats-new/help-our-new-blitz-to-get-the-house-of-commons-to-swiftly-ratify-all-the-amendments-to-bill-c-81the-proposed-accessible-canada-act-that-the-senate-standing-committee-has-passed/

For all the background on our efforts to get the Federal Government to enact a strong and effective national accessibility law, visit www.aodaalliance.org/canada



Source link