Mayor Wants Report on Allowing Kick-Style e-Scooters in Thunder Bay


Provincial project allows municipalities to set their own guidelines. Feb. 27, 2020
By: Gary Rinne

The five-year project took effect last month.

The province has set out the broad rules for e-scooters such as the minimum age for operators (16), maximum speed (24 kilometres per hour), maximum power output (500 watts) and other specifications.

Interested municipalities are required to pass a bylaw to allow their use within their boundaries, and to determine where they can be operated.

Mauro has submitted a motion to city council, asking administration to investigate Thunder Bay’s potential involvement, in consultation with city departments, police, and the Accessibility Advisory Committee.

“I think we should at least look at it. We’re a large city. For those who may have mobility issues, e-scooters may be easier than using a bicycle,” the mayor told Tbnewswatch.

He said if council decided it’s a good idea, a bylaw would prescribe where the vehicles could be used “whether it be on roadways, on sidewalks, in public parks, or other areas.”

One long-time accessibility advocate has expressed concern about allowing e-scooters off private property.

David Lepofsky, chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance, says they move too quickly and quietly, and pose a safety threat for pedestrians, whether disabled or not.

Lepofsky told the Canadian Press, “As a blind person, I want to walk safely in public. I fear an inattentive, unlicensed, uninsured person, as young as 16, with no training, experience or knowledge of the rules of the road, silently rocketing towards me at 24 kilometres per hour.”

Mayor Mauro acknowledged that those concerns need to be addressed in consultations with stakeholders.

Key Elements of the Pilot Project

  • Municipalities must pass a by-law to allow them on municipal roads
  • 5-year pilot
  • Maximum speed 24 kilometres per hour
  • Maximum weight 45 kilograms
  • Maximum power output 500 watts
  • Minimum operating age 16
  • No passengers allowed
  • No cargo may be carried
  • No baskets allowed
  • Riders must stand at all times
  • Bicycle helmet required for those under 18 years old
  • No pedals or seat allowed
  • Must have two wheels and brakes
  • Must have horn or bell
  • Must have one white light on front, one red light on rear and reflective material on sides
  • Maximum wheel diameter 17 inches
  • All Highway Traffic Act rules of the road will apply to the operation of e-scooters like bicycles
  • Penalties in the HTA will also apply to violations of pilot regulation (fine of $250 to $2,500)
  • Not allowed on controlled access highways

Source: Gov’t of Ontario

Original at https://www.tbnewswatch.com/local-news/mayor-wants-report-on-allowing-kick-style-e-scooters-in-thunder-bay-2120961




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Quick Ways You can Help Us Get Parliament to Amend Bill C-81, the Proposed Accessible Canada Act, to Make It a Good Law – and – David Onley’s Independent Review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Re-schedules Thunder Bay Public Hearing


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

Quick Ways You can Help Us Get Parliament to Amend Bill C-81, the Proposed Accessible Canada Act, to Make It a Good Law – and – David Onley’s Independent Review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Re-schedules Thunder Bay Public Hearing

October 12, 2018

          SUMMARY

Help Us Press the Federal Government to Strengthen Bill C-81, the Proposed Accessible Canada Act – Here Are Several Quick Options

We need your help now. a Standing Committee of Canada’s Parliament will decide in the next few weeks what amendments to make to Bill C-81, the proposed Accessible Canada Act. The AODA Alliance has submitted a detailed brief to Parliament, explaining what changes are needed, and why. We’ve also made public a 4-page summary of the seven most important changes that are needed. Without the reforms we’ve recommended, Bill C-81 will not be a strong and successful law that lives up to the Federal Government’s stated intentions.

Here’s how you can help:

1 It would be great if you would email your Member of Parliament (MP) and, if you have the time, as many other MPs as possible. Urge them to make the amendments to Bill C-81 that we recommend in our September 27, 2018 brief. Here is a sample of what you might say in your email, if you don’t have time to write one yourself:

“It is important for Parliament to make important amendments to Bill C-81, the proposed Accessible Canada Act, in order for that bill to become a good law. Over four million people with disabilities need this bill to be strengthened by these amendments.

I support the brief that the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance submitted to Parliament on September 27, 2018. You can find that brief at https://www.aodaalliance.org/whats-new/please-tell-the-federal-government-if-you-support-the-aoda-alliances-finalized-brief-to-the-parliament-of-canada-that-requests-amendments-to-bill-c-81-the-proposed-accessible-canada-act/  You can find a 4-page summary of the seven top amendments that are needed at https://www.aodaalliance.org/whats-new/the-aoda-alliance-is-invited-to-present-to-the-house-of-commons-standing-committee-on-human-resources-skills-and-social-development-and-the-status-of-persons-with-disabilities-on-october-25-2018-to/

Everyone either has a disability now, or is bound to get one later in life, as they age. We need this bill strengthened for everyone’s sake.”

We’ve made it easy for you to find out the email address for each MP in Parliament. We’ve posted a list on line. You can find it at: https://www.aodaalliance.org/whats-new/email-addresses-and-twitter-handles-for-all-members-of-canadas-parliament-as-of-october-11-2018/

  1. Please send a tweet to your MP, urging them to support our brief. Below we set out a sample tweet. You just have to add to it the Twitter handle (Twitter name) for your MP. We’ve also made this easy, by making available a list of the Twitter handles for every MP who is on Twitter. You’ll find that information on the same list as their email addresses, at https://www.aodaalliance.org/whats-new/email-addresses-and-twitter-handles-for-all-members-of-canadas-parliament-as-of-october-11-2018/
  1. We are tweeting every MP in Parliament. We are asking each of them, one at a time, to support the amendments that we seek to Bill C-81. It would help if you would retweet our tweets to them. Follow @aodaalliance on Twitter or just search on #AccessibleCanada and you will see all these tweets at a glance. We send out a batch virtually every day. Your retweets can help us make even more of an impact.
  1. As we’ve mentioned in earlier Updates, it also really helps if you send a one-sentence email to Parliament’s Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities and to Disabilities Minister Carla Qualtrough, supporting our brief.

Email for the Standing Committee: [email protected]

Email for Minister Qualtrough: [email protected]

Please CC us on that email: [email protected]

As we’ve earlier suggested, all you need to include in that email, if you don’t want to write more, is this:

“I’m writing to support the brief which the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance has submitted on September 27, 2018 to the Parliament of Canada that recommends improvements to Bill C-81, the proposed Accessible Canada Act.”

If you can get an organization to support our brief, be sure to get that organization to send in a supporting email to the email addresses above, and to include the name of that organization in their email.

  1. Come to the hearings of Parliament’s Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities on Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 8:45 to 10:45 a.m., when AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky will be one of the presenters. If you are in Ottawa, the hearing will be at the Parliament Buildings, Room 415, 180 Wellington, Ottawa, ON (Entrance at 197 Sparks Street.
  1. If you cannot make it to Parliament that day, why not watch the hearing at the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities live online, where it will be streamed, or later, where it will be permanently archived. Check out the Committee’s web page at the link below for information on the accessibility supports at the hearing and online for persons who are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing.

For information on how to watch that Committee’s hearings live online that day, and throughout its hearings, or later when it is archived, visit http://www.ourcommons.ca/Committees/en/HUMA/StudyActivity?studyActivityId=10268658

Please spread the word about these hearings. Encourage others to watch. You can “live tweet” during the hearings. Repeat what is said at the hearings and add your comments in your tweets on Twitter. Use the hashtag #AccessibleCanada

David Onley’s AODA Independent Review Schedules New Public Hearing in Thunder Bay on October 30, 2018, After the AODA Alliance Objected to Its Cancelling Its Earlier Thunder Bay Public Hearing

The Ontario Government appointed David Onley to conduct a mandatory Independent Review of the implementation and enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. To date his public hearings have been very poorly publicized. From what we have heard, they have not been well-attended. We earlier made public our concerns about this. Under the AODA, such an Independent Review has a duty to consult the public, and particularly, people with disabilities.

We learned via the grapevine late in the summer that the David Onley AODA Independent Review had scheduled a public hearing for Thunder Bay on September 13, 2018. We later heard through the grapevine that it had been cancelled due to low registration. We made our concerns about this public in our September 17, 2018 AODA Alliance Update. We also took this issue to the Thunder Bay media.

On September 20, 2018, CBC Radio in Thunder Bay posted a story on this issue, which quoted AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky on this issue. Below we set out a transcript of that news report.

After this, we were happy to learn that the David Onley AODA Independent Review had decided to re-schedule a new public hearing for Thunder Bay for October 30, 2018. Our efforts paid off. That Independent Review emailed us to tell us about this hearing date, and to ask us, and others, to publicize it. Below we set out the AODA Independent Review’s October 10, 2018 announcement. It gives the exact time and location for the Thunder Bay public hearing.

Please spread the word about it. If you are in the Thunder Bay area, we encourage you to attend and to give your feedback to the Independent Review on how effectively the Ontario Government has been implementing and enforcing the AODA.

We were copied on an email from an AODA supporter in Thunder Bay who is blind, addressed to the David Onley AODA Independent Review. The supporter reported that they found the online form for registering for the Thunder Bay public hearing difficult to navigate. We do not know if others have experienced this issue.

Finally, we have heard that the David Onley AODA Independent Review has extended its deadline for sending it your written submissions to November 2, 2018. Far too few knew of its earlier deadline.

We commend the Onley AODA Independent Review both for re-scheduling its Thunder Bay hearings and for extending its deadline for receiving written submissions and comments on the AODA’s implementation and enforcement. We want to flag for you that the October 10, 2018 email from the David Onley AODA Independent Review, set out below, incorrectly still gives an earlier deadline for written submissions.

We have alerted the Independent Review that we won’t be able to submit our brief until the end of November. We are working on it now. We always welcome your feedback on what we should include in our brief to the Onley AODA Independent Review. Email your thoughts to us at [email protected]

          MORE DETAILS

CBC Radio Thunder Bay September 20, 2018

Originally posted at:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/thunder-bay-disabilities-review-cancelling-1.4830504

Disability rights advocate wants cancelled Thunder Bay accessibility hearing rescheduled

Hearing was cancelled due to low registration, event is part of regular review of Ontario’s accessibility act

Cathy Alex CBC News  Posted: Sep 20, 2018

Disability rights advocate David Lepofsky wants the public hearings in Thunder Bay, about Ontario’s accessibility act, to be rescheduled after they were cancelled due to low registration. He says the event was poorly publicized.  (Natalie Nanowski/CBC News )

A disability rights advocate is expressing concern about the cancellation of a public hearing in Thunder Bay, saying people have lost an important chance to share their experiences during a provincial review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, led by the Honourable David C. Onley.

The act mandates that by 2025 the province be fully accessible, said David Lepofsky, the chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance.

The act pertains to people with physical disabilities such as being blind, deaf or needing to use a wheelchair. It also covers people with intellectual or developmental disabilities such as autism.

Approximately every four years the Ontario government must review how it’s doing in terms of achieving that accessibility goal.

‘Important to see how things are going’

“It’s important to see how things are going,” said Lepofsky, noting the review usually includes inviting people with disabilities, in communities all over the province, to share their experiences.

“Are kids with disabilities able to fully participate in their schools? Are people with disabilities able to shop in stores and eat in restaurants? Are people with disabilities able to use our public parks without facing barriers?”

A public consultation was scheduled for September 13 in Thunder Bay, but a posting on the act review website says it was cancelled due to low registration.

“There’s been precious little done to publicize it,” Lepofsky said, who is visually impaired. He added that he believes people didn’t register for the event because they didn’t know about the hearing.

‘Reschedule Thunder Bay hearings’

He said as far as he’s been able to determine the only advertising for the public consultation was on the review website.

“So unless you know about the website, most don’t, and unless you check that website daily, most don’t, you won’t know first about the hearing, and then about it being cancelled.”

Lepofsky wants the government “to step up and make sure this problem gets solved. The David Onley review should reschedule the Thunder Bay hearings. It should give the public proper and ample notice, well enough in advance, to enable people with disabilities, and the rest of the public, to be able to have their say.”

The review committee posted online that people can email their comments or questions to [email protected] It also tells people to stay tuned for a northern virtual consultation, but does not specify a date.

October 10, 2018 Broadcast Email from the David Onley AODA Independent Review

Please share widely!

As you know, Ontario has appointed the Honourable David Onley, CM, O.Ont., senior lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto Scarborough and Ontario’s 28th Lieutenant Governor, to lead a review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

As part of the review process, Mr. Onley would like to hear from interested parties and people with disabilities to determine their views on the progress and effectiveness of the AODA, and their vision of accessibility through to 2025 and beyond. To learn more about this review, please visit The Third Review of the AODA website.

We are happy to announce that the Valhalla Inn Hotel will be hosting one of five Public Consultation sessions for the Third Review of the AODA.

The session will be held on Tuesday, October 30th from 1PM to 3PM in the Valhalla Inn Hotel, 1 Valhalla Inn Road Thunder Bay, ON P7E 6J1. Please register on Eventbrite to attend this session.

If you are not available to attend the session above, you may submit a written submission, attend an online session or one of the other in person consultation sessions:

  • Call for Written Submissions

Until October 1, 2018 the Honourable David C. Onley will be accepting written submissions. Please submit your written submission here.

Attend a public meeting in your area! David C. Onley will be traveling across the province to hear your feedback on the AODA. He will also be hosting online consultation sessions. Please see the list of all events here.

Please share widely with your networks. Contact the event organizers if you have any questions. We hope to see you there

Billi Jo Cox. | Project Lead, Third Review of Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005

Phone: 416-208-2719

Address: 1265 Military Trail | Toronto | Ontario | M1C 1A



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Disability Rights Advocate Wants Cancelled Thunder Bay Accessibility Hearing Rescheduled


Hearing was cancelled due to low registration, event is part of regular review of Ontario’s accessibility act Cathy Alex · CBC News · Posted: Sep 20, 2018

Disability rights advocate David Lepofsky wants the public hearings in Thunder Bay, about Ontario’s accessibility act, to be rescheduled after they were cancelled due to low registration. He says the event was poorly publicized.

A disability rights advocate is expressing concern about the cancellation of a public hearing in Thunder Bay, saying people have lost an important chance to share their experiences during a provincial review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, led by the Honourable David C. Onley.

The act mandates that by 2025 the province be fully accessible, said David Lepofsky, the chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance.

The act pertains to people with physical disabilities such as being blind, deaf or needing to use a wheelchair. It also covers people with intellectual or developmental disabilities such as autism.

Approximately every four years the Ontario government must review how it’s doing in terms of achieving that accessibility goal.

‘Important to see how things are going’

“It’s important to see how things are going,” said Lepofsky, noting the review usually includes inviting people with disabilities, in communities all over the province, to share their experiences.

“Are kids with disabilities able to fully participate in their schools? Are people with disabilities able to shop in stores and eat in restaurants? Are people with disabilities able to use our public parks without facing barriers?”

A public consultation was scheduled for September 13 in Thunder Bay, but a posting on the act review website says it was cancelled due to low registration.

“There’s been precious little done to publicize it,” Lepofsky said, who is visually impaired. He added that he believes people didn’t register for the event because they didn’t know about the hearing.

‘Reschedule Thunder Bay hearings’

He said as far as he’s been able to determine the only advertising for the public consultation was on the review website.

“So unless you know about the website, most don’t, and unless you check that website daily, most don’t, you won’t know first about the hearing, and then about it being cancelled.”

Lepofsky wants the government “to step up and make sure this problem gets solved. The David Onley review should reschedule the Thunder Bay hearings. It should give the public proper and ample notice, well enough in advance, to enable people with disabilities, and the rest of the public, to be able to have their say.”

The review committee posted online that people can email their comments or questions to [email protected] It also tells people to stay tuned for a northern virtual consultation, but does not specify a date.

Original at https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/thunder-bay-disabilities-review-cancelling-1.4830504



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David Onley Independent Review of Ontario’s Disabilities Act Cancels Its Thunder Bay Public Hearings Due to Poor Enrollment, After the Review Poorly Publicized these Hearings


Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities http://www.aodaalliance.org [email protected] Twitter: @aodaalliance

September 17, 2018

SUMMARY

Here is the latest concern regarding the Third Independent Review of the implementation and enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act which is now being conducted by David Onley. According to the David Onley AODA Independent Review’s website, its scheduled September 13, 2018 Thunder Bay public hearing was cancelled “due to low registration”. That website states this at http://www.aodareview2018.ca/how-to-participate/events/

“Public Consultation Thunder Bay, Ontario
Location: Lakehead University
Room: Conference Room A & the Fireside Lounge
Address: 955 Oliver Rd, Thunder Bay, ON, P7B 5E1
Date: Thursday, September 13, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM 4:00 PM
Event canceled due to low registration. Stay tuned for a Northern Virtual Consultation. If you would like to receive the information directly about the consultation please email [email protected]

We call on the David Onley AODA Independent Review to re-schedule its cancelled Thunder Bay public hearing, and to properly publicize it. It is not good enough to tell people in and around Thunder Bay that they can only have input online. We say the same regarding its earlier consultation hearings elsewhere, which were not properly publicized.

The reason why more people did not sign up for the Thunder Bay public hearing is no doubt because it was so poorly publicized. We have seen nothing from the Ontario Government or the David Onley AODA Independent Review to publicize it, beyond a short posting on the Onley Independent Review’s website. When the AODA Alliance heard about this upcoming event via the grapevine, we took it upon ourselves to publicize it via our email Update and social media network.

Neither the Onley AODA Independent Review nor the Ontario Government notified us about any of the Review’s hearings, nor asked the AODA Alliance to publicize them to our many supporters and followers. We have arguably done more to publicize this event than has either the Onley Independent Review or the Ontario Government.

The AODA Alliance has earlier made public its serious concerns about the David Onley AODA Independent Review’s insufficient publicity of its public hearings. We did so in our August 24, 2018 AODA Alliance Update, and in our September 11, 2018 letter to the David Onley AODA Independent Review.

Sadly, history is repeating itself. In 2012, the Ontario Government appointed Toronto lawyer Andrew Pinto to conduct an Independent Review of Bill 107. That Ontario legislation had privatized the enforcement of human rights in Ontario. The Pinto Human Rights Independent Review did a similarly poor job of publicizing public hearings in Thunder Bay. The Pinto Review then cancelled its Thunder Bay public hearing due to poor registration for it.

Back in 2012, the AODA Alliance swung into action when we learned of that Independent Review’s cancellation of its Thunder Bay hearing. We brought the story to the Thunder Bay media. The media covered this. Below we set out the February 20, 2012 report on CBC Thunder Bay Radio.

The resulting media coverage and attention led the Andrew Pinto Human Rights Independent Review to back down and agree to schedule a new public hearing in Thunder Bay. It went ahead. From what we heard, it had a good turnout.

We have every reason to believe that people with disabilities in Thunder Bay would like to have their say, in person, face to face, with the David Onley AODA Independent Review. They should be able to let him know what disability accessibility barriers they still face, and whether they think Ontario is now on schedule for full accessibility by 2025. They should have a chance to say face-to-face whether they think the Ontario Government is doing a good enough job of enforcing AODA, and whether Ontario’s accessibility standards and the Ontario Building Code are sufficiently strong and comprehensive.

The last AODA Independent Review, conducted in 2014 by Mayo Moran, did a better job of publicizing its consultation hearings. It held a successful public hearing in Thunder Bay in the spring of 2014. Below we set out the text of the April 21, 2014 CBC Thunder Bay Radio news report on that successful consultation.

When we wrote the David Onley AODA Independent Review on September 11, 2018, we also asked it to extend its October 1, 2018 deadline for written submissions t to the end of November. We have not received an answer to that request. Mr. Onley has agreed to meet, in response to that letter.

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

You can send your input to the David Onley AODA Independent Review by emailing [email protected]

There have been 88 days since the work of five Ontario accessibility Standards Development Committees was frozen by the Ontario Government, pending briefing the new Minister for Accessibility and Seniors, Raymond Cho. We have called on the Ford Government to lift its freeze on their work so they can get back to their work in progress, developing recommendations on which disability barriers need to be removed and prevented in the important areas of education, employment, health care, and information and communication.

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Text of CBC Radio Thunder Bay News February 20, 2012

Originally posted at: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/story/2012/02/20/tbay-human-rights.html Human Rights Review Bypasses Thunder Bay

February 21, 2012 Advocate

Organizers cite lack of interest
CBC News Posted: Feb 20, 2012

An advocacy group is upset Andrew Pinto, the head of an Ontario Human Rights review, is bypassing Thunder Bay. (Pinto Wray James LLP)

A lawyer has been appointed by the Attorney-General to consult the public and visit cities across the province for feedback about the way human rights are enforced.

He decided not to travel to Thunder Bay due to a lack of interest.

David Lepofsky is the chair of the lobby group, Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act Alliance. He blamed poor marketing and poor communication for lack of interest.

“This review has done an extremely paltry job of publicizing the availability of public forum. The only way this has been publicized is by sending an email to a group of people,” he said.

Andrew Pinto is conducting the review. He said he emailed hundreds of organizations with thousands of members. Pinto said enough interest was shown in six other Ontario cities.

“We actually received only one inquiry to come out to Thunder Bay and we have to be responsible for me to fly to Thunder Bay for one meeting,” Pinto said. Pinto said if interest picked up in Thunder Bay, he would set up a consultation in the city.

Text of the April 21, 2014 CBC Thunder Bay Radio News Report

CBC NEWS April 21, 2014
Thunder Bay
Originally posted at: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/progress-of-ontario-s-disabilities-act-being-reviewed-1.2616503 Progress of Ontario’s disabilities act being reviewed

Mayo Moran, University of Toronto’s law dean, holding public consultations across Ontario

CBC News Posted: Apr 21, 2014 8:02 AM ET| Last Updated: Apr 21, 2014 8:02 AM ET

An independent reviewer is checking on the progress of making Ontario fully accessible for people with disabilities by 2025.
An independent reviewer is checking on the progress of making Ontario fully accessible for people with disabilities by 2025.

The dean of law at the University of Toronto is holding public consultations across the province and online.

Mayo Moran was recently in Thunder Bay hearing from the public.

Tracy Hurlbert, who uses a wheelchair to get around, was one of several people with various disabilities who gathered at the conference at a Thunder Bay hotel last week.

Hurlbert made a presentation noting the barriers of getting public transportation, for example.

University of Toronto Dean of Law, Mayo Moran, is reviewing progress of Ontario disabilities act. (Nicole Ireland/CBC News)

The accessible transit service in Thunder Bay requires users to pre-book their trips, including doctor’s appointments, days in advance.

“Why should we be expected to … book our rides and our lives a week in advance?” Hurlbert said. “Do you know today that you’re going to get sick next Tuesday? Of course not. Neither do I.”

Hurlbert told the hearing she missed two funerals because she couldn’t give enough notice to book the accessible transit service.

Hurlbert said there are smaller, everyday barriers, too. Hurlbert said many establishments, such as restaurants, call themselves accessible because they have wheelchair-friendly entrances. But that’s where the accessibility ends, she said.

“Imagine going to a restaurant, eating your meal, only to discover that there are no washrooms,” she said. “The bathrooms are in the basement or they’re upstairs.”

Toronto law dean Moran said concerns like Hurlbert’s have come up before.

“I think what that points to is … the really significant need for awareness and for people to have training that helps them think through everything that would matter to someone who doesn’t have the same mobility that they do,” Moran said.

Moran said people are also worried about how even whether the accessibility law will be enforced.

“It’s like having a hockey game without any referee. You need enforcement; proper, court-appointed enforcement,” said Eugene Lefrancois, who became disabled while working in forestry more than 25 years ago.

There will be online consultation Tuesday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m ET. It’s open to anyone in Ontario who wants to participate.

Another live meeting is scheduled in Toronto on April 29.



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David Onley Independent Review of Ontario’s Disabilities Act Cancels Its Thunder Bay Public Hearings Due to Poor Enrollment, After the Review Poorly Publicized these Hearings- Northern Ontario Deserves Better


Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update

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

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

David Onley Independent Review of Ontario’s Disabilities Act Cancels Its Thunder Bay Public Hearings Due to Poor Enrollment, After the Review Poorly Publicized these Hearings– Northern Ontario Deserves Better

September 17, 2018

          SUMMARY

Here is the latest concern regarding the Third Independent Review of the implementation and enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act which is now being conducted by David Onley. According to the David Onley AODA Independent Review’s website, its scheduled September 13, 2018 Thunder Bay public hearing was cancelled “due to low registration”. That website states this at http://www.aodareview2018.ca/how-to-participate/events/

“Public Consultation – Thunder Bay, Ontario

Location: Lakehead University

Room: Conference Room A & the Fireside Lounge

Address: 955 Oliver Rd, Thunder Bay, ON, P7B 5E1

Date: Thursday, September 13, 2018

Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Event canceled due to low registration. Stay tuned for a Northern Virtual Consultation. If you would like to receive the information directly about the consultation please email [email protected]2018.ca

We call on the David Onley AODA Independent Review to re-schedule its cancelled Thunder Bay public hearing, and to properly publicize it. It is not good enough to tell people in and around Thunder Bay that they can only have input online. We say the same regarding its earlier consultation hearings elsewhere, which were not properly publicized.

The reason why more people did not sign up for the Thunder Bay public hearing is no doubt because it was so poorly publicized. We have seen nothing from the Ontario Government or the David Onley AODA Independent Review to publicize it, beyond a short posting on the Onley Independent Review’s website. When the AODA Alliance heard about this upcoming event via the grapevine, we took it upon ourselves to publicize it via our email Update and social media network.

Neither the Onley AODA Independent Review nor the Ontario Government notified us about any of the Review’s hearings, nor asked the AODA Alliance to publicize them to our many supporters and followers. We have arguably done more to publicize this event than has either the Onley Independent Review or the Ontario Government.

The AODA Alliance has earlier made public its serious concerns about the David Onley AODA Independent Review’s insufficient publicity of its public hearings. We did so in our August 24, 2018 AODA Alliance Update, and in our September 11, 2018 letter to the David Onley AODA Independent Review.

Sadly, history is repeating itself. In 2012, the Ontario Government appointed Toronto lawyer Andrew Pinto to conduct an Independent Review of Bill 107. That Ontario legislation had privatized the enforcement of human rights in Ontario. The Pinto Human Rights Independent Review did a similarly poor job of publicizing public hearings in Thunder Bay. The Pinto Review then cancelled its Thunder Bay public hearing due to poor registration for it.

Back in 2012, the AODA Alliance swung into action when we learned of that Independent Review’s cancellation of its Thunder Bay hearing. We brought the story to the Thunder Bay media. The media covered this. Below we set out the February 20, 2012 report on CBC Thunder Bay Radio.

The resulting media coverage and attention led the Andrew Pinto Human Rights Independent Review to back down and agree to schedule a new public hearing in Thunder Bay. It went ahead. From what we heard, it had a good turnout.

We have every reason to believe that people with disabilities in Thunder Bay would like to have their say, in person, face to face, with the David Onley AODA Independent Review. They should be able to let him know what disability accessibility barriers they still face, and whether they think Ontario is now on schedule for full accessibility by 2025. They should have a chance to say face-to-face whether they think the Ontario Government is doing a good enough job of enforcing AODA, and whether Ontario’s accessibility standards and the Ontario Building Code are sufficiently strong and comprehensive.

The last AODA Independent Review, conducted in 2014 by Mayo Moran, did a better job of publicizing its consultation hearings. It held a successful public hearing in Thunder Bay in the spring of 2014. Below we set out the text of the April 21, 2014 CBC Thunder Bay Radio news report on that successful consultation.

When we wrote the David Onley AODA Independent Review on September 11, 2018, we also asked it to extend its October 1, 2018 deadline for written submissions t to the end of November. We have not received an answer to that request. Mr. Onley has agreed to meet, in response to that letter.

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

You can send your input to the David Onley AODA Independent Review by emailing [email protected]

There have been 88 days since the work of five Ontario accessibility Standards Development Committees was frozen by the Ontario Government, pending briefing the new Minister for Accessibility and Seniors, Raymond Cho. We have called on the Ford Government to lift its freeze on their work so they can get back to their work in progress, developing recommendations on which disability barriers need to be removed and prevented in the important areas of education, employment, health care, and information and communication.

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Text of CBC Radio Thunder Bay News February 20, 2012

Originally posted at: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/story/2012/02/20/tbay-human-rights.html

Human Rights Review Bypasses Thunder Bay

February 21, 2012 Advocate

Organizers cite lack of interest

CBC News Posted: Feb 20, 2012

An advocacy group is upset Andrew Pinto, the head of an Ontario Human Rights review, is bypassing Thunder Bay. (Pinto Wray James LLP)

A lawyer has been appointed by the Attorney-General to consult the public and visit cities across the province for feedback about the way human rights are enforced.

He decided not to travel to Thunder Bay due to a lack of interest.

David Lepofsky is the chair of the lobby group, Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act Alliance. He blamed poor marketing and poor communication for lack of interest.

“This review has done an extremely paltry job of publicizing the availability of public forum. The only way this has been publicized is by sending an email to a group of people,” he said.

Andrew Pinto is conducting the review. He said he emailed hundreds of organizations with thousands of members. Pinto said enough interest was shown in six other Ontario cities.

“We actually received only one inquiry to come out to Thunder Bay and we have to be responsible for me to fly to Thunder Bay for one meeting,” Pinto said. Pinto said if interest picked up in Thunder Bay, he would set up a consultation in the city.

Text of the April 21, 2014 CBC Thunder Bay Radio News Report

CBC NEWS April 21, 2014

Thunder Bay

Originally posted at: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/progress-of-ontario-s-disabilities-act-being-reviewed-1.2616503

Progress of Ontario’s disabilities act being reviewed

Mayo Moran, University of Toronto’s law dean, holding public consultations across Ontario

CBC News Posted: Apr 21, 2014 8:02 AM ET| Last Updated: Apr 21, 2014 8:02 AM ET

An independent reviewer is checking on the progress of making Ontario fully accessible for people with disabilities by 2025.

An independent reviewer is checking on the progress of making Ontario fully accessible for people with disabilities by 2025.

The dean of law at the University of Toronto is holding public consultations across the province and online.

Mayo Moran was recently in Thunder Bay hearing from the public.

Tracy Hurlbert, who uses a wheelchair to get around, was one of several people with various disabilities who gathered at the conference at a Thunder Bay hotel last week.

Hurlbert made a presentation noting the barriers of getting public transportation, for example.

University of Toronto Dean of Law, Mayo Moran, is reviewing progress of Ontario disabilities act. (Nicole Ireland/CBC News)

The accessible transit service in Thunder Bay requires users to pre-book their trips, including doctor’s appointments, days in advance.

“Why should we be expected to … book our rides and our lives a week in advance?” Hurlbert said. “Do you know today that you’re going to get sick next Tuesday? Of course not. Neither do I.”

Hurlbert told the hearing she missed two funerals because she couldn’t give enough notice to book the accessible transit service.

Hurlbert said there are smaller, everyday barriers, too. Hurlbert said many establishments, such as restaurants, call themselves accessible because they have wheelchair-friendly entrances. But that’s where the accessibility ends, she said.

“Imagine going to a restaurant, eating your meal, only to discover that there are no washrooms,” she said. “The bathrooms are in the basement or they’re upstairs.”

Toronto law dean Moran said concerns like Hurlbert’s have come up before.

“I think what that points to is … the really significant need for awareness and for people to have training that helps them think through everything that would matter to someone who doesn’t have the same mobility that they do,” Moran said.

Moran said people are also worried about how — even whether — the accessibility law will be enforced.

“It’s like having a hockey game without any referee. You need enforcement; proper, court-appointed enforcement,” said Eugene Lefrancois, who became disabled while working in forestry more than 25 years ago.

There will be online consultation Tuesday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m ET. It’s open to anyone in Ontario who wants to participate.

Another live meeting is scheduled in Toronto on April 29.



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