Most Recent Complaints
County of Brant “Celebrates” International Human Rights Day with Resignation of Two More Members of the Accessibility Advisory Committee
On December 10, 2013, the United Nations International Human Rights Day, two more members of the Accessibility Advisory Committee for the County of Brant resigned due to the systemic discrimination and lack of dignity and respect toward people with disabilities. This brings the total number to three members who have resigned in the last month including the Chair of the committee for the same reason.
Hamilton Turns an “Oops” into a HUGE Mess!
I wrote an article in assistance of the Hamilton Council decision to stop letting those of us who are blind or visually disabled ride the conventional transportation service free as a misinterpretation of the Integrated Accessibility Standards. I thought that this was an “honest” mistake and would be corrected at the next Council meeting. Turns out it was a good thing I also reserved further comment until I saw what they would do!
Resignation from County of Brant AAC Over Systemic Discrimination/Para Transit Scheme
I’m going to start this article with a PostScript: Within the past month, three of us serving on the Accessibility Advisory Committee have resigned, including the Chair, because of the systemic discrimination against people with disabilities. The resignations represent half of the Accessibility Advisory Committee.
December 10, 2012
To: Paul Emerson, Mayor Ron Eddy, members of the Accessibility Advisory Committee, County Council, and People with Disabilities in the county of Brant
Hamilton Council Decision Highlights the Need for Clearer Standards Language
For those of you who have been following the misadventures of specialized transportation in the County of Brant, it may be surprising to hear me come to the aid of Hamilton Council in light of their decision to charge people with disabilities to ride the conventional bus system. Although I may not agree with the decision, it is easy to see how Hamilton Council could have come to it.
“If an Ontario Human Rights Complaint is filed, we will stop providing Para transit” County of Brant
Ironically on the United Nations International Day for people with Disabilities, the County of Brant Community Services Committee approved yet another variant to their unaffordable transportation scheme which ignores any of the Integrated Accessibility Standards for specialized transportation, is not fiscally responsible, has no budget to administer the scheme and as with the other variants, will lead to the elimination of Para transit in the County and the erosion of our basic and protected human rights.
Systemic Discrimination Toward People with Disabilities in the County of Brant
For those of you following the adventures of the variants of the County of Brant’s transportation schemes to eliminate Para transit, I submit this article to demonstrate the systemic institutional and attitudinal discrimination toward people with disabilities. By the end of December 2012, this systemic discrimination will lead to the elimination of Para transit service in the County. The following statements have been made by various staff and elected officials since the issue of those of us with disabilities “abusing” Para transit by going to work, for religious, social and recreational activities was “brought to light” in May 2012.
People with Disabilities Lose Jobs in County of Brant While Federal Funding Increases Job Opportunities in Brantford
While the federal Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development the Honourable , Diane Finlay through Phil McColeman, Member of Parliament for Brant announced that the federal government will be funding a program to assist people with disabilities in the Brantford area to develop the skills to obtain and retain work, the County of Brant which surrounds Brantford is poised to eliminate Para transit. Currently 33% of the Para transit trips in the County of Brant are for work.
Accessibility Directorate of Ontario Abandons People with Disabilities in the County of Brant
By Karen McCall, M.Ed.
After updating the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario with the latest transportation scheme proposed by the County of Brant that denies people with disabilities basic and protected human rights and violates the Integrated Accessibility Standards, Part IV – Transportation, imagine my astonishment, shock and frustration when I found out that the ADO “had” answered my questions.
The following is the latest letter I received from the ADO, November 23, 2012:
County of Brant: We Have Support from the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario to Eliminate para transit
By Karen McCall, M.Ed.
A representative from the Accessibility Directorate came and did a presentation at the October Community Services Committee meeting for the County of Brant. As a delegation, they had ten minutes to speak. The representative verified that AODA and the Integrated Accessibility Standards were law as are the Customer Service Standards and the upcoming Built Environment Standards.
Site Check: New Durham Region Transit Website Not Accessible Despite Claims
The headline read “Durham Region Transit launches new accessible website“, not one to take these statements lightly I had to look into it further.
One of the first things in the article that made me realize something was amiss was the following statement:
The website applies the Web Consortium Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, Level A, the internationally accepted standard for web accessibility developed by the World Web Consortium (W3C).
Today We Begin Our Dial Dalton Campaign! Please Call the Premier’s Office to Ask How Premier McGuinty Plans to Keep His 14-Year-Old Promise to Effectively Enforce the Disabilities Act
October 29, 2012
Starting right now, and for the following days, please join our Dial Dalton blitz. Fourteen years ago today, Dalton McGuinty first publicly promised to enact a strong Disabilities Act with effective enforcement. In 2005, the McGuinty Government passed the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) with helpful enforcement provisions, but these are useless if the Government doesn’t fully and effectively use them.
Enforcing AODA: The Big Purple Elephant in the Room
By Karen McCall, M.Ed.
For those of you who have been following the misadventures of Para transit in the county of Brant, my comments in this article are a logical continuum in this saga. For those of you who haven’t been following the events, I won’t bore you with them here…except to say:
Just Four Days Until Launch of Our “Dial Dalton” Campaign to Improve Enforcement of the AODA
PLEASE HELP MAKE THIS BLITZ A SUCCESS
October 25 2012
We want to remind you that next Monday, October 29, 2012, is the start of our “Dial Dalton” campaign, to press the McGuinty Government to far more effectively enforce the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Please take a little bit of time to join in our campaign.