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Sault Transit to Conduct Review of City’s Parabus Service

Posted July 16, 2011

Sault Ste. Marie Transit will undergo an operational review in the upcoming months that includes an analysis of the city’s parabus service.

The HDR/iTrans Corporation will conduct the operational review. This company is familiar with Sault Ste. Marie’s transit system as the same group co-ordinated a Transit Fare Collection Technology Assessment for Sault Transit in 2004 and developed a Ridership Growth Plan in 2005.

New Program Will Give a “Thumbs Up”

June 24, 2011

The Kawartha Lakes Accessibility Advisory Committee (KLAAC) has launched a new Access and Awareness Program that will give a “Thumbs Up” to companies that strive for accessibility. The Accessibility Committee would like to encourage all companies in the City of Kawartha Lakes that offer goods and services to the public to participate.

How Much Should Accommodation at the Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee (MAAC) Provide to Those with Low Vision or Blindness?

By Geof Collis
May 31, 2011
This topic was recently brought to my attention by Axel Krueger, a member of a Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee (MAAC), an issue I was quite familiar with during my term on an MAAC.

Perhaps you have seen this as well or actually experienced it at your meeting.

Axel explains the Scenario for me below:

A Work of (Accessible) Art: Brockville Arts Centre

May 2, 2011

Built in 1858, the Brockville Arts Centre is one of Ontario’s most historic performing arts centres. Each year, the theatre hosts thousands of diverse guests for concerts, dance performances, plays, musicals and more. Recently, the arts centre underwent a much-needed facelift to not only restore its historic
beauty, but to open its doors to as many customers as possible.

City of Ottawa Advisory Committees Exist for Citizen Engagement (So Use Them!)

Posted on April 9, 2011
by keenan Wellar  

I spent a disturbing couple of hours at City Hall in the Champlain Room on Friday afternoon. The occasion was a Special Meeting called by the Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC).

The mandate of the Accessibility Advisory Committee is defined by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act; briefly it is to advise Council and staff to ensure that persons with disabilities have the same level of access to municipal services and programs as do those without disabilities.

Elderly and Disabled Speak Out on Bus Route Changes

By JAMES CULIC, Ottawa Sun, April 8, 2011

Elderly and disabled OC Transpo riders visited city hall Friday to speak out on proposed changes to OC Transpo routes.

Frustrated riders attended a special meeting of the city’s accessibility advisory committee.

Leona Emberson, a partially-sighted transit user, explained that even minor changes create big problems for people with disabilities.

Talking Traffic Signals Coming Soon

By Carla Garrett
March 19, 2011

WOODSTOCK— Crossing busy intersections in the city are about to get easier for the visually impaired.

Starting this year, two main intersections will be retrofitted with audible pedestrian signals.

A beep or tone will indicate to visually impaired persons when it is safe to cross.

Such signals have already been in use in other municipalities in Southwestern Ontario, including intersections in downtown Ingersoll.

761-Unit Second Phase of Mason Homes Subdivision OK’d

Council for Persons with Disabilities criticizes sidewalks on only one side of some streets
By BRENDAN WEDLEY/Examiner Municipal Writer
March 15, 2011

The largest subdivision plan in the city’s history was approved by city council Monday despite some concerns from the Council for Persons with Disabilities.

Councillors Lesley Parnell and Keith Riel tried to delay the application to give the Council for Persons with Disabilities an opportunity to provide more
input on the plan and to rework the design.

Three More Committee Members Resign

Updated February 4, 2011

As the mayor looked on, three more members of the city’s municipal accessibility advisory committee resigned Thursday in dramatic fashion.

They were protesting city council’s failure to reappoint the former chairman, Glenn Outhwaite.

The resignations of Bill Brown, Bill Hendry and Al Mezzetta left the committee with barely enough members to appoint its various working groups and project teams.

Show of Support

January 21, 2011

A member of Kingston’s accessibility committee has resigned after an attempt to reinstate former chairman Glenn Outhwaite failed at city council.

Dava Gamble said she was “disgusted” by how Tuesday’s council proceedings unfolded as she watched them on TV.

“(Mayor Mark) Gerretsen and (Councillor Brian) Reitzel both voted no,” she said.