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Brock Churches Recognized for Accessibility Improvements

Brock Citizen
By Scott Howard
Posted October 6, 2014
Terry Vestby of St. Andrew’s United Church in Sunderland accepted the award from Brock Township Accessibility Advisory committee member Donna Schirle, Ward 3 Councillor Walter Schummer, Mayor Terry Clayton and advisory committee member Bart St. Dennis on Friday (Sept. 26) afternoon. Photo by Scott Howard

(BROCK TWP.) A pair of local churches have been recognized for their efforts to improve accessibility.

Burlington City Council Approves Accessibility Design Standards

Apr 13, 2012

Burlington council approved accessibility design standards at its meeting on Tuesday night, ratifying a budget and corporate services committee recommendation it made on March 27.

The accessibility design standards will ensure all new City of Burlington facilities will be accessible to all and that existing facilities will be retrofitted, renovated or altered over time to comply with the standards according to council’s decision.

Staff Told to Move on Audible Traffic Signal Requests

January 4, 2012
Gord Whitehead

LAMBTON SHORES — For the second time in as many months, Lambton Shores staff has been told to investigate and prepare a report on audible traffic lights.

The latest directive comes from the municipality’s accessibility committee which discussed letters from two women with complete vision loss who told of their difficulties crossing two busy intersections served by conventional light signals in Grand Bend.

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.

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.

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.

Impact to Be FarReaching

December 10, 2010

The County of Renfrew is doing its part to raise awareness of forthcoming accessibility laws for Ontario businesses and organizations.

This week, the County of Renfrew’s accessibility advisory committee along with the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation hosted a free accessibility and housing workshop at the county building.

Accessibility Committee Recommends Upgrades

November 27, 2010

CORNWALL– An accessibility advocacy group has cited in an annual report a number of detriments for disabled people at city-operated facilities.

“Past (accessibility) committees didn’t do building audits, but our committee has been pro-active with (on-site inspections),” said Ben Caron, the outgoing
chair of the accessibility advisory committee.

At the aquatic centre, the committee suggested that change rooms be enlarged to accommodate patrons in wheelchairs and that a third aquatic/shower wheelchair
be added.

Mayoral Candidate Walks Into Accessibility Issue

September 29, 2010

Mayoral candidate Julie Hryniewicz says she wants to make sure Sault Ste. Marie’s waterfront boardwalk — and the rest of the city — is accessible.

She stumbled on what life can be like in a wheelchair or scooter during an afternoon walk along the boardwalk Monday.

“I’ve walked hundreds of times along the boardwalk and never noticed any barriers until Monday,” Hryniewicz said.