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Committee Calls for Greater Accessibility

Steph Crosier, The Sault Star
Thursday, October 30, 2014

The City of Sault Ste. Marie’s Accessibility Advisory Committee made a formal proposal to the Sault Police Board Thursday that would require all taxi cab companies in city to have at least one accessible vehicle for the mobility disabled. Currently there are none.

People with mobility disabilities are trapped like prisoners in Sault Ste. Marie, says chair of police board.

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.

City Lags Behind Other Durham Municipalities in Parking Requirements

Moya Dillon
Mar 29, 2013 – 4:30 AM

More accessible parking needed in Pickering: committee. PICKERING — Sue Wilkinson is a member of the Pickering Accessibility Advisory Committee and presented a motion requesting council increase the accessible parking requirements in the city. March 27, 2013 Jason Liebregts/ Metroland PICKERING —

One Pickering resident is asking the City to reconsider its accessible parking requirements to keep up with increasing need.

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.

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.

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.

Disabled Cry Foul Over Cuts

April 24, 2010

Like many people who depend on Brockville’s para transit system, Mary Ann Greenwood worries it will soon be harder to get a ride.

Greenwood, whose son, Paul Murrell, 31, has tuberous sclerosis and requires a wheelchair to get around, has already had to reduce the number of times she uses para transit. She worries those opportunities will decrease even more when the city’s new para transit contract takes effect May 1, effectively reducing the number of available buses from a maximum of four to two.

Accessible Inter-City Transportation 

Highway coaches are available for people with mobility issues.

After twenty-five years in the industry, I took it for granted that it was common knowledge
this service was available. However, I discovered that many people did not realize that with a minimum of twenty four hours notice, an accessible highway
coach can be made available to anyone with mobility issues.