Ontario Hansard Tuesday, September 25, 2001
FOR THE HEARING-IMPAIRED
Mr Ernie Parsons (Prince
Edward-Hastings): I would like to thank
the Minister of the Environment and the Minister of Health for
the telephone service that they provide to those who are hearing-
impaired; to the other 22 ministers: shame on you, absolute shame
on you. As you move to your centralized control, you've
established toll-free telephone numbers for any citizen in
Ontario to contact your central office -- as long as they can
speak. But every other TTY line is a payable line. You have 1-800
numbers only for those with voices.
The Minister of Citizenship
is responsible for developing an ODA
act, a work in progress for quite some years now. A general
inquiry if anyone wished to phone: 1-800; the TTY line: 1-416.
The Minister of Community
and Social Services, who is responsible
for the payment to those who have the disability, pays Andersen
Consulting thousands of dollars a day. They can call free.
Someone who is a recipient under the ODSP and receives
approximately $11,000 a year maximum must dial a 1-416 number and
pay to find out why their meagre cheque has not been sent or what
is going on with their case.
Ministers and Premier,
I call upon you to act immediately. Get
rid of the two-tier system and give the hearing-impaired full
access to the government services they pay for.