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A Great New Tool in Our New Blitz to Get Every Member of the Ontario Legislature to Press the Government for New Action on Disability Accessibility – Now Available On Youtube: TVOntario’s “The Agenda with Steve Paikin” Featuring an Interview with Former Lieutenant Governor David Onley and AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky

February 6, 2015


TVOntario has posted on YouTube the 26-minute interview that aired on "The Agenda with Steve Paikin" on February 2, 2015. Leading journalist Steve Paikin interviewed former Lieutenant Governor, David Onley and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Chair, David Lepofsky on the need for the Ontario Government to take decisive new action to get Ontario back on schedule to reach full accessibility for people with disabilities by 2025, as the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act requires.

At any time, using your computer or smart phone, you can watch the interview with David Onley and David Lepofsky on TVOntario’s February 2, 2015 edition of The Agenda With Steve Paikin.

We have recently launched a grassroots campaign across Ontario to press every member of the Ontario Legislature (MPP) to call for strong new action to make Ontario fully accessible to over 1.8 million people with disabilities. The Action Tips that we set out below can help you use this TV program to help our new grassroots campaign.

Do you want more ideas for ways you can help? To download the AODA Alliance’s recent Action Kit for more ideas on how to get your MPP to call for strong new action on disability accessibility.

For a list of every MPP in Ontario and their contact information.


1. Action Tips – Use the February 2, 2015 Interview on Disability Accessibility to Win Support for More Government Action on Accessibility

You can easily use this interview to help get all members of the Ontario Legislature to press the Ontario Government to speed up its implementation and enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. We invite you to:

2. Drop by the Accessibility Clock

What does the Accessibility Clock have to say today? The Government has only nine years and 330 days left to lead Ontario to become fully accessible to people with disabilities, as the AODA requires.

A breathtaking 444 days have now passed since we revealed that the Ontario Government was not enforcing the AODA, and that there have been rampant AODA violations in the private sector. The Government still has not made public its promised detailed plan for the AODA's effective enforcement. The Government’s November 7, 2014 web posting on AODA enforcement includes little new. It does not constitute the promised detail AODA enforcement plan.

Three hundred and fifty days have passed since the Toronto Star reported on February 20, 2014 that the Government would be publicly posting that new enforcement plan "in short order." Two hundred and sixty-five days have passed since Premier Wynne promised to establish a toll-free line for members of the public to alert the Government to accessibility barriers against people with disabilities in the community. None has been announced.

To read our November 18, 2013 revelation that the Government was failing to effectively enforce the Disabilities Act despite knowing of rampant private sector violations, and funds on hand for enforcement.

To read the Government's February 20, 2014 pledge to publish in "short order" its plan for enforcing the Disabilities Act.

To read the Government’s May 14, 2014 election promise to establish a toll-free line to report disability accessibility barriers.

To read our analysis of the Government’s paltry November 7, 2014 web posting on the AODA’s enforcement.

As well, 526 days have passed since the Government unveiled its plans for the legacy of the 2015 Toronto Pan/ParaPan American Games. Yet it has still not released details and specifics of a comprehensive disability accessibility legacy for the Games. Only 155 days remain until the 2015 Games begin. Time is running out!

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