IS YOUR POLLING STATION AT TODAY’S FEDERAL ELECTION ACCESSIBLE – IF NOT, MAKE SURE ELECTIONS ONTARIO DOESN’T USE THE SAME SITE FOR VOTING IN THE OCTOBER 2011 ONTARIO ELECTION

Sign Up for AODA Alliance Updates by writing: aodafeedback@gmail.com Learn more at: www.www.aodaalliance.org May 2, 2011 SUMMARY Today’s federal election is an important time to think about the accessibility of this October’s upcoming Ontario general election. When you go to vote in the federal election today, check if your polling station has any barriers to accessibility for … Continue reading IS YOUR POLLING STATION AT TODAY’S FEDERAL ELECTION ACCESSIBLE – IF NOT, MAKE SURE ELECTIONS ONTARIO DOESN’T USE THE SAME SITE FOR VOTING IN THE OCTOBER 2011 ONTARIO ELECTION

NEW TORONTO STAR ON-LINE GUEST COLUMN CO-WRITTEN BY AODA ALLIANCE CHAIR IDENTIFIES BARRIERS TO ENFORCING HUMAN RIGHTS IN ONTARIO –AND — TODAY IS TTC ANNUAL ACCESSIBILITY PUBLIC FORUM

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ANDREW PINTO REFUSES TO READ THE AODA ALLIANCE’S SUPPLEMENTAL BRIEF TO THE PINTO HUMAN RIGHTS CODE REVIEW – AODA ALLIANCE URGES MR. PINTO TO RECONSIDER THAT DECISION – AND MORE MEDIA COVERAGE OF THE PINTO REVIEW

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AODA ALLIANCE SUBMITS A SUPPLEMENTAL BRIEF TO THE PINTO HUMAN RIGHTS CODE REVIEW – AODA ALLIANCE ALSO RESPONDS TO CRITICISMS OF US LEVELLED BY THE HUMAN RIGHTS LEGAL SUPPORT CENTRE

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HOW IS OUR CAMPAIGN FOR A FULLY ACCESSIBLE ONTARIO GOING? SAMPLING FROM MEDIA AROUND ONTARIO ON IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AODA

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BITS AND PIECES OF IMPORTANT NEWS ON THE CAMPAIGN FOR A FULLY-ACCESSIBLE ONTARIO

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PINTO HUMAN RIGHTS CODE REVIEW RESTORES CANCELLED THUNDER BAY PUBLIC HEARINGS AFTER AODA ALLIANCE GETS CBC TO COVER ITS EARLIER CANCELLATION –THUNDER BAY PUBLIC HEARINGS WILL BE APRIL 4, 2012

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AODA ALLIANCE MAKES TWO-HOUR PRESENTATION AT ANDREW PINTO HUMAN RIGHTS REVIEW STAKEHOLDER MEETING—AND MORE MEDIA COVERAGE OF THE PINTO REVIEW

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PLEASE TELL THE PINTO HUMAN RIGHTS REVIEW If YOU ENDORSE THE AODA ALLIANCE’S FINAL MARCH 1, 2012 BRIEF ON THE ENFORCEMENT OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN ONTARIO –AODA ALLIANCE CALLS FOR SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENTS TO ONTARIO’S HUMAN RIGHTS ENFORCEMENT SYSTEM, TO ENSURE ACCESS TO JUSTICE FOR DISCRIMINATION VICTIMS

If you don’t now receive our updates directly from us, sign up for AODA Alliance e-mail updates by writing to our new email address: aodafeedback@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter and get others to do so as well! Twitter.com/aodaalliance Learn more at: www.www.aodaalliance.org March 01, 2012 SUMMARY We are delighted to make public our finalized and comprehensive … Continue reading PLEASE TELL THE PINTO HUMAN RIGHTS REVIEW If YOU ENDORSE THE AODA ALLIANCE’S FINAL MARCH 1, 2012 BRIEF ON THE ENFORCEMENT OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN ONTARIO –AODA ALLIANCE CALLS FOR SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENTS TO ONTARIO’S HUMAN RIGHTS ENFORCEMENT SYSTEM, TO ENSURE ACCESS TO JUSTICE FOR DISCRIMINATION VICTIMS

AODA ALLIANCE TO MAKE PRESENTATION TO PINTO REVIEW ON FRIDAY MARCH 2, 2012 – AND STILL MORE NEWS ON THE PINTO REVIEW

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USE THESE HELPFUL TIPS FOR MAKING A PRESENTATION TO THE PINTO HUMAN RIGHTS CODE’S PUBLIC HEARINGS OR SENDING IN WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS – AND SEND US FEEDBACK ON OUR DRAFT BRIEF TO THE PINTO HUMAN RIGHTS CODE REVIEW

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MORE PROBLEMS WITH PINTO HUMAN RIGHTS REVIEW — PINTO REVIEW BELATEDLY SETS TIMES AND LOCATIONS FOR PUBLIC FORUMS, WRONGLY CANCELS THUNDER BAY FORUM AND FINALLY EXTENDS DEADLINE TO SIGN UP FOR A STAKEHOLDER MEETING — GIVE US FEEDBACK ON OUR DRAFT RECOMMENDATIONS FOR OUR BRIEF TO THE PINTO REVIEW

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JUST-RELEASED HUMAN RIGHTS LEGAL SUPPORT CENTRE 2009-2010 ANNUAL REPORT DOCUMENTS THAT THE CENTRE WARNED MCGUINTY GOVERNMENT IT COULDN’T PROVIDE APPROPRIATE LEVEL OF SERVICE FROM 2008-2010 – AND MORE NEWS ON UNANSWERED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PINTO HUMAN RIGHTS REVIEW

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AODA ALLIANCE URGES PINTO HUMAN RIGHTS REVIEW TO GIVE THE PUBLIC MORE TIME TO GIVE INPUT INTO ONTARIO’S HUMAN RIGHTS SYSTEM — WE ASK HUMAN RIGHTS TRIBUNAL, COMMISSION AND LEGAL SUPPORT CENTRE TO DISCLOSE MORE ABOUT THEIR OPERATIONS –MCGUINTY GOVERNMENT URGED TO MAKE PUBLIC THE ANNUAL REPORTS OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS LEGAL SUPPORT CENTRE

If you don’t now receive our updates directly from us, sign up for AODA Alliance e-mail updates by writing to our new email address: aodafeedback@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter and get others to do so as well! Twitter.com/aodaalliance Learn more at: www.www.aodaalliance.org January 23, 2012 SUMMARY Here is the latest news in our effort to ensure … Continue reading AODA ALLIANCE URGES PINTO HUMAN RIGHTS REVIEW TO GIVE THE PUBLIC MORE TIME TO GIVE INPUT INTO ONTARIO’S HUMAN RIGHTS SYSTEM — WE ASK HUMAN RIGHTS TRIBUNAL, COMMISSION AND LEGAL SUPPORT CENTRE TO DISCLOSE MORE ABOUT THEIR OPERATIONS –MCGUINTY GOVERNMENT URGED TO MAKE PUBLIC THE ANNUAL REPORTS OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS LEGAL SUPPORT CENTRE

READ WHAT THE HUMAN RIGHTS TRIBUNAL, HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION AND HUMAN RIGHTS LEGAL SUPPORT CENTRE HAVE DISCLOSED AS OF JANUARY 23, 2012 ABOUT THEIR WORK ON ENFORCING THE ONTARIO HUMAN RIGHTS CODE UNDER BILL 107

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SIGN UP – TO TELL THE PINTO HUMAN RIGHTS CODE REVIEW WHAT YOU THINK OF THE MCGUINTY GOVERNMENT’S PRIVATIZING HUMAN RIGHTS ENFORCEMENT – AND TELL THE PINTO REVIEW IF YOU SUPPORT OUR RECOMMENDATIONS ON HOW TO FIX PROBLEMS WITH THE PINTO REVIEW’S CONSULTATIONS

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Read the December 23, 2011 Consultation Paper of the Andrew Pinto Review of Bill 107’s Privatization of Human Rights Enforcement in Ontario

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MCGUINTY GOVERNMENT DUCKS COMPLAINT ABOUT ITS CONTROVERSIAL CHOICE OF WHOM TO CONDUCT INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF BILL 107

If you don’t now receive our updates directly from us, sign up for AODA Alliance e-mail updates by writing to our new email address: aodafeedback@gmail.comFollow us on Twitter and get others to do so as well! Twitter.com/aodaalliance Learn more at: www.www.aodaalliance.org UNITED FOR A BARRIER-FREE ONTARIO November 21, 2011 SUMMARY The McGuinty Government recently wrote a … Continue reading MCGUINTY GOVERNMENT DUCKS COMPLAINT ABOUT ITS CONTROVERSIAL CHOICE OF WHOM TO CONDUCT INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF BILL 107

AODA ALLIANCE CALLS ON Independent Review OF ONTARIO’S HUMAN RIGHTS ENFORCEMENT TO HOLD OPEN,ACCESSIBLE PUBLIC HEARINGS

If you don’t now receive our updates directly from us, sign up for AODA Alliance e-mail updates by writing to our new email address: aodafeedback@gmail.comFollow us on Twitter and get others to do so as well! Twitter.com/aodaalliance Learn more at: www.www.aodaalliance.org UNITED FOR A BARRIER-FREE ONTARIO November 17, 2011 SUMMARY The AODA Alliance has written … Continue reading AODA ALLIANCE CALLS ON Independent Review OF ONTARIO’S HUMAN RIGHTS ENFORCEMENT TO HOLD OPEN,ACCESSIBLE PUBLIC HEARINGS

PLEASE ENDORSE THE AODA ALLIANCE’S REQUEST OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS TRIBUNAL, HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION AND HUMAN RIGHTS LEGAL SUPPORT CENTRE TO DISCLOSE DETAILS ON ENFORCEMENT OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN ONTARIO

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FOR AN Independent Review OF ONTARIO’S HUMAN RIGHTS ENFORCEMENT SYSTEM, THE MCGUINTY GOVERNMENT APPOINTS A BILL 107 SUPPORTER, WHO PUBLICLY OPPOSED THE AODA ALLIANCE’S POSITION ON HUMAN RIGHTS ENFORCEMENT

Sign Up for AODA Alliance Updates by writing: aodafeedback@gmail.com Learn more at: www.www.aodaalliance.org August 29, 2011 SUMMARY On August 12, 2011, the McGuinty Government appointed Toronto lawyer Andrew Pinto to conduct an Independent Review of Ontario’s new and controversial human rights enforcement system, implemented under Bill 107. Bill 107 is legislation that the McGuinty Government … Continue reading FOR AN Independent Review OF ONTARIO’S HUMAN RIGHTS ENFORCEMENT SYSTEM, THE MCGUINTY GOVERNMENT APPOINTS A BILL 107 SUPPORTER, WHO PUBLICLY OPPOSED THE AODA ALLIANCE’S POSITION ON HUMAN RIGHTS ENFORCEMENT

WHAT IS THE FUTURE FOR ENFORCING HUMAN RIGHTS IN ONTARIO?

Sign Up for AODA Alliance Updates by writing: aodafeedback@gmail.com Learn more at: www.www.aodaalliance.org WHEN WILL A BUILT ENVIRONMENT ACCESSIBILITY STANDARD BE ENACTED? July 13, 2011 SUMMARY In the October Ontario election, an important issue for persons with disabilities will be the future of the enforcement of the Ontario Human Rights Code. The Human Rights Code … Continue reading WHAT IS THE FUTURE FOR ENFORCING HUMAN RIGHTS IN ONTARIO?

AT AODA ALLIANCE’S REQUEST, ELECTIONS ONTARIO EXTENDS DEADLINE TO JUNE 3, 2011 TO GIVE FEEDBACK ON ACCESSIBILITY OF PROPOSED OCTOBER 2011 ELECTION’S POLLING STATION LOCATIONS

Sign Up for AODA Alliance Updates by writing: aodafeedback@gmail.com Learn more at: www.www.aodaalliance.org May 6, 2011 SUMMARY At the request of the AODA Alliance, Elections Ontario has extended the deadline to June 3, 2011 for giving your feedback on the accessibility of the locations that Elections Ontario proposes to use for polling stations in the … Continue reading AT AODA ALLIANCE’S REQUEST, ELECTIONS ONTARIO EXTENDS DEADLINE TO JUNE 3, 2011 TO GIVE FEEDBACK ON ACCESSIBILITY OF PROPOSED OCTOBER 2011 ELECTION’S POLLING STATION LOCATIONS

Toronto Star Report Proves AODA Alliance Correctly Predicted Problems with McGuinty Government’s 2006 Privatization of Human Rights Enforcement in Ontario

Sign Up for AODA Alliance Updates by writing: aodafeedback@gmail.com Learn more at: www.www.aodaalliance.org May 29, 2010 SUMMARY Now that the Ontario Legislature has passed Bill 231, including provisions on making Ontario elections accessible to voters with disabilities, our attention turns to other important issues in our campaign to make Ontario fully accessible to persons with … Continue reading Toronto Star Report Proves AODA Alliance Correctly Predicted Problems with McGuinty Government’s 2006 Privatization of Human Rights Enforcement in Ontario

AODA Alliance’s Brief to Standing Committee on Government Agencies Reveals Broken Government Commitments on Reforms to Human Rights Enforcement

February 12, 2009 SUMMARY The AODA Alliance’s Brief on the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, submitted to the Ontario Legislature’s Standing Committee on Government Agencies for its February 9, 2009 public hearings, documents in detail how the McGuinty Government has broken several important commitments on what discrimination victims would experience in the reformed system for … Continue reading AODA Alliance’s Brief to Standing Committee on Government Agencies Reveals Broken Government Commitments on Reforms to Human Rights Enforcement

AODA Alliance Tells Legislature’s Standing Committee That Most New Discrimination Claimants at the Human Rights Tribunal Have No Lawyer, and that Bill 107 Just Shuffled the Human Rights Caseload Backlog from the Human Rights Commission to the Human Rights Tribunal

February 11, 2009 SUMMARY The AODA Alliance’s February 9, 2009 deputation before the Ontario Legislature’s Standing Committee on Government Agencies revealed that many McGuinty Government promises on Bill 107 have been broken. We set out the 8-page text of this presentation, below. You can also click here to download an mp3 file of the audio … Continue reading AODA Alliance Tells Legislature’s Standing Committee That Most New Discrimination Claimants at the Human Rights Tribunal Have No Lawyer, and that Bill 107 Just Shuffled the Human Rights Caseload Backlog from the Human Rights Commission to the Human Rights Tribunal

AODA Alliance Holds Joint Queen’s Park News Conference on the June 30, 2008 Launch of Bill 107’s Privatization of Human Rights Enforcement – Unveiling List of the McGuinty Government’s 10 Commitments on what Bill 107 Will Give You, and Internal Government Documents Casting Doubt on Whether it will Deliver on these Promises

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE UPDATE July 2, 2008 On Wednesday, July 2, 2008 the AODA Alliance held a joint news conference with the Metro Toronto Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic. This news conference addressed the June 2, 2008 start-up of Bill 107’s privatization of the enforcement of human rights in Ontario. … Continue reading AODA Alliance Holds Joint Queen’s Park News Conference on the June 30, 2008 Launch of Bill 107’s Privatization of Human Rights Enforcement – Unveiling List of the McGuinty Government’s 10 Commitments on what Bill 107 Will Give You, and Internal Government Documents Casting Doubt on Whether it will Deliver on these Promises

Ten Key Government Commitments on Bill 107 Human Rights Reform

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE UPDATE July 2, 2008 Note: For a full background of the public record on this issue, visit: http://www.www.aodaalliance.org/category/ontario-human-rights/ SUMMARY The McGuinty Government has given ten major commitments under Bill 107: Commitment of free legal representation for all human rights complainants. Commitment that the Human Rights Legal Support Centre … Continue reading Ten Key Government Commitments on Bill 107 Human Rights Reform

Tell The Human Rights Tribunal If You Support our Proposals On The Tribunal’s Proposed Accessibility Policy

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE UPDATE June 20, 2008 SUMMARY The Human Rights Tribunal announced that it intends to establish a formal policy on ensuring accessibility of the Tribunal’s services to equality-seeking groups, including persons with disabilities. The Tribunal’s 4-page draft accessibility policy, on which it seeks input, is set out below. The Tribunal asked for public input … Continue reading Tell The Human Rights Tribunal If You Support our Proposals On The Tribunal’s Proposed Accessibility Policy

Human Rights Tribunal Finally Announces its Final Rules of Procedure for Handling Human Rights Cases, Rejecting Most AODA Alliance Recommendations

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE UPDATE June 13, 2008 SUMMARY Less than one month before Ontario’s new human rights system goes into operation on June 30, 2008, the Human Rights Tribunal finally released its finalized permanent rules of procedure. These rules dictate how discrimination cases will be handled at the Tribunal beginning June … Continue reading Human Rights Tribunal Finally Announces its Final Rules of Procedure for Handling Human Rights Cases, Rejecting Most AODA Alliance Recommendations

What does Ontario’s March 22, 2007 budget include for accessibility for Ontarians with disabilities?

March 22, 2007 SUMMARY Here is a quick update on the key points in the March 22, 2007 Ontario Budget as it pertains to key disability issues in which the AODA Alliance is involved. This is the last provincial Budget before this fall’s provincial election. AODA Alliance representatives attended the pre-Budget lock-up just before the … Continue reading What does Ontario’s March 22, 2007 budget include for accessibility for Ontarians with disabilities?

March 22, 2007 – new AODA Alliance Discussion Paper on Bill 107’s Implementation. By the Human rights Tribunal

MAKING SURE THE NEW HUMAN RIGHTS TRIBUNAL IS FAIR, ACCESSIBLE AND LIVES UP TO THE GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENTS – A DISCUSSION PAPER ON OPTIONS FOR THE ONTARIO HUMAN RIGHTS TRIBUNAL’S IMPLEMENTATION OF BILL 107 March 22, 2007 INTRODUCTION In December, 2006, the Ontario Legislature passed Bill 107. That bill gives the Human Rights Tribunal dramatic new powers … Continue reading March 22, 2007 – new AODA Alliance Discussion Paper on Bill 107’s Implementation. By the Human rights Tribunal

March 21, 2007 – Watch the McGuinty Government’s 2007 Budget for Disability Funding Commitments

WILL ONTARIO’S MARCH 22, 2007 PRE-ELECTION BUDGET INCLUDE SUFFICIENT INCREASED FUNDING FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AODA AND OF BILL 107? March 21, 2007 SUMMARY On Thursday, March 22, 2007, the McGuinty Government will hand down its last provincial budget before this October’s provincial general election. It will be important to see what new funding commitments … Continue reading March 21, 2007 – Watch the McGuinty Government’s 2007 Budget for Disability Funding Commitments

March 12, 2007 – AODA A Call for Broad Public Consultations on Bill 107’s Implementation

ONTARIO ATTORNEY GENERAL SAYS BILL 107 WON’T BE PROCLAIMED FOR UP TO A YEAR AND A HALF March 12, 2007 SUMMARY Our attention now turns to efforts concerning implementation of Bill 107, the McGuinty Government’s controversial reforms to enforcement of human rights in Ontario. Many were very disappointed that Bill 107 was passed last year. Also, many … Continue reading March 12, 2007 – AODA A Call for Broad Public Consultations on Bill 107’s Implementation

December 8, 2006 – Third Reading Debate on Bill 107 December 4, 2006 this is an html file already so it should be easier to post

Ontario Hansard Monday December 4, 2006 HUMAN RIGHTS CODE AMENDMENT ACT, 2006 / LOI DE 2006 MODIFIANT LE CODE DES DROITS DE LA PERSONNE Mr. Bryant moved third reading of the following bill: Bill 107, An Act to amend the Human Rights Code / Projet de loi 107, Loi modifiant le Code des droits de la personne. … Continue reading December 8, 2006 – Third Reading Debate on Bill 107 December 4, 2006 this is an html file already so it should be easier to post

December 7, 2006 – McGuinty Liberals Pass Bill 107 -Human Rights Enforcement is Privatized

MCGUINTY GOVERNMENT PASSES BILL 107 – DISCRIMINATION VICTIMS LOSE THEIR LEGAL RIGHT TO A PUBLIC INVESTIGATION OF THEIR HUMAN RIGHTS CASE – ONTARIO PRIVATIZES HUMAN RIGHTS ENFORCEMENT December 7, 2006 SUMMARY On Tuesday December 5, 2006, the McGuinty Government used its majority to pass the widely-criticized Bill 107. The opposition Conservative and New Democratic parties voted against … Continue reading December 7, 2006 – McGuinty Liberals Pass Bill 107 -Human Rights Enforcement is Privatized

December 7, 2006 – McGuinty Liberals Pass Bill 107 -Human Rights Enforcement is Privatized

Bill 107 2006 An Act to amend the Human Rights Code Note: This Act amends the Human Rights Code. For the legislative history of the Act, see Public Statutes – Detailed Legislative History on www.e-Laws.gov.on.ca. Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, enacts as … Continue reading December 7, 2006 – McGuinty Liberals Pass Bill 107 -Human Rights Enforcement is Privatized

December 7, 2006 – Final Text of Bill 107 as Passed by The Ontario Legislature on Third Reading December 5, 2006

Bill 107 2006 An Act to amend the Human Rights Code Note: This Act amends the Human Rights Code. For the legislative history of the Act, see Public Statutes – Detailed Legislative History on www.e-Laws.gov.on.ca. Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, enacts as follows: 2.  Subsections … Continue reading December 7, 2006 – Final Text of Bill 107 as Passed by The Ontario Legislature on Third Reading December 5, 2006

December 7, 2006 – 4th Day of Toronto Public Hearings November 23, 2006

STANDING COMMITTEE ON JUSTICE POLICY COMITÉ PERMANENT DE LA JUSTICE Thursday 23 November 2006 Jeudi 23 novembre 2006 HUMAN RIGHTS CODE AMENDMENT ACT, 2006 LOI DE 2006 MODIFIANT LE CODE DES DROITS DE LA PERSONNE SUBCOMMITTEE REPORT ONTARIO MARCH OF DIMES ONTARIO SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS’ FEDERATION RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT INTERNATIONAL INC. MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY OF CANADA, ONTARIO DIVISION LOW INCOME … Continue reading December 7, 2006 – 4th Day of Toronto Public Hearings November 23, 2006

December 7, 2006 – Second Batch of McGuinty Government Motions to Amend Bill 107 again please email me the url

Second Batch of McGuinty Government Motions to Amend Bill 107 The following is the second batch of motions that the McGuinty Government tabled with the Standing Committee on Justice Policy to amend Bill 107. (around 45 pages) These were tabled on November 29, 2006, the very day on which the Standing Committee would debate and vote on these. … Continue reading December 7, 2006 – Second Batch of McGuinty Government Motions to Amend Bill 107 again please email me the url

December 7, 2006 – Conservative Party’s package of Proposed Amendments to Bill 107 that the McGuinty Government Defeated

Progressive Conservative Motions to Amend bill 107 The following is the text of the package of motions to amend Bill 107 which the Conservative Party presented to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy on November 29, 2006. mot107pc.e Motions package draft 5 Bill 107 An Act to amend the Human Rights Code PC Motions PC Motion Bill … Continue reading December 7, 2006 – Conservative Party’s package of Proposed Amendments to Bill 107 that the McGuinty Government Defeated

December 6, 2006 – Third Day of Toronto Public Hearings November 22, 2006

STANDING COMMITTEE ON JUSTICE POLICY COMITÉ PERMANENT DE LA JUSTICE Wednesday 22 November 2006 Mercredi 22 novembre 2006 HUMAN RIGHTS CODE AMENDMENT ACT, 2006 LOI DE 2006 MODIFIANT LE CODE DES DROITS DE LA PERSONNE OPERATION BLACK VOTE CANADA CANADIAN HEARING SOCIETY, TORONTO EDWARD ACKAD CENTRE FOR EQUALITY RIGHTS IN ACCOMMODATION 519 ANTI-VIOLENCE PROGRAM MARIE BONGARD PARKDALE COMMUNITY LEGAL … Continue reading December 6, 2006 – Third Day of Toronto Public Hearings November 22, 2006

December 1, 2006 – Second Day of Toronto Public Hearings on Bill 107 November 16, 2006

ONTARIO HANSARD STANDING COMMITTEE ON JUSTICE POLICY COMITÉ PERMANENT DE LA JUSTICE Thursday 16 November 2006 Jeudi 16 novembre 2006 HUMAN RIGHTS CODE AMENDMENT ACT, 2006 LOI DE 2006 MODIFIANT LE CODE DES DROITS DE LA PERSONNE INCOME SECURITY ADVOCACY CENTRE CATHERINE FRAZEE RAHAMAT RAZACK STEPHNIE PAYNE HUMAN RIGHTS TRIBUNAL OF ONTARIO WOMEN’S EQUALITY RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS ADVOCACY CENTRE FOR … Continue reading December 1, 2006 – Second Day of Toronto Public Hearings on Bill 107 November 16, 2006

November 28, 2006 – McGuinty Government Releases Seriously Deficient Amendments to Bill 107

GOVERNMENT RELEASES TEXT OF ITS BILL 107 AMENDMENTS – MORE THIN GRUEL THAT WON’T FIX A SERIOUSLY FLAWED BILL November 28 2006 SUMMARY We have just received the text of the Government’s proposed amendments to Bill 107. We have only had a chance to quickly read them once. (See text below) They are scheduled for debate … Continue reading November 28, 2006 – McGuinty Government Releases Seriously Deficient Amendments to Bill 107

AODA Alliance’s Final Brief on Bill 107 to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy

Download: aoda alliance final bill 107 brief – MS Doc or Read Online: Bill 107’s new s. 41 provides in material part: Dismissal of proceeding without hearing 41. (1) The Tribunal may dismiss a proceeding, in whole or in part, without a hearing, if, (a) the proceeding is frivolous, vexatious or is commenced in bad … Continue reading AODA Alliance’s Final Brief on Bill 107 to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy

November 28, 2006 – More Media and More Legislative Exchanges on McGuinty Muzzle Motion

MORE MEDIA AND MORE EXCHANGES IN THE LEGISLATURE ON THE MCGUINTY MUZZLE MOTION THAT CANCELLED PROMISED BILL 107 PUBLIC HEARINGS November 28, 2006 SUMMARY The McGuinty Muzzel Motion has now been blasted in eight straight days in the media, and four straight days in the Legislature. See an extract from Question Period on Monday, November 27, … Continue reading November 28, 2006 – More Media and More Legislative Exchanges on McGuinty Muzzle Motion

November 27, 2006 – First Day of Toronto Public Hearings on Bill 107 November 15, 2006

STANDING COMMITTEE ON JUSTICE POLICY COMITÉ PERMANENT DE LA JUSTICE Wednesday 15 November 2006 Mercredi 15 novembre 2006 SUBCOMMITTEE REPORT HUMAN RIGHTS CODE AMENDMENT ACT, 2006  LOI DE 2006 MODIFIANT LE CODE DES DROITS DE LA PERSONNE MINISTRY OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL LEAGUE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS OF B’NAI BRITH CANADA ASSOCIATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYERS ONTARIO HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION RAJ ANAND CARP COALITION … Continue reading November 27, 2006 – First Day of Toronto Public Hearings on Bill 107 November 15, 2006

November 27, 2006 – McGuinty Muzzle Motion is an Even Bigger Flip-Flop

MCGUINTY MUZZLE MOTION ON PROMISED BILL 107 PUBLIC HEARINGS IS AN EVEN BIGGER FLIP-FLOP November 27, 2006 SUMMARY How big is the McGuinty Liberals’ flip-flop on the promised public hearings on the widely-criticized Bill 107? First they promised public hearings to all, scheduled them, and advertised for more to come forward. Then they used their … Continue reading November 27, 2006 – McGuinty Muzzle Motion is an Even Bigger Flip-Flop

November 26, 2006 – AODA Alliance’s November 26 2006 Toronto Sun Guest Column on Bill 107

TORONTO SUN RUNS GUEST COLUMN ON BILL 107 BY AODA ALLIANCE HUMAN RIGHTS REFORM REP DAVID LEPOFSKY – SEND IN LETTERS TO THE EDITOR IN SUPPORT! November 26, 2006 SUMMARY It is the sixth straight day of media coverage on the McGuinty Muzzle Motion which shut down the promised public hearings on McGuinty’s widely-criticized bill to weaken the … Continue reading November 26, 2006 – AODA Alliance’s November 26 2006 Toronto Sun Guest Column on Bill 107

November 25, 2006 – Media Mourns McGuinty Muzzle Motion

MORE MEDIA MOURNING THE MCGUINTY MUZZLE MOTION November 25, 2006 SUMMARY The rising tide in opposition to McGuinty’s muzzle motion on Bill 107 public hearings continues to escalate. The Toronto Star’s disability columnist Helen Henderson wrote a powerful column, published today, that blasts the McGuinty Government for using its majority in the Legislature to shut … Continue reading November 25, 2006 – Media Mourns McGuinty Muzzle Motion

November 24, 2006 – Legal Aid Refuses to Operate McGuinty’s Promised Human Rights Legal Support Centre

— AND OTHER NEWS November 24, 2006 SUMMARY * Legal Aid Ontario this week made the stunning announcement that it was not willing to submit a proposal to establish and operate the McGuinty Government’s proposed Human Rights Legal Support Centre. This is a major set-back for McGuinty’s Bill 107 plans. Bill 107 would slash most … Continue reading November 24, 2006 – Legal Aid Refuses to Operate McGuinty’s Promised Human Rights Legal Support Centre

November 24, 2006 – Text of Legislature Debates over McGuinty’s Motion to Shut Down Bill 107 Public Hearings

SUMMARY Below we set out the text of the debates in the Ontario legislature surrounding the McGuinty Government’s shutting down further public hearings on the widely-criticized Bill 107. Bill 107 would weaken the Human Rights Commission and take away key rights that we fought for and won 25 years ago, rights regarding public investigation and … Continue reading November 24, 2006 – Text of Legislature Debates over McGuinty’s Motion to Shut Down Bill 107 Public Hearings

November 23, 2006 – Toronto Star Editorial Blasts McGuinty for Shutting Down Promised Bill 107 Public Hearings

November 23,2006 SUMMARY Today’s Toronto Star includes a powerful editorial. It opposes the McGuinty Government’s November 21, 2006 closure motion that shut down promised public hearings on Bill 107. Presenters had been waiting for these Toronto hearings for months. See this editorial and also a Globe and Mail column below. Please write letters to the editor of … Continue reading November 23, 2006 – Toronto Star Editorial Blasts McGuinty for Shutting Down Promised Bill 107 Public Hearings

November 22, 2006 – Keep Up Pressure on McGuinty Government for Shutting Down Bill 107 Public Hearings

Join Our “Dial Dalton” Campaign — Liberals Passed Their Closure Motion Last Night To Shut Down Promised Scheduled Hearings On Bill 107 — Keep Calling The Premier’s Office To Press For The Government To Re-Open The Public Hearings November 22, 2006 SUMMARY Last night the Liberal Government used its majority in the Legislature to pass its anti-democratic “closure” … Continue reading November 22, 2006 – Keep Up Pressure on McGuinty Government for Shutting Down Bill 107 Public Hearings

November 21, 2006 – McGuinty Government Blasted in Legislature for Plans to shut Down Promised Bill 107 Public Hearings

OPPOSITION PARTIES BLAST MCGUINTY GOVERNMENT IN THE LEGISLATURE FOR PLANS TO SHUT DOWN PROMISED PUBLIC HEARINGS ON CONTROVERSIAL BILL 107 – BARBARA HALL WRITES PREMIER TO OPPOSE GOVERNMENT’S CLOSURE MOTION November 21, 2006 SUMMARY During today’s Question Period at Queen’s Park, at least the first half of the hour was taken up by Conservative leader John … Continue reading November 21, 2006 – McGuinty Government Blasted in Legislature for Plans to shut Down Promised Bill 107 Public Hearings

November 21, 2006 – Call Premier McGuinty to Oppose Shutting Down Schedule Bill 107 Public Hearings

URGENT– JOIN OUR “DIAL DALTON” CAMPAIGN! PHONE DALTON MCGUINTY’S OFFICE TODAY — TELL HIS OFFICE TO WITHDRAW TONIGHT’S “CLOSURE MOTION” WHICH WILL SHUT DOWN PUBLIC HEARINGS ON THE CONTROVERSIAL BILL 107 November 21,2006 SUMMARY We urgently need as many people as possible to phone Premier Dalton McGuinty’s office at 416-325-1941. Ask to talk to the Premier. Tell whoever … Continue reading November 21, 2006 – Call Premier McGuinty to Oppose Shutting Down Schedule Bill 107 Public Hearings

November 20, 2006 – McGuinty Liberals to Shut Down Scheduled Public Hearings on Bill 107 to Muzzle Their Critics

URGENT NEWS – LIBERALS FILE LAST-MINUTE MOTION TO CUT OFF PUBLIC HEARINGS ON BILL 107 AND FORCE SHORT DEBATES ON AMENDMENTS AND THIRD READING November 20, 2006 Without any prior warning, the McGuinty Government has just served a motion that tomorrow night, Tuesday, November 21, 2006 it will ask the Legislature to invoke “closure” or “time allocation” on … Continue reading November 20, 2006 – McGuinty Liberals to Shut Down Scheduled Public Hearings on Bill 107 to Muzzle Their Critics

November 19, 2006 – McGuinty Government’s announcement of amendments to Bill 107 is thin gruel that won’t fix this flawed bill

November 19, 2006 SUMMARY At the November 15, 2006 commencement of Toronto public hearings on the controversial Bill 107 (the McGuinty Government’s plan to weaken the Human Rights Commission, Attorney General Michael Bryant made a 15 minute statement GENERALLY DESCRIBING amendments he intends to propose in response to criticisms of this bill. He did not table the … Continue reading November 19, 2006 – McGuinty Government’s announcement of amendments to Bill 107 is thin gruel that won’t fix this flawed bill

November 14 2006 – Three more developments on the eve of resumption of public hearings on Bill 107

SUMMARY On the eve of resumption of the public hearings on the controversial Bill 107, here are three developments: * Attorney General Michael Bryant has just been scheduled to make a 15 minute statement to the Legislature’s Standing Committee on Justice Policy from 9:15 to 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 15, 2006, when the public … Continue reading November 14 2006 – Three more developments on the eve of resumption of public hearings on Bill 107

November 14, 2006 – Checklist for Assessing McGuinty Government’s Forthcoming Amendments to Bill 107

Handy checklist for evaluating McGuinty Government’s forthcoming amendments to the controversial Bill 107 November 14, 2006 SUMMARY The McGuinty Government has told the media that it will be announcing dozens of amendments to the controversial Bill 107 before the Legislature’s Standing Committee public hearings on the bill resume this Wednesday, November 15, 2006 at Queen’s Park in … Continue reading November 14, 2006 – Checklist for Assessing McGuinty Government’s Forthcoming Amendments to Bill 107

November 13, 2006 – More media coverage of last week’s Queen’s Park news conference on the controversial Bill 107

SUMMARY There has been even more media coverage of the November 9, 2006 Queen’s Park news conference, where the newest phase was unveiled in the campaign against the McGuinty Government’s plans to weaken the under-funded Human Rights Commission. On Saturday, November 11, 2006, the Toronto Globe and Mail ran a column by the Globe’s Queen’s Park columnist … Continue reading November 13, 2006 – More media coverage of last week’s Queen’s Park news conference on the controversial Bill 107

November 10, 2006 – Media Coverage from the November 9, 2006 Bill 107 News Conference

McGuinty government to announce plans for amendments to controversial Bill 107 on eve of resumption of public hearings – but sloughs off call for new funding for under-funded human rights system November 10, 2006 SUMMARY News coverage from the November 9, 2006 Queen’s Park news conference reveals important developments in our campaign against the McGuinty Government’s plans to weaken … Continue reading November 10, 2006 – Media Coverage from the November 9, 2006 Bill 107 News Conference

November 9, 2006 – New Phase in Campaign to Strengthen Human rights Commission Unveiled at Queen’s Park News conference

Community advocates hold queen’s park news conference to launch next phase in campaign against the McGuinty government’s plan to weaken the Human Rights Commission November 9, 2006 SUMMARY On November 9, 2006, in anticipation of next week’s start of Toronto public hearings on the controversial Bill 107, community advocates held a news conference at the … Continue reading November 9, 2006 – New Phase in Campaign to Strengthen Human rights Commission Unveiled at Queen’s Park News conference

November 6, 2006 – Please Endorse New Blueprint for Reforming Ontario’s Under-Funded Human Rights system

November 6, 2006 SUMMARY With the Legislature’s public hearings on the controversial bill 107 resuming in Toronto on November 15, 2006, a major counter-proposal is being made public for reforming Ontario’s under-funded, back-logged human rights system. Below please find this 4-page Blueprint, co-authored by David Lepofsky (the AODA Alliance’s Human Rights Reform Representative), Margaret Parsons (executive director of … Continue reading November 6, 2006 – Please Endorse New Blueprint for Reforming Ontario’s Under-Funded Human Rights system

November 3, 2005 – Book time slot now at the upcoming Bill 107 public hearings

Public hearings on controversial bill 107 to resume in Toronto Nov. 15 – book your time slot to present now! November 3, 2006 SUMMARY An important new phase has begun in our campaign to prevent the weakening of the Ontario Human Rights Commission and our human rights system. The Ontario Legislature’s Standing Committee on Justice Policy has announced … Continue reading November 3, 2005 – Book time slot now at the upcoming Bill 107 public hearings

October 19, 2006 – Toronto Star Reports on Progress of Campaign Against Weakening The Human Rights Commission Via The Controversial Bill 107

SUMMARY In an October 16, 2006 article, the Toronto Star reports that the McGuinty Government’s controversial Bill 107 is in serious trouble. Bill 107 is the McGuinty Government’s bill that, if passed, would weaken the Human Rights Commission by taking away most of its power to investigate and publicly prosecute human rights violations. See the … Continue reading October 19, 2006 – Toronto Star Reports on Progress of Campaign Against Weakening The Human Rights Commission Via The Controversial Bill 107

Raise bill 107 at By-Election All Candidates Debates

PLEASE ATTEND ALL-CANDIDATES DEBATES IN THE TORONTO BY-ELECTION CAMPAIGN TO RAISE MCGUINTY GOVERNMENT’S CONTROVERSIAL PLAN TO WEAKEN THE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION September 5, 2006 SUMMARY Here’s helpful information so you can raise the controversial Bill 107 in the current Toronto area by-election campaign. All of the major candidates in the by-election will be on cable TV’s … Continue reading Raise bill 107 at By-Election All Candidates Debates

Raise Bill 107 in Upcoming Toronto By-Election Campaign

HELP RAISE CONTROVERSIAL BILL 107 IN UPCOMING HOTLY-CONTESTED SEPTEMBER 14 TORONTO BY-ELECTION AUGUST 31, 2006 SUMMARY An important provincial by-election has been called for Thursday, September 14, 2006 for the hotly-contested west Toronto riding of Parkdale–High Park. The riding was vacated when Liberal MPP Gerard Kennedy resigned to run for the federal Liberal leadership. We … Continue reading Raise Bill 107 in Upcoming Toronto By-Election Campaign

AODA Alliance takes action in response to recently-revealed legal aid Ontario document showing Mcguinty Government still doesn’t know how it will deliver on its pledge to ensure publicly-funded independent legal counsel to all human rights complainants

August 29, 2006 SUMMARY We report on several key developments. Legal Aid Ontario LAO documents, recently revealed to the public on the Internet, disclose that six full months after the McGuinty Government announced it would strip the Human Rights Commission of most power to enforce the Human Rights Code, it still doesn’t know how it will ensure its promised … Continue reading AODA Alliance takes action in response to recently-revealed legal aid Ontario document showing Mcguinty Government still doesn’t know how it will deliver on its pledge to ensure publicly-funded independent legal counsel to all human rights complainants

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE POINTS YOU MAY WISH TO MAKE AT BILL 107 PUBLIC HEARINGS

SUMMARY OF WHAT’S WRONG WITH BILL 107 Ontario’s human rights enforcement system must be significantly improved. It is too slow and backlogged. This is because it has been seriously under-funded for years and needs administrative reforms. The Human Rights Commission’s gatekeeping function can benefit from procedural reforms so meritorious cases are taken to the Human … Continue reading ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE POINTS YOU MAY WISH TO MAKE AT BILL 107 PUBLIC HEARINGS

Bill 107 public Hearings

Text of 1st Day of Bill 107 Public Hearings august 8, 2006 London Text of 2nd Day of Bill 107 Public Hearings August 9, 2006 Ottawa Text of 3rd Day of bill 107 Public Hearings August 10, 2006 Thunder Bay

August 18, 2006 – Strong Opposition to Bill 107 Dominates First Three Days of Public Hearings

August 18, 2006 SUMMARY Strong opposition to Bill 107 dominated last week when the Legislature’s Standing Committee on Justice Policy held its first three days of public hearings on Bill 107, the McGuinty Government’s proposed new law to weaken the Ontario Human Rights Commission. These hearings have so far dealt a powerful blow to the controversial bill … Continue reading August 18, 2006 – Strong Opposition to Bill 107 Dominates First Three Days of Public Hearings

Tips on What you Might Say at Bill 107 Public Hearings

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE POINTS YOU MAY WISH TO MAKE AT BILL 107 PUBLIC HEARINGS SUMMARY OF WHAT’S WRONG WITH BILL 107 Ontario’s human rights enforcement system must be significantly improved. It is too slow and backlogged. This is because it has been seriously under-funded for years and needs administrative reforms. The Human Rights … Continue reading Tips on What you Might Say at Bill 107 Public Hearings

Tips for Bill 107 Public Hearings

PRACTICAL TIPS ON HOW TO PREPARE AN ORAL OR WRITTEN SUBMISSION TO THE LEGISLATURE’S STANDING COMMITTEE ON JUSTICE POLICY REGARDING THE CONTROVERSIAL BILL 107 July 31, 2006 1. INTRODUCTION Here are helpful tips for preparing your written and/or oral presentation on Bill 107 to the Legislature’s Standing Committee on Justice Policy. Everyone’s contribution to these … Continue reading Tips for Bill 107 Public Hearings

July 27, 2006 – Is the Mcguinty Government thinking that some new “quick fix” funding will repair the controversial Bill 107?

The McGuinty Government has been under fire for bill 107’s serious problems. We must be on alert for the possibility that it may try an inadequate “quick fix” to deflect this criticism. Specifically, it is possible that the Government may soon announce the funding it will provide to the human rights legal clinic it promised … Continue reading July 27, 2006 – Is the Mcguinty Government thinking that some new “quick fix” funding will repair the controversial Bill 107?

July 18, 2006 – Only Three Days Left To Sign Up For Ottawa, Thunder Bay And London Hearings On The Controversial Bill 107

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update July 18, 2006 SUMMARY Here’s a quick summary of the latest news on our campaign concerning the McGuinty Government’s controversial Bill 107, the proposed new law to weaken the Ontario Human Rights code. There are only three days left for you or your organization to sign up to present … Continue reading July 18, 2006 – Only Three Days Left To Sign Up For Ottawa, Thunder Bay And London Hearings On The Controversial Bill 107

Draft Submission To The Standing Committee On Justice Policy On Bill 107, The Proposed Ontario Human Rights Code Amendment Act

PART I – OVERVIEW OF THE AODA ALLIANCE’S RESPONSE TO BILL 107 1. INTRODUCTION (a) General This is the submission of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance to the Ontario Legislature’s Standing Committee on Justice Policy concerning Bill 107, the proposed Ontario Human Rights Code Amendment Act. The AODA Alliance is a voluntary … Continue reading Draft Submission To The Standing Committee On Justice Policy On Bill 107, The Proposed Ontario Human Rights Code Amendment Act

July 15, 2006 – AODA alliance makes Public a Draft submission on Bill 107 for your Feedback

July 15, 2006 SUMMARY The AODA Alliance here makes public a proposed draft submission to the Ontario Legislature’s Standing Committee on Justice Policy regarding Bill 107. Bill 107 is the McGuinty Government’s controversial bill to weaken the Ontario Human Rights Commission. (See the attached draft submission, in MS Word) This is just a draft. We … Continue reading July 15, 2006 – AODA alliance makes Public a Draft submission on Bill 107 for your Feedback

July 11, 2006 – Come To A Toronto Public Event Where Bill 107 To Be Discussed and More Media Coverage Of Bill 107

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update Come To A Toronto Public Event Where Bill 107 To Be Discussed and More Media Coverage Of Bill 107 July 11, 2006 SUMMARY Here’s what’s new: 1. You are invited and encouraged to come to a community event on July 18, 2006, at 5:30 pm, at Toronto City … Continue reading July 11, 2006 – Come To A Toronto Public Event Where Bill 107 To Be Discussed and More Media Coverage Of Bill 107

AODA Alliance Writes Ontario Government, and Standing Committee Issues News Release

AODA Alliance Writes Ontario Government Requesting Four Steps To Make Public Hearings Meaningful June 29, 2006 SUMMARY On June 28, 2006, the AODA Alliance wrote Ontario’s Attorney General Michael Bryant. It asked that the Government take specific steps to make the upcoming public hearings on bill 107 as meaningful as possible. (See the letter below) … Continue reading AODA Alliance Writes Ontario Government, and Standing Committee Issues News Release

June 28, 2006 – More Media Coverage on bill 107

TORONTO STAR EDITORIAL EMPHASIZES BILL 107’S SHORT-COMINGS, AS PROVINCE-WIDE MEDIA COVERAGE CONTINUES TO HIGHLIGHT CRITICISMS OF THIS CONTROVERSIAL LEGISLATION June 28, 2006 SUMMARY Here is a collection of recent media coverage of the Ontario Government’s controversial Bill 107. That bill would take away the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s lead responsibility to publicly investigate discrimination complaints, … Continue reading June 28, 2006 – More Media Coverage on bill 107

Legislature gives the controversial bill 107 approval on second reading and refers the bill to standing committee for public hearings

PUT IN YOUR REQUEST NOW TO MAKE A PRESENTATION TO THE STANDING COMMITTEE HEARINGS June 24, 2006 SUMMARY WHAT’S NEW? On D-Day, June 6, 2006, the Ontario Legislature voted on “Second Reading” of the controversial Bill 107, the proposed law to weaken the Ontario Human rights Commission. Despite substantial and increasing public concern and controversy … Continue reading Legislature gives the controversial bill 107 approval on second reading and refers the bill to standing committee for public hearings

May 26, 2006 – Controversy Over Bill 107 Gets Media Coverage Around Ontario

May 26, 2006 SUMMARY MEDIA COVERAGE OF BILL 107 Our campaign grows to get the Ontario Human Rights Commission strengthened, not weakened. Bill 107, the McGuinty Government’s controversial proposed change to the Ontario Human Rights Code, has gotten increasing media coverage around Ontario, aided by the AODA Alliance’s May 19, 2006 news conference. See various news articles below. These … Continue reading May 26, 2006 – Controversy Over Bill 107 Gets Media Coverage Around Ontario

What the AODA Alliance said at the Queen’s Park News Conference on May 19, 2006

Catherine Dunphy: Good morning. I am the Chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance. We are a non-partisan province-wide coalition drawn from Ontario’s disability community. Our coalition builds on its predecessor, the Ontarians with Disabilities Act Committee. It fought a tenacious decade-long campaign to win the enactment last year of a new law aimed at … Continue reading What the AODA Alliance said at the Queen’s Park News Conference on May 19, 2006

May 18, 2006 – Newest AODA Alliance Action Kit on Bill 107

1. INTRODUCTION On April 26, 2006, the McGuinty Government introduced the seriously-flawed Bill 107, its proposed Human Rights Code Amendment Act, into the Legislature for First Reading. Bill 107 sets back human rights protection. It seriously weakens the Ontario Human Rights Commission, the public agency responsible to enforce your right not to suffer illegal discrimination. … Continue reading May 18, 2006 – Newest AODA Alliance Action Kit on Bill 107

May 15, 2006 – AODA Alliance calls on attorney general to ensure forthcoming public hearings on bill 107 will be fair,open and accessible, and to correct the attorney general’s inaccurate statement about the AODA Alliance in legislature

SUMMARY The AODA Alliance has written Ontario Attorney General Michael Bryant to address two matters(See this letter, below): 1) to ask the Government to agree to specific steps to ensure that the forthcoming public hearings on Bill 107 will be fair, open and accessible and 2) to ask the Attorney General to publicly correct an inaccurate … Continue reading May 15, 2006 – AODA Alliance calls on attorney general to ensure forthcoming public hearings on bill 107 will be fair,open and accessible, and to correct the attorney general’s inaccurate statement about the AODA Alliance in legislature

May 12, 2006 – Attorney General schedules and then cancels meeting with AODA Alliance delegation

SUMMARY This week, Attorney General Michael Bryant’s office contacted the AODA Alliance to meet to discuss Bill 107. His office confirmed the meeting for this upcoming Monday, May 15, 2006. After this, his office said it wanted to call off the meeting, because the AODA Alliance couldn’t include the entire AODA Alliance Board. The AODA Alliance has … Continue reading May 12, 2006 – Attorney General schedules and then cancels meeting with AODA Alliance delegation

May 8, 2006 – AODA Alliance Releases Preliminary Response to The Mcguinty Government’s Human Rights Bill

SUMMARY On Wed., April 26, 2006, the McGuinty Government introduced into the Legislature for First Reading Bill 107, the proposed “Human Rights Code Amendment Act, 2006.” That bill is aimed at reforming the process for enforcing human rights in Ontario. By introducing this bill at that time, the Government rejected the widespread claims from the AODA Alliance and … Continue reading May 8, 2006 – AODA Alliance Releases Preliminary Response to The Mcguinty Government’s Human Rights Bill

April 4, 2006 – Toronto Star Columnist Calls AODA Alliance News Conference Speakers “Chicken Littles” – and Other Developments

SUMMARY Recent developments in our campaign to prevent the weakening of the Ontario Human Rights Commission include: * Remember to tell anyone who wants to be added to the AODAA email update list to send a request to: mlumgair@chs.ca * Toronto Star’s disability columnist Helen Henderson’s article in the April 1, 2006 Toronto Star is quite … Continue reading April 4, 2006 – Toronto Star Columnist Calls AODA Alliance News Conference Speakers “Chicken Littles” – and Other Developments

AODA Alliance’s Discussion Paper on Options for Reforming Human Rights Enforcement in Ontario

April 3, 2006 A. INTRODUCTION On February 20, 2006 the Ontario Government announced plans to introduce a bill into the Legislature this spring to amend the Ontario Human Rights Code, with the aim of speeding up the enforcement of human rights. The Government’s bill, whose details haven’t been made public, will remove the Ontario Human … Continue reading AODA Alliance’s Discussion Paper on Options for Reforming Human Rights Enforcement in Ontario

March 28, 2006 – Ontario Government Finally Writes AODA Alliance About Human Rights Reform Issue But With Little Information – AODA Alliance Writes Back Quickly

March 28, 2006 Late in the day on March 28, 2006, the Attorney General of Ontario wrote us, responding to our letters regarding proposed changes to the Human Rights Commission. The AODA Alliance Chair Catherine Dunphy immediately responded. See the text of each of these letters below.  There are rumors that the Government plans to introduce … Continue reading March 28, 2006 – Ontario Government Finally Writes AODA Alliance About Human Rights Reform Issue But With Little Information – AODA Alliance Writes Back Quickly

March 29, 2006 – Ontario’s Attorney General Publicly Refuses To Commit To Consulting With Public Before Introducing Legislation To Weaken The Ontario Human Rights Code – Claims He’s Consulted But Doesn’t Acknowledge The Major Disability Organizations He’s Ignored

March 29, 2006 On Wednesday, March 29, 2006, during Question Period in the Ontario Legislature, NDP Leader Howard Hampton called on the Ontario Government to undertake a public consultation on how to reform the Human Rights Commission, rather than going ahead with its plans to weaken the Human Rights Commission. (See full text below) Responding for the Government, the … Continue reading March 29, 2006 – Ontario’s Attorney General Publicly Refuses To Commit To Consulting With Public Before Introducing Legislation To Weaken The Ontario Human Rights Code – Claims He’s Consulted But Doesn’t Acknowledge The Major Disability Organizations He’s Ignored

The St. Catharines Standard March 25, 2006 Human Rights ‘modernization’ is actually a step backwards

Human Rights ‘modernization’ is actually a step backwards Access Niagara column The St. Catharines Standard March 25, 2006 by Linda Crabtree In February, Attorney General Michael Bryant announced that the human rights enforcement system in Ontario would be “modernized” by legislation that he intends to introduce this spring. This announcement set off a reaction among … Continue reading The St. Catharines Standard March 25, 2006 Human Rights ‘modernization’ is actually a step backwards

Community Organizations Are Outraged At Proposed OHRC Changes

Toronto, March 17, 2005: On March 20, 2006, the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Racism, several community organizations in Ontario will hold a press conference to protest proposed changes to the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC), and to call on the Attorney General to consult with the communities before bringing forward any legislative … Continue reading Community Organizations Are Outraged At Proposed OHRC Changes

The Toronto Star – March 22 2006 – Involve community in policy decisions Who will benefit from rights plan

Much of the current and growing furor over the future of Ontario’s Human Rights Commission could have been avoided if the Ontario government had conducted an open and inclusive consultation with the community. Persons with disabilities file by far the largest percentage of complaints to human rights commissions across Canada and we insist on being … Continue reading The Toronto Star – March 22 2006 – Involve community in policy decisions Who will benefit from rights plan

The Toronto Star – March 23 2006 – Hope reforms will redress unfairness Reforms to rights agency opposed March 17.

The Toronto Star March 23 2006 Letter Hope reforms will redress unfairness Reforms to rights agency opposed March 17. Any reform of the Ontario Human Rights Commission must, in my view as an employer, put an end to its automatic bias against respondents. The commission, regrettably, appears to have become a court of last resort to which unscrupulous … Continue reading The Toronto Star – March 23 2006 – Hope reforms will redress unfairness Reforms to rights agency opposed March 17.

The Toronto Star – March 21, 2006 – Who will benefit from rights plan? Reform to rights agency opposed March 17

The Dalton McGuinty government plans to replace the current human rights system with one that will require more hearings and more lawyers. People with disabilities – some of the very people the system is supposed to protect – oppose the plan and are speaking out. It seems the only people supporting the plan are human … Continue reading The Toronto Star – March 21, 2006 – Who will benefit from rights plan? Reform to rights agency opposed March 17

Disability coalition urges McGuinty government to halt plans to weaken human rights commission

NEWS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, March 15, 2006: Toronto: A province-wide disability coalition will hold a news conference on Thursday, March 16, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. at the Queen’s Park Media Studio, to call on the McGuinty Government not to strip the Ontario Human Rights Commission of its lead responsibility to investigate and … Continue reading Disability coalition urges McGuinty government to halt plans to weaken human rights commission

What Will Happen To The 4,000 Discrimination Cases At The Ontario Human Rights Commission On June 30, 2008 When Bill 107 Goes Into Operation?

May 28, 2008 SUMMARY Under five weeks from now, on June 30, 2008, Bill 107 goes into operation. It privatizes enforcement of human rights in Ontario. On Day One, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario estimates that there will be 4,000 discrimination cases already in the works at the Ontario Human Rights Commission. What will … Continue reading What Will Happen To The 4,000 Discrimination Cases At The Ontario Human Rights Commission On June 30, 2008 When Bill 107 Goes Into Operation?

Toronto Star Guest Column Details Problems With Human Rights Tribunal’s Proposed New Rules For Discrimination Cases

May 8, 2008 SUMMARY A guest column by David Lepofsky appears in the May 8, 2008 Toronto Star. It details serious problems with the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal’s proposed new rules for handling discrimination cases after June 30, 2008. See the text of this column below. We encourage you to write the Toronto Star and … Continue reading Toronto Star Guest Column Details Problems With Human Rights Tribunal’s Proposed New Rules For Discrimination Cases

Eight Weeks Before Bill 107 Goes Into Full Operation, Is The New Human Rights Enforcement System Ready For Day One?

May 2, 2008 June 30, 2008 is just around the corner. That’s when Bill 107 goes into full operation. On that date, discrimination victims will no longer be able to go to the Ontario Human Rights Commission to conduct a public investigation of their individual human rights complaints, and to publicly prosecute it where there’s … Continue reading Eight Weeks Before Bill 107 Goes Into Full Operation, Is The New Human Rights Enforcement System Ready For Day One?

Email The Human Rights Tribunal To Support The AODA Alliance Brief Regarding The Tribunal’s Proposed Rules Of Procedure

April 15, 2008 SUMMARY Please take a minute to send a short email to the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, to support the AODA Alliance brief, which raises concerns about the Tribunal’s proposed new rules of procedure. If the Tribunal adopts these rules, any discrimination victim will have to obey them to present a discrimination case. … Continue reading Email The Human Rights Tribunal To Support The AODA Alliance Brief Regarding The Tribunal’s Proposed Rules Of Procedure

Human Rights Tribunal’s Proposed New Rules Would Erect Barriers Impeding Discrimination Victims From Access To Justice, and Give Tribunal Sweeping, Excessive Powers – Please Endorse Concerns Raised In The New AODA Alliance Brief

March 28, 2008 SUMMARY The AODA Alliance here makes public the brief it submitted to the Human Rights Tribunal. It addresses the Tribunal’s proposed new rules of procedure. These proposed rules spell out the hoops discrimination victims would have to get through after June 30, 2008 to present a discrimination complaint to the Human Rights … Continue reading Human Rights Tribunal’s Proposed New Rules Would Erect Barriers Impeding Discrimination Victims From Access To Justice, and Give Tribunal Sweeping, Excessive Powers – Please Endorse Concerns Raised In The New AODA Alliance Brief

Viewing The 2008 Ontario Budget Through A Disability Lens How Does It Look?

March 25, 2008 SUMMARY On March 25, 2008, Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan brought forward this year’s Ontario budget. What does it offer Ontarians with Disabilities? Beyond a 2% increase in social assistance, it provides little to address the distinctive needs of Ontarians with disabilities, including those pertaining to improving accessibility. The Budget provided a … Continue reading Viewing The 2008 Ontario Budget Through A Disability Lens How Does It Look?

Human Rights Tribunal Consults on Important New Rules for Enforcing Human Rights – But Who Even Knows This Consultation is Going On?

March 2, 2008 SUMMARY We heard through the grapevine that the Ontario Human Rights tribunal is now holding a consultation on its all-important new rules of procedure. These rules will govern all human rights complaints in Ontario after June 30, 2008. The public has until March 14, 2008 to send its input to the Tribunal. … Continue reading Human Rights Tribunal Consults on Important New Rules for Enforcing Human Rights – But Who Even Knows This Consultation is Going On?

McGuinty Government’s Fall 2007 Toronto Public Meeting on Human Rights Reform Reveals Serious Problems with Bill 107’s Implementation

February 6, 2008 SUMMARY In November 2007, the McGuinty Government held a series of public forums around Ontario concerning Bill 107’s implementation. Bill 107 is the widely-criticized law which will privatize human rights enforcement in Ontario. It will take away their right to a public investigation of discrimination complaints, and to a public prosecution of … Continue reading McGuinty Government’s Fall 2007 Toronto Public Meeting on Human Rights Reform Reveals Serious Problems with Bill 107’s Implementation

Some Serious Concerns about Human rights Tribunal’s Proposed New Interim Rules of Procedure

October 29, 2007 SUMMARY The widely criticized Bill 107 gives the Human Rights Tribunal sweeping power to make new rules of procedure for handling the many discrimination cases that will go directly to the Tribunal under Bill 107’s privatization of human rights enforcement. Last year the AODA Alliance raised serious concerns about this sweeping power. … Continue reading Some Serious Concerns about Human rights Tribunal’s Proposed New Interim Rules of Procedure

Attend and Raise Questions at Government’s November Public Meetings on Changes to Human Rights Enforcement

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ALLIANCE UPDATE PLAN TO ATTEND AND RAISE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS AT NOVEMBER PUBLIC FORUMS AROUND ONTARIO ON LIFE UNDER BILL 107’S PRIVATIZATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS ENFORCEMENT IN ONTARIO October 24, 2007 SUMMARY On the verge of this fall’s election campaign, the Ontario Government announced that in November, there will be a … Continue reading Attend and Raise Questions at Government’s November Public Meetings on Changes to Human Rights Enforcement