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Harsher Penalties to Stop Workplace Discrimination, Boost Accommodation

by Stuart Rudner
Thursday, August 30, 2018

Human rights legislation across the country prohibits discrimination on the basis of various protected grounds. Accessibility legislation such as the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) in Ontario seeks to remove barriers to employment for people who have disabilities.


Service Dog Refusal Results in Apologies From Ministry, DriveTest

Transportation Ministry says steps being taken to ensure staff aware of obligations to people with disabilities by Paul Forsyth
Niagara This Week – St. Catharines

Magick is Tori Starchild’s anchor.

The adorable little Jack Russell terrier keeps the Allanburg woman grounded when her anxiety symptoms rear up, sensing her stress and burying her moist nose beneath her hand.


Autism Service Dogs Can Keep a Child Safe and Calm, But Their Trainers Aren’t Always Allowed in Public Places

The dogs are trained to ‘anchor’ children who try to run away and can provide calming physical contact Nick Boisvert · CBC News · Posted: Aug 23, 2018

Deanna Allain has been training future autism service dog Carlin for nearly two years, but she can’t always take him to public places.

On a platform between GO Trains at Union Station, Deanna Allain gives her dog Carlin a firm tug on the collar.


‘Childish’: Creemore Man Describes Efforts to Get Clearview to Produce Accessible Documents

Peter Lomath takes fight to get township to provide AODA-complaint documents to province News Aug 10, 2018 by Ian Adams Wasaga Sun

Peter Lomath said he is taking his request for Clearview Township to provide municipal documents in a format that meets accessibility requirements directly to the province.


Human Rights complaint against hospital to be heard Aug. 30

Melissa McKee wants Orillia hospital to better accommodate deaf, hard-of-hearing patients

August 8, 2018
by: Nathan Taylor

An Orillia woman is preparing to make an appearance before the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal after filing a complaint against Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH).

Melissa McKee will head to Toronto Aug. 30 for a three-hour mediation/adjudication hearing at the Social Justice Tribunals Ontario/Ontario Rights Tribunal of Ontario in Toronto. The main issue for McKee is the way OSMH’s emergency department announces patients’ last names in the wait room.