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Disability Movement, transportation

An Open Letter to Exiting TTC CEO Andy Byford – On your Legacy of Accessibility as a Second-Class Issue

Dear Mr. Byford, I write to you as a concerned citizen of Ward 9 Etobicoke-Lakeshore, and the City of Toronto, in regards to your consideration of accessibility during your time as CEO of the TTC. I would first like to congratulate you on your accessibility successes so far. In your time as CEO we now… Continue reading An Open Letter to Exiting TTC CEO Andy Byford – On your Legacy of Accessibility as a Second-Class Issue

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Canada responds to years of pressure from community advocates by recognizing housing as a human right

Reposted from Right to Housing.

We need a national housing strategy now!

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ACTO and the Right to Housing Coalition applaud recognition of right to housing in National Housing Strategy

November 24, 2017 (TORONTO) — For over seven years, the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO) and the Right to Housing Coalition – alongside housing advocates from across the country, including those with lived experience of homelessness – have pressed for a National Housing Strategy and the recognition in law of the right to housing. Those demands have finally been heard by the federal government in their announcement of a National Housing Strategy.

“The courts repeatedly blocked our efforts to have these rights recognized under existing laws. But the community organizing on the ground sent a loud message to the government that enough is enough,” says ACTO lawyer Tracy Heffernan, one of the legal counsel in the historic Charter challenge. “The fight isn’t over just yet. Until new legislation is adopted by…

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Tell Canada’s Prime Minister to make affordable housing a human right!

 

Support the Fight for Affordable Housing, and make sure we include accessible housing too #Canpoli #RightToHousing https://www.acto.ca/campaign/right-to-housing/

We need a national housing strategy now!

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The Canadian government has promised to fix the affordable housing crisis with Canada’s first ever National Housing Strategy. From June to October 2016, the Federal government asked Canadians to share their thought on the future of housing in Canada. They summarized their findings in What We Heard: Shaping Canada’s National Housing Strategy.

The federal government promised to invest new funds in the next 11 years through the National Housing Strategy, to tackle the affordable housing crisis.  This fall, they will unveil the National Housing Strategy.

We believe that access to safe, adequate and affordable housing is a basic human right. And we want to make sure that our National Housing Strategy will guarantee everyone the fundamental right to housing.

Take action now! Click here to tell PM Justin Trudeau to make safe, adequate and affordable housing for all in Canada a legislated human right.

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Accessibility Now Rally: October 11th

Toronto Disability Pride March

Join us Wednesday, October 11, 2017 starting at 4pm at Yonge & Bloor (north east corner) as Community takes to the streets to advocate for #accessibilityNOW

The list is extensive concerning barriers that TTC maintain/create thus breaching the AODA, Human Rights Code, Charter of Rights & Freedoms.  Here are 8 that reflect an overall concern:

  • Structural/Discriminatory Barriers – Presto Gates – the 1 or 2 installed in a station are significantly less than the inaccessible gates that are installed in the same station (think 1960s drinking fountains: ‘whites only vs colored’)

  • Psychological Barriers – doing the very least so it can be said it was done – installing the least number of elevators (usually 1) in subway stations in order to claim/identify that that station is accessible. When that 1 elevator is no longer working, that station is no longer accessible.

  • Attitudinal Barriers – failing to be proactive about ensuring…

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Activism, Disability Movement, Events

Toronto Disability Pride March: September 23, 2017

The 7th Annual Toronto Disability Pride March Saturday, September 23, 2017 Starting at Queens Park (111 Wellesley Street West) and marching to the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson (99 Gerrard Street East) from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Why we’re Marching: To bring recognition of the struggles and value of people with disabilities as… Continue reading Toronto Disability Pride March: September 23, 2017

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“We Need Not Remake the Past” – The Future of the Disability Movement

Presentation at the Canadian Disability Studies Association Conference 2017 Thank you to my fellow organizers and panelists. Before I get started, I’d like to identify myself within this conversation, as a white, employed person with a physical disability that is easily identified with, and the privilege that comes with those things. I also identify as… Continue reading “We Need Not Remake the Past” – The Future of the Disability Movement