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Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update

ONLY THREE DAYS LEFT TO SIGN UP FOR OTTAWA, THUNDER BAY AND LONDON HEARINGS ON THE CONTROVERSIAL BILL 107

July 18, 2006

SUMMARY


Hereís a quick summary of the latest news on our campaign concerning the McGuinty Governmentís 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 at the August public hearings into Bill 107 to be held in London, Ottawa and Thunder Bay. It is essential that you contact the Standing Committee on Justice Policy no later than 5 pm this Friday, July 21, 2006, to ask to be able to make a presentation. For information on how to sign up, visit:

http://dawn.thot.net/bill_107_june24-06.html

The hearings in those cities will take place between August 8 and 10, 2006. we donít know which August date has been chosen for which city. No deadline has yet been set for signing up for the Toronto hearings, to take place in the fall. If you sign up to make an oral presentation to the Standing Committee, you donít have to also send in a written brief.

Please also note that people are entitled to apply to present at the public hearings from surrounding communities near London, Thunder Bay or Ottawa. For example, if you live in or near Windsor, Sarnia, Chatham, Woodstock, or Kitchener-Waterloo, you can ask to present in London. If you are part of a province-wide organization, you can ask to have your local branches present in ore than one city. It is important that the Standing Committee hear about your experiences from across Ontario.

If you want ideas on what to say in your presentation, look at the draft submission that the AODA Alliance has circulated. Feel free to cut and paste from it. If you donít have a copy of it, and want one emailed to you, send a request to:

aodafeedback@rogers.com

Remember that the AODA alliance is also eager for your feedback on our draft submission. Send us your thoughts before August 11 to the email address above.

Even though itís not mandatory, you might wish to send in a written submission to the Standing Committee. Feel free to borrow from the AODA allianceís draft submission.

If you want tips on how to prepare an oral or written submission to the Standing Committee, here is a link to a tip sheet that our predecessor, the ODA Committee, prepared for public hearings on the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

http://www.odacommittee.net/news196.html

If you are in the Toronto area, drop by later today,
Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at 5:30 pm, at Toronto City Hallís Nathan Phillips Square. A disability community group is hosting a free public accessible community disability celebration called ďSimply People 2006Ē that should be a lot of fun. One of the speakers, AODA Alliance Human rights Reform Representative David Lepofsky, will be addressing concerns about Bill 107.