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New ODA Bill 125
December 19, 2001
MEDIA COVERAGE OF THE PASSAGE OF BILL 125
Here are newspaper articles which include references to the passage of Bill 125, the proposed Ontarians with Disabilities Act. They appeared in the London Free Press on December 18, 2001 and the Toronto Star on December 13, December 14 and December 18, 2001.
Please also note that tireless ODA supporter E. Rice is now scheduled to appear for one hour on a Toronto area CFRB Radio call-in show to discuss the ODA on Thursday, December 27, 2001 from 3 to 4 p.m. CFRB sometimes changes their scheduling of guests, and we will not be able to notify you if this changes. Please call in and give your feedback on what you think of Bill 125. To phone in call: 416-872-1010 or cellular *8255 in the Toronto area. Start dialling just before the hour begins to be sure you get near the front of the line. If you are out of town, or are not near a radio, you can listen in on the Internet via:
If you want to email in a question, you may be able to find an address on the CFRB web site.
This is likely the last ODA Email announcement until mid-January 2002. Happy, barrier-free holidays to all.
By PETER GEIGEN-MILLER, Free Press Reporter
government calls it Canada's most far-reaching legislation to
But a London advocate
for the disabled counters the new Ontarians With
legislation passed third reading in the Ontario
It also includes
authority for the government to create regulations that would
As pleased as
she is to see legislation approved after a wait of more than 6
not the strong and effective bill the government pledged," she
said the bill is a missed opportunity since it does nothing
It also gives
the government too much power to make exemptions to its
Although the legislation
requires those covered by the bill to produce
She praised the
government for including several amendments suggested by the
was inclusion of brain injury in the definition of disability.
Now the bill has
passed, disabled people will be watching to see what happens,
Added Vincent-Linderoos: "We're not going away."
last stand at Queen's Park
Mike Harris bid farewell to friend and foe alike Thursday after
Moved to tears
at times by speeches from Conservatives and opposition members
In a speech running
17 minutes, Harris said he was "humbled," "proud"
through those doors for the very first time, I did realize the people
friends, voters, his caucus and the civil service that presided
He said he understood
the "hectic life" of the two opposition leaders - Liberal
But Harris reserved
special praise for his family - in particular, his two
me, they tested me, they were great training for question
as I have enjoyed being premier, I have loved being a father even
Harris as an exceptionally skilled political foe in an elegant
has been a very shrewd, very tough, and very successful adversary,"
on to acknowledge the importance of family to Harris, who
"I know that
as tumultuous as your time in public office has been, Premier, you
Harris made a point of acknowledging McGuinty's comments in his own speech.
"I know how
much your kids miss their dad," he told McGuinty, his voice husky
"This is a healthy debate," Hampton said.
The speeches were a touching finish to a raucous fall sitting.
spotlight had appeared to dim in the weeks following his
wanted to add to his Conservative legacy of drastic tax and
some speculation they would retreat on the opening of the
unapologetic style served him well this fall when he
But after job
losses began mounting, the province said last month it might have
Harris and his government encountered a series of troubles this session.
scandals didn't appear to go away - a wrongful-death civil
A spate of bills
passed in the legislature Thursday carried less urgency than
that Harris made a point of seeing through before his tenure
It was considered
unlikely that Harris would recall the legislature before the
Instead, the five
leadership candidates running to replace him as premier -
MPPs Pass Community
Care Bill into Law
government has used its majority to ram through a sweeping
The main pieces
of legislation deal with protecting the Oak Ridges Moraine,
rushing ... bills through," Liberal Leader Dalton McGuinty said.
Party Leader Howard Hampton accused the government of "ramming
The most contentious
piece of legislation passed was the bill allowing what has
The centres co-ordinate
home care for people discharged from hospital and for
and staff at the centres have been critical of government
Minister Helen Johns argued it's necessary to bring in better
Also passed yesterday
was the Ontarians With Disabilities Act, despite loud
The bill is meant
to fulfil Premier Mike Harris' 1995 election promise to
The new law requires
some provincially funded construction projects and
But critics argue
it falls short: It doesn't require public buildings to set a
the government missed an opportunity to pass a law that
The Oak Ridges
Moraine law will protect from future development some 90 per
Proceeds-of-crime legislation received third reading.
With files from Gail Swainson
access for disabled: Litigant
the high temple of justice in Ontario, is not accessible to the
"Do you know
how hard it is even to get into this place? Even into the
Pressed to take
action by Deutsch, a heavy-set man who suffers from a painful
After years of
delays, Queen's Park last week passed the Ontarians with
But critics such
as David Lepofsky of the Ontarians With Disabilities Act
Osgoode Hall was
built in 1829-32 as headquarters for the Law Society of Upper
A ramp on the
eastern side of the building leads into the Law Society of Upper