Ontarians with Disabilities
Act Consultation Tour
ODA COMMITTEE ACTION TIP
Want a great way to help get the word out to the public on the forthcoming Public consultation
on the Ontarians with Disabilities Act which MPP Steve Peters is conducting throughout
March in 15 cities across Ontario?
It would be great if you could write a letter to the editor about this topic to any and all newspapers,
daily or weekly, in your community. your letter can announce the date, time and location of the
Public Consultation event in your community.
It could explain why it is important for all to attend and participate. It might give some of the
background to this issue. This, along with your contacting the local media to encourage them
to cover the Public Consultation event in your community, will really help! The media can be
alerted to these issues and events well in advance.
Here is an excellent example of a letter which one of our London Regional contacts of the
ODA Committee sent to her local newspaper this past week:
The following is submitted for use as a letter to the editor.
The Ontarians with Disabilities Act (ODA) meeting hosted by the MS Society on Jan. 31, 2000 was packed. A surprise announcement was made that evening by MPP Steve Peters, who is the Opposition Critic for persons with disabilities.
Since the Conservatives have still not launched the open, barrier- free consultation hearings that the ODA Committee and others have consistently requested, the Liberals will now kick-start the process without them.
The opinion of everyone is being sought and the non-partisan ODA Committee encourages wide-spread participation in the consultation tour, just as we did in the summer of 1998. To find out the details, check our Web site at www.odacommittee.net or call the Ontario March of Dimes at 642-3999 or call the Steve Peters' constituency office at 631 - 0666.
The new information will be compiled and shared with Citizenship Minister, the Hon. Helen Johns, in the spring. It will encompass the public response to four basic questions, including the following:
"What should be included in the ODA to ensure it is both strong and effective at removing and preventing barriers and to achieve a barrier-free Ontario for people with disabilities?"
Now this is beginning to feel a lot more like democracy!
a regional contact,
Ontarians with Disabilities Committee [ODA Committee]