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ODA Committee Update
dated Nov. 2, 2004
posted Nov. 22, 2004


First Day Of Ontario Legislature's Second Reading Debates On Bill 118, The Proposed Accessibility For Ontarians With Disabilities Act, Scheduled For Thursday, November 18, 2004 - Come To The Legislature For It And Bring Family And Friends!

November 2, 2004

The office of the Liberal Government's House Leader, Dwight Duncan, has
notified us that the first day for Second Reading debates on Bill 118 has
been scheduled for Thursday afternoon, November 18, 2004. The debates will
begin after Question Period, some time between 3 and 4 p.m. at the
Legislature at Queens Park, Toronto. That day's debates will continue until
around 6 p.m.

We appreciate that we have been given over two weeks' notice of this date.
We don't yet know when those debates will resume after that first day, but
we will let you know as soon as we find out.

We encourage one and all to come to Queens Park to attend this first day of
Second Reading debates. We will send out more information as the date
approaches. You might wish to get together with others to organize a
delegation to attend. By attending, we can show the importance of disability
accessibility legislation.

We don't yet know what position the opposition Conservatives and NDP will be
taking now that they have had a chance to review the bill. We encourage you
to urge all parties to support and not oppose this bill. Once the bill
passes second reading, we anticipate having the opportunity to come forward
with proposals for amendments to make it even stronger.

At second reading, the Legislature decides if it approves the bill "in
principle." Amendments are not presented or voted on at this point in the
Legislature's process.

The proceedings of the Legislature are open to the public. If you are
planning to attend, it would be great if you could let us know. Email us at:

We also want to let you know that for those in the London area, the fourth
and final installment of the broadcast of the Michael Lewis memorial
Symposium on Disability Accessibility Legislation, held back on September
11, 2004, will be airing on the Rogers Cable channel on Monday, November 8,
2004 from 9 to 10:30 pm. If you are outside of London and wish to have it
aired in your area, please send an e-mail to Jeremy Clark at

or contact him at (519) 660-7546. There are no guarantees, as it depends on
what programming is slated for your area, but if there is enough interest,
anything is possible!

If you were unable to catch the first three segments which aired on October
11th, you can order copies of the videotapes. The 4 tapes totalling 4 1/2
hours cost $86.25 (tax included), and can be paid for by VISA, MasterCard or
personal cheque and can be ordered by contacting Stacey Mohr at (519)
660-7522 or: stacey.mohr@rci.rogers.com.

Because of the high volume of calls Stacey receives, please give her at
least 48 hours to return your message.


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