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ODA Committee Update
dated Nov. 6, 2004
posted Nov. 22, 2004


New Disability Accessibility Bill Comes Up In Ontario Legislature Before Formal Second Reading Debate Begins

November 6 2004


There have been references to Bill 118, the proposed new Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, in the Ontario Legislature on October 21, 25 and 27, 2004, even before it comes up for second reading debates. See excerpts below.

Remember that the first day of Second Reading debates on Bill 118 will be Thursday, November 18, 2004. Let us know if you can come to the Legislature between 3 and 6 pm to watch the proceedings. Remember ASL and captioning have been arranged.


If you cannot watch the debates at the Legislature, tune in on your cable TV service's Ontario Legislature channel to watch it live. Arrange a gathering in your community to watch it on TV together. Alert your local media to this upcoming event. Encourage them to cover it. Invite them to watch it at your local gathering! Do what you can to help generate as much public support for
this bill as possible. And think of amendments you can propose to make the bill even better.



Thursday October 21, 2004

During debates over an environmental issue, Conservative MPP Toby Barrett

... On June 14, 2002, we announced a new era in waste diversion in Ontario
with the passage of the Waste Diversion Act. I sincerely hope this
government doesn't think about repealing this act, like they did with the
disabilities act, to give themselves some credit for a new direction.



Ontario Hansard

Monday October 25, 2004

(during debate of another bill before the Legislature)

Liberal MPP Mr Kuldip Kular (Bramalea-Gore-Malton-Springdale):

... The second bill that I passionately desire to plug is our government's
recent introduction of Bill 118, the Accessibility for Ontarians with
Disabilities Act. If passed, a timeline will be established and a mechanism
of enforcement enacted, which will finally make this province accessible to
all Ontarians. The Minister of Citizen and Immigration, Dr Marie
Bountrogianni, allowed me the privilege to be a part of the consultation
process while I was her parliamentary assistant.




Ontario Hansard Wednesday, October 27, 2004

(During debate on another matter before the Legislature)

Conservative MPP Mr Barrett: I will remind the members opposite of the name
of their bill.

... You have named this bill "tough environmental penalties." We named our
bill "toughest environmental penalties," and many of you were here. I'm
assuming you're not going to eliminate that legislation as you did the
disabilities act.


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