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ODA Committee Update
dated January 21, 2005
posted March 4, 2005


Some Reminders And Update On Dates, Times And Locations On Public Hearings On Bill 118

January 21, 2005


Here's a quick grab bag of news and reminders on current events regarding
Bill 118, the proposed Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

* Remember to attend tomorrow's public forum on Bill 118 in York Region. The
forum will be:

Saturday January, 22, 2005 1:00 PM - 3:30pm

Seminar Room, York Region Administrative Centre 17250 Yonge Street,

Hosted by the York Region Accessibility Advisory Committee

Please RSVP to let them know that you are coming and how they can
accommodate you. Please note that space is limited. For more information,
please contact

Monica Bryce by email at monica.bryce@york.ca or by phone at (905) 830-4444

Please come to this event. Encourage others to do so as well. Thanks to the
York Region Accessibility Advisory Committee for organizing this public

* The province-wide ODA Committee's formal oral presentation on Bill 118 to
the Legislature's Standing Committee on Social Policy has now been
scheduled. It will be on Tuesday, February 1, 2005, from 3:45 p.m. until 4
p.m. at the Ontario Legislature, Queen's Park, Toronto in Committee room
228.Everyone is welcome to attend. Space is limited. We encourage as many
people as possible to attend to show their support for our presentation.
Let us know if you plan to attend. Notified us at:

oda@odacommittee.net RSVP is not necessary but we sure would appreciate it!

* Dates, times and locations of all the public hearings on Bill 118 have now
been announced by the Standing Committee on Social Policy. We are advised of
the following information, but have been told that it is subject to change.
If we receive word of any changes, we will let you know as fast as we can.
Again, we urge as many people as possible to go to these hearings to watch
the proceedings. The hearings are all open to the public to attend and
watch. The MPPs and the media may well take from the size of the audience a
measure of the support for strong and effective legislation. Also, encourage
your local media now to attend and cover these hearings. This is a great
chance to get more profile for this issue. Let the media know what you think
of the bill and the proposed amendments that are being suggested.

Here is what we have been told so far. If there aren't enough presenters to
fill the day, these times may be shortened, and in any event are only
estimates and are subject to change.

Monday Jan. 31 and Tuesday Feb 1: Toronto 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with lunch break
from noon to 1 p.m. Ontario Legislature Building Queen's Park Committee Room

Wednesday, , Feb. 2 Niagara Falls Americana Conference Resort, South
Grand Ballroom

8444 Lundy's Lane (905) 356-8444
9 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 3 London Four Points Sheraton 1150
Wellington Rd. South (519) 681-8222 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 7 Thunder Bay Valhalla Inn 1 Valhalla Inn Road
(807) 577-1121 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 8 Ottawa Courtyard By Marriott, Laurier Room
350 Dalhousie St. (613) 241-1000 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

* You have until February 8 to make a written submission to the Standing
Committee, whether or not you plan to make an oral presentation.

* the ODA Committee's final brief is being worked on now. It will be
circulated as soon as it is ready to go. Thanks to all who offered their
feedback on our draft brief.

* Stand by for an announcement in the next few days with helpful hints on
how to make a presentation to the Standing Committee.


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