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The TRUTH about CANADA’s mission in AFGHANISTAN

Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Doors open 6:30 p.m. | Talk begins 7:00 p.m.
Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church, 427 Bloor Street West | TTC: Spadina

Adult – $10
Student, youth, senior – $5
Unwaged – pay what you can

Former Afghan MP Malalai Joya has been described as “the bravest woman in Afghanistan.” In April, Joya was named by TIME magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. A former Afghan MP, Joya has been leading the struggle inside Afghanistan to end the NATO-led war and occupation.

Please join us to hear Joya speak on the truth about Canada’s mission in Afghanistan, and why NATO can’t bring peace.

Guest speakers include Josie Forcadilla, a peace campaigner and mother of a Canadian Forces soldier recently deployed to Afghanistan, and Scott Taylor, a Canadian journalist who has covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and who is editor of the military magazine Esprit de Corps.

Malalai Joya interview with CNN: US get out of Afghanistan

On October 25th our new city council and mayor will be decided.  The Ethno-Racial People with Disabilities Coalition of Ontario & the Toronto Women’s City Alliance are hosting a discussion for women with disabilities to talk about the upcoming election and what it means for you.  Join us for a discussion about how you can have your voice heard; ways to get involved; share concerns and ideas for change.
Date: Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Time: 2:00 – 5:00pm

Location: Centre for Independent Living Toronto, Boardroom
365 Bloor Street East, Suite 902 é

RSVP: or 647-235-8575
Space is limited, so please register to reserve your spot!

Attendant care available on request – please indicate if you require attendant care when you RSVP by no later than October 12, 2010 TTC tokens provided to participants Light refreshments will be served We regret that childcare is not available due to space restrictions

This project is funded by:

… Making Equality Matter · · 647.235.8575

Ontario’s Election Act has recently been amended. These amendments are designed to help ensure that all individuals are able to fully exercise their democratic electoral rights, are served in a modern, responsive and efficient manner and that the provincial electoral process is transparent and impartial. The amendments include a strong focus on accessibility related issues.

Elections Ontario has drafted a Site Accessibility Standard that sets out accessibility requirements for the selection of the following locations during provincial elections:

  • returning offices,
  • satellite offices,
  • poll locations, and
  • advance polls.

Elections Ontario is seeking input on its proposed Site Accessibility Standard for Voting Locations. The Standard has been developed as part of the preparation for the 2011 provincial election.

The Chief Electoral Officer invites comments on the draft Standard.   We encourage you to forward this invitation to any other interested individuals or organizations.    Thank you in advance for any input that you may provide.

To access the Site Accessibility Standard for Voting Locations, click on one of the following links:

Site Accessibility Standard – English

Site Accessibility Standard – French

Please send your comments to Elections Ontario by September 1, 2010:


Mail:      Voting Location Comments, Elections Ontario, 51 Rolark Drive,

Toronto, ON, M1R 3B1

Fax:       Att: Voting Location Comments, 416-212-3401


If you require the document in another accessible format, please email

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I just wanted to make a quick comment about the attention this story is getting in the news If you haven’t read it yet, you can check out the Toronto Star’s article.

I just feel that while yes this is a very upsetting and frustrating issue, it happens a lot.  I hope that some serious attention will come out of this issue and people in the airline industry will realize that people with disabilities have had enough.  In my own social circle I can count at least five people who have had their wheelchairs damaged by airlines.

I did read a really great blog post about how Air Canada should pay for the damage that was done, and while this is true, its kind of a band-aid solution. What really needs to happen is some changes in airline procedures so that these things don’t happen in the first place.

Wheelchairs are not just property, they are what allows that person to participate (though not yet fully) in the world around them.  If it were up to me this would be considered unlawful confinement, an it should be.

I think now is a great time for disability activists and their allies to take this issue on, and if you’re wondering where to start, here’s a suggestion.

To file a complaint, write to:

Canadian Transportation Agency
Accessible Transportation Directorate
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0N9

For further information call toll free to:
Voice: 1-800-883-1813 or 997-6828

TTY: 1-800-669-5575 or 953-9705

I also found information on the current responsibilities of airlines

Want to hear from candidates running for Mayor what they will do to improve services for Torontonians living with disabilities?

Do you have questions about City services and how they can be made more accessible?

Are you interested in learning what ideas the candidates have for creating inclusive and accessible public spaces?

Then Save the Date!

What: Mayoral Debate on Disability Issues

When: September 22nd, 2010

1 – 3pm

Where: Scadding Court Community Centre Gymnasium

707 Dundas Street West, Toronto ON M5T 2W6

(please enter through doors on the east side of the parking lot on Bathurst St.)

From Dignity for All: The Campaign for a poverty-free Canada

On Thursday, June 17, NDP MP Tony Martin tabled private member’s Bill C-545, An Act to Eliminate Poverty in Canada. Not only does this bill speak to a tremendous need in this country, it also reflects significant civil society consultation and multi-party collaboration. Congratulations to Mr. Martin, and thanks to MPs Mike Savage (Liberal) and Yves Lessard (Bloc) for their support of this legislative initiative.

Built on a strong human rights framework, the bill emphasizes income security, housing and social inclusion as core priorities. “The purpose of this Act is to impose on the federal government the obligation to eliminate poverty and promote social inclusion by establishing and implementing a strategy for poverty elimination in consultation with the provincial, territorial, municipal and Aboriginal governments and with civil society organizations.”

The introduction of Bill C-545 marks a significant step towards fulfilling the second goal of the Dignity Campaign (a federal poverty elimination act). The campaign and all of its supporters now have the summer to begin rallying public awareness of and support for the Bill, prior to its reading in the fall legislative session!

DfA support continues to grow. 350 groups and over 5500 individual Canadians have endorsed the campaign. Among these supporters are 57 MPs and 12 Senators, representing 17% of all Parliamentarians. Special thanks to Alderman Joe Ceci and the City of Calgary for leading the effort to secure the recent endorsement of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities!

For more information on DfA please follow this link: