December 29, 2009
Victor Schwartzman is a former human rights officer with The Manitoba Human Rights Commission. His human rights complaint against the MHRC for failing to accommodate him has been supported by the Ontario Human Rights Commission, which in December, 2009 voted to reaffirm its decision of a year earlier to direct mediation on the complaint.
(Please note: unfortunately, all recommendations for Ontario also appear to apply to other Provinces).
All buildings containing Provincial Government offices will be accessible.
The Minister responsible for people with disabilities will apologize for buildings still not being accessible.
All Fire Departments and other Emergency Services in Ontario will have plans to evacuate people with mobility impairments during emergencies (for example, a fire in a multi story building where the elevators may fail).
The Minister responsible for people with disabilities will explain why such plans were not in place previously, and apologize for such plans not being in place in all Ontario municipalities. If any person in Ontario with a disability has died unnecessarily in a fire or other emergency, the Minister will apologize for the government’s failure then, and the failure in correcting the situation afterwards.
The push to have additional laws regarding accommodation for disabilities will be passed, even though existing laws are sufficient.
The Minister responsible for people with disabilities will apologize for not using existing laws to their fullest reasonable potential.
The Minister responsible for people with disabilities will apologize to people with disabilities and their advocates for wasting their time pushing for new legislation when the old legislation was sufficient.