Nova Scotia to launch consultations on better accessibility legislation – Halifax

Nova Scotia to launch consultations on better accessibility legislation - Halifax
HALIFAX – Public consultations are scheduled to begin next Thursday as the Nova Scotia government prepares to introduce legislation in the spring of 2016 aimed at eliminating barriers for people with physical limitations.Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard says an advisory panel will conduct 11 community consultations in 10 locations from Nov. 13 to Dec. 5. Trending Stories People who want to provide comments on an online discussion paper will be able to do so through an online survey.The feedback will be the basis of the advisory panel’s report to the minister. Story continues below advertisement © 2014 The Canadian...

David Onley champions accessibility as term ends – Toronto

Pass or fail: How the city fares on accessibility - Lethbridge
TORONTO – There is an “airtight business case” for hiring people with disabilities, Ontario’s outgoing lieutenant-governor said in his last major speech.David Onley, who uses a motorized scooter after having polio as a child, used his term to champion accessibility issues. When he was installed in 2007, Onley defined accessibility as “that which enables people to achieve their full potential.”Accessibility is more than the wheelchair curb cuts, parking spots, automatic doors and “the ubiquitous wheelchair symbol,” Onley said in a speech last Monday at the Toronto Region Board of Trade.A group of businesses that have policies of hiring people with disabilities was announced last week and the organization will help companies access the benefits of hiring people with disabilities.It includes companies who hire a percentage of people...

Province addresses ‘unfair’ bidding process for government projects – Saskatoon

Province addresses ‘unfair’ bidding process for government projects - Saskatoon
Watch the video above: Cabinet shuffle puts spotlight on province’s procurement policiesSASKATOON – A group of Saskatchewan business owners have said other provinces are giving their companies competitive advantages when it comes to bidding on local government projects.Premier Brad Wall has tasked Saskatchewan’s Minister of Justice Gordon Wyant with establishing a new branch of SaskBuilds, Priority Saskatchewan, which aims to create a fairer bidding process.Saskatchewan’s largest steel fabrication company, Supreme Steel, has had to lay off 75 employees this spring.“There’s a lot of social impact of layoffs, it affects families,” said Ross Fraser, Supreme’s senior vice president.Fraser said there will always be an ebb and flow of layoffs in the construction industry, but he said there’s another important factor: companies like his...

Pass or fail: How the city fares on accessibility – Lethbridge

Pass or fail: How the city fares on accessibility - Lethbridge
Accessibility is something a large portion of the Canadian population deals with every day.The City of Lethbridge made an action plan three years ago to make public facilities more accessible to all residents and visitors.The city has finished a few major projects in the last year, the new CASA building was finished in May of 2013, and recently the Enmax Centre and the Helen Schuler Nature Centre were renovated.Global News wanted to see how the city fared with it’s plan to make Lethbridge barrier free.We recruited a man who knows all too well the challenges someone with a mobility impairment can face on a daily bases. We asked Chris Schamber to grade the new CASA building with a pass or a fail.Schamber is confined to a wheel chair. He relies on it for his independence, but that feeling of empowerment can be snuffed out with the simplest...

Rural Alberta pharmacist concerned about flu vaccine distribution

Rural Alberta pharmacist concerned about flu vaccine distribution
EDMONTON –As Alberta health officials decide to send any new shipments of flu vaccine to public health clinics, people in rural areas raise concerns about accessibility.On Wednesday, the province said a group of health experts determined to direct any new shipments of flu vaccine to Alberta Health Services (AHS) public health clinics for “easier distribution and centralized access for Albertans.”Nearly one million Albertans have received the flu vaccine so far. On Tuesday, the province secured an additional 65,000 doses of vaccine, but health officials expect that to run out by the end of the week.“Because we are approaching the end of our supply on hand in Alberta, we will not be shipping additional vaccine to pharmacies across the province,” said Health Minister Fred Horne. Vaccines that are still in pharmacies and doctors’...