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Today I am pleased to share our president’s editorial with you and for today
Donna J. Jodhan has something very serious to share with you.
It’s all about whether our Accessible Canada Act is toothless or toothful!
Please enjoy this wonderful November weekend.
Is the Accessible Canada Act toothless or tooth full
By Donna J. Jodhan
I was truly hoping that I would not need to weigh in on this very
interesting question. However, truth be told; it has become a very burning
question over the past few months and we should not be blaiming the pandemic
for contributing to all of this.
When the ACA was made legislation in June 2019, there were so many Canadians
with disabilities who had very high hopes for its ability to solve several
problems such as ensuring that federal government departments would change
their attitude from one of not listening to attitudes of collaboration,
engagement, and a willingness to work with stakeholders to create a more
accessible and inclusive environment for Canadians with disabilities. Above
all, transparency and accountability.
Sadly enough, this attitude on the part of some high profile government
departments seem to be still present and I can only say that I have
personally witnessed some very high profile federal government departments
continuing to wilfully and recklessly ignore the guidelines of the ACA.
I am very reluctant to identify these so-called culprits but I am not sure
what else to do. There are a few departments however that have picked up
the mantle and have decided to show leadership. I congratulate Elections
Canada for their leadership and I also congratulate Via Rail for fully
adhering to excellent customer service.
I unfortunately call out the following departments for their poor attempts
to follow the guidelines and for failing to even give it a decent try.
These departments continue to show little transparency and accountability.
Most of all, little or no respect for accessibility and inclusiveness.
Statistics Canada and the Canada Border Security Agency are two departments
that I have personally been dealing with over the past two months and I can
only describe their efforts as embarrassing, shameful, and an unwillingness
Only time will tell as to whether the ACA is toothless because of its
inability to deal with departments such as those mentioned here or will they
have the teeth to enforce the regulations.
I can only hope that these two culprits find a way to change their ways.
Just my two cents for today.
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