Anne Rota Now Has Completed Human Rights Training

1762668 Ontario Inc., owned by Rennie and Anne Rota, was added to the Accessibility Hall Of Shame because it failed to comply with a February 20, 2014 Human Rights Tribunal Ontario Order, part of which stipulated, “The landlord must retain a consultant with expertise in human rights, disability and access who will provide training to Mr. Rota, and any managers, on the landlord’s obligations under the Code with respect to accommodating disability, and the landlord must provide to the applicant by June 1, 2014, a copy of a letter from the consultant verifying that the training is completed.

Six and a half months late, a December 20, 2014 letter certified that Rennie Rota completed a Human Rights Training Program; the letter was received via regular mail December 30, 2014.

Now, seven and a half months late, Anne Rota completed a Human rights Training Program.

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Bart DiPasquale Added To Accessibility Hall Of Shame

In response to my concerns to Bart DiPasquale, as council’s representative to the Amherstburg Accessibility Advisory Committee, he advised me that the committee’s meetings were rescheduled via several emails as mentioned in this post.

Finally, on December 15, I emailed that he still had not addressed my concerns and requested that he advise me of the outcome; his response was, “I believe your concerns were forwarded to the accessibility committee some time ago. I will check on them.”

I have not received any further response.

For the above reasons, DiPasquale is added to the Accessibility Hall of Shame.

What’s The Point?

In response to the post, Rene Rota Completed Human Rights TrainingBob Rozankovic asked, “Your point in posting this is what?”

My response is: the point is to publicly raise awareness of the equal rights of persons with disabilities and the complaint/enforcement mechanism. Some municipal candidates in the recent election were obviously misinformed about the accessibility legislation so if I can contribute to eradicating some of that ignorance, I will exercise my right to do so, as I have for over the past two decades.

Who would argue that public education isn’t needed?

Rennie Rota Completed Human Rights Training

On December 2, 2014 I posted that 1762668 Ontario Inc., a company owned by Rennie and Anne Rota, was added to the Accessibility Hall Of Shame because it failed to comply with a February 20, 2014 Human Rights Tribunal Ontario Order, part of which stipulated, “The landlord must retain a consultant with expertise in human rights, disability and access who will provide training to Mr. Rota, and any managers, on the landlord’s obligations under the Code with respect to accommodating disability, and the landlord must provide to the applicant by June 1, 2014, a copy of a letter from the consultant verifying that the training is completed.

Six and a half months late, a December 20, 2014 letter certifies that Rennie Rota completed a Human rights Training Program; the letter was received via regular mail December 30, 2014.

1762668 Ontario Inc. Added To Accessibility Hall Of Shame

1762668 Ontario Inc., owned by Rene and Anne Rota, is being added to the Accessibility Hall Of Shame because, as mentioned in this post, the February 20, 2014 Human Rights Tribunal Ontario Order has not been complied with regarding the hiring of a consultant to provide training to Mr. Rota and any managers on the landlord’s obligations under the Code with respect to accommodating disability.

Amherstburg Has No Accessible Taxis

Commentary by Linda Saxon

Any commentaries on this blog pertaining to a lack of accessibility in Amherstburg or anywhere else contain my personal opinion and not that as Chair of the Essex County Accessibility Advisory Committee.

I telephoned South Shore Taxi yesterday to inquire if they had any accessible taxis; the answer was “no.” The response to my question, “why not?” was “we just don’t” which was followed by a hearty laugh and the suggestion that I would have to speak to the owner.

Not having accessible taxis is not funny; I would also mention that the website has accessibility issues.

Part of Question 29 to the candidates relative to accessibility issues that I raised was, “Will you commit to specific plans to ensure fully accessible public transit and taxi services in your community?”

For the most part, the position was that taxis are private enterprise and should therefore not be interfered with.

However, ONTARIO REGULATION 191/11 made under the ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, 2005, sets out Duties of Municipalities in sections 78, 79, 80.

Duties of municipalities, accessible taxicabs
79.  (1)  Every municipality shall consult with its municipal accessibility advisory committee, where one has been established in accordance with subsection 29 (1) or (2) of the Act, the public and persons with disabilities to determine the proportion of on-demand accessible taxicabs required in the community.

(2)  Every municipality shall identify progress made toward meeting the need for on-demand accessible taxicabs, including any steps that will be taken to meet the need, in its accessibility plan required under Part I.

(3)  Municipalities shall meet the requirements of this section by January 1, 2013.

(4)  In this section,

“accessible taxicab” means an accessible taxicab as defined in section 1 of Regulation 629 of the Revised Regulations of Ontario, 1990 (Vehicles for the Transportation of Physically Disabled Persons) made under the Highway Traffic Act.

I do not recall a public meeting ever having been held nor can I find any reference in the town’s accessibility plan.