Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities Mandate Letter

Canada has a New Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, Minister Carla Qualtrough.
The Minister’s overarching goal will be “to promote healthier Canadians through sport and recreation, and to ensure greater accessibility and opportunities for Canadians with disabilities.”    The Minister’s four top priorities are to:
Lead an engagement process with provinces, territories, municipalities, and stakeholders that will lead to the passage of a Canadians with Disabilities Act;
Work with the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities to deliver on our commitment to support the construction of recreational infrastructure that allows more children access to sport and recreation;
Work with the Minister of Health and the Public Health Agency of Canada to support a national strategy to raise awareness for parents, coaches, and athletes on concussion treatment;
Work with the Minister of Canadian Heritage to include sport and recreation in championing government-wide efforts to promote the celebration of Canada 150, with a particular emphasis on celebrating the achievements of athletes and persons with disabilities;
Lead preparations for the 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympics and future international sporting events;
and Create greater links between our elite athletes and young Canadians to promote health and achievement among youth.

Introduction to Carla Qualtrough


Got Any Hot Ideas?

The City of Toronto is conducting a five-year review of Housing Opportunities Toronto – An Affordable Housing Action Plan 2010-2020 (HOT.)

As part of a five-year review, the City of Toronto is conducting four public consolation sessions on Housing Opportunities Toronto.

Below is the schedule of the public consultations:

Scarborough
Monday November 16, 2015
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Scarborough Civic Centre
Committee Rooms 1 & 2
150 Borough Drive, Main Floor
(Ellesmere / McCowan)

North York
Thursday November 19, 2015
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Memorial Hall
Burgundy Room A, Lower Level
5110 Yonge Street (South Finch)

Downtown Toronto
Tuesday November 24, 2015
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Toronto Reference Library
2nd Floor, Novella Room
789 Yonge Street (north of Bloor)

Etobicoke
Thursday December 3, 2015
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Farifield Seniors Centre
Main Floor Auditorium
80 Lothian Avenue
(Islington and Bloor West)

TTC tokens reimbursement and light refreshment will be available.  For more information and to register, visit the City of Toronto website.

City of Toronto website


Got Any Hot Ideas?

The City of Toronto is conducting a five-year review of Housing Opportunities Toronto – An Affordable Housing Action Plan 2010-2020 (HOT.)  As part of a five-year review, the City of Toronto is conducting four public consolation sessions on Housing Opportunities Toronto.

Below is the schedule of the public consultations:

Scarborough
Monday November 16, 2015
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Scarborough Civic Centre
Committee Rooms 1 & 2
150 Borough Drive, Main Floor
(Ellesmere / McCowan)

North York
Thursday November 19, 2015
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Memorial Hall
Burgundy Room A, Lower Level
5110 Yonge Street (South Finch)

Downtown Toronto
Tuesday November 24, 2015
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Toronto Reference Library
2nd Floor, Novella Room
789 Yonge Street (north of Bloor)

Etobicoke
Thursday December 3, 2015
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Farifield Seniors Centre
Main Floor Auditorium
80 Lothian Avenue
(Islington and Bloor West)

TTC tokens reimbursement and light refreshment will be available.  For more information and to register, visit the City of Toronto website. City of Toronto website


Art exhibit and sale celebrates work of marginalized women

Looking for a holiday gift with meaning? Visit the Art Exhibition showcasing textile, ceramic and other works by homeless and vulnerable women.
All proceeds from the sale go towards supporting the artists of Regent Park Community Health Centre’s Art Afternoon and the Fabric and Ceramic Art Programs of the Adelaide Resource Centre for Women.

When: Opening reception November 23, 5-8 pm. Exhibit runs to November 26.
Where: Metro Hall Rotunda, 55 John Street
For more information, click on the flyer or call Josie Ricciardi at 416-364-2261.


 Ontario Ensuring Workplaces are Accessible by Launching Compliance Audits

  Ontario is conducting targeted audits of retail companies with 500 or more employees to ensure workplaces and employee practices are accessible during a three-month audit blitz this fall.   The Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure is leading the audits, with the goal of ensuring that employers are making accessibility a regular part of recruiting and supporting employees with disabilities.   The ministry will check that large retailers meet requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), including:
       – Creating and making public a multi-year accessibility plan that outlines the steps put in place to remove and prevent barriers for employees and customers.
     – Developing customized emergency plans for employees with disabilities.
  The province has made resources available and worked with organizations to help ensure workplaces are accessible, and will continue to support businesses in these efforts going forward.   For resources and more information, visit the Ontario government’s Newsroom website.
  Newsroom  


TTC Subway Closure

This weekend on November 7th and 8th, there will be no subway service on Line 2 between Keele and St George stations.    All trains on Line 2 will turn back westbound at Keele Station and eastbound at St George Station.    During this closure, replacement buses will stop at all stations.

For customers requiring a station with an elevator, Wheel-Trans buses will operate between St George and Jane stations on request, stopping at all stations.   Customers can request the Wheel-Trans bus by speaking with a Supervisor at the station.   Customers travelling eastbound who require the elevator must exit the train at Jane Station and speak to the Supervisor at the bus platform to request the Wheel-Trans bus.

For more information, visit the TTC website or call 416-393-4636 (INFO)

TTC website


Increasing Support for People Receiving Social Assistance

Ontario has increased financial support for people receiving social assistance.  Social assistance rates were increased in the 2015 Budget, including:

  • $25 more per month for single adults receiving Ontario Works who don’t have children, for a total monthly increase of $75 since 2013
  • One per cent more for families receiving Ontario Works
  • One per cent more for people with disabilities who access the Ontario Disability Support Program
  • One per cent more for various other rates, including the Remote Communities Allowance and Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities.

For more information, visit the Ontario Newswroom Website.

Ontario Newsroom

Additional Resources

The 2015 Ontario Budget: Building Ontario Up

Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy: Realizing Our Potential


Increasing Support for People Receiving Social Assistance

 
Ontario has increased financial support for people receiving social assistance.  Social assistance rates were increased in the 2015 Budget, including:
 
 $25 more per month for single adults receiving Ontario Works who don’t have children, for a total monthly increase of $75 since 2013
 One per cent more for families receiving Ontario Works
 One per cent more for people with disabilities who access the Ontario Disability Support Program
 One per cent more for various other rates, including the Remote Communities Allowance and Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities.
  For more information, visit the Ontario Newswroom Website.
 
Ontario Newsroom
 
 
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES 
 
–  The 2015 Ontario Budget: Building Ontario Up   – Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy: Realizing Our Potential    


TANGLED GETS “FIXED” AT TIFF!

  In commemoration of the International Day for People with Disabilities, Tangled is partnering with the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson and TIFF’s Higher Learning Series to present a screening of Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement.

This will be followed by a panel of a disability studies scholar, writer, and a roboticist who will explore the drive to make ourselves ‘better than human’ and debate the radical technologies that promise to take us there.

When:   December 3rd, 11am-1:30PM

Where:
TIFF Lightbox, 350 King Street W

Free and open to the public, however, please email info@tangledarts.org to reserve a ticket

Access info: Barrier- Free venue and ASL and described video provided

 


Housing Connections is now part of the City of Toronto

  
The City of Toronto is now directly managing the centralized waiting list for social housing, and has agreed with Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) to transfer this function to the City.   The valued employees of Housing Connections, until yesterday a subsidiary of TCHC, have joined Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to become a unit within the Social Housing Unit.    For the thousands of clients with new or existing applications for subsidized housing, and for the agencies and workers who support them, it is business as usual. There are no changes to how people may contact Housing Connections:
    •    Call centre: 416-981-6111, M-F, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    •    Online: www.housingconnections.ca
    •    In person: Resource Centre, 176 Elm Street, M, Wed-Fri, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Tues, 10 am to 6 pm

The return to the City of waiting list administration was directed by City Council last May. The transfer is expected to be completed by yearend.
The City is looking to provide those on the waiting list for social housing with a range of  services and options to meet their affordable housing needs.