TORONTO, Sept. 23, 2014 /CNW/ - Limited travel options in Ontario's
north were not even available to Bradley Bondar and Lisa Buck because
no vehicles had accessible washrooms. Yesterday Bondar and Buck
settled joint human rights claims with the Ontario Northland
Transportation Commission (ONTC), making sure northern Ontarians with
disabilities will have more transportation options.
Englehart resident Lisa Buck joined her human rights claim with that of
Timmins disability rights activist Bradley Bondar, who passed away
before his claim was settled. Bondar's brother Jason carried forward
the claim on his behalf of his estate. Jason commented that "Bradley
broke down a lot of barriers for people with disabilities in his
lifetime and this resolution is part of his legacy."
As part of the settlement of the human rights claim, ONTC agreed to:
Order three motor coaches with wheelchair accessible washrooms
Make every effort to have these coaches available to passengers with
disabilities upon request
Train drivers on human rights - drivers will have to complete training
before operating any equipment
Jamie McGinnis, Buck's lawyer in the Human Rights Legal Support Centre's
Thunder Bay office, commented "with so few travel options to begin
with, it is absolutely vital that northern residents have accessible
Julie D. Lefebvre, Bondar's paralegal in Timmins, said "a huge barrier
was lifted in northern Ontario for passengers using wheelchairs. I am
very happy that the human rights process worked to effect change."
The Human Rights Legal Support Centre offers free legal services to
people throughout Ontario who have experienced discrimination contrary
to Ontario's Human Rights Code.
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SOURCE: Human Rights Legal Support Centre
For further information:
Jennifer Ramsay, Human Rights Legal Support Centre 416-597-4958 or mobile 416-522-5931