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Mayor Mike Bradley Speaks out Against Associations
Sarnia, Ontario, May 6th, 2011 – Mayor Mike Bradley spoke out against the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) as well as the Ontario Public Transit Association (OPT A).
Both organizations have each urged the McGuinty Government to delay enactment of the Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR) made under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (commonly known as the AODA) and to weaken its protections for persons with disabilities. Mayor Bradley spoke out against the groups after receiving recommendations from top-ranking City staff based upon recommendations made by the Sarnia Accessibility Advisory Committee.
Bradley likened this move by the AMO and OPT A to slow changes related to the rights of persons’ who have a disability to similar moves that were made in some of the southern United States during the American Civil Rights movement for African Americans in the 1960’s. “Ontario’s population is made up of close to 20% of persons who have a disability and combined with family and friends it amounts to over 50% of the population,” he said. “Do municipalities really want to disenfranchise that amount of their citizenry?” He went on to quote the late great Martin Luther King and the “fierce urgency of now”.
Mayor Bradley also announced his plans to request Sarnia City Council this Monday evening to follow the recommendations made by The Sarnia Accessibility Advisory Committee requesting that Sarnia City Council pass the following resolutions:
1. That the draft Integrated Accessibility Regulation and its vision of an Accessible Ontario by 2025 be supported; and
2. That a copy of this report and resolution be forwarded to Lambton County Council and the Lambton County Accessibility Advisory Committee for their consideration and support.
Hoping that this will lead other municipalities to do the right thing and follow the recommendations of the AODA Alliance Group in Ontario.
Mayor Mike Bradley is well known for his on-going Mayor’s Challenge to the other Mayor’s in Ontario – - “to do the right thing and take up the challenge of hiring persons’ who have a disability.”
Mark Wafer, who owns 7 Tim Horton’s stores in Toronto, area also spoke out in support of Mayor Bradley’s comments. Wafer is a business owner who is out in front of AODA as the first fast food franchise in Ontario to be certified under AODA. Wafer stated, “This argument that business can’t afford to comply with the AODA is simply ridiculous. It’s stupid not to comply. As a business owner complying with all of the requirements of the AODA has allowed me to see a whole new demographic of customers and I have the increased profits to prove it.”
Contact: Mayor Mike Bradley 519-332-0560 Mike Bradley email@example.com
Contact: Mark Wafer, 416-258-4231, firstname.lastname@example.org
Backgrounder: AODA Report. Download Here.