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Grand River Accessibility Advisory Committee <br /> Date: Thursday, March 24, 2022 <br /> Location: Zoom Meeting <br /> Present: Donna Hartzler, Rob Bender, Brenda Robinson (Co-Chair), Paula Saunders, Lolita Paroski (City of <br /> Kitchener), Carrie Speers, Teresa McQuillin (Co-Chair), Melanie Garbarz (Region of Waterloo), Tracey Murray <br /> (Township of Wilmot), Councillor Debbie Chapman (City of Kitchener), Amy Ross (City of Waterloo), Janis <br /> McKenzie (City of Kitchener), Heather Clark Harris, Jolene MacDonald, Ashley Sage (Township of North <br /> Dumfries) <br /> Regrets: Councillor Sandra Hanmer (City of Waterloo), Councillor Sue Foxton (Region of Waterloo), Robyn <br /> Jackson, Tamara Bell, Trevor Tamlin, Ilidia Sa Melo (Township of Woolwich), Grace Kosch (Township of <br /> Wellesley), Berny Wesselink <br /> 1. Welcome and Introductions <br /> 2. Approval of January Minutes <br /> Approval of February Minutes and March agenda <br /> Jolene motioned to accept March agenda; Paula seconded; All in favour. <br /> Donna motioned to accept January minutes; Brenda seconded; All in favour. <br /> Carrie motioned to accept February minutes; Donna seconded; All in favour. <br /> 3. Declarations of Pecuniary Interests <br /> None <br /> 4. City of Waterloo City-wide Accessibility Audit, Koohyar Samiee <br /> Accessibility Issues, Consequences and Risks <br /> The following is a list Identifying issues, consequences, and risks to the municipality of <br /> compliance/noncompliance with the standards requirements references in Section 2.0 and target dates: <br /> 1. Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC) —The relevance of the Human Rights Code's duty to accommodate so <br /> that all spaces are accessible to staff, students, volunteers, and caregivers with a variety of different disabilities <br /> have not been demonstrated throughout the facilities audited and faces risk of a Human Rights Complaint. The <br /> Code has primacy over the OBC, and human rights tribunals have affirmed that compliance with the OBC is no <br /> defense to a complaint of discrimination under the Human Rights Code." The Accessibility for Ontarians with <br /> Disabilities Act, and the Building Code ( <br /> report-restaurant-accessibility-initiative/accessibilityontarians-disabilities-act-and-building-code) <br /> 2. Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) —The Act, passed in 2005, begins by recognizing the <br /> history of discrimination against persons with disabilities in Ontario. Its purpose is to "benefit all Ontarians by, <br /> developing, implementing, and enforcing accessibility standards to achieve accessibility for Ontarians with <br /> disabilities with respect to goods, services, facilities, accommodation, employment, buildings, structures and <br /> premises on or before January 1, 2025. It should be clarified that a further standard added to the Integrated <br /> Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR) covering parts of the Built Environment was added on January 1, <br /> 2013. It mentions it is applicable to newly constructed or redeveloped public-use areas and covers such public <br /> spaces and features as recreational trails and beach access routes, outdoor tables for eating, outdoor play <br /> spaces, outdoor sidewalks or walkways, off-street parking, waiting areas, service counters and queuing guides. <br />