Past Newsletters

In the Stream – Spring/Summer 2013

What is the Right to Control? The Right to Control is a new legal right for disabled people. It gives disabled people more choice and control over the support they need to go about their daily lives. Disabled adults living in seven test areas will be able to combine the support they receive from six different sources and decide how best to spend the funding to meet their needs.


In the Stream – Winter 2013

“In the 2012 Ontario budget, the government announced that it was eliminating the Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit (CSUMB). The CSUMB helps people receiving social assistance to pay for large or unexpected housing-related costs, supporting them to become and remain housed. As of January 1, 2013, the CSUMB will end and 50 percent of its funding will be passed to municipalities as part of the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI), the first phase of a multi-year consolidation of housing programs.”


In the Stream – Fall 2012

“On August 19, 2011, Premier McGuinty made 12 important election commitments on what his Government would do, if re-elected in the 2011 Ontario election, to ensure that Ontario becomes fully accessible to over 1.7 million Ontarians with disabilities by 2025. Those commitments were set out in a letter to the AODA Alliance.”


In the Stream- Spring/Summer 2012

“The Canadian Transportation Agency today launched its new Carriage of Mobility Aids Resource Tool for air, rail and interprovincial ferry carriers to assist travelers, travel agents and transportation service providers in the planning of and preparation for travel involving mobility aids.”


In the Stream – Winter 2012

“In the next 13 years, Toronto is getting a makeover.
Its buildings will become barrier-free, its businesses wheelchair accessible.
In fact, new legislation from the province will make all of Ontario accessible by 2025.
But Luke Anderson isn’t going to wait that long.”


In the Stream – Fall 2011

“Have you ever had trouble opening a bank account or cashing a cheque because you didn’t have photo ID?
If so, you’re not alone.
More than 1.5 million people in Ontario don’t have a driver’s license, the most commonly used form of photo ID.”


In the Stream – Spring/Summer 2011

“Like everyone who receives a monthly cheque from Ontario’s Disability Support Program, Sharon Burfind loses 50 cents on every dollar she earns in her part-time job.
The meager amount of earnings she and other disabled people keep then triggers higher costs for other help they receive, such as subsidized rent, child care and student loan repayments.”


In the Stream – Winter 2011

“With the advent of the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) system, attendant services and other Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (the Ministry) funded community-based programs are now under the same authority as all other “health” and hospital programs. An exception to this, up until now, has been the Direct Funding Program.

We do know that this change has made it harder for people with disabilities, who view attendant services as critical to maintaining community participation and who have also spent the last 40 years distancing themselves from terms like “patient”, to feel any sense of confidence in this development.


In the Stream – Summer 2010

“In the Stream – Summer 2010 On March 25, as part of its 2010 budget, the provincial government announced that it will cancel the Special Diet Allowance Program and replace it with a new program. The government has said very little at this point about what the new program will be. But what they have said shows that the new program will be different in many important ways: ”


In the Stream – Spring 2010

“There are 4.4 million people with disabilities in Canada and close to one million cancer survivors, many of whom experience disability as the result of cancer and/or treatment. There has, however, been very little research on cancer and disability in Canada. Research in other countries has found that people with pre-existing disabilities may be at greater risk of certain cancers, are often less likely to be screened for cancer, may not receive the most effective treatments and have poorer prognoses and survival rates. ”


In the Stream – Winter 2010

“The Disability Amount, more commonly referred to as the Disability Tax Credit or DTC, is a non-refundable tax credit available to eligible persons with disabilities. The DTC reduces the amount of tax owed by a person to the government. ”


In the Stream – Fall 2009

“More than just a phone number, 311 Toronto provides access to a wide range of online services, and in the coming months will expand with online service requests and online tracking. Information counters are also available at City Hall and most Civic Centres during regular business hours, offering in-person assistance and free telephone access to 311. You can also contact 311 by e-mail or fax.”


In the Stream – Summer 2009

On July 14, 2009, the Ontario government released the initial proposed Accessible Built Environment Standard for a public review period. A standards development committee developed the proposed standard. The committee was made up of representatives from the disability and business communities.

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In the Stream – Spring 2009

The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) is a long-term savings vehicle to help you, your child, your family and others save for the long-term financial security of a person with a severe disability.

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In the Stream – Winter 2009

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) Inc., as well as the fifteenth anniversary of the Direct Funding Program.

In commemoration of this significant achievement, I thought it would interesting to take a journey into the past, looking at the history of how CILT got started, highlighting important landmarks along the way that aided in transforming CILT into the successful, one-of-a-kind, consumer-driven organization that it is today.

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In the Stream – Fall 2008

Influenza, often called the flu, is caused by a virus that circulates from October to April each year. People who get the flu may have a fever, chills, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, runny nose, cough, weakness and fatigue. The elderly may not get a fever. Children may have stomach symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Symptoms usually last two to seven days. The cough and weakness may last for up to six weeks.

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In the Stream – Summer 2008

Ontario is launching a new $741 million diabetes strategy that aims to prevent, manage and treat diabetes care across the province. Read on to find out more…

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In the Stream – Spring 2008

We’ve all heard stories about the difficulties that people with disabilities face when they have to go to the hospital: Non verbal people who wouldn’t be fed if a friend or attendant didn’t visit regularly; medication that has been taken for years suddenly withdrawn because the attending physicians were focused on another problem, and the deaths that resulted because of massive seizures that resulted from this sudden withdrawal. Also, of people who die from a relatively minor problem due to misunderstanding of the impact that a minor problem for someone without a disability might have on a person with a disability. This is happening all across Canada.

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In the Stream – Winter 2008

In spring of 2007, our national organization, the Independent Living Canada (IL Canada) launched Investing in Futures: An Independent Living Approach to Education Savings Incentives.

It is a three year national project that will support member Independent Living Resource Centres (ILRCs), like CILT, to provide post-secondary education and savings resources, tools and supports to parents with disabilities as well as the parents of children with disabilities.

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In the Stream – Fall 2007

David C. Onley, born in Ontario June 12, 1950, has recently been appointed the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. Onley is a former television personality: as a science and technology reporter for a Toronto television station, CityTV, and an anchor for the 24-hour news station CablePulse24.

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In the Stream – Summer 2007

The report, entitled “Failing the Homeless: Barriers in the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) for Homeless People with Disabilities”, shows how Ontario disability benefits are failing homeless people with disabilities. The ODSP is intended to assist low-income people with disabilities, but many disabled homeless people are unable to access this program.

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In the Stream – Spring 2007

For too many low-income Canadians, working can mean being financially worse off than staying on social assistance. For example, a single parent who takes a low-income job can lose a large portion of each dollar earned to taxes and reduced income support. In addition, he or she could also lose in-kind benefits such as subsidized housing and prescription drugs, and can often take on new work-related expenses. This situation is often referred to as the “welfare wall,” which discourages many low-income Canadians from getting the jobs that they and their family need. Read on to find out more highlights of the 2007 Budget.

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In the Stream – Winter 2007

Have you ever felt like you have less energy and are more tired or down in the dumps when the cold winter months arrive? You may be surprised to know that this is actually a normal and natural response in the colder months, as the days get shorter and there is less sunlight. As such we tend to respond with a “hibernating” reaction. The more indoor living we do in winter also means a drop in our regular activity. The Winter Blues is actually more common that you might think and anyone can experience a bout of it from year to year.

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In the Stream – Fall 2006

The arrival of this year’s seasonal flu vaccine has been delayed until November 13th.According to Toronto Public Health’s website, flu shot clinics for the 2006-07 influenza season will open on Monday November 13 Please visit their web page at the beginning of November for a list of flu vaccination clinics. These pages are currently being updated.

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In the Stream – Summer 2006

Anger affects us both physiologically and psychologically. Physiologically, anger is defined as a defence response of the human nervous system to internal or external demands, threats, and pressures. Psychologically, anger is a response to a perceived misdeed and attributing blame to someone or something.

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In the Stream – Spring 2006

Most of society sees people with disabilities as persons who are flawed, pitiful and without dignity. But we see ourselves as a vital and proud community, with values of our own that enhance our quality of life, values that could enhance life for all. Read on to find out more about the disability community’s response to the bioethics debate.

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In the Stream – Winter 2006

This issue features a consumer’s experiential journey along which she finds hope and self satisfaction within her music. “Music as a Profound Journey” illustrates how our souls can be resilient, even during the most traumatic of times.

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In the Stream – Fall 2005

In this issue we hear of John Cronin’s harrowing experience during a Jamaican Hurricane in 1988, highlight David Lepofsky’s CILT Founder’s Award, and visit our regular Website and Items for Sales listings.

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In the Stream – Spring 2005

In this issue we look at a German consumer’s Canadian experience, see how an Oscar winning movie could be considered a “Million Dollar slap in the face”, and John Mossa discusses some tips and tricks to dealing with taxes.

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In The Stream – Winter 2004

In this issue Don Barrie looks at some proposed legislation, and IL Canada provides four fact sheets for the year 2004.

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In The Stream – Fall 2004

In this issue, Don Barrie discusses how Simply People can make a change in the local disability movement, we take a look at the first quadripelegic elected to parliment, and Susan DeLaurier lets us know about a Good Idea in Osaka.

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In The Stream – Spring 2004

In this issue we talk about “Getting Disability Back on the Media Table”, get some more information of VIA’s refusal to make cars wheelchair accessable, and a consumer makes a human rights complaint against Go Transit.

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In The Stream – Winter 2003

In our special travel issue we take a look at VIA’s reaction to an order to make cars accessable, the frustrations of air travel, and get some reader feedback on Vic Willi’s Fall 2003 article “Disabled in the USA”.

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In The Stream – Fall 2003

In this issue, Vic Willi discusses being disabled in the USA, Lina Di Carlo discusses her “Great Escape”, and Susan DeLaurier asks “Is Your Doctor And/Or Dentist Accessible?”.

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In The Stream – Summer 2003

In this issue we examine Sandra Carpenter’s “Defeating Apathy, Attitudes and Mindsets”, a consumer talks about “Saying No to No-Lifts”, and other interesting issues for the CILT member.

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In The Stream – Spring 2003

In this issue we examine the top 15 Hot Tips for Wheel-Trans Consumers, a consumer discusses the human rights case against the TTC, and Sandra Carpenter continues her discussion on the process of “Defeating Apathy”.

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In The Stream – Summer 2002

In this issue we take a look at Formula One Racing and Disability, examine the new 211 info line, and detail a review of the Second International Conference on Parents with Disabilities.

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