Maayan Ziv  on CBC Radio One’s “Shifting Space”

  This Monday, February 15th, tune into CBC Radio One at noon to hear CILT Board Member, Maayan Ziv’s holiday program, “Shifting Space”, exploring accessibility and inclusive design.   In Toronto, CBC Radio One can be found at 99.1 FM. You can also livestream at   For more information, visit the CBC Toronto website.    

Extreme Cold Weather Alert – seek shelter, check on loved ones

Based on information from Environment Canada, Dr. David McKeown, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health has issued an Extreme Cold Weather Alert today for Toronto that will be in effect until further notice.
Exposure to cold weather can be harmful to your health. Hypothermia occurs when the body’s core temperature drops below 35°C and can have severe consequences, including organ failure and death. Frostnip and frostbite can also occur in cold weather when skin freezes. During extreme cold weather, residents are encouraged to call or visit vulnerable friends, neighbours and family to ensure they are not experiencing any difficulties related to the weather. Those most at risk of cold-related illness are people who work outdoors, people with a pre-existing heart condition or respiratory illness, those taking certain medications, infants and young children, and those who are homeless. People with heart problems can experience worsening of their condition up to several days after cold weather occurs. This alert triggers cold weather services for homeless people, including TTC tokens for people to get to shelter, increased street outreach, and a direction to shelters to relax any service restrictions in place. During January and February, two 24-hour extreme cold weather drop-ins are always available.   During an Extreme Cold Weather Alert, members of the public are encouraged to take the following precautions:
   • Dress in layers, making sure your outer layer is windproof, and cover exposed skin.
   • Wear a hat, warm mittens or gloves, and warm boots.
   • Stay dry. Your risk of hypothermia is much greater if you are wet.
   • Choose wool or synthetic fabrics for clothes instead of cotton, because cotton stops keeping you warm once it gets wet.
   • People who normally spend long periods outside should seek shelter. Depending on the wind chill, exposed skin can freeze in minutes.
   • Avoid alcohol as it increases blood flow. You may feel warm even though you are losing body heat.
   • Consider rescheduling outdoor activities, or limiting time outdoors, especially if it’s windy.
   • Keep home heating at 21ºC or warmer if babies or elderly people are present.
Toronto residents who see someone on the street who needs outreach assistance – which may include a shelter bed due to the cold temperatures – should call 311. For medical emergencies, call 911. For more information about cold weather services, visit the City of Toronto website.
More information and tips for staying warm during extremely cold weather visit the Toronto Public Health website.

Town Hall Meetings – Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan

  The City of Toronto holds public consultations as one way to engage residents in the life of their city. The City of Toronto is developing a 20-year plan to guide decision-making and investment in facilities such as community centres, sport fields, pools, ice rinks, and bike/skate parks.  Whether you use these facilities or not, the City would like to hear from you. Meeting locations are accessible and guide dogs are welcome.   Toronto & East York District: Tuesday, February 23, 7-9 p.m.
Wallace Emmerson Community Centre (1260 Dufferin St.)   Scarborough District: Wednesday, February 24, 7-9 p.m.
Warden Hilltop Community Centre (25 Mendelssohn St.)   Etobicoke York District: Wednesday, March 2, 7-9 p.m.
Etobicoke Olympium (590 Rathburn Rd.)   North York District: Thursday, March 3, 7-9 p.m.
Edithvale Community Centre (131 Finch Ave. W.)   For information or to book accommodation or drop-in activities for children over the age of three (must be done 10 days in advance), contact: Susanne Burkhardt at 416-396-7349, or email   For more information about the plan, visit the Parks, Forestry and Recreation website.   Flyer  

Disability Rights are Human Rights: Disability and Human Rights Law

  Join ARCH Disability Law Centre for an informative evening with Dianne Wintermute, a lawyer at ARCH. Dianne will talk about the history of the Disability Rights movement in Canada. How has the movement influenced the AODA and other legislation?
What are the current issues?   When: Tuesday, February 16, 6:30-8:00 pm

Where: Toronto Reference Library, Elizabeth Beeton Room   Flyer

Ethno-Racial People with Disabilities Coalition of Ontario (ERDCO) Updates

  New Board Members
Ethno-Racial people with Disabilities Coalition of Ontario (ERDCO) is seeking new board members from diverse backgrounds with diverse skill sets for 2 year terms.   If interested please email your resume to before February 21st.   All interested parties will receive an Information package.

  ERDCO Cordially invites you to our Annual General Meeting and Social!
• Keynote Speakers:  Ontario Human Rights Commissioner, Renu Mandhane
   Disability Activist and performer: D.M. Lafortune
• Arts and Entertainment
• TPH – Peer Leader Type 2 diabetes prevention project
• A Black History Month Celebration   Date: Saturday, March 5th 2016
  Time: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  Location: Northern District Public Library, Room 200, 40 Orchard View Blvd. (Eglinton subway station, walk 1 block north on west side of Yonge Street)
  Please RSVP to or 647-862-7326

Dinner is provided. Please inform us of any dietary needs.
Attendant Services provided.
If you require ASL please notify us by February 21st, 2016.
  See our facebook page for more information about ERDCO.

Transcripts, ASL videos of CBC Radio’s The Current available online

CBC is launching a pilot project that will make full episode transcripts for The Current available every day following the morning’s broadcast, no later than 5pm. In addition, CBC will film and post one American Sign Language (ASL) interpreted radio documentary from the show every month.
For more information, visit The Current’s website.

Roadmap for Community Transportation Town Hall

  Toronto Ride and iRide, with the support of the City of Toronto, are leading the development of a “Roadmap for Community Transportation,” which will be a coordinated city-wide transportation plan for seniors and residents with mobility issues.   There are three upcoming town hall events that are being held across the City of Toronto. Each Town Hall will seek to explore responses to the following questions:   • What are your experiences with community transportation?
• What do you expect from your community transportation providers?
• What are your suggestions to improve community transportation?   Town Hall events will be held at the following dates, times and locations:   1. Toronto North: February 16, 4:00-6:00, North York Civic Centre (5100 Yonge Street)
2. Toronto South: February 17, 4:00-6:00, Trinity St. Paul’s United Church, Chapel Room (427 Bloor St West)
3. Scarborough: February 22, 4:00-6:00, Scarborough Civic Centre (150 Borough Drive)   Light refreshments will be available, and all locations are accessible. For more information or to RSVP, contact Annie Jiwan at (416) 649-6081 or   Flyer

Client Engagement Session regarding LHIN funded services – Feb 3rd!!

On behalf of the Toronto Central LHIN (TC LHIN), Centres d’Accueil Héritage, in collaboration with WoodGreen Community Services, is planning an engagement session with clients, families and caregivers.    The objective of this engagement is to get feedback from clients/families and caregivers on how to build a resilient and sustainable community sector, equipped to support a growing and increasingly complex client population to live independently and closer to home.  It is also related to improving access and coordination to community services.   The TC LHIN is interested in hearing from them about their experience in accessing and receiving community support services.   According to Sandra Carpenter, Executive Director of CILT: is highly important that we get sufficient numbers of people with disabilities out so our voices will be meaningful in this process. Otherwise we may be dominated by a ‘senior’s’ or ‘patient’s’ voice.   Please feel free to forward to ANYONE who might be interested in going. There will be at least one attendant there.
When:  Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 from 1 pm to 3 pm   Where: Centres d’Accueil Héritage, 33 Hahn Place, Toronto.   To register contact: Jean Tete by Tuesday, February 2:  For questions about the engagement, you can email Ashnoor Rahim from WoodGreen at

Sale on hearing aids and assistive listening devices at CHS

  The Canadian Hearing Society is having a sale on hearing aids and assistive listening devices.    You could save up to $1000 on a pair of hearing aids.    Buy before January 31, 2016 and receive a complimentary hearing test, Bluetooth accessories (depending on product selection), and a $50 gift card for Esso, Cineplex or a variety of restaurants with purchase.   Also receive up to $40 off assistive listening devices, including amplified phones, emergency alerting systems, visual alarms and TV amplification accessories.      Offer only valid until January 31, 2016.   For more information, visit the Canadian Hearing Society’s website.

Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan

  The City of Toronto is developing a 20-year Facilities Master Plan (FMP) to guide decision-making and investment in parks and recreation facilities, such as community centres, ice rinks, pools, weight rooms, and sports fields.   The first Facilities Master Plan survey is open to the public until January 24, 2016. This survey is an opportunity for people to tell the City about their experience and use of parks and recreation facilities, and what’s important to them.   The City wants to hear from people who:
   – Use indoor and outdoor facilities to skate, swim, exercise, play sports, permit space or attend programs.
   – Live near, or are familiar with any type of indoor or outdoor facility
   – Don’t use parks and recreation facilities, but have thoughts and ideas to share   Public involvement is essential to develop this plan. There will be more opportunities to participate through public surveys, town hall meetings and online discussion questions. For more information, visit the City of Toronto website.   City of Toronto