Institutions, not-for-profit organizations, and businesses across Ontario are frequently caught off-guard and are at risk of non-compliance with the recent Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA); the Act requires improved accessibility in buildings. Without a clear inventory of problem areas, organizations are often unknowingly at risk for penalties.
“When companies need to recall food due to a listeria outbreak, it costs a lot of money,” says Éric Biron, a professor at Université Laval. “At the same time, the loss associated with animal deaths caused by clostridium in livestock farming is estimated to be around $2 billion per year.”
For First Nations communities in northern Canada and other remote regions, access to safe and clean water, toilets, and food preparation areas presents a serious challenge to communal gatherings. For elders, women, youth, and gender-diverse community members, this often means they simply do not participate in community events.
As a law student at Universidad Autónoma de Baja California in Mexico, Wendy has learned much about the profound differences between nations regarding access to basic resources, issues of discrimination, and justice for human rights violations.