June 2018 Highlights


On Thursday, June 21 is the both grade 8 and grade 8 graduations. Robert Moore School already had theirs on Wednesday. Friday was the last day of school for all kids across the district with both Catholic and Public schools. All the school buses parks in the bus yard for the summer. 

The border is already getting a lot busier with tourists and fishermen coming into Canada for the summer holidays. There are lots of seaplanes landing in the river, people putting boat in the water for the FFCBC, some has a motorcycle and others has motorhomes, camper trailers and tents to go camping with. There were lots of vehicles lined up during the overpass construction site. 


Submitted by Chris Del Roasario-Coish

Thank you to Charlene Strain from CMHA for putting on a great workshop on
Mental Health for Group C staff.
Also thank you to Kayla Brady for joining in all the way from Toronto! Was an informative morning!

Bill introduced to address systemic barriers across Canada

Taken from Community Living Ontario Update Friday
Submitted by Ron Laroche, Community Living Ontario

Canadians who have a disability are likely to see improved accessibility for services and programs offered federally once proposed legislation is approved.

On Wednesday, June 20th, hours before the House of Commons rose for the summer, Kirsty Duncan, Canada’s Minister for Sport and Persons with Disabilities, tabled Bill C-81.

Also known as the Accessible Canada Act, the proposed accessibility legislation is intended to make Canada barrier-free in areas under federal jurisdiction.

The bill would require organizations to identify, remove, and prevent accessibility barriers in buildings and public spaces, job opportunities and employment policies and practices, the delivery of programs and services, and transportation.

The proposed legislation also addresses Canada’s responsibilities under Article 9 of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which requires state parties ensure that people who have a disability live independently and participate fully in all aspects of life.

The government is investing $290 million over six years to support the implementation of the accessibility legislation. In addition, a Chief Accessibility Officer will oversee the implementation of the legislation, a new Accessibility Commissioner will be responsible for compliance, and a Canadian Accessibility Standards Development Organization will also be created and led by people who have a disability.

The Accessible Canada Act still needs to be debated in the House of Commons and the Senate, as well as in committees, before the legislation can receive royal assent and become law.

The Canadian Association for Community Living is greatly encouraged by the introduction of Bill C-81.
In a release, the organization states that it “looks forward to participating in the legislative review to ensure strong and effective legislation that makes real progress in building an inclusive and accessible Canada for all persons, including people with an intellectual disability and their families.”

The Canadian Association for Community Living also learned that the Government of Canada is expanding funding to the existing Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities by investing approximately $18 million over six years to better support employers who have demonstrated a commitment to hiring people who have a disability.

Ready, Willing & Able, an employment initiative involving the Canadian Association for Community Living, the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Association, and provincial/territorial partners including Community Living Ontario, has previously benefited from the Opportunities Fund.

Published by Chris DuCharme

Community Living Fort Frances and District IT Technical Support Person

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