The meeting of the Accessibility Advisory Committee was held on Thursday, September 17, 2015 in Activity Room, Magna Centre, 395 Mulock Drive, Newmarket.


Members Present:

Gloria Couves

Steve Foglia, Chair

Linda Jones

Jeremy Slessor

Richard Wilson




Councillor Bisanz

Michael Morrison




Alissa Price, ASL Interpreter



Staff Present:

L. Lyons, Deputy Clerk

P. McIntosh, Recreation Programmer

C. Finnerty, Council/Committee Coordinator


The meeting was called to order at 10:06 a.m.


Steve Foglia in the Chair


Additions & Corrections to the Agenda




Declarations of Pecuniary Interest












Approval of Minutes



Accessibility Advisory Committee Minutes of June 18, 2015.


Moved by:       Jeremy Slessor


Seconded by:  Gloria Couves



THAT the Accessibility Advisory Committee Minutes of June 18, 2015 be approved.




Items for Discussion



Correspondence from the Vaughan Citizen dated August 26, 2015 regarding Vaughan ramping up accessible transportation options.




The Deputy Clerk provided a verbal update regarding accessible taxicabs and advised that she has been contacted by staff from the City of Vaughan who indicated that they will be licencing six accessible taxicabs with the intent to contract service to other York Region municipalities.  The Deputy Clerk further provided background information on the current status of accessible taxicabs in Newmarket and next steps associated with the potential contracting of accessible taxicab services.  Discussion ensued regarding logistics of such servicing, links with MobilityPlus and the need for accessible services in Newmarket. 


Moved by:       Gloria Couves


Seconded by:  Richard Wilson



THAT the correspondence from the Vaughan Citizen dated August 26, 2015 regarding Vaughan ramping up accessible transportation options be received;


AND THAT the Accessibility Advisory Committee support a partnership with the City of Vaughan for the provision of accessible taxi services in Newmarket.





2016 Schedule of Meetings




Discussion ensued regarding meeting locations and times.  It was determined that meetings would commence at 10:30 a.m., with a National Access Awareness Week Subcommittee meeting to occur before formal Committee meetings, where possible. 


Moved by:       Linda Jones


Seconded by:  Jeremy Slessor



THAT the 2016 Schedule of Meetings, as amended, be approved.





Annual Accessibility Plan Update.




The Deputy Clerk advised that the Annual Accessibility Plan Update will be deferred to the November meeting.  Staff will distribute the final draft plan for the Committee’s consideration by October 30, 2015.



Accessibility Advisory Committee Workplan




Discussion ensued regarding the Accessibility Advisory Committee Workplan and prioritization of short and long-term Committee goals. 


Moved by:       Gloria Couves


Seconded by:  Linda Jones



THAT staff be directed to commence discussion with Upper Canada Mall to book National Access Awareness Week activities.




New Business



The Chair advised that he attended the York Region Police Open House related to Mental Illness and provided a verbal update on the recommendations heard at the Open House, including methods to diffuse situations prior to escalation, awareness campaigns and systems, and training measures for police staff. 



L. Jones provided a verbal update on Text 911, a new service being provided through York Region Police and York Region. 



The Deputy Clerk provided an update on the new Town website and advised of measures being implemented to enhance accessibility, including documents formatted for use with a screen reader.  She further advised that some pieces will be forthcoming as the website is an ongoing project. 





Moved by:       Richard Wilson


Seconded by:  Jeremy Slessor



THAT the meeting adjourn.




There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 11:23 a.m.









Steve Foglia, Chair


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