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  1. I find your article very interesting, in part because it ends with a “question mark”, Rather than a quick jump to conclusion… WhileI have no experience in this field whatsoever, but I wonder if the government has provided a way for citizens to ask what is and is not allowed in that context. I believe that in so many cases, problems arises because of the lack of communication, or more precisely applied to the government, the lack of information as to how to address those issues BEFORE starting a project. And, such an entity should provide solutions, rather than mere regulations.. Oh, I am aware that I went straight to “lalaland…”

    1. I think you’re definitely right, but the problem we are facing right now in Ontario is that municipal staff find themselves caught between obligations from their own bylaws and current/incoming regulations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Because these staffers don’t know what set of rules to follow (note: as I understand it, the AODA supercedes all rules/laws except decisions made by the Human Rights Commission), they often get stuck in what some call “analysis paralysis” and don’t make a decision or just say ‘no’ because it’s easier.

      Regulations are important, of course, but I agree with you that compromise on compassionate grounds is likely more in line with the philosophical basis of Canadian society and, as such, we SHOULD provide lenience when accommodate the needs of our citizenry.

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