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Mobile Eye Clinc – Testing Students, Saving Sight

May 04 2017

NS Accessibility Act

Apr 28 2017
On April 27, Nova Scotia became the third province in Canada to pass their Accessibility Act.   We are excited to see this moving forward, and want to thank Pat Gates and the CCB Access and Awareness Chapter for all their hard work.

OC Transpo takes bus announcements outside 

Apr 21 2017
people boarding an OC transpo bus at a street stop

Catching the bus is getting easier

On April 23, OC Transpo launched improvements to its next stop announcement system. Exterior bus announcements, which audibly announce the route and destination of the arriving bus, can now be heard by customers waiting at all bus stops and transit stations.

Some customers are unable to see or read the visual destination sign of an approaching bus – particularly, customers who are blind or who have vision loss. This affects their ability to identify the bus, and to use transit independently and safely. Exterior bus announcements will assist all customers in confirming they are boarding the correct vehicle, especially at stops and platforms served by multiple routes.

Generated from a speaker located outside the front door of the bus, this technology will automatically announce, in both official languages, the same information that can be seen on the exterior destination sign of the bus. When the operator opens the door, the bus will make the announcement – for example, “Route 95 Baseline, Circuit 95 Baseline.”

Announcement volumes have been set to be only a few decibels above the ambient or surrounding street-level noise at the stops. They are intended to be heard by those waiting at the stop. The volume of the exterior bus announcements will also vary depending on the time of day – getting quieter from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.

The implementation of OC Transpo’s new exterior bus announcements has been guided by feedback from an eight-member community working group, composed of residents and stakeholders with an interest in the provision of a more accessible transit service. This group helped to initiate the project, provided OC Transpo staff with an enhanced understanding of the unique challenges faced by some customers, and assisted in the development of the announcement content and sounds. The community working group included representatives of the City’s Accessibility Advisory Committee, Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), Alliance for the Equality of Blind Canadians, Canadian Council of the Blindand Women’s Initiatives for Safer Environments.

For more information on OC Transpo’s exterior bus announcements or on the other accessibility features that make it easier for customers to use transit, please visit   or contact OC Transpo Information at 613-741-4390 (TTY 613-741-5280).

Unveiling of Commemorative Bank Note Marking ht 150th Anniversary of Canada

Apr 12 2017

On Friday April 7th, 2017 Louise Gillis, president of the CCB, was invited to attend the unveiling of the new $10 note at the Bank of Canada. This note has been designed to commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary.


a large copy of both sides of the new $10 note

The front of the note has Sir John A. Macdonald, Sir George-Étienne Cartier, Agnes Macphail, and James Gladstone, or Akay-na-muka (his Blackfoot name). This is the first time there have been four portraits on the same note. The back features 4 images of scenery from across Canada.


The event was well attended. Chief Perry Bellegarde attended in honour of James Gladstone, saying, “I lift up the Bank of Canada for honouring Senator Gladstone and highlighting the contributions of First Nations people as nation builders.”

Chief Perry Bellegarde rises from his seat.

Chief Perry Bellegarde


The CNIB was also represented by John Rafferty CEO and President of the CNIB.

John Rafferty and Louise Gillis stand side by side.

Louise Gillis and John Rafferty


Louise was honoured to attend this historic event on behalf of the Canadian Council of the Blind.

Louise Gillis and Stephen Poloz stand together, holding the new note.

Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz and Louise Gillis

CAG (Consumer Access Group) Position Papers

Apr 03 2017

Members wishing to read the position papers can find them on the website Should there be any comments and/or ratings 1-3 which you feel most important please forward to by April 10th