In Memory of The David Onley

White Can Magazine's cover from 2013.  Featuring David Onley in office.

In Memory of The David onley, a Strong Voice for Tearing Down the Many Barriers Still Impeding People with Disabilities

It is with great sadness that we inform the community of the passing of former Ontario Lieutenant Governor David Onley. Onley was a close friend and patron of the CCB and was awarded the President’s Award in 2013. As Lieutenant Governor, David was a strong voice for tearing down the many barriers still impeding people with disabilities.

Quoting past CCB President Louise Gillis, “His appointment and goals while in office inspired all Canadians with disabilities, including the blind, deaf blind and people with low vision. During his term in office, he was recognized for bringing the issue of disability more to the forefront of the Canadian social agenda.”

Remembering David Onley fondly, our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends.

Accessibility of Diabetes Care: Virtual Panel Discussion

In recognition of Diabetes Awareness Month in November, CNIB is hosting a virtual discussion panel to bring together diverse perspectives on the barriers to accessible diabetes care for Canadians living with sight loss.

We will hear from representatives from the manufacturer industry, the medical community, and those with lived experience and diabetes about how we can collaborate on solutions so that everyone can safely and independently manage their diabetes.

Date: Monday 7 November

Time: 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern, 3pm Atlantic

Location: Virtual – Zoom.

Registration is required. To register, please complete our registration form.

For more information, please contact Kat Hamilton, Senior Manager, Advocacy and Public Education at [email protected].

COVID-19 Resource Hub

Alan Low and Gail Attara , along with their respective teams, have created a COVID-19 Resource Hub. Everything you need to know about COVID-19, including information on symptoms, prevention, testing, treatments, and variants is available in one place at

The site includes active links to each province and territory so you can quickly learn your eligibility for vaccines, testing, and medications, as well as the availability of services in your area, no matter whether you have a gastrointestinal condition or not.

This will be of particulare value for those who are immunocompromised.

The Passing of Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth the second riding in her carriage.

It is with sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, at the age of 96.

The Canadian Council of the Blind join people around the world in mourning this significant loss. Queen Elizabeth II has been an important figurehead for the UK and Commonwealth during times of enormous social change.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced, “It was with the heaviest of hearts that we learned of the passing of Canada’s longest-reigning Sovereign, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. She was a constant presence in our lives – and her service to Canadians will forever remain an important part of our country’s history.”

With respect we will be closed for the National Holiday on Monday September 19th, for the Queen’s funeral.

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