ACAT Meeting - October 30, 2008

Meeting Info

Date:Thursday, October 30, 2008
Location:1900 Yonge Street, 7th Floor Boardroom
Meeting No:209
  • Agenda
  • Meeting Minutes
  1. Call to Order / Attendance
  2. Declaration of Conflict of Interest
  3. Approval of Agenda
  4. Review and Approval of September 25, 2008 Minutes (ATTACHED)
  5. Business Arising Out of Minutes/Outstanding Items
  6. Report on Commission Meeting Accessibility Matters
  7. Deputations: None
  8. TTC Diversity Plan
  9. Subway Gap
  10. Emergency Evacuation Demo for ACAT
  11. Wheel-Trans Snow Plans and Holiday Service
  12. Subcommittee Reports
  13. ACAT Orientation
  14. Service Planning Meeting
  15. Other / New Business
  16. Next Meeting – November 27, 2008
  17. Adjournment


  • Bill Castor
  • Adam Cohoon 
  • Susan Davidson 
  • Penny Lamy 
  • Angela Marley 
  • Scott McArthur 
  • Marion McDonell 
  • Robert Muzzy 
  • Anna Noviss 
  • Christene Rowntree 
  • Julian Stein
  • Howard Wax

TTC Representatives

  • Bill Frost
  • Tom McPherson
  • Dean Milton
  • Bill Dawson
  • Freda Stanois
  • Michelle Sjouwerman (Item #8)
  • Christine Jeffries (Item #9)
  • Joanne DiBiase (Item #9)
  • Kee Wong (Item #10)


  • Jo-Ann Bentley
  • Linda Napier
  • Marcia Cummings


  • Gary Webster
  • Vince Rodo
  • John Sepulis
  • Rick Cornacchia
  • Al Chocorlan
  • TTC Commissioners

1. Call to Order / Attendance

Chair Penny Lamy called the meeting to order at approximately 1:10 p.m. Roll call was taken.

2. Declaration of Conflict of Interest


3. Approval of Agenda

On motion of Howard Wax, ACAT approved the agenda noting that item #10 "Emergency Evacuation Demo for ACAT" will be moved up to item #8. 

4. Review and Approval of September 25, 2008 Minutes

On motion of Howard Wax, ACAT approved the minutes of September 25, 2008.

5. Business Arising Out of Minutes/Outstanding Items

Tom McPherson discussed the changes that are now requirements in the new accessible taxi contract. Copies of the presentation outlining these changes will be forwarded to ACAT members for their information. Howard Wax suggested holding a Q & A open meeting where the taxi drivers can review the AT contract and receive any clarification they require.

6. Report on Commission Meeting Accessibility Matters

Since none of the Executive were able to attend the Commission meeting on October 23, 2008, Garnett Martin, who attended the meeting, advised that three Wheel-Trans Operators were given Awards of Merit for their actions relating to a serious auto accident on May 2, 2008. It was suggested that ACAT follow up with their own recognition of these three individuals. Mr. Martin also advised that a presentation on Transit City was made and that perhaps this presentation could be given at a future ACAT meeting. The Commission also approved the purchase of Paratransit buses. Bill Frost advised that the first test bus would be on property in January 2009 and that 40 buses should be delivered by year-end 2009.

7. Deputation


8. Emergency Evacuation Demo for ACAT

Michele Sjouwerman reviewed the new emergency evacuation process that was implemented as result of the August 2006 vehicle fire. Copies of presentation were attached to the October 16, 2008 “Emergency Procedures” subcommittee minutes. Ms. Sjouwerman expressed her appreciation and thanked ACAT members for their participation and feedback during this process.<

9. TTC Diversity Plan

Christine Jeffries, Director - Employment Services, and Joanne DiBiase, Director - Administration, Planning & Development, were present and gave a PowerPoint presentation on the TTC Diversity Plan. It was agreed that the full report would be forwarded to ACAT members for their review.

10. Subway Gap

Bill Dawson, Superintendent of Route System Planning, and Kee Wong, Superintendent of Maintenance Engineering, were present to give ACAT members an update on this matter. Mr. Wong had a sample piece of the gap filler and advised that he is hoping to be able to have a test platform available for November.
The issue of gaps and proposed LRT vehicles was raised and referred to the Design Review Subcommittee for review.

11. Wheel-Trans Snow Plans and Holiday Service

Dean Milton reviewed in detail the hand-out entitled “Winter/Holiday Service Arrangements for 2008/2009”.

12. Subcommittee Reports

Dean Milton advised that the Subcommittees met as follows: Communications - October 7, New Member Orientation - October 9, Terms of Reference - October 10, Emergency Procedures - October 16, and Service Integration and Communication Joint Meeting - October 23.
Angela Marley commented that, in order for issues to be dealt with in a more efficient and strategic manner, they should be referred to the appropriate subcommittee structure early on in the process.
Penny Lamy reported that plans are to have the Terms of Reference available for review and comment prior to the next regular ACAT meeting.
Dean Milton reviewed the procedure to follow when two consecutive accessible station elevators are out of service (copy attached to minutes of Service Integration and Communication Subcommittee Joint Meeting).
Bill Dawson reviewed the minutes of the Design Review Subcommittee meeting held on October 27, 2008.

13. ACAT Orientation

Dean Milton advised that sessions to recruit new members for the upcoming year were held in October and that the deadline for applications is November 3, 2008. It is anticipated that the announcement of the new members will be submitted to the Commission at its meeting on December 17, 2008.

14. Service Planning Meeting

Bill Dawson advised that a meeting was held on October 22, 2008 specifically inviting the deaf, deafened, and hard of hearing customers to share ideas on how to make the TTC services and facilities better for people with disabilities. This is the second meeting held for this purpose. He advised that comments from both the May and October meetings would be brought to ACAT in November and then to the Commission in December.

15. Other/New Business

Howard Wax advised that he and Robert Muzzy attended a Metrolinx workshop and that the document entitled “The Big Move” will be distributed to ACAT members and that a presentation on this matter should be scheduled for the next ACAT meeting.
Penny Lamy noted that Adam Giambrone, Gary Webster, and Bob Thacker should be invited to attend the December 11, 2008 ACAT meeting.

16. Next Meeting

The next meeting of ACAT will be held on Thursday, November 27, 2008, in the 7th Floor Boardroom, 1900 Yonge Street.

17. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 3:25 p.m.
Freda Stanois
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