p2pnet view P2P:- Donna Jodhan (right) has struck a telling blow for Canadians who can’t see.
A legally blind Toronto woman, she sued Harper’s federal government for discrimination “because its online services aren’t fully available to blind people”, says the Toronto Sun.
And she won.
Jodhan, “a special needs consultant who has certified skills with Microsoft and Novell programs, as well as a master’s degree in international business and finance from McGill University”, launched the constitutional challenge in September, says the CBC, going on, “Government lawyers had argued there was no discrimination because those same services are provided in other formats, such as on the phone, in person or by mail.
“One of the saddest things is that government has spent a lot of money fighting this case”, she said when the case opened, asking, “Why are you fighting me on this?” – according to the story.
“Why are you spending taxpayers’ money?”
Toronto Sun – Top court: Feds must make websites accessible to blind, November 29, 2010
CBC – Blind woman wins case against federal government, November 29, 2010
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