Vancouver – A Word About Accessibility & Why Not All Complaints Are Equal

Dear Mayor and Council and Appropriate City Staff, Re: Accessibility and Paving of Arbutus Corridor/Greenway I am writing to request you finish paving the Arbutus Greenway area immediately. This is my second letter about this matter. I sent the first in an email  on August 11, 2016 to Mayor and Council via the City Clerk’s office but…

OK Motherfuckers Let’s Talk

Headline: Kim Campbell Calls President Trump A Motherf**ker! The former PM weighs in days after a U.S. congresswoman pledged to help impeach POTUS. Photos of Trump and Kim Campbell This isn’t going to take long because I don’t have all fucking day for this shit. When a wealthy, respected person says motherfucker they are seen…

Vancouver’s Curb Cuts – Nothing to Brag About.

“You know, that might be the answer – to act boastfully about something we ought to be ashamed of. That’s a trick that never seems to fail.” – Joseph Heller, Catch-22 “The calculated simulated of enthusiasm…is also common within contemporary culture. In a variety of configurations, the applause sign has become a social principle.” Stuart McEwan, Spin:…

Dear Straw Ban Defenders, I Know You Don’t Understand How Accessibility Works But Do You Understand How Capitalism Works?

But the point of this post is not accessibility, it is capitalism. Supply and demand. Profit. Mass production. The things that form the economic basis for the society we live in and how items we use and require are produced and distributed…So what happens when all but a minority of people who require them for accessibility stop using plastic bendy straws?

CITY OF NEW WESTMINSTER, BC ANNOUNCES EXCITING NEW SERVICE DESIGNED TO EXCLUDE, MARGINALIZE AND DISCRIMINATE AGAINST DISABLED PEOPLE. Excited?

This is the sign you hang on your window when you design to exclude. Inaccessibility is discrimination.

A Night In The Emergency Ward

Restraints Someone was ill in the washroom I am told. Two women were disinfecting it using UV ‘light – which means one stood holding the control end of a cord and another leaned against a cleaning cart. I said I didn’t mind waiting. “I don’t think you’ll like the smell,” the empty-handed one tells me.…

Statement on Bill C-7, An Act to Ammend MAID

My name is Gabrielle Peters. I am disabled. I am poor. I am poor because I am disabled. Picking who will be poor is a function of society. Bootstrap is a lie. I didn’t choose to be poor. I was not given a choice. Politicians say if disabled people don’t want to be poor we…