Would More Time Have Made Bruce Pardy’s National Post Piece Against Accommodations For Disabled Students Any Less Awful?

On August 17, 2017, a few weeks before thousands of university students will head off to class, the National Post ran an opinion piece by Queen’s University Professor of Law, Bruce Pardy under the headline “Mental disabilities shouldn’t be accommodated with extra time on exams.”      Both the content and the context of this…

Good Crip/Bad Crip!

Once upon a time I  was a good crip. A good crip doesn’t get annoyed when strangers walk up and ask ‘what is wrong with you?’ Not hello. Not ‘nice day isn’t it? ‘  Just ‘what is wrong with you.’  They don’t really ask so much as they demand. Sometimes they put ‘do you mind…

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…

Accessibility a.k.a the Public Part of Public Space: My Letter to Vancouver Mayor and Council

  Dear Mayor and Council, I am writing regarding the future of the Arbutus Corridor. I understood there was a plan to pave the portion where the railway tracks had been. I thought a paved path sounded like a good idea, in part because it allows me, as a wheelchair user, access to a part…

SkyTrain Fare Gates Must Remain Open

As you may have heard the fare gates at Vancouver SkyTrain are closing on July 25th. This has been an ongoing issue of concern because the NEW gates that TransLink spent millions on are inaccessible to some disabled patrons.   I posted that I did not believe the fare gates should close and someone on…

OMG!!! Trudeau Carries Man in Wheelchair Down The Stairs

  I really didn’t want to have to write this post. The first time I saw this photo tweeted I told myself, ‘just refresh the page, it will go away.’  I opted for the Dorothy ruby slipper  solution.  I’d open my eyes and I’d be back in that blessed 2016 everyone keeps talking about. (You…