Nope – Don’t Need or Want Special Spaces – I Want Inclusive Spaces.

  Last week I wrote a letter. I posted it here. I thought the letter was fairly straight forward. I am typically direct. I try hard to keep the sarcasm to a minimum. (If you doubt how hard I work at that, you should read the drafts I delete.) I try to examine the logic…

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…

The Handydart/Taxi Ride Conclusion: Circling Around And Going No Where.

  Quite a few people have asked online and off, for an update on what, if any, response I had from the City of Vancouver and in particular Mayor Gregor Robertson regarding my letter outlining an unpleasant experience I had with a taxi driver sent on behalf of Handydart. The short answer: I never did…

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…

BC Budget & Disability Benefits: The Raise Up That Was Just Another Let Down

  I am a woman with a disability. Do you believe I have a right to exist? Yes              No If you answered yes, proceed to next question. If you answered no go back to reading Mein Kampf.   Do you believe my life is of equal value to yours? Yes              No Yes – proceed. No…

I ❤️HandyDART Drivers – Why We Need Both HandyDART and Accessible Public Transit

In my last post I wrote about a disturbing incident that happened to me yesterday when, as part of current management practice, HandyDART substituted a Yellow Cab for my ride.   In reality it probably won’t be yesterday for me for some time. Once the switch is flipped the sun rises on one very long…