Some of us get the long guns: Accessibility and Inclusion and Making and Holding Space

Some of us get the long guns. I said this in a conversation with another disabled woman in the Accessibility Room at an Active Transportation summit. I was explaining why I believe policing is a vital part of the conversation about accessibility of active transportation and had, specifically sought out presenters to speak about this.…

Removal of Sign Celebrating Cecil Rhodes

Your job is to teach Vancouver students how to learn from history not how to memorialize and preserve the worst of it. Vote tonight to remove the slab of stone celebrating Cecil Rhodes from a Vancouver schoolyard playground. This should not be a difficult decision.

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?

Morning After Election Thoughts About Poverty and Disability in a city with NPA Green 💰🧐 and Greens

Last night as I watched the make up of council unfold I said to someone “I’m scared” and then immediately regretted my choice of word. This isn’t Trump – the new yardstick for measuring how bad election results can be. The truth is there is no one word to describe how I feel but anxious might be closest.

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,…

BC Government Transfer of ‘Assets’

This opinion piece about the BC Government’s transfer of publicly owned and operated housing to private non-profits was published last week. This is the part that was left out: Defending Public Housing is Not Attacking Private Non-Profit Housing – They are Different On moving in day, I surrendered use of the reserved elevator three times…

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…