Why don't you go back to Arkansas?
The next municipal election in HRM is in the fall. Do we have time to find someone like this?
The 'InterviewBullshit2' link doesn't work, just takes me to the main TheCoast.ca page.
Regretfully, I must point out that Mr. Marston's view of discrimination is not quite right. The correct phrase is "environmental discrimination." This process used to be referred to as "environmental racism" since in it was originally based on discrimination against people of colour. The principle was that one could use environmental processes against people to contain, displace or compress a community until it is destroyed. We needed a prison, two hospitals, a railway for economic purposes. Where did we locate them? On the edge of the village of Africville. Let us run the railway through the heart of Africville. Let's not forget we needed a bridge as well - best location on top of africville. We did the same to the Natives of Turtle Grove. A collision between to ships and the resulting explosion devastated Turtle Grove. What did our government do? Move the surviving people out and build a power generation station. Let us not forget Jarvis Street. present location of this street is under Scotia Square. Today one only needs to look at Gottingen Street to see how environmental discrimination is applied against a community. It is so much easier for businesses to apply environmental discrimination (the city is to old, too hilly, it's to costly) against the need to accommodate eight people who wish to go out on the town, they don't understand the economics of scale. The more people I can get in my shop the more money I can make. Eight or ten or fifteen people are not going to really increase my profits enough. Oh by the way, let us build another mall in the burbs - Dartmouth Crossing. Everybody has a car or can take a bus and if they don't want to do that - tough. Margins of profit are everything for businesses and for city hall. lynne Carey Gottingen Street Halifax
If visually impaired folks get free drives on the bus then so should any one with disabilities. They can obtain a card from their doctor's office and apply...Easter Seals/Empire Theatres have this great promotion to enable increased socialization opportunities for persons with perm. disabilities.My hat off to them and their humanity. Access 2Entertainment allows the client to pay 20.00 every 5 years to attend movies for free with a chum....Lets start making other things 'accessible' which includes fees placed unnecessarily on folks. The money often paid to the municipality via Metro Transit is just transfer of payment from Community Services who pays the tickets/passes in the first place.
Okay, now what? Who is supposed to make all these modifications? Next we'll hear that every house in HRM needs a wheelchair ramp just in case a handicap person decides to stop by for a visit. I am sure there are alternatives for handicapped people to enter buildings etc....
strange,halifax is nearly 300 years old and women have been pushing strollers around this hilly city,but,all of a sudden it's a hardship...please,shake your heads...whine,whine,boohoo...try living with a baby in africa or the crowded streets of any indian city,now thats hardship...
Um, having lived there, I wouldn't exactly label London an 'accessible' city...
all of you are missing my point,it's not hard to understand...all of us have some obstacles in life..some of us are in wheelchairs,some on crutches,some are brain injuried,some have speech impediments,some are slow,some are fast...lets have some intelligent discussion about this topic,not just agreeing because it's politically acceptable to do so..
And 'More' -- we're not talking about hunting. We're talking about normal, everyday life!
Halifaxmentor, you don't truly understand. People in wheelchairs deal with all those things you mention PLUS all those other things. Who's whining?
I'm glad that very few handicapped are avid hunters.
I'd really hate to see the woods, & fields all covered in asphault to give them "equal access" !
Halifaxmentor - I disagree that changes of small cost and limited inconvenience to others, like switching which door has the handicapped access button or widening a curb, are in anyway contrary to priorities and budgets. Small, logical changes that would make a big difference to a group of people should be welcomed and given full consideration in our society. It is far more productive to note specific problems and present specific solutions (like in the article) than to just make general comments that basically acheieve nothing like 'there are obstacles' or 'cars should not speed.' *shrug*
Plus I found this article interesting, as I have walked by all those pla|Aces many times and now I have something else to notice next time I do so.
i truly understand the problems people in wheel chairs have,unfortunately,life is full of obstacles for both able and disabled persons...im abled and have difficulty getting around,i.e.speeding cars through crosswalks,splashing of water from speeding cars,etc,etc,etc...however,i would never complain about these problems because it's called
LIFE and we deal with obstacles each and every day.so,my heart goes out to Mr.Marsten,but
to bitch and whine about each and every imperfections makes my eyes roll back in my head..this city is better than most than ive seen when dealing with the disabled,and the cost of fixing these problems must be done with priorities and budgets in mind.
Bravo. I have myself been injured and had found this city is hard to maneuver for the few months. I can't imagine what it is like for someone who is disabled. I know another place that the coast may want to look at when it comes to accessibility, some of the local universities. One being the theology school is very hard to navigate, although it has gotten better in the last couple years.
Thank goodness The Coast has finally done an article on this subject! Spring Garden is bad and there are problems in other parts of town. Around the Metro Centre it's horrendous! This is yet another example of how Halifax won't make a commitment to become a 'real' city with modern amenities. I'm moving downtown within a year and I really do hope this article lights a fire under City Hall to take care of the accessibility issue. And, by the way, every year the CPA (Canadian Paraplegic Association) has an awareness day just as the previous writer describes. Councillors and other 'Halifamous' people spend the day in chairs and it gets media coverage. Not sure how much good it''s done.... Thank you, Coast!
I think it's great that The Coast is looking into this issue. Accessability is one of those problems that the majority of people think is already solved. The very first outting I took with my son in his stroller changed all that for me. It was so difficult to get anywhere, and here I am completely able bodied, young, healthy with a simple stroller to push. I couldn't imagine how difficult it would be for someone who had no other choice and the fact of the matter is neither can city planners who've never been in a wheelchair (or let's be honest probably didn't spend too much time pushing a stroller either). Halifax is a city that has a voice and (usually) isn't afraid to use it. Why don't we get our city planners and councilors to spend an entire work day in a wheelchair? Could be a good fundraising event or at the very least spread awareness. Again thank you Coast for giving this issue the attention it deserves.
Heh, my spidey-sense is telling me that the Quinpool Mainstreet Business Association will not be as down with the elimination of parking spaces on Quinpool as someone was led to believe....
In Ontario you're not allowed to use a health card as identification either, it's just not official. If you're complaining, get a passport.
'commonsense', you are indeed correct that every intersection is, technically, a crosswalk. See how that works out crossing Quinpool Road at the intersection with Armview Avenue or Monastery Lane at 4pm on a Friday, or, say, across Main Street in Dartmouth at the intersection with Brigadoon Avenue. If HRM and the Province of Nova Scotia were serious about this and public safety based on the rules of the road, they would mark and sign every single intersection as a crosswalk. Probably some weird civil engineering traffic rule against this, though.
'doubtful', I'd love to help rip down QEH myself. The worst I ever did was bash in and write on a few already beaten up lockers.
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