Saturday, December 15, 2007

Thanks for the cards and pics everyone. I am superslack this year and haven't sent anything out yet to anyone, but hoping to resolve that this weekend.

Hi there Matt! When I think about people who read the blogs, I guess I always assume it is other people with blogs, but it never occured to me that anyone could read these things. (unless you have a blog,and I am just not aware of it)

I used to listen to you at work sometimes on a piece of Dad's old equiptment, but one day I hit a wrong button and now it doesn't pickup anything at all. Sucks! :-(
I can just hear Dad up there, calling me Stupid. Alas, I think I earned it this time

I've got my CTS surgery for my right hand on Jan. 2nd so I don't know how much typing I will be doing for a while after that. We will see how that goes. Sadly, I can't drink for New Years because it thins the blood and I want to make sure I can clot when they slice me open, darn it.

Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

More of my ranting in the local newspaper, the Telegraph Journal. They edited it down a bit, which was actually probably a good thing (for them anyways). I got a call after from a reporter from CBC Radio and she came to interview me today about wheelchair accessability in the city. She asked me to be a guest on a morning news/talk radio show soon, to discuss the issue. Maybe we can actually get some things fixed around this old city. It would be great to be able to take Mom out to different places, besides WalMart & Shoppers all the time.

Wheelchair access still unavailable

My mother, who is in a wheelchair, wanted to do some shopping and I thought it would be nice to take her uptown. We found neither set of interior doors at the City Market are automatic. We took the little elevator from the Market down to Brunswick Square but when we came back, there was a sign blocking the entrance, which I moved but when I called the elevator, the light never came on and the door was locked (it has a regular entrance door, not an elevator door) so we could not get back up even though the market was still open. Instead, we went back to exit outside.

Here we found an exterior entrance to the market with a push button door but there was a big lip in the cement and we couldn't get the wheelchair over it. We had to get her out of the chair to carry it inside.

The Harbour Building was the same way. She called ahead she was told it was wheelchair accessible only to discover after getting dropped off, a set of stairs. We had to wheel down the steep hill from Prince William Street to Water Street, go through a door in the basement and wheel through the dark parking garage to the elevator, which meant getting out of the chair numerous times.

Who regulates these things? Someone is not doing their job and it's sad because it is people who are already at a disadvantage that pay the consequences.


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