Accessibility advocates raise serious concerns with new policy allowing dogs on Nova Scotia patios – Halifax

One day after the Nova Scotia government announced a new policy allowing dogs on outdoor patios, some accessibility advocates and guide dog users are raising concerns that the presence of pets could compromise their safety.While service animals are well-trained, any barking or play from dogs at other tables may still distract them, interfering with their ability to keep their owner safe, said guide dog user Shelley Adams.“I’m just worried about the extra distraction it’s going to bring,” said Adams, sitting next to her own guide dog, Rookie.“I don’t want to have to be sitting there worrying that another dog is going to try and engage with him, or I don’t know, hurt him in any way … He is my mobility aid.” Read more: Bone appetit! Dogs now allowed on Nova Scotia restaurant and cafe patios Story...

Accessibility advocates raise serious concerns with new policy allowing dogs on Nova Scotia patios


This week, Nova Scotia announced a new policy giving restaurant and bar owners the option to allow dogs on outdoor patios. It’s a decision meant to include pet owners, but as Elizabeth McSheffrey reports, accessibility advocates are concerned it could end up excluding service dog users.

Lethbridge College launches accessible aquaponics training – Lethbridge

Thanks to the ingenuity of aquaponics, an integrated system in which fish and plants are grown together within a recirculating system, sustainable food production is now more accessible than ever before in Lethbridge.“The nutrients the fish are producing are taken up by the plants as the nutrient source and the plants are cleaning the water for the fish,” explained John Derksen, chair of the Aquaculture Centre of Excellence (ACE) at Lethbridge College.“But the third component in that is the microbiology. What we’re trying to emulate is nature, but in a commercial and very intensive kind of stimulation.”The ACE is now giving anyone from high school students to experienced greenhouse technicians the online opportunity to receive micro-credentials in this area of study. Read more: Demand for vegetables, fish harvested...

Easter Seals: Red Shirt Day 2021

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In 2021, Red Shirt Day will take place on Wednesday, June 2nd. On Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021, post a selfie or a group photo of you with your family, friends, classmates or colleagues – all wearing red – on social media with the hashtags: #RedShirtDay, #RedForAccessAbility, #EasterSeals and #unstoppABLE. What is Red Shirt Day? Red Shirt Day (for Accessibility and Inclusion) is a day when people across Canada come together and wear red in schools, workplaces and [email protected]:00 everywhere in order to create a visible display of solidarity for people and families living with disabilities, as well as to demonstrate their [email protected]:00t and commitment for accessibility and inclusion of people with disabilities in Canada. Watch: Easter Seals families, telethon, meet pandemic challenges By...

Public pressure ramps up in fight to save Pathways Addictions Resource Centre

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Public and political pressure is ramping up as supporters of Pathways Addictions Resource Centre in Penticton, B.C., rally to save it from possible closure.Supporters held a second rally on Sunday. Many shared how the programming and counselling services offered by Pathways for mental health and addictions issues saved their lives or the life of a loved one. Read more: Interior Health defends decision to take over Penticton addiction services “I am ten months clean tomorrow. I go here for counselling and I’ve got my counsellor here, I’ve got a support group here, and I’m taking a course here,” said Gord Portman.“I don’t like this situation. I’m happy where I’m at with Pathways. There are good services here and I know the people and I trust them,” he said. Story continues below...

‘Folks are dying’: Community rallies for depopulation of Ontario jails after COVID-19 outbreaks

One year after the first cases of COVID-19 were detected from Canadian jails, community activists say those behind bars are still not being protected from the virus.With signs reading “Free them All,” roughly 50 people rallied outside of Maplehurst Correctional Complex in Milton. Through a car caravan, the group then made their way to the Toronto South Detention Centre, where they further protested against prisoners’ current conditions. The event was held by the Toronto Prisoner’s Rights Project, a collective of individuals with lived experience, prisoner’s loved ones and those who have been impacted by carceral violence.“Folks are dying inside. Folks are being severely impacted by the virus, by the pandemic. Their loved ones on the outside are also being impacted,” said Gabby Aquino, a member of the group.“It’s not...

Town Park Recreation Centre in Port Hope receives $2.2M in government funding for expansion project – Peterborough

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The Town Park Recreation Centre in Port Hope, Ont., will receive $2.2 million in government funding as part of a $3-million expansion project, officials announced on Thursday.In a joint announcement by the federal and provincial governments, the funding will expand the centre, which was constructed in 2002 and hosts many of the town’s recreational programs, activities, the youth centre, day camps and the annual Port Hope Fair.The project involves the expansion and rehabilitation of the existing centre on McCaul Street, with the addition of three multi-purpose rooms, a large gathering area and storage space, as well as rehabilitating the existing kitchen, increasing room sizes and creating a new parking lotThe government of Canada is investing $1.2 million through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the...