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

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

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...

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

‘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

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

Halifax wheelchair user could wait 6 weeks for apartment elevator fix; company offers $50 rent rebate

A letter notice from Doric Management says elevator repair may take weeks.
After a Halifax woman spoke out about her son being stuck in a building with a broken elevator, she found out the repair could now take even longer.The family says it is looking for a new place to live.Tracy Denney told Global News in a story posted on March 11 that her son Adam, a wheelchair user, hasn’t been able to leave his apartment for more than two weeks due to an out-of-order elevator.As of Tuesday, it has been 20 days since the elevator at 16 Caxton Close broke down.Tracy Denney said on Tuesday that on March 12, the day after Global News published their story, a notice posted on their door advised of repair plans and compensation. Read more: Halifax wheelchair user ‘trapped’ in apartment due to 15-day-long elevator repair Story continues below advertisement “Unfortunately,...

Sidewalk debate: London, Ont., Civic Works Committee grants no exemption for any street – London

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London, Ont., city council’s Civic Works Committee has voted against exempting any street that’s set to receive a new sidewalk this summer.The debate, which took place during a virtual meeting Monday afternoon, heard both sides from members of city council as well as 31 delegates.Eleven streets were set to get new sidewalks installed once underground infrastructure reconstruction takes place, but this didn’t sit well with some homeowners. Read more: London petition demands improved sidewalk maintenance in winter Speaking at the meeting, more than 10 homeowners brought up the issue of tree removal that comes with installing new sidewalks.“It appears that there are 14 trees on 13 properties slated for removal,” said a resident of Bartlett Crescent, one of the streets on the city’s sidewalk installation...

As pandemic highlights education inequity, Calgary teen raises money for technology for all students – Calgary

As pandemic highlights education inequity, Calgary teen raises money for technology for all students - Calgary
Learning online has been a struggle for many Calgary families who don’t have the money for computers or internet access.Now, a Calgary high school student is doing his part to try to reduce that digital divide.Jayce Farris feels fortunate that he always had internet access and a computer when the pandemic forced his high school classes to go online. But he knows not all students are that lucky.“It’s really eye-opening to realize there are people in our city that are in that kind of need, and I think it’s important for all of us to come together to help out,” Farris said on Sunday.“I saw there was a way I could help, and I realized there was a massive need for it.” The Grade 12 student at All Saints High School started a fundraising campaign, selling bags of locally roasted coffee with a portion of the proceeds going...