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

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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...

Halifax wheelchair user ‘trapped’ in apartment due to 15-day-long elevator repair

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A Halifax mom is advocating for her son with disabilities, who hasn’t been able to leave his apartment for more than two weeks, due to an out-of-order elevator.Tracy Denney and her 30-year-old son Adam live on the third floor at 16 Caxton Close, with four flights of stairs standing between their apartment and the exit.“I’m fed up,” Denney tells Global News.Adam has spina bifida and has been wheelchair-bound since he was two years old.The only elevator in their building broke down Feb 24. For more than two weeks, Adam has not been able to leave his apartment. Read more: Waiting list ‘abyss’ in N.S. for care and housing of people with disabilities: doctor Story continues below advertisement Now, his mother says it’s having an impact on his physical and mental health.“I...

Community of Liverpool, N.S., raises thousands for new fully accessible play place – Halifax

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The community of Liverpool, N.S., and surrounding areas have joined forces to raise thousands of dollars for a new universally-designed play park for children and seniors of all ages.The play place will come fully equipped with features that include wheelchair-accessible sandboxes and picnic tables, dual-facing swings, as well as audio and brail components — all in a fenced-in area to make sure everyone stays safe.“It’s not just for a child with autism, it’s not just for a child in a wheelchair, this is for everybody,” said Elise Johnston, accessibility coordinator for the Region of Queen’s Municipality. Read more: Municipalities, riders have wish lists ready for ‘transformative’ federal public transit funds The idea came to life back in 2016 ahead of the area’s municipal election, when Debbie Wamboldt...

Open House: Converting homes to safely age in place

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The aging population spread of COVID-19 in care homes has lead to an increase in renovations on current homes to allow aging in place. One local company has been kept busy converting homes and especially bathrooms to safely allow people to stay in their homes longer.

‘Choked me up’: motorized wheelchair takes hunter into the wild for the first time

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It can plow through a foot of fresh snow with ease, climb steep hills and traverse rugged prairie terrain.After time spent advocating for better accessibility for hunters in Saskatchewan, a Lumsden outdoorsman raised the money needed to purchase a specialized, all-terrain wheelchair. Bobbie Cherepuschak tests out the snow blade attachment on his new motorized wheelchair. Supplied This past hunting season he used it to go off the road and into the wild for the first time in his life. Story continues below advertisement “It was the first time I’d ever been off the road, into the bush, and you know, to be totally honest, it chokes me up whenever I think about it,” said Bobbie Cherepuschakm, who has been embracing the outdoors his...

Municipalities, riders have wish lists ready for ‘transformative’ federal public transit funds – Halifax

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Nova Scotia municipalities and transit users are welcoming a federal $14.9-billion commitment to public transit projects, and some say, their wish lists are ready to go.The eight-year spending commitment comes after a strained financial year for local governments grappling with the crippling economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.“I think it’s transformative in terms of public transit in Canada,” said Halifax Mayor Mike Savage in a morning interview with Global News.“We already have a plan for electrification of our fleet as well as moving to bus and ferry rapid transit. These are expensive things.” 6:47 Mayor Mike Savage previews his State of the Municipality...

Nova Scotia first province to adopt Hansen Foundation curriculum in schools

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By Staff The Canadian Press Posted February 2, 2021 3:32 pm     Updated February 2, 2021 3:33 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size -A Larger font Increase article font size A+ HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s Education Department is teaming up with the Rick Hansen Foundation to provide inclusion and accessibility teaching materials to the province’s schools.The free online programs are now available to teachers and include access to foundation ambassadors...

Advocates say Peggy’s Cove viewing deck will accommodate accessibility needs

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The recent public announcement of a multimillion-dollar project that would see an accessible viewing deck constructed at Peggy’s Cove, has been met with plenty of different views and opinions. One wheelchair citizen says the project is rooted in improving accessibility. Alexa Maclean has the story.

Accessibility advocates say Peggy’s Cove viewing deck will ensure safe access for all – Halifax

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The recent public announcement of a multimillion-dollar project that would see an accessible viewing deck constructed at Peggy’s Cove, has been met with plenty of different views and opinions.Following the announcement, Michelle Paul, a Mi’kmaw water protector, raised concern over the possibility of construction damaging areas where Mi’kmaq harvest sweetgrass, one of their sacred medicines.The Crown corporation behind the project, Develop Nova Scotia, says they’ve taken Paul’s concern seriously and have verified that the deck won’t impact sweetgrass areas and they’re also working to ensure no other sweetgrass areas will be impacted. Read more: Mi’kmaq fear new Peggy’s Cove boardwalk could endanger sacred medicine On Saturday, a small group of protesters met outside of Peggy’s Cove, masked and...