Winnipeg lawyers file human rights complaint over inaccessibility of Manitoba court buildings – Winnipeg

Winnipeg lawyers file human rights complaint over inaccessibility of Manitoba court buildings - Winnipeg
A pair of former Winnipeg lawyers have each filed complaints with the Manitoba Human Rights Commission Tuesday, citing multiple incidents of discrimination throughout their careers.Peter Tonge and Mike Reimer, both of whom live with disabilities, say there are a number of barriers for anyone using a wheelchair or walker who is attempting to access the provincial court system in Winnipeg and in a number of rural and northern communities throughout the province.“It is clear that persons with disabilities in Manitoba currently experience an adverse impact in terms of their right to equally access Manitoba court facilities, services and programs throughout the province,” said University of Manitoba law professor David Ireland, who is representing Reimer and Tonge. Story continues below advertisement We have...

Halifax hockey parents create petition to be allowed in the rink amid COVID-19 – Halifax

Halifax hockey parents create petition to be allowed in the rink amid COVID-19 - Halifax
Both Michael Kydd’s children play minor hockey in Bedford, N.S., but he hasn’t been able to see them play on the ice this year.The BMO Centre, like other hockey rink facilities across the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), is closed to spectators. Read more: Halifax Mooseheads return to ice with a plan to compete and keep COVID-19 at bay “What you are actually seeing are parents looking for every opportunity to peer through every window (at the rink),” said Kydd. “It’s what we did at the forum the other day, just to get a glimpse of our kid skating.”Kydd says players are dropped off at the rink, half-dressed in their gear at a specific entrance for the ice pad they are using, and a specified exit to use on the way out, as to minimize interactions with other ice users. Story continues below...

Haligonians get five more weekends of access to George’s Island – Halifax

Haligonians get five more weekends of access to George’s Island - Halifax
Haligonians will be allowed to visit Georges Island for an additional five weekends this year.Parks Canada announced Tuesday that they’ll be extending the visitor season to the national historic site.The news comes after a high demand for tickets to the island which was not open to the public until this August after a $2 million project to build a permanent wharf was completed.The additional weekends will start Sept. 12 and stretch to the weekend of Oct. 10. Trending Stories Throughout August, Ambassatours Grey Line has been using its Harbour Queen to ferry passengers from Cable Wharf to Georges Island. Story continues below advertisement Tickets can be booked on the company’s website.Despite being located in the middle of Halifax harbour the island was largely off-limits to...

PC Leader Blaine Higgs offers shifting answers on abortion funding in New Brunswick

PC Leader Blaine Higgs offers shifting answers on abortion funding in New Brunswick
The New Brunswick election campaign continued on Friday with PC Leader Blaine Higgs shifting goalposts when pressed by reporters on what it would take for him to fund abortions in private clinics in the province.In New Brunswick, abortions are only funded by the provincial government at three locations: two hospitals in Moncton and one hospital in Bathurst, locations that critics say limit accessibility for those who need the procedure.Abortions are only offered in the two locations because previous provincial governments have not repealed a regulation, known as Regulation 84-20, banning the funding of abortions outside of hospitals. Read more: All our New Brunswick election 2020 coverage New Brunswick is the only province in Canada that does not fund abortions outside of hospitals. Story continues below...

Reduced speed limits back in Winnipeg school zones, gifted flashing lights coming soon – Winnipeg

Reduced speed limits back in Winnipeg school zones, gifted flashing lights coming soon - Winnipeg
As Winnipeg students get ready to return to the classroom next week, drivers need to remember to slow down in school zones.Maximum speed limits drop back down to 30 km/h around most schools in Winnipeg as of Tuesday. Read more: More than 8,000 tickets handed out to Winnipeg drivers speeding through school zones in June And Winnipeg police say with more students expected to walk to school due to COVID-19, following the rules of the road is more important than ever this fall.“There could be more kids walking, could be more kids on their bikes,” said Insp. Gord Spado with the Winnipeg police. 1:33 Winnipeg Police to increase enforcement in school...

Tree Winnipeg’s ReLeaf program launches fall effort to get tree seedlings planted in city – Winnipeg

Tree Winnipeg’s ReLeaf program launches fall effort to get tree seedlings planted in city - Winnipeg
A Winnipeg not-for-profit working to see a million new trees planted in the city over the next two decades is doubling its efforts to get tree seedlings into the hands of budding back-yard arborists this year.Tree Winnipeg’s ReLeaf program has been providing hundreds of trees for Winnipeggers to plant every spring for the last five years, but the group is expanding the program into the fall this year with the hopes of making the push to plant a biannual effort. Read more: ‘A challenging time to be a tree right now’: City of Winnipeg forester “We’ve seen an increase in the demand for trees,” explained Lisa Jones, program director with Trees Winnipeg, who tells Global News the program saw 530 trees planted in the spring, and just shy of 1,900 trees go into the ground since 2017. Story continues below...

Coronavirus: Port Colbourne bans non-residents from beaches – Hamilton

Coronavirus: Port Colbourne bans non-residents from beaches - Hamilton
Port Colbourne, Ont., has joined a number of other communities in the province that have restricted beaches to local residents only.As of Friday, access to all beaches in the municipality is open to residents and two non-resident adults per resident. Unlimited guests under 15 will be allowed per resident per carload. Read more: Coronavirus: Non-residents banned from St. Catharines beaches The change comes in response to a recent influx of non-resident beachgoers amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to city mayor Bill Steele.“This is just another way we can help keep everyone healthy and safe,” Steele said in a release on Wednesday.“As we navigate operational changes this year due to COVID-19, we are hopeful to welcome visitors to our beautiful beaches again next year.” Story continues below...

North Regina Little League making baseball accessible with $40,000 Blue Jays grant

North Regina Little League making baseball accessible with $40,000 Blue Jays grant
A new $40,000 grant is going to go a long way to help North Regina Little League (NRLL) build a better baseball experience for young athletes with special needs.“It’s gonna enhance the park immensely. It’s gonna give the Challenger kids somewhere really nice to play,” said NRLL president Chris Kayter. “Our park is already so beautiful. It just adds another element to North Regina Little League.”‘The money comes from Jays Care, a charity program run by the Toronto Blue Jays. NRLL applied for funding last year. Though the announcement was delayed by the pandemic, NRLL was officially named as a recipient Friday evening. Read more: SPBL northern playoffs set stage for league championship NRLL’s “Challenger” program pairs “buddies” with each participant. In a typical year, every Sunday buddies help special needs...

Nova Scotians can now renew their driver’s licence online – Halifax

Nova Scotians can now renew their driver’s licence online - Halifax
The province announced Tuesday that Nova Scotains will now be able to renew regular driver, motorcycle and farm tractor licences through an online service.“With the impact of COVID-19 on our daily lives, Nova Scotians have been provided different ways to access services while following new public health protocols to help keep themselves and others healthy and safe,” said Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services Minister Patricia Arab, in a news release. Read more: NSHA to contact 211 people whose private information was breached According to the province, drivers can use the new service if they: Trending Stories Coronavirus: What one of the youngest patients in a B.C. ICU wants you to...

New Saskatchewan permit makes hunting more accessible to people in wheelchairs

New Saskatchewan permit makes hunting more accessible to people in wheelchairs
For 20 years, Bobbie Cherepuschak dreamed of hunting big game by roaming the land.Come October, his dream will get to come true.That’s because the Ministry of Environment has made changes to the province’s hunting permits to allow people with disabilities to use motorized wheelchairs while participating in the sport.“This will enhance the experience,” said Cherepuschak, who lobbied the government to make the change with the help of NDP MLA Trent Wotherspoon and the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation.An avid outdoorsman, Cherepuschak, who has spina bifida and uses a wheelchair to get around, says the change will take his expeditions to the next level.“It’s going to be a totally different ballgame. I’ll be able to get out of the truck and move around out there.” Story continues below...