Proposed Canadian travel regulations for people with disabilities don’t go far enough, critics say – BC

Proposed Canadian travel regulations for people with disabilities don’t go far enough, critics say - BC
[ad_1] For people living with disabilities, travelling can be a challenge.The Canadian Transportation Agency and federal accessibility minister announced new proposed regulations that promise to be a game-changer for travellers with disabilities.The proposed regulations would affect communication, training, accessibility and service on large airlines, rail, ferries, buses and terminals.For example, terminals would be required to help a passenger get from the curb to check-in. READ MORE: Study shows Canadians still confused over travel insurance Gabor Lukacs with the advocacy group Air Passenger Rights is critical of the changes since they don’t apply to smaller airlines.“Swoop and Flair and some other startup airlines that may pop up in the coming years will not be subject to those...

Broken lift at 201 Portage Avenue repaired – Winnipeg

Technicians work on the broken wheelchair lift in the underground corridor at 201 Portage Avenue.
[ad_1] Repairs have been made to the accessibility lift under 201 Portage Avenue.Technicians were working on the elevator connecting the building to the underground concourse downtown on Wednesday morning. Technicians work on the broken wheelchair lift in the underground corridor at 201 Portage Avenue. Jordan Pearn / Global News It is one of two lifts that allow people with mobility challenges to by-pass the set of stairs into/out of the concourse.Service broke down on Feb. 4. leaving many people stranded. READ MORE: Broken lift leaves 201 Portage inaccessible for those using a wheelchair The situation caused Allen Mankewich, as well as other wheelchair-bound residents, to find alternative...

Accessibility in the digital age: Okanagan parent voices concern

Accessibility in the digital age: Okanagan parent voices concern
[ad_1] When School District 23 recently introduced a new app for parents to report their child’s absence from class, not everybody was able to fully use it.Derek Wilson is blind. The app the school district chose is inaccessible, he said.“I think that the school district, if they’re going to use public funds to provide a service, then as a parent, I have a right to expect to use that service, and the truth is that I can’t,” Wilson said.“And it’s impacting the safety of my children.” READ MORE: Remapping accessibility around the world Wilson uses a screen reader on his phone, which is software that converts text to speech.When he initially signed on to use the app, Wilson said he wasn’t surprised that it wasn’t fully accessible to him.“I deal with this every day, multiple...

One-third of cannabis buyers still using illicit dealers, according to IPSOS poll – National

One-third of cannabis buyers still using illicit dealers, according to IPSOS poll - National
[ad_1] One of the Canadian government’s chief aims in legalizing marijuana was to eliminate the black market.And yet, one month after legalization came into effect on Oct. 17, a new Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of Global News reveals that of those who have purchased cannabis in the last month, 35 per cent went back to their pre-legalization sources. In other words, they skipped legal avenues in favour of their old dealer. READ MORE: A legal pot supply shortage will fuel the black market, experts say Whether that’s the beginning of a good or bad news trend depends on who you ask. At this early stage it’s “much ado about nothing,” says Jennifer McLeod Macey, vice-president with Ipsos.“It’s kind of like Y2K where we’re expecting this big change overnight and we haven’t seen it.”So...

How hosting the Paralympic Games in 2026 could impact accessibility in Calgary – Calgary

How hosting the Paralympic Games in 2026 could impact accessibility in Calgary - Calgary
[ad_1] We have heard a lot about funding and the yes side and the no side, but if Calgary decides to bid on the 2026 Winter Olympics, it also comes with the Winter Paralympics.This would be the first time Calgary would be hosting the Paralympic Games because, in 1988, the Winter Paralympic Games were held in Innsbruck, Austria. David Legg, past president of the Canada Paralympic Association, joined Global News Morning Calgary on Wednesday to talk about what hosting the Paralympic Games in Calgary would mean for the city and the country.He said he cringes everytime he hears about the plebiscite.“It’s an Olympic and Paralympic Games plebiscite, and I think that is something that has been missed,” he said. “I think it’s an important conversation that Calgarians and people in the Bow Valley need to have.”The first...

Halifax advocate wheels down Robie Street to highlight accessibility issues – Halifax

Halifax advocate wheels down Robie Street to highlight accessibility issues - Halifax
[ad_1] In ancient Greek mythology, Odysseus traveled for ten years to return home after the fall of Troy. On Wednesday, Brian George ended a different sort of odyssey with a seven-kilometre trek down one of Halifax’s longest and busiest streets.“I’m starting here at the corner of Robie and Gainsborough and I’m wheeling all the way down to Saint Mary’s University,” George said. “It really is just to show just how inaccessible this city is and how difficult it is for someone like me to get around this city when not relying on things like transit.”Over the last two years, George has traversed 15 streets around Halifax as part of his Halifax Odyssey Tour, a project that looks to shed light on the challenges that people with disabilities face on a day-to-day basis. His route from the northern tip of Robie Street to...