CBC news, Thursday, October 21, 2010
A Winnipeg woman is hoping to drive the issue of transit services for the disabled onto the agenda for people seeking office in the upcoming civic
Emily Reimer lives in the Point Douglas area, uses a walker to get around and is clamouring for Handi-Transit to pick her up for rides from the rear
of her home, which is more accessible for her.
She has spent thousands of dollars upgrading the rear of her home to meet her mobility needs but Handi-Transit insists on parking in the front.
No officials from the city or Reimer’s ward councillor – or either of the two current frontrunners in the race to become mayor – have responded to her
complaints, despite her calls to all of them, she said.
“I don’t want a helicopter,” Reimer said, alluding to the imminent arrival of a crime-fighting aircraft for the Winnipeg Police Service.
“It’s not going to help me to get into transit.”
A spokeswoman for the Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities told CBC News only four candidates out of all running for city council or mayor in
the Oct. 27 election have responded to a questionnaire regarding disability issues.
“There’s often the perception that we, as people with disabilities, can just decide we’re going to take extra steps or not take extra steps. This is not
a question of negotiation,” Diane Driedger said.
Catherine Caldwell of Winnipeg Transit said she would examine Reimer’s complaint.
“We’ll certainly take a look at that and see if there’s something we’ve missed. But I’m not going to assume that’s the case,” Caldwell said.
With files from the CBC’s Leslie McLaren