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Viewing Platform Opens at Peggy’s Cove in Nova Scotia With Eye to Improving Safety

Jonathan MacInnis
CTV News Atlantic Reporter
Published Oct. 18, 2021

PEGGY’S COVE, N.S. – About 100 people gathered near the postcard-perfect lighthouse at Nova Scotia’s Peggy’s Cove on Monday to mark the official opening of a viewing platform that had initially rankled some local residents.

The 1,300-square-metre deck was designed to improve access to the site and discourage sightseers from venturing onto the wave-washed rocks when storms roll in.

“This celebration recognizes the efforts of the community … and provides a new and inclusive way to experience Peggy’s Cove,” Susan Corkum-Greek, the province’s economic development minister, said in a statement.

Why Do We Still Have To Fight for Basic Accessibility?

New infrastructure funding should be tied to accessibility standards. Canada should be a leader in accessibility. September 28, 2021 by QUOI Media Group
By Luca Patuelli

People with disabilities have to fight for basic accessibility every day – and it’s exhausting! I live with a disability that requires me to use crutches to get around. I work as a dance educator with students that have various disabilities. I’ve learned first-hand that ‘accessibility’ is a word that is thrown around plenty but largely ignored in practice. It’s time this changed.

Saskatoon Voter Frustrated Over Accessibility Issues at Polling Station

Carla Shynkaruk
Videojournalist CTV News Saskatoon
Published Tuesday, September 21, 2021

SASKATOON — Voting is a right every adult Canadian citizen has, but one Saskatoon man says his polling station wasn’t set up for him to enter in his wheelchair despite being led to believe it was accessible.

“The voter card said this site meets all 15 accessibility criteria for Roland Michener School,” Sikorski told CTV News.

The Elections Canada website outlines the criteria, which includes level access to the entrance.

However, when Sikorski arrived to vote on Monday, he quickly realized he couldn’t get into the school gym door because the threshold was about seven centimetres high.

Accessibility Changes are Coming to Halifax Patios This Summer

Nicola Seguin
CBC News, Aug. 11, 2021

For a blind person like Yvon Clement, obstacles are everywhere.

Everyday objects like sandwich boards, bike racks and sidewalk patios can pose a danger for those who use a cane to get around.

Patios that only have a rope-and-post barrier can pose an accessibility issue because the open space between the posts can’t be detected by cane.

“There’s nothing there to indicate that there’s something coming up,” said Clement, who has been blind since childhood.

“That’s how it’s dangerous to us, because we can trip over a table, fall over somebody, and there we go their food is on the ground.”

Supporting an ‘Active’ Recovery Means Improving the Accessibility of Outdoor Spaces

The government’s investment in active transportation should benefit rural, accessible outdoor spaces Opinion by Benjamin Rempel, Joe Doiron
July 19, 2021

Before Catherine McKenna, minister of infrastructure and communities, announced her planned departure from politics, she outlined significant investments to support active transportation across Canada. At the time few took notice. But four months later, this infusion of funding has taken on new importance as Canadians flock outdoors to reclaim their physical and mental health.

The funding includes $400 million to retrofit and develop new pathways, bike lanes, multi-use trails and sidewalks. The money will also support the government’s commitment to create an active transportation strategy – a first for Canada. This is exciting news, to be sure. But before supports are enacted to get more Canadians walking and wheeling, the government must consider several key issues.

Montreal Advocates Call for Better Accessibility

By Phil Carpenter , Global News
Posted July 16, 2021

Marie Pontini is a competitive bodybuilder who likes to keep active.

But she’s frustrated that she cannot always get to where she wants to. There isn’t always access for her wheelchair, which she uses because she has multiple sclerosis.

“New buildings, they have to be accessible,” she told Global News, “but there’s no guidelines that tell them how to make it accessible.”

Pontini pointed out that the problem of accessibility for people with reduced mobility in the city is nothing new and that for years they’ve been demanding improved access. According to her, more businesses and building owners could easily make the accommodations more effective by consulting experts – the people who need to services.

Accessible Water Wheelchair, Access Mat Helping People Enjoy Regina Beach

A group of residents raised money for the equipment
Heidi Atter, CBC News
Posted: Jul 08, 2021

People who use wheelchairs can now take a dip in Last Mountain Lake at Regina Beach much more easily thanks to a group of residents who got together to raise money for equipment that makes the beach accessible.

The beach now has an access mat and “waterwheels,” a special buoyant wheelchair designed to be used in the water. The mat gives a stable surface for people in wheelchairs to use over the sand.

Five residents, including Janey Davies, raised the money to make it a reality. They started fundraising before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, then pivoted to online auctions, draws and a sports tournament.

Calgary Councillor Asks for Improved Accessibility Around Popular Pop-Up Patios

Ina Sidhu CTV News Calgary Video Journalist
Published Wednesday, June 16, 2021

CALGARY –Calgarians with or without mobility issues are taking to social media to point out flaws with some of the temporary sidewalk setups around pop-up patios.

“They’re not leaving enough room to give the wheelchair a chance to turn on the end of the ramp,” said Athena Cooper, who uses a motorized wheelchair.

Cooper came across a ramp on Kensington Road N.W. at the end of May which wasn’t easy to access and tweeted her concern.

“My concern when I posted it was that are people aware that you know this is an issue. You can’t just lay a ramp down and say, “Okay we’re now accessible.”

Advocates Calling on the City to Enforce Accessibility Policies in Construction Zones

Mike Arsenault Video Journalist
Published Saturday, June 19, 2021

Advocates are calling on the city to enforce its accessibility policies at construction locations.

WINNIPEG –Summer in Winnipeg is often paired with plenty of construction work, but some sites in the city are making it difficult for people with mobility challenges.

Barricades and broken concrete are blocking a portion of the sidewalk along Portage Avenue in the St. James area. For Allen Mankewich, who uses a wheelchair, the barricades are nearly impossible to get around.

Smart Shoes Help the Visually Impaired

Maider GameroAAP
Mon, 17 May 2021

Smart shoes can tell visually impaired people if there are obstacles in their path.

Shoes with sensors embedded in them have been created to alert blind and visually impaired people to obstacles in their path.

Developed by Austria’s Tec-Innovation company in collaboration with the Graz University of Technology, the intelligent shoes can increase the safety of visually impaired and blind people in their everyday life.

The warning system includes an ultra-bright LED and two sensors placed at the front of each shoe.

The sensors detect obstacles and notify the wearer through vibration feedback in the shoe or sound warning signals via a smartphone.