Visiting MLA praises wheelchair parking signs, criticizes lack of accessible taxis

He says it’s “obvious” lots of work is being done, and is impressed with the curb ramps, wheelchair parking signs, and even the amenities in the hotels he’s stayed in. 

“I’d say they’re better than anything anywhere else in the world,” he boasts. “The washrooms, the way that the entrances are, all of the features that you’d need, the height of the bed, everything was almost like it was custom made for me.” 

Sullivan also praised the Lido for being accessible, and even levelling an angled part of its floor, calling its awareness of accessibility needs “stunning”. 

However, the biggest problem Sullivan found with visiting the Energetic City was the lack of wheelchair accessible taxis. He assumed he would be able to show up at the North Peace Airport and call a cab, but instead had to use Chair of the Mayor’s Disability Advisory Committee Lori Slater’s accessible van during his tour. 

“Not everybody can drive, for one thing, not everybody has access to a car at all times, especially visitors coming in,” he points out. “If you’ve got a convention of so many hundred people, it’s quite likely that someone’s going to have a disability.” 

After speaking with others at the meet and greet, Sullivan says he’s also heard about issues with accessible housing in town and difficulties getting into apartment buildings. 

One approach to improving these issues is creating more bylaws, but Sullivan has found that bylaws aren’t always as effective as they’re intended. Instead, he maintains it takes a community as a stress the importance of being a community that’s accessible to everyone.

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Erica is a reporter for Moose FM and energeticcity.ca in Fort St. John, B.C. She grew up in Victoria, B.C. and received her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.