Parks Canada stumbles with half million dollar white elephant at Brackley Beach
The new wheelchair accessible ramp at Brackley Beach in the PEI National Park is not accessible. Half a million dollars was wasted on the monstrosity that towers 18 feet in the air and 500 feet long. Parks Canada forgot to include people with disabilities in the design process.
“The fight is between stupidity and the people who make these decisions…they do things without us. They don’t ask our opinion ahead of time.” Continue reading
Updated – According to CBC but it’s really not when you check
CBC – Prince Edward Island National Park officially opened for the season Friday, with some upgrades and additions for people with disabilities.
Visitors to the park’s popular Brackley Beach will notice a new pedestrian ramp this season. The $500,000 structure is designed to make the beach more accessible to wheelchairs. Continue reading
Wheelchair ramp at Brackley Beach PEI goes 18 feet into the air, too high and too hard for people in wheelchairs
Parks Canada has spent $500,000 on a wheelchair ramp at the PEI National Park that is not usable by people in wheelchairs. Encouraged by the story on CBC Compass PEI beach is now wheelchair accessible. we went to Brackley Beach to try it out.
The ramp is simply not designed with wheelchair users in mind. The ramp forces the person with the disability to push themselves up a steep and difficult 18 foot climb before descending to the beach. Parks Canada could have made the beach accessible at less than 25% of the cost by simply putting the ramp through the break in the dunes.
Once at the bottom of the long ramp, there are no beach wheelchairs and no platform to leave the wheelchair you came on. Apparently, you have to call ahead to get the beach wheelchair delivered. Parks Canada should have stored the beach wheelchairs on the beach where there are needed.
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First off, let’s admit it’s a wonderful sunny day on PEI. Yesterday was so warm at 3 PM, I had to dig out last summer’s shorts and put them on. Today is a little colder but so nice out of the wind. Spring or summer is here.
I was downtown wheeling around in my wheelchair on errands. Surprisingly two offices I visited – IRAC and PEI Newcomers – don’t have automatic doors.
They should have their entrance doors with a button to make them accessible for the disabled. I wrote Moe Rogerson (IRAC) and Kevin Arsenault (PEI Newcomers) and asked them about it.
PEI Newcomers don’t trust the Internet. They have a web form to send them messages.
However, the web form has a captcha invented in a Frank Kafka nightmare. It is only three letters long. No matter what you enter it comes back “Validation string is not correct.”
Click on the image to see what happens. I tried it 5 or 6 times and got bored.
Maybe they get tired of whining Chinese immigrants who want help or their deposits back. Just put a little eternal loop in the email form and ipso presto – no annoying immigrant emails.
I asked Kevin about that too.
Update – November 27th, 2009 – Kevin told me to take him off my email contacts after I asked about the accessible door and now he is retiring to move on to greener pastures.
Does Lot 30 Restaurant care about people with disabilities?
It’s disheartening to go to a new restaurant and find they have made no accommodation for people with disabilities. Let me pinch myself. Yes this is 2009 and PEI is supposed to have accessible standards in its building code.
That appears to be the case at Lot 30 who caught heat last week for serving foie gras. Green Party hits low of silly complaints
How does it happen that the owner of a new restaurant opens in Charlottetown without making the premises accessible?
That’s what I found at Lot 30. One big step that makes it impossible for a wheelchair to enter.
When Steve Barbour renovated Brennan’s which is another old restaurant, he made a special effort to make the entrance, main dining floor and washroom accessible. Thanks Steve.
Charities argue for status quo not cure
When Michael J. Fox brought his foundation to Canada in an effort to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease, he met the resistance from the Canadian charities lobby.
Michael J. Fox’s New Canada Charity Raises Concern for Parkinson’s Groups ran the headline in Philanthropy Today
“Joyce Gordon, president of the Parkinson Society of Canada, worried that Mr. Fox’s organization could undercut donations to her group and divert funds and attention from existing education and support campaigns.”
Common sense will keep a few people home
With story from Winnipeg Free Press
With the first case of swine flu among the athletes at Canada Games, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure there is a risk. However, press and marketing people at Canada Games may not warn us to keep the Games momentum going.
A tennis player competing for Manitoba at the Canada Games in Prince Edward Island has been quarantined while Games officials await test results for H1N1 influenza.
Muzeen Ismath, a 17-year-old Winnipegger who plays out of the Tuxedo Tennis Club, showed symptoms of the flu Wednesday morning and was immediately quarantined and tested, Team Manitoba manager Barry Moroz said Wednesday night. Continue reading
Paul Cudmore, UPEI Access-Ability Committee member, sued for trademark infringement and unethical business practices
Disability Rights are a farce when disabled systematically excluded from society
With story from theage.com.au
A new Australian government report states that the disabled are excluded from public transit and public buildings at a greater extent than non-disabled persons. The disabled are also excluded from educational, employment opportunities and health care.
Canada also excludes the disabled
The same is true for Prince Edward Island and Canada where the disabled are routinely excluded from employment.
PEI is a bourgeois society that ignores the disabled. Continue reading