The thing about replacing inaccessible streetcars with accessible buses You get used to it. It goes on for a year and half Then it gets taken away And the disabled folks are left to say This was ours once. The thing about elevators Sometimes they shut down Purposely or accidentally And the disabled folks… Continue reading Is your Freedom Worth More than a TTC Bus?
Dear Mayor Tory, I write to you as a concerned citizen of Ward 6 Etobicoke-Lakeshore, and the City of Toronto, to request your support to continue with some accessible buses on the 501 streetcar line and other streetcar lines, and for shuttle bus service for major elevator disruptions, and that these items be reflected in… Continue reading My Letter to Mayor Tory regarding Accessibility for the TTC in the 2018 Budget
I’m going to get right to the point here. An increased minimum wage is not harming disabled people. It is however doing a great job at highlighting the ableist and saneist bias that continues to exist within employment in Ontario and social services. When Bill 148 was still being debate, there were some who used… Continue reading “Employment, employment, employment” and Ableism
As a disabled women, choice and bodily autonomy keep me safe, and it keeps me free. Before I entered high school most of my clothing choices were made by someone else, because it made it easier for them to help me get dressed. Before I moved out on my own I had short hair, that… Continue reading Whose Body? Her Body
The 7th Annual Toronto Disability Pride March Saturday, September 23, 2017 Starting at Queens Park (111 Wellesley Street West) and marching to the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson (99 Gerrard Street East) from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Why we’re Marching: To bring recognition of the struggles and value of people with disabilities as… Continue reading Toronto Disability Pride March: September 23, 2017
Presentation at the Canadian Disability Studies Association Conference 2017 Thank you to my fellow organizers and panelists. Before I get started, I’d like to identify myself within this conversation, as a white, employed person with a physical disability that is easily identified with, and the privilege that comes with those things. I also identify as… Continue reading “We Need Not Remake the Past” – The Future of the Disability Movement
The election of Donald Trump in the US has emboldened the racist right in the US and around the world. In Canada, conservative leadership candidates have stoked the fires of bigotry and the result has been an increase in racist attacks here. But they can be stopped. The outpourings of solidarity against racist attacks have… Continue reading Fighting Racism in the Age of Trump – April 21st