Category Archives: Disability

Disability Justice

As a queer, nonbinary, disabled person, I understand the intrinsic need to recognize and honour people’s intersecting identities. We are never just one identity, just one issue, and yet society often addresses us with one narrow image in mind, leaving many unseen, unheard, unconsidered. My experiences with ableism, cissexism, and anti-queerness are very much rooted… Read More »

Far from Free: The Canadian Medical System

There is a notion of “free health care” in Canada. That is far from the reality for many, our system remains well beyond the reach of various demographics, particularly those living below the poverty line and the working poor. We do, indeed, have a more open and accessible health care system and there is much… Read More »

Discriminatory Customer Service on B.C. Transit

I have used mobility aids for over fifteen years. I have been using the transit system just as long. I have experienced a lot of discrimination as a passenger with a disability, I even founded my organization, Citizens for Accessible Neighbourhoods, in 2005 because of customer service issues with transit in Metro Vancouver. Today, I… Read More »

Affordable and Equitable Transit

The following is the speech I delivered to the Vancouver City Mayor and Council on January 16th, 2019. I was one of several speakers supporting the #AllOnBoard motion for free transit for all children and youth 0-18, a sliding scale pass system based on income for adults, an immediate end to the fare evasion ticketing… Read More »

Coverage of Stephen Hawking’s Death Insultingly Ableist

Definition of Ableist: Discrimination and social prejudice against people with disabilities characterizing them as defined by their disabilities and as inferior to the non-disabled. Pictures of Stephen Hawking walking away from his wheelchair, comments about he’s now being “freed” or “whole” are incredibly ableist and insulting to not only the man he was but also… Read More »

Jar of Marbles – A Tale of Fatigue

One of the most frustrating experiences of living with fatigue is the inability to help others truly understand what one lives with on a daily basis. Following is an analogy that I have found useful for describing how fatigue affects one’s life. First of all, what is fatigue? Fatigue can by physical or mental. It… Read More »

Chronic Fatigue and The Golden Girls

  In 1989, The Golden Girls kicked off their fifth season with a two-part episode about Dorothy (Bea Arthur) trying to get a medical professional to take her mysterious fatigue and physical symptoms seriously. The story was based on the real life struggles of Golden Girls’ staff writer Susan Harris. The episodes, titled “Sick and… Read More »