Category Archives: Disability

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 »

How Bell Let’s Talk Day Could Be Improved

I support any initiative that gets people talking about mental health, however, I have to share some of the issues I have with Bell Let’s Talk Day: 1) I have yet to see a poster, billboard or advertisement with a person who is Indigenous, Asian, Black or Latino. Bell Let’s Talk is a very white… Read More »

Minority Support

As a person with a disability, I know what it is like to be systematically and individually treated like lesser than other people. I know what it is like to be surprised when I see a person with a disability portrayed in popular media in a positive light because too often our portrayal is unrealistic… Read More »