Marie Pontini is a competitive bodybuilder who likes to keep active. But she’s frustrated that she cannot always get to where she wants to. There isn’t always access for her wheelchair, which she uses because she has multiple sclerosis. “New buildings, they have to be accessible,” she told Global News, “but there’s no guidelines […]

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People living with disabilities say very little thought is given to making public and private spaces accessible. On Thursday, Global News reported on a man who was denied a permit to install a mechanical lift at his home for a wheelchair. As Phil Carpenter explains, advocates say the provincial law needs to be stronger.

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Western University is launching scholarships in honour of Madiha Salman and Salman Afzaal, two of the victims of the June 6 London, Ont., vehicle attack, which also killed their 15-year-old daughter and Salman’s mother and severely injured their nine-year-old son. A 20-year-old is facing terrorism charges in the case. Read more: Removal of makeshift […]

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A Montreal man living with multiple sclerosis has been denied a permit to build a wheelchair lift in front of his apartment. Claude Varin can’t leave his second floor apartment as often as he’d like.  There are 18 steps to get to his front door from the street. He’s in a wheelchair, so back […]

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A 63-year-old Rosemont man is fighting with the borough in a bid to maintain his autonomy. Claude Varin has been living with Multiple Sclerosis for 15 years and needs the help of an electric wheelchair to get around. The borough, however, won’t let Varin install a mechanical lift outside his apartment, saying the “architectural qualities”…

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Disability advocates in New Brunswick are hoping Department of Social Development will do away with the household income policy, or at least some sort of comprehensive reform. It creates additional barriers for those living with a disability and receiving social assistance – forcing many to make a choice between basic income and love. Nathalie Sturgeon […]

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Both the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University are offering staff and students the opportunity to get vaccinated against COVID-19 on campus. A vaccination clinic opened at the University of Waterloo on Monday, offering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Read more: University of Waterloo planning for on-campus learning in the fall “This is a […]

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The countdown is on as Ontario prepares to enter Step 3 of its COVID-19 reopening plan this Friday, but not all London, Ont., businesses are ready to reopen just yet. Under the new stage, Ontario will allow for the return of indoor dining with no limits to the number of patrons per table, as […]

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Adriana Patino, 36, has been battling COVID-19 since December 2020. First, the virus made her very sick, prompting several trips to the ER when her blood-oxygen levels had dropped dangerously low. Then the long-term symptoms set in: palpitations, difficulty breathing, overwhelming fatigue, and concussion-like cognitive issues. “I have memory issues, it takes me a […]

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Manitoba’s provincial parks extending free access

Posted on July 6th, 2021 by Best Brothers Group

Manitoba is extending free access to its provincial parks. Conservation and Climate Minister Sarah Guillemard said Tuesday that park visitors will get free access for a full week, instead of just a weekend as in past years. “We have been listening to how much Manitobans love their provincial parks and when the idea was […]

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