Thursday, March 12, 2009

Removed snow placed in disabled parking spots*

I received this email and I've decided to place it on here because it's important. Here it is:

January 29, 2009 I tried to park at the one disabled parking spot at the Royal York/Bloor Rogers Video store. Their snow removal contractor thought it was a good idea to place the snow into the ONE disabled parking spot; Rogers had obviously no issue with this.

In February 2009 I went to the Don Mills/Lawrence E. Shoppers Drug Mart and ran into the same issue,snow in disabled spots. Cineplex OdeonQueensway/Kipling two winters ago placed removed snow into disabled spots,GM blamed contractor being new? Additional access grief: Metro at Lawrence/Bathurst has poles blocking access to those with walkers, or wheelchairs. Disabled using such assisted devices have to stand outside the Metro, stare through the glass in hopes that an employee will see them, pull up the pole to let them in to shop. Elderly, disabled live within walking distance to this Metro,thus they continue to use it.

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 [AODA] is going to need 20 years to before it's enforceable for all who do not comply. WHY would there not be an immediate requirement for compliance with large organizations like the ones noted? It isn't a financial burden when you're a large corporation who probably spends money to clean and maintain/upgrade their facilities so customers have a good user experience, don't slip and fall, Et cetera. Rebranding from Dominion to Metro in Ontario wasn't without cost. Even The city of Toronto [periodically] fines those who don't remove snow from the side walk in front of their property.


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