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Is your Freedom Worth More than a TTC Bus?

Sit Down, Fight Back

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 are left to say

I guess I won’t be getting where I need to go, for months.

Things break down

But who decides the spending limit

On which freedom gets denied.

Who profits on this bottom line?

How much time goes by

Before they hear disabled folks say

Enough?

How much is your freedom worth?

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My Letter to Mayor Tory regarding Accessibility for the TTC in the 2018 Budget

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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 the City’s budget for 2018.

Since January 2017, accessible replacement buses have been running across the 501 streetcar route during track reconstruction, this route is scheduled to return to inaccessible this month. Because the replacement buses are accessible and the streetcars are not, this construction has greatly improved my quality of life and that of many other TTC passengers.

Having accessibility on this line allows me to access my closest grocery store, rather than one much further away. It also made it possible for me to take a spontaneous trip to High Park with my…

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“Employment, employment, employment” and Ableism

Sit Down, Fight Back

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 we some who used disabled people to make a shameful and disgusting argument against raising the minimum wage, because they felt that employers would not want to pay a disabled person $14 or $15 per hour. Mark Farber is one such person.

People in the disability community might remember Farber. He received a number of accolades and significant publicity for hiring people with disabilities at his business (which just happened to be a Tim Hortons franchise). He now works as a public speaker encouraging employers to hire people with disabilities. He just doesn’t think they’re worth the new minimum…

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ETHEL LOUISE ARMSTRONG POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP – Applications Open

Ethel Louise Armstrong Postdoctoral Fellowship

Dr Kirsty Liddiard

Having the opportunity to undertake the Ethel Louise Armstrong Postdoctoral Fellowship  from 2012-2014 changed my life. It influenced my scholarship, my activism and ignited my passion for disability art and culture (getting to live in Toronto also helped…) You can read about the scholar-activist project I undertook during the Fellowship here and other research I collaborated on here. I cannot recommend it highly enough. You’ll have opportunities to work with people so wonderful and brilliant to boot, you’ll remember it forever… and you’ll keep going back and back. Check out the information below and consider applying.

The Opportunity

The School of Disability Studies in the Faculty of Community Services at Ryerson University invites applications for the Ethel Louise Armstrong Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Disability Studies. With a gift from the Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation, this fellowship was established to further the scholarly contributions of disabled women. It is…

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Canada responds to years of pressure from community advocates by recognizing housing as a human right

Canada responds to years of pressure from community advocates…

We need a national housing strategy now!

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ACTO and the Right to Housing Coalition applaud recognition of right to housing in National Housing Strategy

November 24, 2017 (TORONTO) — For over seven years, the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO) and the Right to Housing Coalition – alongside housing advocates from across the country, including those with lived experience of homelessness – have pressed for a National Housing Strategy and the recognition in law of the right to housing. Those demands have finally been heard by the federal government in their announcement of a National Housing Strategy.

“The courts repeatedly blocked our efforts to have these rights recognized under existing laws. But the community organizing on the ground sent a loud message to the government that enough is enough,” says ACTO lawyer Tracy Heffernan, one of the legal counsel in the historic Charter challenge. “The fight isn’t over just yet. Until new legislation is adopted by…

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Thinking about loss

Dr Kirsty Liddiard

This week, for various reasons, I have been thinking about loss and the Academy. As a result this post is a bit of a melancholic ramble, but it was cathartic to write and I hope has some value. I want to begin to consider how loss and grief takes shape in the Academy; where there is space for it, and where it is closed down. For who/m and what are we allowed to grieve and who/m and what are we not? This is related to how we locate and make space for emotion in our work – how academic structures, which are built upon Humanist histories of rationality and reason, render emotion and feeling as excess. In my own research and scholarship, I follow Burkitt (2012: 458), conceptualizing emotion and feeling not as barriers ‘to clear reflexive thought’ but as necessary forms of affective labour for reflexivity itself. In this…

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