Please Help to get Halifax Transit to Provide Buses that are Properly Equiped
Only 2% of Halifax buses have the equipment to safely secure electric wheelchairs so that wheelchair users can not use public transit and they are deprived of their guaranteed human rights...Here is the city number to place your concerns 902-490-4000
Please read this related article.
Halifax Bus Drivers Union In Violation of Human Rights and Endangering the Disabled
CAPREIT is mainly concerned with cosmetic appearances rather then having qualified experienced responsible professionals promptly doing proper high quality work for the safety and care of the tenants of The Welsford Apartments..
This post is under construction. I will remove this notice when I make enough progress on this post. Please scroll down for documentary videos and photos.
After you review all the evidence I am now in the process of uploading and posting below, I think you will be in agreement with me in thinking that maybe this building is unfit to live in and maybe it needs to be condemned.
I am posting this to warn anyone that has mobility issues NOT to move into The Welsford Apartments building on 2074 Robie St in Halifax.
This building is owned by CAPREIT. Here is the link to their executive offices and phone numbers in Toronto Ontario. http://www.caprent.com/About_CAPREIT/ContactUs.aspx. Corporate Officers http://www.caprent.com/About_Capreit/executive.aspx
Please be advised that their is a CAPREIT in the USA that is also in the same type of business as CAPREIT in Canada. The US company is not affiliated with the Canadian CAPREIT.. They are two completely separate corporations.
Below is a series of documentary videos and many detailed testimonials by me of the dangers of living at this almost sixty year old ‘The Welsford’ apartment building in Halifax Nova Scotia.. I will be compiling some of my previous Wheelchair Rights Video Reports and photographic documentation I did previously with this series. I will also be including issues that are not necessarily related to wheelchair users or disabled people but still impacts everyone.
You are about to see the evidence of floods in the underground garage, huge cracks opening up the whole length of the underground garage ceiling, rotting food and garbage debris in the underground, Old furnishings piled up constantly in the underground garage that they leave there for months at a time, the garbage shoot having garbage backed up to the sixth floor stinking out the whole building for two months, constant break downs of the elevators, people frequently being trapped sometimes for hours in the elevators,frequent water interruptions, power shut off and on at least once a month, no clearing or salting of snow and ice on the exterior walks and drives. Broken glass on the underground ramp that they refuse to sweep up immediately.
NOTICE OF ENTRY.
I am posting this video at the top. Please understand that this video is done after I posted the remainder of this post below.
last week I had a discussion with the fire Marshall and told him about my situation of not being able to use the heating system, about the circuit breaker tripping when ever I am charging my electric wheelchair, about my having to use portable electric heaters, and especially important. I asked him to come and do an inspection in my apartment about the dangerous fire hazard of having new copper wall receptacles, and light fixtures improperly attached to aluminium wiring. I advised that the whole building is now an electrical fire hazard because Capreit replaced most of the electrical fixtures in this building with ones made for copper wiring, but this building has aluminium wiring.
So now they send me this message under my door. I advised management that I would be video taping anyone coming into my apartment and that I would post the videos on my website. Because I told her that I can not possibly physically able to move all my furnishing for the electrician.
The manager of the building Annette I was speaking with then just hung up on me.
Here I will be posting updates if things are being repaired.
November 15 2013 ……Loose mats on elevator floors were removed and new proper permanent flooring installed.
November 22 2013 …..Electric wall receptacle with an independent circuit installed in my living-room for my electric wheelchair.
Thermostat moved to shady wall but after trying it. The heat still can not be controlled. It still stays to cold or the heat still goes to full power and stays there and over heats my apartment.
November 28 2013. I still can not use the electric heat in my apartment.
Outdoor lighting that constantly is not on, windows with broken seals, no heat in the hallways,out dated electrical system with aluminium wiring.
CAPREIT, as is standard for them have done a cosmetic upgrade to the light fixtures, and wall receptacles
I am afraid that they have been attaching copper wired fittings directly in contact with the aluminium wiring.
There is not enough wiring circuits and the ones here are to long and the plugs are to few and to far apart.
Forcing people to create electrical spiders of extensions and power bars.
That puts a big demand on this old and unsafe aluminium wiring with their new receptacles and fixture made for copper wiring.
That is a fire time bomb.
If you read this article at this link you can learn why this is so very dangerous and creates a firetrap.
Is it Safe to Connect Aluminum and Copper Wiring?
I have been trapped in the elevator when it stopped between floors. I think the loose rubber floor mat moved under the door and caused the elevator to stop.
People often being trapped in the elevators for hours, the emergency phones in the elevators do not work. It gets even worse.
About the fire drills and being in a wheelchair.
They send out notices about when they are having fire drills and give instructions as what to do in the event of an actual fire. But to my surprise there was nothing to advise wheelchair users who can not go down the elevators, as the elevators turn off when the alarm sounds.
Another problem with freezing cold in the halls and heating costs. I repeatedly asked management to turn off the powerful fans in the elevators that all winter long blow cold air into every floor where the doors open. The fans draw in air from the freezing cold unheated elevator shafts.
Some people my not know that with most of the tenants in this building having to pay for their own heat. This apartment building owner saves a lot of money. All other apartment buildings I have ever been in have a central heating system. So that here these owners are making a much bigger profit margin on their very expensive rental fees. I live alone in a one bedroom and my power bills are prorated at $250 a month. That is a huge cost.
Please watch these videos if you care about the endangering of people in a building that has continuous problems due to poor managements and hazardous electrical repairs, just to name a few.. I highly recommend that no one move into this 60 year old 23 story building.
This is a public notice I have been given permission by head office of CAPREIT in Toronto to ahead and publish everything I know. I advised them and gave due notice before publishing this. They are now aware of all the content I am about to reveal and CAPREIT does not care….about the safety, well being and security of its tenants.
Soon I will give you a list of all the names and phone numbers of all the government inspectors who were made aware of the problems with this building. So far over the past three years all the government inspectors that have come here on these issues have not resolved anything. So I will give you detailed information as to who came to see and what they did or did not do. Most have done nothing to fix the numerous hazards and problems of the, structural, heating, ventilation, electrical, plumbing, safety, health, accessibility, and building code violations. I have created this detailed post of evidence to aid the inspectors, notify the tenants and a legal document for the record of negligence of the owners of this building.
There will be more photos and videos coming.
Please scroll down to see evidence photos of floors sagging and many other photos of structural problems.
The Welsford Nightmare – All the walls and floors are crooked
The Welsford Nightmare – Electric Heating Not Usable
The Welsford Nightmare – Elevator Dangers for Electric Wheelchairs
The Welsford Nightmare - The Welsford Access
The Welsford Nightmare - The Welsford Underground Garage Entrance
The Welsford Nightmare – Noise in bathroom ceiling
The Welsford Nightmare – Outside front view
The Welsford Nightmare – Nice and nasty manager
The Welsford Nightmare – Illegal Unprofessional plumbing
The Welsford Nightmare – Serious structural problems
The photos below show signs of structural problems with this building.
(Much more photos, information and details coming. I will remove this notice when all photos are uploaded)
I am writing this for management to understand.
Being physically disabled is a horrific experience.
But what is more horrific is when those around are mentally disable to use their heads.
Two days ago I was stranded in the lobby sitting in my wheelchair for three hours.
I was sitting there in my full body winter suit over heating and in a lot of pain.
I needed to get out of my wheelchair.
Three days before that I mentioned to the manager the difficulties I had in the elevator because of the loose carpet causing my wheel to spin and slamming my wheelchair into the wall of the elevator and that I almost could not get out of the elevator. I clearly described to the manger what my difficulties were.
I also mentioned to her that there was a really strong odour of cleaner in the elevator.
She then told me that the cleaners had been cleaning the stainless steel.
So today two day after my being stranded in the lobby I decided to try getting into the elevator. I thought that maybe they fixed the carpet.
To my surprise the carpet did not move.
just as I was about to get into the elevator I saw the manager and I asked her if they had fixed the carpet.
She said that they did nothing.
Just then I began to understand what had happened.
The cleaner had soaked to the underside of the rubberized carper with cleaning liquid when the liquid dripped down the wall.
I figured that out when I looked at the walls inside the elevator and noticed that it was not stainless steel.
So that is when I realized what had happened.
Because as I remembered when the police officer pulled the carpet back to see if it had any glue on it which it did not and I saw the underside.
To me it looked very shiny as if it was wet.
So the manger told me that they had done nothing, I then thought that if there was no glue ever before at the back corner of the mat then what happened.
That is when I understood everything. It was the soap that made the carpet slip.
Because today after several days the underside of the carpet had time to dry.
If I was not disabled none of these difficulties would of happened.
If some people were not mentally unable to think none of this would of happened.
If the manager had made even a tiny bit of effort to try and find out why the carpet was moving and listened to me when I told here there was a strong odour of cleaner in the elevator.
If the manger had come out to the elevator to try if figure out what was different today in the elevator from before.
If she had treated with any due respect and dignity and trusted my judgement.
She might have done what the police officers did.
I being physically disabled. I could not reach done to see if the glue had let go.
If the handyman that live in the building had also been mentally able.
He would of also tried to understand what was going on.
He the handyman never told anyone that the carpet had never been glued down in the back corner.
So now I understand why it is that the carpet did the same thing several months before.
The cleaner does not take the carpet mat out of the elevator when the elevator is being cleaned.
That is because the handyman had applied a bead of silicone the whole length of the carpet along the edge of the doorway.
So before when the carpet slipped and moved and went under the closed elevator door.
Then again the cleaner had soaked floor under the mat.
The handyman before also did not lift the carpet to see that it was wet and soapy.
So all this difficulty is because your handyman has no common sense power of deductive reasoning.
All of this could of been avoided if the elevator cleaning person had taken the mat out and made sure the floor was completely dry before putting the mat back in.
But if this cleaner is one that cleans many different elevators.
They would have never known this problem because no where that I have ever been has anyone ever been so foolish as to put a loose mat down instead of just replacing the elevator flooring.
As I have mentioned before.
The mindset of CAPREIT management is to always do things the cheapest as long as they keep up the superficial cosmetic appearance of their properties.
Cutting corners at the cost of safety for tenants is what this whole post proves.
Doing things right is always the way.
There is always a cheaper way to do it wrong.
Quality work in the end is always cheaper.
Shame on you CAPREIT for doing things on the cheap at the cost of safety.
If the manager and handyman of this building always put the dignity and respect of all the tenants first above all.
All would be well at The WELFORD.
WEL and FORD are in the name. Can you CAPREIT aFORD not to do things WEL for your tenants?
Because I know for sure that we the tenants can not afford you doing things on the cheap.
I am posting these photos and description of scene where they deliberately drove car over me on November 22nd 2009 in Dartmouth Nova Scotia leaving me disabled with permanent serious internal and skeletal injuries, so there be a public record of this evidence.
I have previously posted other details of the event for the public record because there is no due process of law in Nova Scotia.
It has now been almost four years and I have not received any compensation from the drivers (Economical) insurance.
The driver they the Police fraudulently identified and fictitiously fabricated… And not the driver that I saw..
Side note here. I believe that I recently saw the person that was driving the car. I saw her in a Police uniform and driving a Halifax Police Car.
Below are photos one to six describing the crime scene where they waited in ambush to dive a car over me while I rode by on my bicycle.
Click on images for full size and to download. “The little white lies are not so little. And the problem is that they believe all their little white lies.
Please scroll down for full photo gallery.
Below you will find reports from Day One, Day Two, and Day 3.
What a horrible mess the City of Halifax has permitted and no City inspectors are present at this major problem. The Contractor doing the work is named “Lasey’s Landscaping”
(Note) I was told this street was named Gottingen St. There are no street names signs that I could see. So in my videos you will hear me say the wrong name of the street.
Wheelchair Report & Commentary – Barrington St Serious Mess due to Sidewalk Repairs
I will be returning to do follow up reports on this terrible situation on Wheelchair Reporter Life Threatened by Construction Crew on Barrington St.
The city inspector telephoned me late on the second day while he was on the road. He had no intention of coming over to speak with me on location. I told him I would be back again tomorrow and that I would like to speak with him about the serious safety issues going on here. I do not believe he will show his face. There has been no city inspectors on this site at any time.
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Wheelchair Report – Barrington St Day 2 Insanity
(Note) I was told this street was named Gottingen St. There are no street names signs that I could see. So in my videos you will hear me say the wrong name of the street.
Today I was notified that all the businesses on this street were never given any notice as to the sidewalks being closed for this construction. Also that means that all the businesses were fully staffed. They could of reduced staff if they knew they were going to have much fewer customers.
This construction has caused traffic back ups through the whole downtown area. Think how much gasoline and diesel all this traffic is using. Add to that all the delivery businesses that also could not do there deliveries.
This is a multi video compilation of day 2. On day two the sidewalk on the other side was clear so wheelchairs could get through.
Wheelchair Report – Barrington St Super Dangerous Crosswalk (Parts 1 & 2)
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Photos coming soon.
Wheelchair Report – Barrington St Day 3
As most people have seen. Most electric wheelchairs are equipped with after market visibility flags.
So now I will explain why they are absolutely necessary for anyone who goes outside while riding an electric wheelchair.
I am an experienced truck driver.
I have noticed that most vehicle drivers are very dangerous drivers for when they are about to make a turn onto another street.
They will quickly scan from left to right and will then enter into an intersection.
Many will then just keep looking in one direction because they did not see anything coming to their left like that bicycle.
Then the driver floors their accelerator and run over the the cyclist they did not see. Dumb drivers never look both ways again before pulling out.
This is why many bicyclists get hit, run over and often killed.
Because the drivers do not look for or see cyclists.
When a cyclist is coasting along, like when coming down a hill. The cyclist is not moving their body and if the road is perfectly smooth. The bike is not bouncing.
So when drivers take quick looks. They do not see the cyclist because there is no visible movement noticeable when a car driver only takes a very quick look.
These drivers never take a second look around to be safe. If they did, they would most likely notice that something has changed.
They would then notice that there is a cyclist much closer now.
As some of you may know. I was riding my mountain bicycle down a hill on November 22nd 2009 and was hit and run over by a driver making a left turn.
Leaving me with very serious multiple internal injuries that I now require the us of a power chair to get around outside.
Just like the scenario I presented above. Wheelchairs are the same.
When I am coming down a sidewalk or down a road towards a driveway, street crossing. Drivers will not notice me if I am in a wheelchair that at a quick glance does not appear to be moving (forward).
Which is why flags are absolutely necessary.
People using electric wheelchairs are often forced to go on the street when sidewalks do not have proper and safe curb cut out ramps at intersections.
Or when drivers park their vehicles on and obstructing sidewalks. Delivery trucks do this all the time.
Pedestrians pose serious hazards.
Now I also would be in serious danger of people walking right into my chair and landing on top of me when I am coming towards them on a sidewalk.
The biggest hazard is the brain dead texting and walking zombies. They wont even see the warning flags.
But when I am on a very busy sidewalk with people walking in front of me in the same direction I am moving.
The other people on the sidewalk walking towards me can not see me sitting in my chair because the people in front of me are blocking their view of me.
So those people coming towards me will usually step around the people in front of me and then will walk right into my chair because they could not see me.
My head is much lower then the people in front of me. Which again is why flags are absolutely necessary while on busy sidewalks.
Wheelchairs are also in need of these other necessary safety devices, as reflectors, driving and rear lights. As well as high and low volume horns.
I just recently visited Heritage Park on Bisset rd in Cole Harbour Nova Scotia.
Public transit to get to this is route 61. But where you have to get off the bus is far away from the entrance to the park. Go to Portland St then cross over to Bisset Rd.Then go down the sidewalk on Bisset road until you reach the end and then go across the street to the gravel driveway. That is an entrance to the park. Then follow the gravel dust path.
The park is absolutely huge and beautiful. It has excellent trails, most of which are wheelchair accessible.
But there is a great danger to wheelchair users in this park.
All the relatively low slope and level paths are covered with fine smooth gravel dust.
But there are several very steep grades on some of these paths.
The problem and danger is as follows.
The steep slopes are poorly built and have larger rough gravel that is very slippery for wheelchairs and very rough.
These large gravel slopes cause the the wheelchairs to spin their tires in the loose rough gravel making it very dangerous.
Please understand that wheelchairs are maneuvered by a balancing act. If one wheel looses its traction. The other wheel will immediately cause the chair to turn, as the wheel that still has traction means that the wheelchair user will have no control over the steering of the chair on loose rough gravel.
Also these slopes need to be straight and not with turns. If the slopes are not straight, that causes the casters on the front of the chairs not to be able to stay going straight, meaning the lose of control. Also the slopes are not horizontal which means that because the path is beveled from right to left. So that again the wheelchairs casters will turn sideways and go off the path.
If a wheelchair user arrives on the top of a downward slope and starts going down they suddenly realizes the danger they are in. They can not stop, back up or turn around to go back up the slope to avoid the danger. Once the chair is on the loose gravel slope it is impossible to back up or even stop as the gravel is too loose. This can actually cause serious danger of injury since there is no way to control the chair. Even if you have people trying to help you they also will not be able to get enough footing or be able to hold the weight of the wheelchair.
Please I am warning anyone in wheelchairs to understand the dangers of the sections of steep sloped paths in Heritage park. I think that the park should be avoided by wheelchair users until these sections of slopes are made safe.
Please note that all the sloped parts of the paths with gravel are too dangerous and offer almost no traction for electric wheelchairs and some have large rocks or tree roots obstructing and interfering with traction for wheelchairs.
There are several wooden bridges on the trails and some of which need to have gravel put down to make them level so wheelchairs can get up on the wood.
So I unfortunately have to advise wheelchair users to not go to this park.
The bathroom is excellent and wheelchair accessible but it is located far from the main entrance and there are no signs in the park that point to the location of the bathroom. So if you need to go, you will not know where the bathroom is unless you come by it by chance. And you need to bring your own toilet paper. Also the park has no drinking fountains.
Other wise please go to this link to see the photo gallery and videos of this beautiful park.
Below you can see the photos and videos of this situation that I believe was a set up to entrap me. That may sound nuts. Because they have set me up before by deliberately blocking my access on public sidewalks. Like they had the bagpiper do on the waterfront public boardwalk. When I complained I endded up being severed with a Protection of Property Act barring me from most of the Halifax waterfront for one year. The Halifax Waterfront Development Corporation LTD is an evil corrupt institution.
The first video is a typical wheelchair video report that I routinely do when I encounter situations. But just on the other corner there was three police officers. So before doing the video I choose not to speak to the city worker and instead I asked the Police if they could get this truck off the sidewalk as it was illegally parked and was blocking the sidewalk. The Police said they would speak to him. But never did. Then as I sat talking with some of the witnesses. The driver came out. So I asked him why was he blocking the sidewalk. He just kept smiling and just did not care nor respect the people of Halifax he was blocking. He said he did not want to blocking people from taking photos in front of the gates. I told him there was more then enough room to park his truck out of the way and that it would not block or interfere with anyone taking photos. He thinks people taking pictures is more important then blocking wheelchairs and people using the public sidewalk. So I told him I was going to turn on my video and record him. See the second video. Then the Police came because I got loud to get peoples attention. The Police came and refused to give the driver a fine for illegally parking on the sidewalk.
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Below in gallery are just a few more of my photos showing for example how sidewalks in downtown Halifax are continuously blocked.
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UPDATE. Aug 21 2013. The mayor of Halifax is now aware of this situation and has not replied to my email I sent with the information below. Nothing is being done to remedy this bad situation (below).
All New Wheelchair Cut Outs at curbs in downtown Halifax are very dangerous
Below you will see photos with notes on them describing the serious hazards of the huge errors that has been made in the construction of the new curb cuts in downtown Halifax, and also the dangerously slippery new concrete slabs on the steep sidewalks of downtown Halifax. There are also many other curb cutouts that need to be replaced.
I will also soon be doing another several other reports of yet other very hazardous problems with the Halifax sidewalks due to the trenches created on the sides of the sidewalks where the grass should be due to the snow removal equipment being to wide for the sidewalks causing very expensive damage to the lawns adjacent to the sidewalks. This poses a very dangerous problem if a wheelchair catches the lip of the sidewalk. Just like an elevated tar surface would do to a car on a hwy. It cause the car or wheelchair to go out of control and flip over.
And the next report will be on all the horrible old sidewalks full of asphalt patches causing speed bumps and all the uneven wavy concrete slabs.
Side Note; I have also mentioned before in a previous article about electric wheelchairs needing to be equipped with nubby out door tires. Again the governments refuse to listen, cooperate and care about the safety of wheelchair users. Please do realize that the limited to non existent accessible properties in Halifax makes it so wheelchair users only social contact is done out doors and only during warm dry days. The rest of the time they are imprisoned in their homes for more then six months of the year.
One more thing. I have previously offered my services to the government to do reports on accessibility issues, and they have refused to allow me to contribute my expertise. The governments have no one that knows anything about all the issues I have been reporting on, on this site.