Halifax Transit Union Strike is Seriously Endangering The Disabled
February 18 2012
I use an electric wheelchair to get around.
Access-a-bus is absolutely necessary for the disabled.
Most that use this service have no other options for participating in life.
Now the disabled are mostly imprisoned in their homes..
they can not go out to shop for food or anything else.
They can not socialize and go out to meet and see their friends.
They can not go out to protest against this strike.
Their human rights are criminally being violated..
Canada recently signed on to the new U.N International human rights treaty
for the disabled.
The Province, the union and the city are in violation of the Human rights treaty
for the disabled that
states that it is now a human right for the disabled to be able to have access
to everything else that
everyone else takes for granted.
It is guaranteed in the treaty that governments must provide transportation
to the disabled.
This strike against the disabled is immoral and a violation of
international human rights.
The governments here in Nova Scotia need to change their attitudes and laws
to protect the disabled people’s Human rights.
Also I would like to mention that access-a-bus is the closest thing to any
emergency service for people in electric wheelchairs.
In this province and in Halifax there is NO emergency system in place to help
anyone who goes out in an electric wheelchair and finds them selves with
a flat tire or a broken down chair and stranded.
Access-a-bus until know would be the only response offered.
At this time the disabled are forced to take risks in freezing,
driving on ice or getting caught far from home in a snowstorm to get their groceries.
Wheelchairs can not travel in snow.
the strike is endangering the lives of the disabled because now the disabled have to
take huge risks to got out to get their groceries..
.It has been almost three weeks and now many who live on their own and are
disabled will be running out of food…
Are you people who are reading this understanding that the access-a-bus
and public transit are absolutely necessary for the most vulnerable people in our society?
Access-a-bus should of NEVER been permitted to be stopped by a union that only cares
about its own rights and not the rights of the disabled.
Please go to this link to read the news article and follow the readers comments to this issue.
At this time the Mangers of Halifax Metro Transit have indicated that starting next
week they will try to provide very limited access-a-bus service for the disabled
and the Union says they will hinder this by blocking
and slowing down the managers from driving out with the acess-a-bus vehicles.
For those of you who are reading this and are not from this area.
Please understand that we are in the middle of winter here.
Going out in a wheelchair in winter is almost impossible and is very dangerous.
Please everyone help the disabled.
This is my plea to you to get involved by calling the mayor, the union and the
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I explained to them that it is time for the union to realize that public opinion is vital to them.
I expressed that interfering with access-a-bus would be a terrible public relations move.
The drivers were in agreement with me.
I said to them that like the big hearts on their placards that they now play the ace of hearts card and for them to ace
I also mentioned to them that these days unions are being eliminated by the stroke of a pen by a politician and that
I am Daniel Towsey in the picture above.. Thanks for reading this and trying to help the disabled..
17 days ago I felt there was two sides to this story but having read about the ridiculous
I have a disability also. Granted I am fortunate that I have the resources to take a cab if I really need to.
I really have to wonder if the rank and file drivers are really behind Wilson.
JamieYoung 2012/02/18 at 8:31 PM ET
Thanks for your comment (Article) , Well spoken and thought out