I am barred from us­ing the mar­ket

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION - RE: Dis­abil­ity ac­cess

I have been ef­fec­tively barred from the farmer’s mar­ket. Why? Be­cause I am hand­i­capped. I use a walker. The pas­sen­ger el­e­va­tor has been out of service for four weeks now, and I am un­able to walk up the ramp. Un­til last Tues­day I have re­lied on the kind­ness of stall hold­ers to ac­com­pany me up in the freight el­e­va­tor. On Tues­day the mar­ket man­ager, Bill Slowka, told me it was against the law for me to ride in the freight. He took me up “just this once.” This is not the first or even the 10th time this el­e­va­tor has failed, it’s been a prob­lem al­most from the be­gin­ning. I un­der­stand many “stud­ies” have been done but to no avail. How many other hand­i­capped or el­derly pa­trons are af­fected by this? Kath­leen Knox, Hamil­ton


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