Sta­dium & statue

The Coast - - THIS WEEK - — Karen R. Clarke, Dart­mouth

Ev­ery morn­ing when I open my eyes I see my wheel­chair. It is my main form of mo­bil­ity due to an ill­ness. Like most dis­abled peo­ple, I face ma­jor ob­sta­cles on a daily ba­sis. I call it The Un-ac­ces­si­bil­ity of Ac­ces­si­bil­ity. I be­lieved that the NS gov­ern­ment work­ing on Bill 59 would help pro­vide a more live­able en­vi­ron­ment for the dis­abled to func­tion in, but they are fail­ing their task and I still feel like a sec­ond-class ci­ti­zen.

Busi­nesses are willingly ready to give fi­nan­cial sup­port to build a sports sta­dium, yet cry poor at plac­ing ac­ces­si­ble wash­rooms in their work­places. The short­age of ac­ces­si­ble park­ing spots will be­come greater when they are used for “smok­ing ar­eas.” Over $200 mil­lion (at least) will be needed from tax­pay­ers to build this sta­dium. Yet there’s no talk of in­creas­ing the health care bud­get to raise the num­ber of long-term care beds that are des­per­ately needed.

Ac­cord­ing to “statis­tics,” less than eight per­cent of Nova Sco­tians want a sta­dium. Nova Sco­tia has a 20 per­cent dis­abled pop­u­la­tion. These peo­ple have prob­lems try­ing to get trans­porta­tion to see their doc­tors. Tax­pay­ers’ money should be used to help tax­pay­ers, not make prof­its for tax­pay­ers’ com­pa­nies. I do not have a lot of con­fi­dence/re­spect in a gov­ern­ment that has not solved the Ed­ward Corn­wal­lis statue prob­lem. The statue is still hid­den some­where in a closet. I won­der where tax­pay­ers’ prob­lems will end up.

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