Ot­tawa funds mu­seum work

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Staff The wash­rooms at the Glen­garry Nor’Westers and Loy­al­ist Mu­seum will be up­graded this year with the help of a fed­eral grant.

Ac­cord­ing to South Glen­garry gen­eral man­ager of in­fra­struc­ture ser­vices Ewen Mac­Don­ald, the mu­nic­i­pal­ity re­ceived an email in late Jan­uary from Ser­vice Canada in­di­cat­ing that an ap­pli­ca­tion sub­mit­ted to the fed­eral

(EAF) pro­gram in July 2018 had been ap­proved.

The $16,510 grant – ad­min­is­tered through the EAF’s Com­mu­nity Ac­ces­si­bil­ity Stream – cov­ers roughly two-thirds of the over­all $24,500 cost of the project to ren­o­vate the mu­seum’s wash­room fa­cil­i­ties.

The re­main­ing $8,890 has been in­cluded as a cap­i­tal main­te­nance item in the town­ship’s 2019 bud­get.

Mr. Mac­Don­ald added that coun­cil has the op­tion of draw­ing the short­fall from the town­ship’s mu­seum re­serve. The ren­o­va­tion project pro­poses re­plac­ing the two ex­ist­ing “out­dated” wash­rooms with one bar­rier-free fa­cil­ity, thus re­mov­ing ac­ces­si­bil­ity bar­ri­ers and in­creas­ing ac­ces­si­bil­ity and/or safety for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

In his staff re­port – a copy of which was in­cluded in the agenda for the Fe­bru­ary 4 reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing – Mr. Mac­Don­ald ex­plains that bar­rier-free ac­cess at the mu­seum has “be­come a ma­jor con­cern over the years” be­cause there is no bar­rier-free wash­room on the main floor and the only ac­cess to the sec­ond floor “is a steep stair­case.”

He also points out that the mu­seum – orig­i­nally built as a school in 1862 and which opened as a mu­seum in 1967 – has not un­der­gone any ma­jor ren­o­va­tions in ap­prox­i­mately 50 years.

“Up­grades are nec­es­sary to en­sure safety, en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, ef­fi­cient use of space and bar­rier-free ac­ces­si­bil­ity,” said Mr. Mac­Don­ald.

He also stated that the project will “meet the re­quire­ments of On­tario Reg­u­la­tion 429/07 that was cre­ated un­der the Ac­ces­si­bil­ity for

2005 (AODA)” as well. Un­der the AODA, pro­vin­cial mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties must have all ac­ces­si­bil­ity stan­dards – deal­ing with cus­tomer ser­vice; em­ploy­ment; in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions; de­sign of pub­lic spa­ces; and trans­porta­tion – im­ple­mented by 2025.


UP­GRADES: The Wil­liamstown mu­seum will un­dergo ren­o­va­tions to im­prove wash­rooms, thanks to a fed­eral govern­ment grant.

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