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The Dangers of E-Scooters

By: John Rae
July 15, 2020
Editor’s Note: This article is based on John Rae’s Presentation to the City of Toronto Infrastructure and Environment Committee, July 9, 2020

Chair Pasternak and members of the committee, I appear in opposition to any introduction of e-scooters in Toronto.

I am blind. I live in downtown Toronto. I’m age 71. Toronto has always been my home city, and I love our city.

‘They Were Given 20 Years’ – TTC Warns It Will Be Hard to Hit 2025 Target to Make the Subway Accessible

By Ben Spurr, Transportation Reporter
Mon., July 13, 2020

The TTC’s push to make Toronto’s transit system fully accessible by 2025 is in jeopardy, with the agency warning it will be “very challenging” to make the required improvements at two subway stations by the provincially set deadline.

Toronto Infrastructure Committee Told E-Scooters Would Endanger the Public

Toronto City Council Infrastructure Committee Is Warned that to Allow Electric Scooters Would Pose Dangers to Public Safety and to Accessibility for People with Disabilities While the City’s Officers Have No Real Capacity to Enforce New E-Scooter Regulations if Adopted


Brief to: The City of Toronto Infrastructure and Environment Committee

Brief From: John Rae
Subject: Opposition to the Introduction of E-Scooters on Toronto Streets Date: July 29, 2020


My name is John Rae. I am totally blind, a long time human rights advocate, and a member of the Boards of three disability rights organizations, including the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC). I live in downtown Toronto. I am opposed to the introduction of E-scooters onto the streets of Toronto or elsewhere in Canada.

More Accessibility Grants Available

Belleville, ON, Canada / Quinte News
Mary Thomas
Jul 7, 2020

Once again small businesses in the Quinte area will be able to take advantage of grants to help them become more accessible.

Grants up to $10,000 are available to improve accessibility barriers within the workplace or community space.

The grants can be used for small scale construction, renovation or retrofit projects or the provision of accessible technologies.