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How Ontario Communities are Making Themselves More Senior-Friendly

The right kind of infrastructure can keep older adults healthier and happier longer and cities and towns are starting to make it a priority Published on Jan 30, 2019
by Diane Peters

For older adults dealing with mobility or other health issues, getting around can be a challenge in any weather.

In the depths of winter, most of us struggle to walk on snowy sidewalks, stay warm while waiting for the bus, and keep our footing on steep stairs.

Sarnia Facing Human Rights Complaint

Tyler Kula
Updated: October 10, 2018

The City of Sarnia is embroiled in a Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario case after a resident filed a complaint over an alleged lack of accessibility at city hall.

“I wrote a letter to the mayor and council last February complaining about the washroom on the main floor of city hall. It wasn’t accessible,” said Sandi Compagnion, who uses a wheelchair.

Thunder Bay Bird Observatory Now Wheelchair Accessible

Volunteers at the McKellar Island Bird Observatory have paved the path from Baffin Road to their field station CBC News · Posted: Sep 11, 2018 6:30 AM ET | Last Updated: September 11

McKellar Island Bird Observatory director John Woodcock, right, said paving the trail to the field station makes it accessible to people who use wheelchairs and to all people who struggle to walk through wet, muddy trails.

London Politicians Move Forward With Demands to Create Barrier-Free City

The citys accessibility advisory committee had threatened to resign if demands werent met Hala Ghonaim · CBC News
Posted: Aug 14, 2018

City of London is moving forward with a proposal to create an accessible-friendly city.

It took the threat of a mass resignation and a set of strict demands to “open the eyes” of city staff and council.

At The Frank, Accessibility Obstacles Going, Going Gone

SMILES helps city ID issues that gave baseball park a bad rep By Mark Fischenich
July 15, 2018

MANKATO John Aaker isn’t a huge baseball fan, but when he and his family moved into a house less than two blocks from Mankato’s premier baseball park he figured he would hit a few games. After all, the ball field was getting a well-publicized makeover with artificial turf, new scoreboards, more varied concessions, additional seating options and better bathrooms.