Council Directs Staff to Create a New Design for Ballantyne Avenue That Includes Sidewalks on Both Sides of the Street

By Jonathan Juha, Postmedia News
Monday, January 8, 2018
Stratford city hall

Ballantyne Avenue residents scored an important victory Monday night, as council decided to support a motion asking staff to create a new design for the street that includes two sidewalks.

Though council’s vote doesn’t mean the street will get to keep both its sidewalks yet, Justine Brotherston, a resident of the street and who gave a presentation to council before the 6-4 vote, called the decision an important first step.

Accessibility Ramp Rebuild Removed From Perth Countys 2018 Budget

By Galen Simmons, Stratford Beacon Herald
Sunday, January 7, 2018

In this Beacon Herald file photo from March 2, 2017, past Perth County Warden, Mert Schneider, and Perth County accessibility coordinator Julia Opie discuss the Service Ontario ramp on the Perth County courthouse campus.

In this Beacon Herald file photo from March 2, 2017, past Perth County Warden, Mert Schneider, and Perth County accessibility coordinator Julia Opie discuss the Service Ontario ramp on the Perth County courthouse campus.

How to Protect Disability Rights in 2018

By: s.e. smith
December 26, 2017

Disability rights have always been an important political issue in the United States, but in 2017, the growing profile of activist group ADAPT highlighted what’s at stake. The fight for health care is only a small part of the larger battle for full inclusion in society something that will be under threat in 2018, thanks to Republican policies.

I Dread it: Navigating London’s Winter Sidewalks in a Wheelchair

City will deploy more than 40 sidewalk plows after 8 cm of snowfall CBC News Posted: Jan 03, 2018

Katie Schmidt wants the city to step up its weather maintenance amid frigid temperatures to decrease the challenges of navigating winter sidewalks in a wheelchair.

For the 26-year-old Kings University College student, the dreadful bus ride home after class means she’ll soon have to face the frustration of often uncleared sidewalks when she gets off.