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Valentine’s Day 2014: An AODA Ode

By Victor Schwartzman
February 10, 2014

Valentines Day shines upon us again
this year with no Government surprise
in the V. Day love it again sends to us.
Love? Not exactly. Ieuphonize.

No, screwed. Thats more how it feels
about promised access on disabilities.
2014 is halfway to AODA being real
politicians still spin spider-webberies.

One year ago the Government promised
disabled folks action so they could work.
Nothing happened for a whole year
those who hoped were treated like jerks.

Despite the evidence, politicians aint fools
so to avoid advocate protest instabilities
its Valentine is the Partnership Council on
Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities

Are you impressed? That name sure is nifty!
Out is all the old AODA irresponsible.
In is the new commitment. Though
why take a year to suggest this Council?

Yeah. Suggest. Doesnt exist yet.
But soon it will safely study the studied,
starting two years after promised action
(bet your ventilator it will then be buried.)

Or could this Council possibly lead to
(take a breath, youll say WTF)
the first ever employment strategy?
First ever? Delay is not due to bad luck.

Yes, it is yet another delaying tactic
with smoke and mirrors and 3D glasses.
Government should access courage instead
not give access deniers yearly free passes.

Anywayits 2014 and were here yet again
in community mailboxes a Valentine hypocrisy
from the Government we elected to all of us.
We even pay for it. Dont you just love democracy?

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Victor Schwartzman contributes this weekly satiric column to Accessibility Newsnothing in these columns is true except what they are about. His graphic novel (where each chapter is one issue of a community newspaper) is serialized on the great Canadian lit site, www.redfez.net. He also contributes a monthly poetry review to www.targetaudiencemagazine.com., has had poetry and short fiction published, and has edited novels. His email is vschwartzman@gmail.com.