On May 10, Melanie Benard, co-founder of Quebec Accessible, was interviewed on CBC radio’s Daybreak show about the lack of accessibility in Montreal. Listen to the interview here. Read more about this story here.
We are pleased to announce that Laurence Parent won the Tanis Doe Award from the Canadian Disability Studies Association. This award honours an individual who dares to “speak the unspeakable” in advancing the study and culture of disability, and who has enriched the lives of Canadians with disabilities through research, teaching, or activism.
To learn more about Laurence’s story, click here.
To read an interview with Laurence where she talks about the award and her work with Quebec Accessible, click here.
Last week, the Caisse de dépôt et de placement du Québec announced the construction of a new light-rail network in the Montreal region. According to the Caisse, this new network will be fully accessible. But can we be sure?
“Parent, whose group is pushing for the province to adopt a law that would require all public transit to have wheelchair access, said she is still skeptical because there have been many unfulfilled promises about universal accessibility in the past. The new Mascouche line was supposed to be fully accessible, but the Agence métropolitaine de transport has gone back on that promise, saying it would cost too much to make the Mount-Royal and Canora stations accessible.”
Click here to read the full article.
An open letter was published in Le Devoir about the need for a law on accessibility in Québec. Laurence Parent and Kéven Breton compare the situation in Québec with the Unites States where the Americans with Disabilities Act celebrated its 25th anniversary. Share it with all you friends!
Click here to read the letter (in French).