I firmly believe that everyone ought to be able to access, use and engage with buildings and services regardless of age, ability, income, race, or gender. It’s essential that the City ensure its own services are accessible. In my first term, Council improved levels of accessibility in big and small ways. We increased the number of accessible pedestrian signals and added to the snow clearing budget. We approved accessible trails at Kenny’s Pond and Kelly’s Brook. We secured funding for an accessible park at Mundy Pond and created an accessible parking area closer to the playground at Bowring Park. We approved several development applications with universally-designed housing units and committed to a Municipal Plan focused on building communities for all ages and abilities. Finally, in terms of process, we have ensured that all major infrastructure projects are reviewed by the Inclusion Committee before decisions are made.
However, there’s still much more to be done as many City services remain inaccessible to many residents.