National AccessAbility Week
On May 30, 2019, Deputy Mayor George Darouze and myself presented Bay Ward resident Don Patterson with the proclamation of AccessAbility Day in Ottawa. The event was held in conjunction with National AccessAbility Week, which runs from May 26 to June 1, 2019. The City recognized service animals regularly used for canine vision, hearing, autism assistance, seizure response, diabetic alert and general support.
Accessibility is a constant challenge as we develop and grow our city. Accessibility should also be in the forefront of all design and planning including our Official Plan. I appreciate the work of Don Patterson, member of our city’s Accessibility Advisory Committee, in guiding us in making good decisions towards accessibility for all.
Also in time for National AccessAbility Week, I am happy the Senate passed Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act. This enactment enhances the full and equal participation of all persons, especially persons with disabilities, in society.
Beginning Saturday, volunteers of all abilities, age 12 and over, are urgently needed over the next two weeks for sandbag and debris removal at flood-affected properties in West Carleton, Bay and Cumberland. This weekend will be the beginning of the end of our Spring 2019 Flood. Thank you to all those who are able to help in any capacity.