Host Dave Brown along with guest contributors brings us closer to issues currently impacting the disabled community across Canada and the world. Listen weekdays at 1 p.m. Eastern.
Episode 49: Friday December 8
You’ve probably heard the old saying. If you don’t vote, you can’t complain. I’m not sure that I totally agree with that sentiment, but ideologically, it rings true. Voting and election participation is at the core of our democracy, right up there with the rule of law. But the act of voting isn’t always accessible. There can be a number of barriers that stop people from being able to cast their ballot. But there are groups dedicated to changing just that.
Today we talk accessible elections with Carole Boughannan of Election Services for the City of Toronto and Debbie Gillespie of the CNIB.
There are lots of organizational structures that employ personal service workers who support people with disabilities and their families. Some found through agencies while others work independently. However, to put the needs of clients first can be strenuous for those independent PSWs who lack administrative support. So, what can be done?
Elizabeth Van Kooy is one of the founders of a new Cooperative for Developmental Service Workers in Eastern Ontario. She tells us about their building a worker-owned cooperative to provide high-quality, person-directed support to community members who have developmental disabilities.
On National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women in Canada, we remember those who were attacked at the École Polytechnique in Montreal. Twenty-eight people were shot, and fourteen women were killed. While 28 years have passed from this horrific event, much has changed but we still have a long way to go.
Today, we speak to Anna-Lee Straatman the Project Manager at Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children. She discusses the Centre’s initiatives and tells us what needs to be done to end violence in Canada.