Do our city councillors work for us or for their image?
David is visually impaired – he cannot see at all. He’s actively been seeking change with the city when it comes to the state of our sidewalks. City Councillor Janice Lukes initially was open to helping him, but he finds there’s too much talk and too little action. David asked to appear on my show with Councillor Lukes. I offered several dates to her. She confirmed for today, but then had to ask for a date later in April, due to budget meetings at City Hall. But once the snow melts, this issue won’t hit home as much, so I felt we had to do the show sooner than later. David’s been waiting long enough. He’ll join us us at 1pm CT to share his story and listen to your thoughts as well: 204.780.6868.
And here is just one of many emails I received from David on the topic:
The reason is to discuss the poor sidewalk plowing that has gone on for years. I’m going to emphasize it’s a safety and accessibility concern for all pedestrians, not just those with disabilities or mobility issues. I know I’ll get political lip service, and the condescending “we understand” comment.
The problem I notice, people complain to each other, but not to those who create policies.
In regards to what Councillor Lukes has or hasn’t done, for me there hasn’t been a lot to really push this issue forward. I did get a meeting with her, Councillor Gillingham and Public Works. It took many e-mails with her assistant to finally get it done.
It was a lot of political talk, but I managed to tell the person from Public Works about some accessibility concerns that are being addressed without having to review the policy. Councillor Lukes is presenting forums to discuss concerns, but I think there’s been too much talk, it’s time for some action.