NORTH SHORE DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTRE
3158 Mountain Highway
North Vancouver, B.C. V7K 2H5
Phone Telephone (604) 985-5371
Fax Facsimile (604) 985-7594
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sally Scott, President @ 987-5750
Cathy Crouse, Executive Director @ cel: 868-3830
FERRIES LEAVE PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
OUT IN THE COLD
BC Ferries is leaving people with disabilities out in the cold with the plan to replace the Queen of Capilano on the Bowen Island route. The smaller and slower ferry that is planned for the route does not provide elevator access to the upstairs passenger lounge. “This is going to affect not only people who use wheelchairs, but anyone who has trouble climbing stairs including seniors and parents with children in strollers”, says Sally Scott, President of the North Shore Disability Resource Centre. “From what we understand, there is a small unheated trailer on the car deck, with no access to a washroom. This is going to make the ride very uncomfortable, especially in the winter. Why is BC Ferries building expensive fast ferries when smaller vessels in the fleet are not yet fully accessible? The denial of adequate transportation access to Bowen Island residents and visitors with disabilities that restrict mobility is discriminatory and unacceptable”.
The Disability Resource Centre supports the rally in Horseshoe Bay at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday January 24. The Bowen Island citizens group organizing the rally is also concerned about the impact of the planned changes on people with disabilities and urges everyone who shares these concerns to attend.
Page last updated 99-02-02