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An Open Letter to Justin Trudeau

The following is an open letter I sent to Justin Trudeau this morning regarding the lack of accessibility at Liberal Party events.

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Accessing Democracy

Accessible voting sign telling people how to provide Elections Canada feedback on voting booth accessibility
Clara and I love the "interpretive" wheelchair guy at the bottom. Totally vanguard art.

Over the past few years, much has been made about the lack of accessible polling stations across the country. While a bulk of the publicized concerns surround the use (or the lack) of technology to allow people with visual impairments to vote independently, the problems stretch much¬†further. For instance, I will never forget reading about the polling station in Toronto that was located downstairs. Is it sick that my first thought was “Man, I wish that happened to me”?

Dreams of rabble-rousing aside, this little incident served as a bit of a wake-up call to Elections Canada, who are now actively working to make sure future elections will be accessible to all Canadians, regardless of their ability.