Durham Region Transit meets with the Accessibility Advisory Committees

Durham Region Transit has booked a meeting to discuss transit with members of the AACs from Durham municipalities and the Council on Aging Committee as requested for Wednesday June 13 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Regional Headquarters in the Lower Level Conference Room.

From the City of Oshawa, the following Councilors sit on the Durham Region Transit Commission:

  • Commissioner Aker
  • Commissioner Carter
  • Commissioner Henry
  • Commissioner McQuaid-England
  • Commissioner John Neal
  • Commissioner Pidwerbecki
  • Commissioner Sanders

(You can simply email all Councilors by: council@oshawa.ca

Every Municipality in Durham, as well other municipalities have an Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC), made up of volunteer local residents who advises and assists their city/town’s agencies, boards, commissions, committees and City Council in developing and facilitating strategies and actions toward developing and maintaining a barrier free community with a goal to improving the quality of life for those with disabilities.

Each AAC has a work plan of activities they perform. Here is a link to the Oshawa Accessibility Advisory Committee (OAAC) Work Plan 2018-2019.

For more information about the OAAC’s mandane, work plan, meetings, making a delegation request and submitting a correspondence click here.

Although this discussion involves solely the AACs of Durham Region, I wanted to submit a Correspondence (letter) to the next OAAC meeting about accessibility and customer service while commuting with DRT. I asked the Downtown Oshawa Facebook group about there accessibility issues with DRT. With ‘The Wisdom of the Crowd’ – I hope my letter to the OAAC contributes to some of the ideas they will discuss.

Here is a list of key points I will address in my letter to the OAAC:

  • They need to start earlier and run till at least 3am for people who work or attend bars downtown. At least select routes. Especially on Sundays. Perhaps a Special Community Bus.
  • Drivers should request that parents with children over 3 to fold their child’s stroller, so commuters with walkers and canes don’t have to stumble to the back and risk falling.
  • At each DRT bus shelter, there should be a system map and schedule for each route to help commuters navigate.
  • Driver’s need more training in customer service, such as: being more vigilant about observing customers with mobility issues hurrying to the bus, instead of closing the door on them because the driver is frantic about keeping on schedule, waiting until people are seated before slamming the gas pedal, letting on persons with scooters and walkers first, and asking passengers respectively to move from priority seating to allow seat for person with disability.

Final Thought

I believe the Durham Region Transit drivers do there best to deliver good service. Its not fair to scapegoat the drivers for sometime poor service. Its a high demanding job and emotionally draining depending on the drivers schedule and route.  I believe that passengers need to understand DRT Drivers are human beings, nobody is perfect, and it be radical to exercise some decorum and being a good samaritan, so everyone enjoys public transit.

Panel Series of Oshawa Cultural Branding: Success Stories

Thursday, May 3, 2018
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Arts Resource Centre

A panel series of local Oshawa professionals working in the arts, culture and heritage field who know their brand and have successfully used it to develop their own artistic pursuits and/or strengthen organizations.

Moderated by Dr. Tess Pierce, Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, UOIT

Panel Series includes:

Dani Crosby 
Illustrator, Fine Artist and Educator

On success: “I gathered around me other great critical thinkers.” – Dani Crosby

 

Jacob Hamayda
The Moustache Club

“I don’t look at myself as a leader in the community, I look at myself as a supporter and a facilitator.” – Jacob Hamayda

 

Mary Krohnert
LivingRoom Community Art Studio and Actor

 

Jeremy Smith
Driftwood Theatre

Photo by Derek Giberson

A Sailor of The Soul: Navigating Inside The Matrix

We live in a social world (unless we flip the switch to make it private) it is generally public. The social world is formed by culture and language, and typically how society identifies itself and in contrast to other societies. This is pluralism: “a condition or system in which two or more states, groups, principles, sources of authority, etc., coexist.” All the happenings of the social world is operating in a communication system.

From a bird’s eye view, we all are integrated in a communication system – which has many channels, influences and narratives sharpening the world view: the way we perceive it and what role do we play in it. It is truly a matrix. Everything is connected. What happens in Timbuktoo – still happened even though you at home watching a TV program and eating tomato soup with crackers.

I fantasize about living: heaven on earth. And I know to accomplish that goal – I have to take radical action rather than just dream about it. It’ll be a process of transformation that will take “fighting the good fight with the love that consumes.”

Firstly, I will have to know thyself, and since reality is just a 3D hologram  – my body is the expression of my soul,  in other words: how you can identify me (knock-knock);

Secondly, energetic information is everywhere (all things living and non-living), such as – even that piece of crumbled up receipt paper in your trash basket has an energetic imprint (because somebody’s thought action with help from a machine manifested that roll of receipt paper into being and whatever the situation that lead to producing that receipt gave that ordinary piece of paper some additional character (and I don’t think the receipt in the trash basket is taking it personally – c’est la vie);

Thirdly, with perfect foreknowledge or intuition, I chose or gravitated to who I need to interact with, align with: sharing a common purpose and limitation, and those–and only those–people (soul friends) would be part of the conversation and soul group to manifest ‘heaven on earth’, or at least aware of its existence.

Within this social world, this entire communication system has been, not coincidentally, invented to ensure everyone who needs to be involved can be involved. Understanding that all systems are build on rules and codes, sometimes things are hidden in plain sight. Much like by following The Laws of Attraction allows for opportunities to connect to good situations. Ohhh to be a sailor of the soul. Navigating the Matrix is not easy, but I just have to be my ‘highly sensitive magnificent weirdo’ self, working towards heaven on earth as part of my lifestyle and just ask for what I want- because how else will it  be known….”abracadabra”, “presto!.”

SHWACITY & Other Stories Vol.1 Issue 1

I wanted to create a community newspaper or a downtown Oshawa fanzine. I created a draft and proposed the collaborative project with downtown businesses who like to sponsor this fanzine as an experiment for a creative collaboration project. Everyone was enthusiastic about it and I worked tirelessly to gather content and produce this fanzine on my own. I would love to do another fanzine. Keep on the look out… 🙂

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