Thumbs up…A Paralympic champion is hoping to become the first blind woman to cross the English Channel solo. Melanie Barratt, who won gold medals at the Atlanta and Sydney Paralympics, has since swapped the pool for open water swimming in Leicestershire, England. She also wants to help other visually impaired people experience open water swimming by setting up a support group.“You just feel so at peace with the world in the water” she says.
Thumbs up…to The Accessible Housing Network, a collaboration of over 35 non-profits, advocates for changing Canadian Building Codes to mandate that all new housing be universal design—fully accessible to anyone of any age or ability. AHN co-chair Kate Chung emphasizes, “No tax dollars and no laws should ever create accessibility barriers.”
Thumbs Down…to a cashier at cottage country Food Basics store who refused to serve a 70-year old Canadian who’d lived stateside for 35 years. He was told he couldn’t buy beer unless show Ontario ID or your passport. Really??
Thumbs Down…to Canadian officials being called before the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child to respond to questions about their poor efforts to protect and support the rights of Canadian children. Among other things, issues in question are failure to Implementing a promised national school food program, lack of restrictions on advertising to children and teens, failure to restricting the advertising and promotion of breastmilk substitutes.