Councillor Crain On Barriers, Accessibility And How Can He Improve?

On October 26, I congratulated newly elected council members of council and offered kudos to councillors Pouget and Courtney; I did not encounter any barriers during their campaigns to represent their community.

I asked the remaining five three questions.

On December 9, I sent a reminder that the questions were not answered. Councillor Crain then answered, below, and also asked, Thank you for the questions. Would you be able to share how I created barriers for residents with disabilities throughout my campaign?

the burg watch: December 11, i already did in emails.

Crain: Can you please resend them?

the burg watch: no.

Crain: That’s unfortunate. I guess I won’t be able to learn more about how I can improve…

the burg watch: it’s unfortunate that you didn’t take note of my previous emails or read my blog.

Crain’s answers:

of the accessibility information the town provided to you for your campaign, which did you read?

I read all election material provided by the Town throughout my campaign, including any information pertaining to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, the Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001, and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.

what trainings have you participated in for accessibility legislation, for example, as an employee, volunteer, etc.?

Both the Town of Amherstburg and the County of Essex members of Council have received training on accessibility. I have also been advised that Administration will be doing a special session on accessibility in the first quarter of 2023.

how will you fulfill the obligation to remove barriers?

  • Continue an open dialogue with the Town’s Accessibility Advisory Committee.
  • Follow regulations outlined in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. 
  • Always remain available to address concerns any resident faces in the Town of Amherstburg.
  • Work closely with Town Administration to establish procedures and measures that ensure those with disabilities have the opportunity to experience all our community has to offer.

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