Amherstburg Candidates And Accessibility: Meet And Greets

The candidates should have known better than to hold meet and greet session in these locations since the town was to provide them with accessibility information.

Downtown Espresso Cafe wouldn’t allow my comment to be posted, but it was advertising the following candidates’ meet and greets. step up barrier into Downtown Espresso Cafe Amherstburg, Ontario

Linden Crain launch July 14

Frank DiPasquale August 30 6 to 8 pm
September 27 6 to 8 pm

Lori Wightman September 13 6 to 8 pm

Molly Allaire September 22 6 to 8 pm

Patricia Simone October 2 11am to 2 pm

Donald McArthur October 3 6 to 8 pm

Gregory Moore October 5 6 to 8 pm

Holger Kretschmann October 6 6 to 8 pm

Artisan Grill

step up barrier into Artisan Grill Amherstburg, Ontario

Michael Prue  October 3 7 to 9 pm

Speck’s

step up barrier into Speck's restaurant Amherstburg, Ontario

Nancy Atkinson September 21

Accessibility Awareness And Candidate Accountability

The Downtown Espresso Cafe is advertising candidate meet and greet sessions. Out of concern that persons with disabilities may be excluded because of the step, I posted to You know you are from Amherstburg when…. a Facebook group “for all who grew up in the great town of Amherstburg, Ontario Canada!!!”

Notification: “Your comment was automatically declined based on certain criteria in this group.”

‘See feedback’ revealed: These rules come from the group admins.

1 No Promotions or Spam
Absolutely no sale posts of any kind unless you have approved it by the admin first. Certain posts will be allowed based on the discretion of the admin.

2 No Hate Speech or Bullying
Make sure everyone feels safe. Bullying of any kind isn’t allowed, and degrading comments about things like race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, gender or identity will not be tolerated.

3 Be Kind and Courteous
We’re all in this together to create a welcoming environment. Let’s treat everyone with respect. Healthy debates are natural, but kindness is required.

I then wrote the same comment on the Downtown Espresso Cafe Facebook page and it was deleted.

Other than ‘the candidates should know better,” everything else in the comment was quoted from the town’s information.

The candidates should know better. The step to get in can make this inaccessible. From the town’s 2022 Municipal Election Draft Accessibility Plan: “The Town of Amherstburg will provide Candidates with the Candidates’ Guide to Accessible Elections produced by the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO). The Town will also incorporate accessibility information and messaging into Candidate Information Packages and Candidate Information Sessions.”

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the burg watch questionnaire – Diane Pouget

I would stop the secret dinners with staff and council. I would lobby for a decrease regarding in-camera meetings. A council may go in-camera for certain things, but they don’t have to.  They are only obligated to go in-camera for personnel matters, litigation or possible litigation, sale or purchase of land and security.Continue reading Candidate Diane Pouget’s answers.

am800 interviews All Amherstburg Mayoral Candidates

am800 THE SHIFT WITH PATTY HANDYSIDES’ interviews:

Listen to Frank Cerasa interview from 

Listen to Michael Prue interview from Wednesday, September 21, 2022 – 3:37 pm

Listen to Joe Laframboise interview from Thursday, September 22, 2022 – 3:43 pm

Listen to Bob Rozankovic interview from 

CBC: Municipal election candidates need to make accessibility part of their platforms

In this CBC News Opinion, Kevin McShan writes, The city of Windsor is at an inflection point, and there’s one fundamental question left for the candidates to answer in the upcoming municipal election: who’ll make accessibility a cornerstone of their platform?

The burgwatch’s candidate questionnaire included, what does accessible mean to you?Of the twenty five Amherstburg candidates, two answered.

If ‘those’ campaigning to represent everyone will be responsible for preventing and removing barriers but will not commit to doing so, no votes from me.

the burg watch questionnaire – Lori Wightman

“I would increase communication between administration and the public and council and the public. I find much of the dissatisfaction from residents stems from misinformation or no information. Council/Administration need to let residents know what is being decided and why, how and when.” Continue reading Candidate Lori Wightman’s answers.

the burg watch questionnaire – Molly Allaire

“I think one of my best qualities is access. I have been nothing but open and approachable. I have provided several outlets for residents to reach me. I will listen to the residents and try and choose the pathway that the majority chooses along with the one that is also cost effective for the town.” Continue reading Candidate Molly Allaire’s answers.

Candidate Marc Renaud – Open Air

As in the post, Candidate Linden Crain – Open Air, Candidate Marc Renaud’s position regarding Open Air has been public so I reached out to him too by email today:

In the Wednesday, July 27, 2022 River Town Times, your profile includes, Renaud supports Open Air Weekends in Amherstburg, believing that is an attraction for people to visit and a benefit to businesses.

On August 23, I emailed you, Will you remove barriers during Open Air weekends that block people with disabilities from driving to the bank, local stores, bars, and generally driving through town?

Your RTT profile also contains, Being accessible to residents is something Renaud stated he always tries to be. “I pride myself on getting answers for residents who call or e-mail as soon as I can,” he said. “No need to wait for the next council meeting to get answers.”

Renaud added he has been proud to serve the residents and looks forward to hearing concerns and questions.

Why not be transparent and answer the question?

Renaud’s unedited response:
Linda
Theres access to parking at precision jewelry parking lot 🚶‍♀️ Canada Post lots.Are open to driving into.  Allows walking to area businesses.. There’s access to the Legion lot.àn strèet parking.
The Navy yard parking is accessible to turn around spots and regular ,àcceble spots. All walking distance to areas business. So hopefully this  èxplains what’s happening during the open air week end
Marc Renaud

Confusing Or Credible Content

Voters like to make informed choices. ‘Do we trust the politicians’ changed to ‘do we trust the source?’ Is it misinformation? disinformation? copycats?

There were two Amherstburg Taxpayers Association Facebook pages – only one was official.

The town’s name is included in a number of sources but it is official?

There are a couple of Facebook pages with names that include Amherstburg election and Amherstburg votes but their identities are not publicly available.

One who is referred to as ‘Amherstburg’s local blogger’ does not publicly display any information about its identity.

Town Hall Blog and its associated Town Hall newsletter, written by Donald McArthur, is not an official town site.

There are only two social media accounts affiliated with the Town of Amherstburg listed on the official Amherstburg website.

I hope you like homework. Study the politicians, but question the source too.

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Candidate Linden Crain – Open Air Update

Good evening Linda,

Thank you for your question and also establishing the burg watch blog. This forum, and others, allows candidates to gain a further understanding of opinions in the community. Open discussions play an important part in the democratic process!

Please find my answer to your question below:

Yes. It is important that all members of the community can experience Open Air. If there are particular barriers in place, I am more than willing to investigate further and help find a solution. For those reading, please do not hesitate to contact me at (519) 560-1254 if you have any questions or concerns throughout the ongoing election.

Best regards,

Linden Crain

Candidate Linden Crain – Open Air

While candidates are under no obligation to answer questions from me, or anyone else, their reactions do make me curious and are a good reveal:

  • why would a candidate set two deadlines to answer but then not answer?
  • why are some candidates answering questions from an unidentified source?
  • how are candidates prioritizing their time and responses?
  • if they don’t answer, is it a good indication of how they’ll respond if elected?
  • are they well informed of their and the town’s obligations re subject of question?
  • if candidates’ publicly share a position or opinion, why not be transparent?

In the last instance, I was curious enough to reach out to candidate Linden Crain. According to the THRIVE website, he was part of the team that created the Open Air White Paper:Renée D’Amore (director) Sara Palmer (director) Kory Renaud (director) Richard Peddie (director) Kurt Reffle, Linden Crain.

I assumed he was in favour of open air and asked why not be transparent? Crain apologized for the delay; he didn’t see a due date and was planning to reply later this week.

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