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North Van petition says deaf, disabled, transgender people would negatively affect neighbourhood


NORTH VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Shock and outrage are some of the feelings being expressed online after controversial comments made by a group hoping to stop the construction of an addiction recovery house in North Vancouver.

A petition, circulated at a public meeting last night, says that the facility would bring people in unsafe situations into the community.

The controversial part is that it counts people who are HIV positive, IV drug users, alcoholics and the homeless among those who would contribute to that.

And, in a poorly blacked-out statement that is still quite visible, the petition states “transgender, deaf and disabled” people are also among those who would “hugely affect the neighbourhood in a negative way.”

The recovery house proposed for Windridge Drive in the Seymour neighbourhood would have space for nine people.

The petition says those people would drive down real estate prices, noting “many of them suffer some kind of mental disorder.”

The people who circulated the petition are not part of a formal organization; it is a loosely organized group of like-minded neighbours.

british columbia finally gets it right , out with the pearson center in with the new

Onni buys Pearson-Dogwood lands

This rendering, from the city-approved Pearson Dogwood lands policy statement, represents Vancouver Coastal Health’s proposed development concept for the site.
Vancouver Coastal Health announced last week it’s sold most of the 25.4-acre Pearson Dogwood lands, located at West 59th Avenue between Heather and Cambie streets, to Onni Group.

The sale comes a year after city council approved a policy statement to guide the site’s redevelopment. A rezoning application is expected to be filed in January 2016.

Jeff Lee of the Vancouver Sun wrote the rumoured sale price was close to $300 million. Gavin Wilson, director of public affairs for Vancouver Coastal Health, told the Courier Wednesday he couldn’t discuss financial details until closer to April when the deal is finalized.

VCH is keeping a 3.2-acre portion of the property for health care and community uses, while Onni’s two parcels total just over 22 acres — an almost six-acre portion that runs parallel to Cambie Street where the Dogwood Lodge Residential Care Home is situated, and about 16 acres on the western part of the site where George Pearson Centre is located. The Onni land will be redeveloped into a mixed residential community with commercial, retail, park and community garden space.

In 2013, Brad Foster, the real estate consultant for VCH who was working on the Pearson-Dogwood project, told the Courier there were no plans to sell the land.

Foster said: “Ideally we don’t want to sell because it is a public asset. The model that we’re looking at is similar to what UBC has done where they’re able to lease the land to developers for 99-year leases. By doing that, you generate cash flow and capital from the land but the health authority, and the province in effect, is able to retain the land asset long term so you don’t lose that public value.”

Wilson said at that time that was the model being considered, but ultimately the decision was made to sell most of the property outright, which he said offers the best value to the taxpayer.

“Part of the reason for that is it does transfer the development risk over to the private developer rather than being maintained by us. Because if we had stayed on as a master developer of the land, then there is some risk attached to that,” Wilson said. “So with this model, we sell the land outright and in return we get a substantial financial asset. As well, we’ve retained some of the property on the site and we’ll be able to rebuild obsolete health care facilities and actually add new health care facilities.”

A 150-bed residential care home will be built to replace Dogwood Lodge. Construction is expected to start mid-2017 on that project. The following year, VCH anticipates construction on a community health centre will begin.

The George Pearson Centre is being replaced by 114 housing units for people with disabilities, which will be distributed across the Pearson Dogwood property with other market and affordable housing. It’s unclear when work on that will start.

“The Pearson replacement is a little more complicated because we heard loud and clear from stakeholders in the disabilities community that they don’t want that kind of outmoded, institutional setting,” Wilson explained. “What we’re going to be looking at is different housing options mixed in with the market housing, so the details of that have yet to be worked out.”

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Doctor refuses treatment of same-sex couple’s baby

Bay Windsor Contreras is 4 months old and she’s the apple of her mothers’ eye.

Both of her mothers, Krista and Jami Contreras were married in Vermont in 2012.

In October 2014 they welcomed a beautiful baby bay into the world and were quickly confronted with an ugly reality, one they say from a place they never expected.

“As far as we know Bay doesn’t have a sexual orientation yet so I’m not really sure what that matters,” Jami said. “We’re not your patient – she’s your patient. And the fact is that your job is to keep babies healthy and you can’t keep a baby healthy that has gay parents?”

Last September when the expectant mothers first met Dr. Vesna Roi at Eastlake Pediatrics in Roseville. She was recommended by their midwife.

“We were really happy with her,” Krista said. “The kind of care she offered, we liked her personality, she seemed pretty friendly. She seemed pretty straight up with us.”

The Contrerasas were told to make an appointment with Roi once Bay arrived. The baby was born at home and when she was six days old – they went in.

But instead of seeing Dr. Roi, another doctor greeted them.

“The first thing Dr. Karam said was ‘I’ll be your doctor, I’ll be seeing you today because Dr. Roi decided this morning that she prayed on it and she won’t be able to care for Bay,” Jami said.

“Dr. Karam told us she didn’t even come to the office that morning because she didn’t want to see us.”

The new mothers were shocked, hurt and angry.

“It was embarrassing, it was humiliating and here we are, new parents trying to protect her,” Jami said. “And we know this happens in the world and we’re completely prepared for this to happen other places. But not at our six-day-old’s wellness appointment.”

Bay’s parents proceeded with the appointment with the other doctor then found another pediatric group for their baby.

“When we started calling other pediatricians my first thing on the phone was, we’re lesbian moms – is this okay with you,” Krista said.

Still upset, the new moms shared their story on social media. People started calling Eastlake Pediatrics to share their alarm. On Feb. 9, nearly four months after the appointment – the Contreras family finally received this letter from Roi.

The letter read:

“After much prayer following your prenatal, I felt that i would not be able to develop the personal patient-doctor relationships that I normally do with my patients.”

“We do not keep prenatal information once we have our meetings so I had no way to contact you.”

She apologizes, saying, “I should have spoken with you directly that day,” and “please know that I believe that God gives us free choice and I would never judge anyone based on what they do with that free choice.”

FOX 2 contacted Roi who said that she could not comment, citing patient privacy laws.

As it turns out, Roi has free choice too – the American Medical Association says physicians cannot refuse to care for patients based on sexual orientation, but doctors can refuse treatment if it’s incompatible with their personal, religious or moral beliefs.

And here in Michigan – there are no laws that protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families from discrimination.

“We already don’t have laws to protect these sort of families,” attorney Dana Nessel said. “And worse, we are considering passing laws that allow further discrimination.”

Nessel is one of the attorneys on Michigan’s same sex marriage case now headed to the United States Supreme Court. She referred to legislation called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act now in the State Senate, which opponents say would allow people to discriminate based on their moral or religious beliefs.

All the more reason, says Jami, to raise awareness now.

“If they’re discriminating against anyone, I would want to know because I wouldn’t want to support that doctor, dentist or whoever’s doing it,” she said. “So we just really wanted people to know – this is happening to families.”

And this family, which now has a different pediatrician they say they love, is grateful that sweet baby Bay was only six days old and doesn’t know anything about discrimination.

“Hopefully us telling our story can make sure by the time she’s six-years-old this kind of thing can’t happen,” Krista said



In a BBC interview that the Vatican is struggling to spin, Pope Francis took the highly unusual step of actually admitting that there are thousands and thousands of pedophile priests in the Catholic Church worldwide. By their estimates about 8,000. This mind-numbing admission has sent shock-waves through the highest levels of the Vatican system.

In the interview, Pope Francis was quoted as saying that the 2% estimate came from advisers. It would represent around 8,000 child-abusing priests out of a global number of about 414,000. While the incidence of pedophilia as a psychiatric disorder in the general population is not accurately known, some estimates have put it at less than five percent.

“Among the 2% who are pedophiles are priests, bishops and cardinals. Others, more numerous, know but keep quiet. They punish without giving the reason,” Pope Francis was quoted as saying.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi denied that Pope Francis had said that there were cardinals who were pedophiles. Father Lombardi also denied that these were the Pope’s exact words.

Mia’s thoughts-
the vaticans own statistics state there are approxiametely 410,000 catholic priests in the world and 59,000 in the united states so that means by their own admission there are 1,080 pedophile priests in the united states so remember parents next time you drop off little johhny or jenny for communion rehearsal you just spun the wheel whether they come home the same and will ever be again.

Little ceasars wraps a deep dish pizza in 8 feet of bacon hey what’s a heart attack betwwen friends?

Now You Can Pig Out on Bacon-Wrapped Pizza Crust
Olivia B. Waxman @OBWax 10:47 AM ET

Little Caesars
We’ve reached peak bacon and that’s just fine

Little Caesars is rolling out a deep-dish pizza with a crust wrapped in 3.5 feet of bacon.

Promoted with the tagline “in bacon we crust,” the pie is “an 8-corner deep dish pizza wrapped in decadent whole strips of thick-cut, crispy bacon, and then topped with pepperoni and even more chewy pieces of savory bacon goodness,” according to a news release.

And while some pizzas can be part of a healthy diet, this pizza is not one of them; each slice reportedly has 450 calories.

Little Caesars will be offering the pie from Feb. 23 through late April
MIA’S THOUGHTS- Eight and a half feet of bacon wrapped around a deep dish pizza ? wow let’s cut out the middles man and just give every baby born in america a heart condition diabetes morbid opesity and get it over with. This kind of culinary obscenity should be illegal, and any parent routinely feeding this crap to their family should be found guilty of child abuse.

Each Year, Veterans Affairs Makes Me Prove I Lost My Legs

this story came to me through my dear friend paul caune because of a post by Paul Franklin B
Father, Veteran, Activist, Motivational Speaker

Posted: 02/05/2015 3:19 pm EST Updated: 02/05/2015 3:59 pm EST

In regards to Rick Mercer’s rant from the other day, I was contacted by Veterans Affairs Minister Erin O’Toole for a request for a telephone conversation about my file.

Here’s my response:

Minister Erin O’Toole,

I have had many issues in my nine years as a wounded soldier and as a vet.

After returning in 2006, the Department of Defence (DoD) did amazing things and worked tiredly on the issue and where VAC (Veterans’ Affairs) failed to deliver they stepped up. Upon my retirement “my file” of course went to VAC and to quote a great writer “and this is where my trouble began.”

The legion wrote a piece about my struggles in the beginning called the “The Quiet Fight.” I personally prefer that method but alas even that method is being taken from me. It would seem that if I fight for myself things may change for me, but not sadly for the 700,000 others.

I have had my wheelchair taken away from me twice. First while in hospital due to lack of payment when DOD and VAC were in argument about who pays.

The second was just last year when upon getting a new chair it was felt by VAC that I didn’t get the appropriate paperwork — which was a doctor’s note saying “Due to transformal amputations, Paul Franklin needs a new wheelchair.”

During the recent Manulife lawsuit, I was approved of a pension but was not to receive it until a doctor confirmed my limb loss. This is something that has to be done every year presumably until age 65.

My ex and I have separated and I obviously pay child support and help her out. Every year, VAC challenges that fact with an incredibly disturbing letter that implies that I am a dead beat, that asks if my child still lives, and what I do for them. In response, my ex has to write a horrible letter stating what I do.

She suffers horribly from secondary PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), a condition not widely recognized in 2006 and very misunderstood even today.

This is but a glimpse into what is laughingly called “my file” too which in reality is actually “my life.”

As to my friend Rick and his rant the other day, I let him tell my story not for my benefit, but for all vets and their families that fight through this horror every day of their lives.

I fear that a conversation with me about “my file” may solve “my concerns” but not the concerns of the 700,000 others. Until we are treated by all parties with the respect, dignity, honour, and compassion we deserve, then I can’t in good conscience take a phone call regarding my issues.

— Paul Franklin, Mcpl (ret)

Girl with prosthetic foot files complaint after being removed from Six Flags ride


ARLINGTON, Texas – Miranda Cochran is nothing short of an inspiration. Despite having a prosthetic left foot, the sophomore at Wakeland High School in Frisco is a talented dancer on the drill team.

“If they can see her not complain and work with what she has, then I think it kind of motivates them to get over it’s just a broken toe nail or a bruise,” said her coach, Christina Hinchey.

But Miranda is not allowed on many of the rides at Six Flags Over Texas. Last July, she bought a season pass at the Arlington theme park. She was sitting on the Texas Giant — ready to go — when park personnel removed her from the ride.

“I sat down and then I was buckling in and he was checking me. He was like, ‘Oh no. You can’t ride… you have to get off.’ And I was like, ‘Oh, why?’ And he was like, ‘Because you have a prosthetic leg,'” Miranda recalled.

No matter how well she dances, they told her it was against the posted rules to ride with a prosthetic leg.

“I felt kind of left out. And I was confused, too, because I’ve done it before… so I don’t know why it’s a big deal,” she said.

Six Flags explains that guests with certain disabilities are prohibited from riding certain rides for safety reasons.

It’s an issue that’s come up in other places. Including last year at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio when a double-amputee Army veteran, Sgt. Stephen Jackel, was removed from a ride.

In a statement to WFAA News 8, Six Flags said:

“Our policies and procedures are customized by ride. They are reviewed and adjusted from time to time to ensure we continue to accommodate the needs of our guests while simultaneously maintaining a safe environment for all guests.”

Miranda knows there’s an easy way to get around the ban, but she’s not about taking the easy way out.

“I mean, it would be fine if I could wear pants and I could totally ride all the rides because they would have no idea, which is sad. But I don’t want to go to Six Flags with pants on. I don’t want to hide it,” she said.

Though the incident happened in July, the issue is coming up now because Miranda wrote a complaint letter to the manufacturer of the ride six weeks ago.

No one has responded.

The company, Bolliger and Mabillard, in based in Switzerland. WFAA 8 News reached out for a comment, but has not heard back ye

Autistic Boy’s Hand Crushed As Teachers Slam Door To ‘Scream Room’, Turned On Fan To Drown Out Screams

A 10-year-old autistic student, Carson Luke, was locked inside a “scream room” in March of 2011. Carson’s hand was broken after being crushed in the heavy metal doors as the teacher slammed the unit shut. Since the incident, Carson’s family has been on the forefront of exposing controversial restraint methods, such as “scream rooms,” used by America’s public school system.

According to the Daily Mail, Carson still has nightmares about the restraint methods used by his school in Chesapeake, Virginia. Carson recounts how teachers would drag him through the school’s hallways and pin him down before throwing him into the scream room. The scream room was a concrete contraption that had heavy metal doors used to lock away students who school officials deemed needed time in a secluded space. After placing the student into the secluded chamber, teachers would turn on a ventilation fan to drown out the child’s screams.

On one occasion, Carson’s mother says that her son had his hand broken as the door was slammed on the scream room. She says that the wound was so severe that the bone was exposed. The broken hand required surgery and the family wants to ensure the same thing doesn’t happen to another child.

NPR reports that the practice of secluding or restraining children is not only controversial, but also appears to be relatively common. In the 2011-2012 school year, NPR data shows that these controversial restraints happened at least 267,000 times.

“That includes 163,000 instances in which students were restrained. Mechanical restraints were used 7,600 of those times.”

The report indicates that what happened to Carson was not uncommon among children with disabilities such as autism. In fact, schools reported that they placed children in seclusion rooms about 104,000 times and that 75 percent of cases were among children with disabilities. Prior to 2011, schools were not required to report when they used restraint or seclusion techniques on a student. With reporting now required, the numbers have startled many.

Civil rights groups worry about the controversial practices citing cases such as Carson’s where bodily harm is a direct result of the techniques. However, school administrators say “they need to be able to seclude and restrain students in order to keep them, other students and school staff safe.” Dan Domenech, the executive director of the American Association of School Administrators, says that the restraint and seclusion techniques are necessary in the school system.

“It is used when a child is acting out in a way, for example, where they are in the process of clawing their eyes out, or tearing their hair out, or smashing their head up against the wall. And they need to be restrained so they can be stopped from hurting themselves. Or when a child will attack another child. Or when a child will attack a member of the staff.”

Catherine Lhamon, assistant secretary of education in the Office for Civil Rights, disagrees with Domenech’s analysis and says that the procedure of restraining a child or placing them in seclusion indicates to the child that they have no worth.

“Where we remove a kid from a classroom, where we seclude the child or where we restrain the child, the message that we send is that the child has low value, and so little value that we won’t even try to educate that student.”

The federal government has been involved in the debate over restraint techniques in public schools since at least 2009 due to the number of students harmed or killed in school. At that time, the U.S. Government Accountability Office counted hundreds of cases of abuse, including at least 20 deaths from these techniques.

What do you think about the use of restraint and seclusion techniques in schools for children with disabilities? Are they necessary or should they be phased out entirely?


Hey jet blue I’m already disabled don’t make my travel harder by being stupid

I just rang jet blue to book air travel with Zeus on board at my feet, I was on hold for 27 minutes I get a woman whom I ask so you are Americans with disabilities act compliant? There was dead silence, “do you know what the ADA IS?” silence so I ask “So you have never heard of the ADA? Silent.
I will be travelling with a service dog do know what that is? “So you want to travel with your pet doggie?” No ma’am I want to travel with a federally recognized service dog, “yes your pet doggie” so I asked if they had a department that handles disabled travel? Yes we have a department where people book travel its called reservations?
Can I speak to a supervisor? Yes it will be one minute so I was put on hold.

Now this person had a very strong Indian or Pakistani or Bangladeshi accent, so I assumed I was talking to an offshore phone center, so that one minute turned into 22 more. I finally got the supervisor I asked where in the world I was talking to she replied Boston. I asked her was the previous woman in Boston? She said yes? I don’t care where you’re from what color you are whom you love or worship but if your job requires you to speak English on the phone 8 hours a day shouldn’t you language skills be clearly understood?
So I relay the previous call to the supervisor she denies it all, I ask her does jet blue have a dedicated department to handle disabled travel such as Qantas has ?
She replied no, I asked do you have staff trained or a dedicated phone line. No to dedicated phone line but yes some supervisors are trained. Ok so were getting somewhere, So I asked her would it be a good idea if I booked the tickets online and as jet blue have no section online to register disabled travel I should ring back and ask for a trained supervisor and register my disability and service dog with them?
She replied” why would you do that? Why not just call our dedicated line that leads to our department that handles disabled travel?
Can you see what we the disabled have to go through to just to go on holidays? Airlines employ anyone especially those who failed ESL and basic grammar, I mean where do they hire these people?
When I travel with Qantas, I call their special services department, I give them the dates, the destinations, the type of assistance required and that I’m travelling with a service animal they choose routes make sure the airports have skywalks not stairs they have someone to help with the luggage and boarding at each end.
Caveat Emptor, when it comes to travel cheap is never best, cheap means you have snookie and JWOW as your booking agent and the actors from snakes on a plane as your staff.
Pay a little extra, it’s worth not leaving your dignity in departures.

Owning Handling and living Life with a service dog with less stress In the United states

I have had my Belgian Malinois service dog Zeus full time for 2 of his 3 years I have Epilepsy, Neuro spasticity spinal cord injuries PTSD and a basket full of other neurological disabilities.

There is very little variance in service dog rules, most are purchased or supplied from government approved humane qualified service dog training groups, but the law also states you can train him yourself.

ada service dog law
Now the Americans with disabilities act is federal but there are states such as Louisiana who require self-trained dogs to pass state tests.
Now as for vests below is what Zeus wears

Now the ADA says he doesn’t have to wear one and if he does it doesn’t have to be marked. So yes you can stand your ground and tell me “you don’t know what you’re talking about I don’t need the words service dog on my vest” and you are right. But here’s where I am right Zeus has travelled on international flights at my feet in the cabin
zeus flying
He has stayed in 5 star hotels sleeping at my feet

Sat next to me in the best restaurants in three cities in two countries,

He even goes shopping everywhere from Macey’s to tiffany’s

Because the limited knowledge of ADA requirements for service dogs of the average retail or hotel or airline worker is what they know about guide dogs for the blind so they think unless it has a vest and the vest looks official the dogs not?
Now Zeus is almost three years old in the early days I would stand my ground even call the cops so the cops could read the act to the offending employee,

But damn man it gets tiresome you have to ask yourself “do you want to be right or do you want to live a hassle free life where you and your service dog can come and go shop eat travel without being stopped and treated like a criminal every time you leave the house?

You need to learn to choose your fights, Zeus has been with me every day 24/7 going everywhere I go and because the staff can simply look and think “oh service dog” most of the time we get to enjoy a hassle free life.
So to a certain young girl on the Belgian malinois face book page, you can call me all the names you want, you can be a smart ass and I’ll see you out and about I’ll be the one sailing through the door smiling at security with Zeus beside me and you will be the one yelling arguing and standing your ground.
I’ve done both and I really enjoy my life with the latter, hopefully you will eventually learn as a disabled person you need to save your energy for the important things like incompetent doctors because if you do your service dog with the properly marked vest gets to sleep on your hospital bed with you just like Zeus does with me.


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