Public Spaces More Inclusive & Accessible

Public Service Announcement

New Picnic Tables Make Public Spaces More Inclusive & Accessible

Thursday, June 4, 2015 (Halifax, NS) – Residents may notice a new addition in Grand Parade that will make it easier for even more visitors to comfortably enjoy this beautiful public space.

As part of a small pilot project initiated by Transportation & Public Works, the municipality has built an accessible picnic table, one of three planned for downtown Halifax and Dartmouth.

The bright blue table, constructed by staff in Road Operations, arrived this week. It is located by the flag pole at the north end of Grand Parade, near one of the paved pathways. The added feature complements the existing colourful picnic tables and Adirondack chairs scattered across the grounds outside City Hall.

Municipal government is committed to encouraging healthy communities across the Halifax region. That means building safe, liveable and accessible neighbourhoods where everyone can participate fully in life.

Accessible picnic tables come in a variety of sizes and designs. The municipality opted for an adaptation of the standard picnic table which features an extended table surface that allows a wheelchair or other accessibility device to tuck underneath and sit alongside the traditional bench seating.

The municipality plans to build two more accessible picnic tables as part of the pilot project — one for Victoria Park on Spring Garden Road and one in downtown Dartmouth at Alderney Landing.

For more information on accessibility in the Halifax region, please visit http://www.halifax.ca/accessibility/.

Financial Transaction Survey

The Neil Squire Society would like to gain a greater understanding of the way people with disabilities handle their everyday banking and payment needs.

The focus of this study is to look at the issues the technology might create for people with disabilities. As part of this project we are seeking people with different disabilities who are willing to complete a short survey about the barriers they face when doing their banking and paying for items and services.We want to hear about any changes you would like to see in the way services are delivered. We also want to know what is working well for you right now with these services.

For more information about the Neil Squire Society survey please visit Transaction Survey Website. If you would like to be entered in the draw to win a gift certificate enter your contact information at the end of the survey. One participant will be chosen at random to receive a gift certificate for $300 to a store of their choice.

REACH Donation to CPA(NS)

Nationally RBC has an employee resource group called REACH and each region in Canada has their own chapter.  The Atlantic chapter was one of the first in the country to be active in executing their mission and has been up and running for just over three years. In Atlantic Canada, the Executive Chair is Liza Macdonald, RVP – South Western NS and the steering committee has representation from all four provinces.

The mission of REACH is to eliminate the negative stereotypes and stigma associated with people with disabilities as well as help drive engagement and performance of individuals through awareness, coaching and accommodation throughout RBC.  REACH supports individuals with and without disabilities to ensure all our staff, as well as the communities in which we live and work, are aware of  RBC’s commitment to inclusion and accommodation.

Each year REACH makes a $1000 donation to a community group or charity to help with their programming and this year, CPA was the deserving recipient.  A great example of the differences they make in people’s lives is the story of Rob MacIsaac who is currently doing a seven week work placement to help prepare him for the next chapter in his lift – studying Social Work in Edmonton, AB.

RBC is proud to support the great work CPA does with enabling individuals to “reach” for their goals and dreams through the support and resources they provide their clients and our local communities.

IMG-20140106-00687

(L) Liza Macdonald, Executive Chair & RVP – South Western NS

(R) Rob MacIsaac, Peer Assistant – CPANS