No transit and unplowed sidewalks restricts those with mobility and vision problems

To the Editor:

I feel that the City of Thompson is ignoring those who are seniors, children and those who cannot drive or do not have a vehicle or multiple vehicles through their cancellation of the transit bus service. For many people, including myself, this is our only mode of affordable transportation. To add insult to injury, the City of Thompson has refused to clean the majority of our streets and sidewalks in a timely manner or at all. Often they will plow the streets onto the sidewalks making them even more impassable. It is very difficult for citizens and/or visitors to navigate the city. For someone such as myself who is not only a senior but legally blind, taking away the transit and making the sidewalks and streets impossible restricts me to taking a taxi or staying at home. Because I paid my taxes the same as sighted people, I believe that the City of Thomson is targeting people with disabilities and with lower economic means. When you consider that 75 per cent to 80 per cent of vision-impaired people cannot find work, their economic means are much less than the majority of the population.

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The purpose of a city is not to just look after those who are well off but to look after all of its citizens.

The City of Thompson fails on multiple fronts. Please reconsider your decision to cancel the transit services and also clean the sidewalks so that the citizens can use them safely. Let’s make Thompson a place where people are able to live, work and play in an inclusive society. Let’s make Thompson a place where people can live with dignity, confidence and independence.

Ross Martin

Thompson

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