Voting challenges

Resident expresses concerns about accessibility at Vernon city hall

I’m a bit of pro when it comes to sizing up buildings for accessibility and parking.  Often a drive-by will tell me if it’s worth stopping for an ice cream or shuffling on in to buy that winning lottery ticket on the way home. With 40 years of having a family member who has a physical disability, our collective mind always goes to, “Can we get dad in there?”

Flash to recently and my ever-civic-minded dad wants to vote in the arena referendum. Voting options present the perfect pairing: advanced poll and city hall. Beat the rush, good parking and sure-to-be accessible.

No crowds at city hall last. Wide parking stall right up front, good signage, user-friendly entrance, all what I had imagined.  Wheeling my dad, we approach the ramp, with me making the usual mental notes: “good slope, not hard to push, dad could do this on his own.”

An employee in front of us pushes the door opener for us but it does not work. Obviously embarrassed, she pushes it again and then offers to hold the door open.

She rushes to tell the greeter inside that the automatic door is not working.  Me, never short of words, suggest they should get it fixed before the actual voting day.

The next bump on the ice: there’s moulding on the council chamber floor where it meets the carpet, just high enough to stop the chair from gliding to the waiting ballot clerks.

Well, what’s a few moves on our way to drop that ballot into the slot. Not the biggest obstacle we’ve ever faced but worth making a bit of noise about.

The parting words of the smiling helper stationed at the door as we exit about sums up our experience, “Look the auto door-opener works from the inside!”

Lori Winstanley

Vernon

Just Posted

RCMP set to patrol Okanagan lakes

Vernon-North Okanagan members will be on area waters helping keep boaters safe

Vernon housing builds hope for 52 homeless individuals

The 52 unit supported housing apartment officially opens

Gardens plant hope for Vernon residents who were once homeless

Turning Points, in collaberation with Briteland, bring square foot gardening to Blair Apartments

Tolko Armstrong taking two weeks downtime

Vernon-based company tells employees mill will take downtime May 27 and June 3

More campsites coming to Vernon and beyond

Province announced half of the new spots to 13 most popular provincial parks

600 new campsites coming to provincial parks and recreation sites across B.C.

Tourism Minister announced half of the new spots to 13 most popular provincial parks

Raptors beat Bucks 105-99 to move within 1 game of NBA Finals

Leonard scores 35 as Toronto takes 3-2 series lead over Milwaukee

Bear spray culprit released from Penticton RCMP custody

The individual who sprayed the bear spray at Compass House on May 22 has been released

Municipalities protest after B.C. declares marijuana crops ‘farm use’

UBCM president seeks answers in letter to John Horgan government

Popular Peachland park reopens

Hardy Falls Regional Park has been closed from flood damage since 2017

Summerland students to raise voices in public speech competition

Public speaking component is included in high school English program

CMHC defends mortgage stress test changes amid calls for loosening rules

Uninsured borrowers must now show they could service their mortgage if rates rose two per cent

B.C. woman left ‘black and blue’ after being pushed off 40-foot cliff at lake

West Shore RCMP looking for witnesses as investigation continues

Children learn for free at Vernon library

Reading, puppet shows, prizes and more

Most Read