2016 Re-emergence of Common Sense?

I can’t believe we are almost two weeks into 2016 already.  I am becoming increasingly convinced in that old belief that time does speed up as you get older.  However it isn’t my intention to provide a lay-persons perspective of Einstein’s theories on the speed of time so I will get on with my purpose of the day.  So thanks for coming back, big addition coming in the next six weeks when it looks like I will have my own hour long radio talk show.  I will keep you informed on how that moves along but now onto the topic at hand #access…

I deal with BMO and one of the only two @BMO branches in Nanaimo (and they don’t even have a drive through) is about an 8 minute drive north for me.  Right beside it is a large dollar store called Dollar Tree.  I had never been there before but there were a few things I knew I could probably find there.  That way I could kill two birds with one stone while minimizing the transferring of my chair in and out of the car.  Imagine my surprise when I approach this store (it was a Sunday morning and very quiet) and discover no automatic door opener.  I doubt the building is more than twenty years old so it shouldn’t be exempt from any current building standards (historic site, that kind of thing) and those standards require automatic door openers.

New buildings ignoring wheelchair access standards
New buildings ignoring wheelchair access standards

The entrance was build on a small grade which meant holding your wheelchair in place while you pulled a heavy double door backwards.  Once you got through the doors you find yourself in what was probably meant to be a small foray but in reality is a cramped storage area.  Once you make your way past that, only about twenty-five feet, you come to another set of heavy doors.  It is not that the doors were really heavy as much as it was the spring on the doors were so tight.  I am a pretty strong guy (a lifetime of crutches builds a pretty good upper body) but I could see a lot of #seniors using walkers that would have problems with those doors, backing up trying to pull the door, steer the walker and maintain their balance sounds like a good recipe for an injurious incident.  I’m sorry but if Dollar Tree or any other business not adhering to standards can be ignored then I have to question how much checking our city planners are doing to ensure local compliance with building standards.Continue reading “2016 Re-emergence of Common Sense?”