City Hall is calling out upper levels of government when it comes to accessibility issues during elections. Timmins council is pointing out there were many issues faced by residents with disabilities during the last provincial and federal election.
Mayor Steve Black says the government needs to follow their own legislation when it comes to accessibility, and make sure consultations done to ensure the proper polling stations are chosen. He says there have been complaints about federal and provincial stations, when it comes to things like gravel driveways, or staircases. Black says those locations include the the Croatian Hall and the Porcupine Ski Runners, and those concerns are not only for voters but also for those who want to work at the polling stations.
Black says they want to ensure all polling stations are completely accessible, which includes washroom access and any other facilities they may need. Council has sent a motion onto the upper levels of government to ask the Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee to be consulted before polling stations are chosen for the next election.