City council candidate wants to tackle the issue of transit equity for the disabled

By CityNews Staff

A candidate for Ottawa city council wants to be a voice for those with mobile disabilities.

After suffering a double hip collapse in 2010, Jon Redins — who is running for Gloucester-Southgate ward — told The Sam Laprade Show on Monday, Aug. 15, that many voices were not being heard, so he decided to get involved.

Redins explained that if he wants to use Para Transpo services, he has to book the day before he wants to go anywhere, whereas people with normal mobility have the freedom to hop on a bus and meet their friends downtown the same day.

“It’s a transit equity issue,” he said.

As for cities that Ottawa can look to as an example, he said Toronto has a booking system where you can book transport for the same day.

Listen to the full interview with John Redins below:

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