Tribunal made right call for the blind

Re: Blind runner proves discrimination case from TC10K (News, Feb. 27)

Re: Blind runner proves discrimination case from TC10K (News, Feb. 27)

Thank you Saanich News for covering Graeme McCreath’s human rights victory. I congratulate him on his win.

The comment by VIRS vice-president Shannon Kowalko that their refusal of Mr. McCreath’s request was “in the interest of safety for Mr. McCreath and other participants” and “nothing to do related to being discriminatory” is absurd.

In fact, the opposite is the case: it was precisely to ensure the safety of his guide, himself, and others, that Mr. McCreath made the request, and it was the organizers’ refusal and intransigence that was threatening this safety.

And of course it was discriminatory, which the tribunal has clearly ruled. The organizers had already freely granted exactly the same reasonable accommodation to wheelchair participants but were categorically refusing it to the blind.

Blind people have had enough of being excluded through discrimination.

It’s time for full inclusion and participation on a basis of equality, and I applaud the tribunal for its ruling.

Frederick Driver

Victoria

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Gaps in the system: Youth cope with homelessness in Greater Victoria

Four-part series will look at youth homelessness in the region

Museum asks British Columbians for COVID-19 nature observations

Royal BC Museum collects information as part of ongoing pandemic project

Oak Bay pool to reopen Aug. 17

Swimming, other activities return this month

Island riders conquering new heights

With no races, cyclists tackle Everest challenge to lift community

Saanich police search for suspect accused of using stolen credit, debit cards

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers says suspect made numerous fraudulent purchases

53 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths cap off week of high infection rates in B.C.

Roughly 1,500 people are self-isolating because they either have COVID-19 or have been exposed to it

Moving on: Tanev scores 11 seconds into OT as Canucks oust Wild

Vancouver beats Minnesota 5-4 to move into first round of NHL playoffs

Fitness non-profit challenges citizens to invent a game to be physically active

The campaign was launched after a study showed only 4.8 per cent of children and youths in Canada met required standards of the 24-hour movement guidelines

VIDEO: U.S. Air Force pilot does fly-by for B.C. son amid COVID border separation

Sky-high father-son visit plays out over White Rock Pier

3 Vancouver police officers test positive for COVID after responding to large party

Union president says other officers are self-isolating due to possible exposure

Vancouver Island team takes on wacky challenges of world’s largest scavenger hunt

Greatest International Scavenger Hunt taking place Aug. 1-8

New mothers with COVID-19 should still breastfeed: Canada’s top doctor

Dr. Theresa Tam made the recommendation during World Breastfeeding Awareness Week

Collapse of Nunavut ice shelf ‘like losing a good friend:’ glaciologist

The ice shelf on the northwestern edge of Ellesmere Island has shrunk 43 per cent

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Aug. 4

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Most Read