As I sit here writing this editorial and try as hard as I may, I can’t seem to find any other words to describe my thoughts today. Some of us have a hard time dealing with monopolies while there are others who really do not pay too much attention.
Today I am going to take a few minutes to single out a monopoly entity which I feel should be singled out for their continuing attitude of disrespect, discourtesy, and condescension towards Canadians with disabilities. Especially so towards Canadians who are blind, deaf/blind, and vision impaired.
Yes, I am referring to none other than the Greater Toronto Airport Authority; an entity who over the past too many years continues to treat persons with disabilities like luggage rather than as human beings. Here we have an entity that downright refuses to mend their ways choosing instead to say that they are not responsible for what goes on in their own backyard and blaming it on their contractors.
Sure, they have been taken to court several times over their irresponsible behaviour but time and time again they have been allowed to get away with it. Just imagine this!
The Greater Toronto Airport Authority has been given a deadline to carry out certain processes by the Canadian Transportation Agency but instead of following instructions what does this renegade entity do? They accuse the CTA of not being fair and end by saying that it is not their responsibility as to what has happened let alone being responsible for fixing it.
In the same matter, they are mandated to enter into discussions with other stakeholders to develop ways to be more assistive to Canadians who are blind and vision impaired but what do they do? They ignore the entire request choosing instead to puff out their chests and say what a great Airport they are.
What we have here is an entity with very deep pockets. One that uses their deep pockets to buy and bully their way out of corners. An entity that believes that because of its monopoly; this being that they are Canada’s largest Airport located in Canada’s largest City, they can do whatever they want and get away with it.
They are being allowed to get away with things. They continue to violate and trample upon the rights of Canadians with disabilities, seniors, and the most vulnerable. They have no respect for these groups and they treat them as luggage rather than as their rapidly growing bread and butter consumer.
So what to do? I urge readers not to give up. Do as I do and continue to fight for your rights. Push hard for this present Government to do something before it is too late. Let’s work together to stop these bullies and renegades!
Just my two cents for today!