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Announcement of Ontario "non-drivers identification card"

Sent:
June 6, 2011
To:
The Hon. Kathleen Wynne (Minister of Transportation - Ontario)
Subject:
Announcement of Ontario "non-drivers identification card"

From: Richard Quan - President, AEBC Toronto Chapter

June 7, 2011

The Honourable Kathleen Wynne
Minister of Transportation
Corporate Correspondence Unit
3rd Floor, Ferguson Block
77 Wellesley Street West
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1Z8

Dear Minister Wynne,

I am writing to you as President of and on behalf of the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians - Toronto Chapter, (AEBC Toronto).  As a means of introduction, the Toronto chapter is part of a national organization with a National Board and like Chapters in major cities across the country.  We are a group of volunteers who are blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted with the mandate to increase awareness of rights and responsibilities, so blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted individuals can have equal access to the benefits and opportunities of society.

It has come to my attention that you will be announcing the introduction of the new Non-Driver's Photo ID at the CNIB in Toronto on June 9, 2011.  I wish to congratulate you and your Ministry on being in a position to offer this type of identification for those individuals who do not have access to or cannot obtain a traditional driver's license.  I know that the road to this very special occasion is a very long one and it goes back over many years and through many of your predecessors.  We all have good reason to celebrate.

I am writing to you because I feel that the upcoming celebration will be leaving out some very deserving contributors and that your choice of venue will be neglecting a large segment of the population.  In terms of who has contributed to this day, I wish to say from the outset that, in no way do I want to minimize the efforts of anyone who has given of their time and of themselves to making the Non-Driver's Photo ID come to fruition.  I can only speak to the work of AEBC Toronto over the past 15 years; it has been a
constant effort by many dedicated people. 

In that time, Carole Robertson, the Chapter President before me, and many Chapter members spent time writing your Ministry, meeting with other Ministers, consulting with representatives from other Provinces, reviewing relevant documentation, attending focus groups, and rallying and informing Chapter members about the progress of this very significant issue.  Most recently, we had two Chapter members sit on one of your Ministry's review panels regarding the design and distribution of the new ID cards.  In all that time, governments changed but these members were resolute in their determination that some day there would be an ID card that they can use to open a bank account or place a bid at an auction.  It appears that day is going to take place on Thursday, June 9, 2011 and it is my wish that these chapter members, as well as all others who took part, can be truly recognized for their efforts.  To date, AEBC Toronto has received no formal indication of your upcoming announcement.

My second concern is the venue that you have chosen for your special announcement.  There's no denying that a Non-Driver's Photo ID has extreme relevance to those of us who are blind, deaf- blind or partially sighted; and the CNIB in Toronto is a place that many members of the public identify with individuals having some level of vision loss.  It is my understanding though that this form of ID will be useful to many others beyond the scope of vision loss; individuals who may have other disabilities that prevent them from driving; individuals who may choose not to obtain traditional drivers' licenses; in other words, the Non-Driver's Photo ID has relevance to everyone.  In this way, I am suggesting to you that a more reflective venue for your announcement; at least one that takes into account all the people of this Province, would be some place like the Ontario Legislature.

Minister Wynne, I want to thank you in advance for considering the points that I have raised in this correspondence.  I hope that there is some way for you to be able to offer some worthy recognition for those hard working Chapter members of AEBC Toronto and for all others who truly gave of themselves in helping to get us to now.  Please consider my suggestions regarding your audience and the venue for your upcoming  nnouncement.  It would be my pleasure to meet with you in order to discuss this or any other matter.  All the best, I remain,

Yours Truly,

 

Richard Quan
President - AEBC Toronto

CC.:        Ms. Donna Jodhan - AEBC National President
Mr. John Rafferty - CEO CNIB
Ms. Carole Robertson - AEBC Toronto

History

  • This letter, #2251 was sent June 6, 2011 to The Hon. Kathleen Wynne (Minister of Transportation - Ontario): Announcement of Ontario "non-drivers identification card"

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