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Recently In the News "Montreal Gazette"

Below is a recent article that was posted in the "Montreal Gazette" and also recently posted to our local Chapter Facebook Page by one of our members

'I made too many complaints'; Frequent user of STM'S adapted transit service says staff can be rude and service leaves much to be desired

Graphic: DAVE SIDAWAY, THE GAZETTE / Omar, a quadriplegic, is wheeled into a taxi in downtown Montreal. Omar, who was temporarily barred from the Société de transport de Montréal's adapted transit service, is taking his case to the Quebec Human Rights Commission.;

Summer Vacation

This week's blog is going to be a little shorter then usual.  However, isn't that what they usually say: "sometimes short but sweet is what counts.".

This time of year, every one has a chance to relax.  This type of relaxation can be referred to as a vacation.

Whether or not you are the type of person who likes to go on an adventurous vacation, simply relax in a tropical setting,or stay at home in your own backyard or by the pool , it's a time of year when we all deserve to simply relax and rest.

Vacations are also a time of year when family and friends can get together and have fun in the sun sipping a couple of beers or a good old fashioned glass of rum and coke.

Right on Red Revisited

This week's blog post is on the hot topic of turning right on red.

I was shocked to find out in "La Press", a local montreal paper, that the city is still debating on wether Downtown Montrealers should have the right to turn right on red lights.

A while back I commented on a local CBC station in their news hour, expressing my concern and my opinion on why I thought Montreal was not ready to incorporate the right to turn on a red light in downtown Montreal.

In january 2012, I stated to the reporter that because of the construction happening in Montreal, having the right to turn on red, would cause people in montreal more confusion and more accidents.

Talk to the President March 2012

Greetings fellow AEBC members and I hope that all is well with everyone. 

Ah yes!  March is all but gone and soon April will be with us.  I hope that everyone is getting ready to have a wonderful spring. 

I would again like to thank everyone for their feedback and my question at the end of this update is an important one which I am asking you to really give some thought to.  I believe that this question will help your board to better understand what vision you seek for the AEBC.

My quote for this month is:

Transportation for the Blind

Getting from place to place can be a huge struggle for the blind. We are forced to rely on public transit, para-transit, or the kindness of a sighted >friend or family member.

Often times, public transit isn't very good, and when you get rides from other people, you have to do it on their schedule. It would be better if the blind were able to purchase their own cars and have those cars take them where they need to go.

Last week, Marc wrote about Google's self-driving car, and I wanted to offer a few more details along with my own thoughts on this technology.

Are Blind Drivers Going to take over the Roads?

A video of a blind man piloting one of Google's self-driving cars has swept across the Internet over the last couple of days. In case you missed it, the video is available with audio description here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?src_vid=cdgQpa1pUUE&annotation_id=annotation_979835&feature=iv&v=peDy2st2XpQ

Is the Smart Phone the Interface the Blind had been Waiting for?

This article in the Minnesota Daily describes an app that could significantly aid blind travellers.

The app could indicate not only what street a person is on, but could tell a person when traffic lights have changed and how much time is left to cross the street.

A legitimate concern raised in the article is that, if such an app becomes very popular, there will be less of an incentive to install audible pedestrian signals. This issue is an interesting one that goes well beyond traffic lights, and it is one we are going to have to grapple with over the coming years.

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