December 31, 2007

show me the data

catherine @ 8:40 pm

As was recently announced in Statistics Canada’s official release bulletin, the federal government has published partial data from its latest Participation and Activity Limitation Survey (PALS 2006). According to this latest survey, an estimated 4.4 million Canadians, one out of seven people in Canada, reported having a disability in 2006, an increase of over three-quarters of a million people in five years. The article from the bulletin indicates:

Data showed that the number of people who reported a disability increased 21.2% from 3.6 million in 2001, the last time the survey was conducted.

In 2001, 12.4% of the population reported a disability. By 2006, this rate had increased to 14.3%.

Statistical reports are somewhat useful though not terribly interesting in themselves, at least not to me. And besides, as I often say, math makes me nervous. But there are a few things I would like to comment on.

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December 22, 2007

foiled by the STM’s Paratransit service yet again

catherine @ 6:56 pm

I know I have already written about the STM’s crappy service when it comes to Paratransit and I might be tempted to apologise to my handful of readers because really, this is not what I want this blog to be about. But yesterday was an all time record in corporate stupidity and utter lack of consideration for those of us who rely on this service to get around the city.

So, yesterday morning, I wait and wait for the gawd-damn taxi or minibus or whatever it was supposed to be to show up. After a half hour (which is the requisite time I am expected to wait before contacting them to ask “where is the transport?”), I call. After waiting on the line for about 10 minutes, I am told unceremoniously that my reservation has been cancelled. Just. Like. That.

Needless to say that I was quite pissed off. I mean, wtf?! But I did not have time to debate it with the woman on the phone nor to ask the reason for this decision as I was going to be late for a meeting. So I did the only thing I could do and called a taxi and high-tailed it to the office, arriving 10 minutes late for my meeting, pissed off and stressed out. Thankfully, the guy I was meeting with was really nice and understanding, not to mention hilarious, and we had a really fun and productive meeting so at least that was something.

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December 16, 2007

random update #6

catherine @ 5:18 pm

This will probably be my last update for the year 2007, a year that in truth I can not wait to see end because, while there were a few good things, it was generally rather crappy.

So, with regards to the new appartment, that actually turned out to be a fucking nightmare. I will spare y’all the details but let us just say that when I went to pick up my keys after it had been emptied out by the previous occupant (who, it should be noted, lived in what can only be described as a personal storage locker) and saw it in all its filthy, broken-down, rat-infested glory (which the landlord, whom I have since baptised “il basso costo” or if you prefer “el cheapo”, refused to bring up to code), I took photos, lined up my horrified witnesses and promptly cancelled my lease. Which really fucked up my plans.

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December 2, 2007

white-out

catherine @ 9:52 pm

Today, when I called the STM Paratransit Service to make my reservations for the next three days, I was told unequivocally that I would not get any service tomorrow because Montréal is expecting a “big” snow storm and all transports have been cancelled (except for dialysis patients and long-standing medical appointments).

Indeed, unbeknownst to me (because I am usually pretty oblivious to small talk such as in “some weather we are having, eh?”), it seems that the southwest region of the province is expecting anywhere between 15 to 30 centimetres of snow by tomorrow (although, as of 21h50, I have yet to see my first snowflake). So today, as a preventive measure (for whom, I wonder), Paratransit refused all new reservations and has unceremoniously cancelled everyone, even people who are travelling to go to work or school. Just. Like. That.

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