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Public Notice to Amalgamated Transit

Public Notice to Amalgamated Transit

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Published by: Daniel J Towsey A Truth Soldier on Jan 07, 2013
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ATU Local 508 In violation of human rights and endangering the disabled
(NOTE: This is going to be another lengthy report. So please know that I will be making an audio-video transcript of this, so that all disabled people will be able to hear this report in an audio format) it can be heard at this link http://wheelchairrights.wordpress.com/2013/01/05/atu-local-508-in-violation-of-human-rights-and-endangering-the-dis-abled/ 
This is a Published Public Notice to The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 508 and it’s drivers of participatingknowingly or unknowingly in violating the human rights of the disabled and of endangering their lives as well as en-dangering the lives of other public transit bus passengers.
Given by Daniel J Towsey January 4
2013.I have been inspired by the events of today to write this report and give this notice to the Public Transit Bus Drivers becauseof the events that occurred at the Mumford terminal in Halifax and many other previous events.It was a day of very high winds and it was well below freezing. I found myself stranded and unable to get home because nonof the buses (mostly NOVA buses) could safely secure or attach my electric wheelchair.Halifax Metro Transit has knowingly and deliberately failed to provide the necessary equipment or to maintain existingequipment on any of their fleet of public transit buses, that can safely and properly secure my very heavy (800 pounds plus)electric wheelchair.I will now give you a summary of the events of today that I described today in my conversation with one of the executivesof ATU Local 508 . in Dartmouth by telephone.I advised the union representative of my writing this report and that I would be posting it at my wheelchair rights website.He asked that I let him know when it would be published and that he would then copy, print and forward it to the head of theAmalgamated Public Transit Union Executive Offices.So here goes. I now again find myself having to exhaustively have to fight for my human rights.I have been fighting for my human rights and in a battle with The Halifax Public transit commission for more then two anda half years.I became disabled on November 22 2009 where soon after I was having to use a power wheelchair to travel anywhere out-side of my home.Becoming disabled and severely injured was horrific enough.But my experiences with the Halifax Public Transit Commission and their deliberate violations of the rights of the disabledand knowingly endangering their lives is overwhelming and they are absolutely guilty of criminal negligence.If you look at the extensive information athttp://wheelchairrights.wordpress.com you will see the evidence and proof of what H R M (Halifax Regional Municipality) has done to me.H R M and the Provincial government has been negligent at every level across all of H R M and Nova Scotia in every as- pect of their responsibilities and duties in providing the necessary standards leadership in living up to the U.N Treaty for thedisabled. This includes sidewalks, building standards for the needs of the disabled and everything else. This negligence isevident in everything the government does...I advised the union representative about my previously filing a complaint with the Nova Scotia human rights commissionagainst Halifax Metro Transit.The outcome of which is that the human rights commission ruled that Halifax Metro Transit has been
” Historically violating the human rights of wheelchair users.”
Where upon Metro transit arrived at agreements to change a numerous number of their policies and activities that were inviolation.I am now testifying here that there after Halifax Metro transit’s executives, managers or supervisors did not honor the agree-ments or change their horrific attitude of violating my human rights.And it fact things got much worse and the management of Halifax metro transit engaged in a stalking campaign by follow-ing me around Halifax in their overly luxurious S U Vs, You can read more on that topic by reading my previous articleabout the
“Bus driver refuses to let me off the bus”
That event resulted in one of the metro transit supervisors applying the unconstitutional provincial act
“Protection of property Act
’ and banned me from all Halifax Public transit properties and services for the next six monthsthat included Access-a-bus and blocking me from getting to medical appointments and more..That same supervisor showed up today at the Mumford terminal and with a smile on his face he announced in front of a busload of passengers that he was the one that had previously banned me when I had engaged in a previous fight for my humanrights when the driver refused to let me off the bus at the old Dartmouth bus terminal.This supervisor again with a smile, announced that he was looking forward to when he was going to have a look at thevideos of the events of today and would then ban me again. Not once did he want to know or care about what was happening today and why he was here. He showed very clearly thatagain he cares not one little bit at showing me any respect and made it very clear that he cared not that I was stranded in thefreezing cold sitting in my wheelchair freezing for two and a half hours. He only cared to ban me again because I had tomake a protest by telling the drivers that I would block the buses passage if they did not do something to help me get out of the freezing cold.I had to do something drastic as my legs had now frozen and I had lost feeling in them.But this supervisor just wants to ban me again.So now, below I will explain more of what led to my being stranded and which will explain more the meaning of the title of this report.I understand now after my conversation with the Union rep why this situation of the bus drivers involvement in their partici- pation in endangering the lives electric wheelchair users has been going on forever.I advised the rep that by my notifying him now that he could not plead ignorance to this situation. I also made it clear to himthat ignorance of the law is never an accepted defense in a court of law.I now advise the Amalgamated Public Transit Union to seek legal advise on this situation.And please remember the universally accepted ruling of the world court at the Nuremberg Trials of Germany Crimes of war.Where it was stated that following the orders of superiors, where those orders were wrong, harmful or even deadly to therights of human beings were not an acceptable defense. In other words just because your superior tells you or gives you per-mission to do harm or injustice knowingly or unknowingly to others IS NOT A DEFENSE.I advised the union rep that the bus drivers have a responsibility and duty to inspect and make sure that their buses will besafe to operate to ensure the protection of all its passengers.But in defense of all the great and wonderful drivers that I have often had the wonderful opportunity of having intellectualconversations with that,I understand that bus drivers are not mechanics, are not engineers, are not trained on how to safely secure electric wheel-chairs, are not advised on how to, or to even inspect that the equipment for wheelchairs is safe, sound and properly main-tained.I understand that the drivers believe and expect that Halifax Metro Transit is being prudent and is not deceiving the drivers.
I understand that the drivers expect that metro transit is taking their responsibility to manage and properly equip and main-tain all the equipment for wheelchairs.But I now advising all drivers that that is not the case. Metro transit is criminally negligent. And yes many of you driversknow of incidences with wheelchair users safety having been at risk Over the years many drivers have told me that they have stopped filing reports at the end of their shifts that related to defec-tive or broken equipment related to wheelchairs. The drivers all told me that never ever does Halifax metro transit fix the is-sues.Also I used to be an ace auto mechanic so I am very aware of the mechanics and motor vehicles safety standards that me-chanics have a legal duty to do.This brings up my conversation i had with one of metro transits managers where I asked him, “When was the last time that asafety inspection was ever done on any public transit bus done for the wheelchair equipment? He said never and laughed.He said they really do not care to inspect wheelchair equipment.So now when I was talking with the union rep today, I stated that it is the Unions duty to protest against Halifax Metro Tran-sit and declare that from now on and until all the public transit buses under their care and control are inspected and equippedwith properly installed and or maintained devices for wheelchairs and that they have four tie down points with automaticratchets and steel hooks for electric wheelchairs. That the drivers refuse to accept transporting any wheelchairs.He, the union rep then said to me that the drivers are not permitted to refuse wheelchair users on public transit buses. Thatthat would be a human rights violation.I then tried to make him understand that the present situation is a violation of the disabled human rights because the busesare incapable of securing or transporting electric wheelchairs..So that means that my human rights are indeed and knowingly being violated.I indicated to him that the only buses, which represents only approximately two percent of Halifax Public transit fleet thatcan safely transport wheelchairs are the buses they call ‘The new Flyer buses’ but please note these buses are actually veryold.These new Flyer buses are equipped with four cargo straps and automatic ratchets that also have metal attaching hooks onthe ends.So as I sat there at the Mumford terminal freezing. I watched as almost a hundred different buses went by me. Many of these different routes could of taken me close to my home.Riding my wheelchair on the sidewalks was not possible. Please understand that the streets were clear and dry and so werethe sidewalks. But HRM always clears the sidewalks first and then clears the streets. Then they plow in snow at all the curbcut outs at intersections so that it freezes over and no one in a wheelchair can get on or off the sidewalks because they are blocked by plowed snow that usually turns into a wall of ice. again if HRM managed their business properly this would not be happening.As I waited, I already knew that the only buses I can travel on are Flyer buses. So I waited for one that I could board to gethome on.I recently received my new
electric wheelchair. That I had to get because I could not go anywhere in Halifax ontheir buses without being stranded like happened today. The quality of my life has been very limited to the weather condi-tions and the distance my chair can travel.Please understand that for well over a year now I have almost never used buses.I actually had to move out of my home in Dartmouth because of all the issues with Halifax Metro transit. I moved into theonly apartment building I could find that was wheelchair accessible and very close to a grocery store so that I would nothave to depend on public transit to survive.

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