First: London Transit is giving a very polite middle finger to the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, who ruled that its bus drivers must verbally call out every stop along their routes, just in case a sight-impaired person might be on the bus. London Transit’s general manager put it quite succintly:
“Putting in place a manual system for calling stops by June 30, assuming logistically it could be accomplished, would require the sourcing of incremental investment of approximately $160,000 to $200,000 and having to suspend (extend timelines) other projects competing for the same resources,” Mr. Ducharme told CAPS.
The principal project on which work would have to be suspended would be installation of the new, much better system [that would automatically call out the stops].
And that, in Mr. Ducharme’s considered opinion – although he didn’t use this exact word with me – was stupid, bureacracy be damned.
Second: Maybe it was unintended consequences, but I’ll give the human rights system the benefit of the doubt on this one:
After forcing city halls across the country to declare days or weeks set aside for Pride celebrations, Ottawa city hall says that the same precedent has forced him to declare Respect for Life Day to coincide with the pro-life March For Life. Waitaminute, says Rabble. We need a double-standard here.