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Vancouver Readies For Hosting 2010 Winter Olympic & Paralympics
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
October 6, 2003

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--Disability rights advocates say that Vancouver is one of the world's most disability-friendly cities.

"It's night and day compared to anywhere else in the world, even compared to places that consider themselves enlightened, like Toronto," said Brad McCannell, president of Barrier Free Design.

Still, the city has a long way to go before it is ready to host the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2010.

So, the city council is looking at adopting building codes that reflect the need for more accessibility. The airports and transit systems are also working on improving access to their facilities and services. Hotels, restaurants, banks and other public facilities are looking to make modifications before the Games begin, according to an article in Sunday's Canadian Press.

Related article:
"Vancouver must increase disabled access before Olympics, Paralympics: advocates" (Canadian Press via Brockville Recorder & Times)


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