Mar 27, 2017

By Christine Ross

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Unreliable elevators. It’s an issue we’ve been following on Zoomer Radio. Now, a private member’s bill that aims to tackle the widespread problem of unreliable elevators in Ontario appears to have gained some traction ahead of its first debate. Consumer Services Minister Tracy MacCharles says she’s very supportive and the bill makes sense. Opposition Leader Patrick Brown also praises the initiative by Liberal Han Dong, which would set timelines for repairing broken elevators, and is slated for debate in a few weeks. Brown calls the bill a good idea. The issue first surfaced a few weeks ago when a senior living in a downtown apartment building said she felt like she was under house arrest when the elevator in her building left her confined to her apartment. 94-year-old Mary Taylor lives on the 12th floor of a building at Bayview and Eglinton and is unable to come and go because she uses a walker and can’t take the stairs. She is planning to take the issue to the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal.

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