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post #1 of 15
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One of the disability advocate societies contacted me the other day and asked if they could forward my letter to someone they knew in the media. I told them to go right ahead. Apparently they want to see what kind of a response they get from people after the issue is made public, before they take the next step.

I just got off the telephone with a reporter from the Winnipeg Free Press who is very interested in this story, especially now that winter is coming.

She is going to contact Winnipeg Transit on Monday and talk to them, and then call me back on Tuesday.

She wants to take my picture I told her that I'm fat and not photogenic and I hate getting my picture taken. She's ok if I don't want my picture in the paper, but she said it would give weight to the issue. So now I have to think about it.
post #2 of 15
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
She wants to take my picture I told her that I'm fat and not photogenic and I hate getting my picture taken. She's ok if I don't want my picture in the paper, but she said it would give weight to the issue. So now I have to think about it.
I got a chuckle out of your post (I underlined the parts you posted).

Linda, it's good that you are at least being taken seriously. Keep us posted on how it goes.
post #3 of 15
Ya, I posted in the original thread on the topic, so I'm interested in hearing how it turns out, too.
post #4 of 15
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I'll be sure to post the link to the article when it's published.

I don't subscribe to the paper and I don't read it online, so I'll have to make a note to myself to check their site.
post #5 of 15
Good luck, and congratulations on raising public awareness. A guy I commute with has Lou Gehrig's Disease, and he's been battling the public transport authority for years about making train stations, trains, etc., accessible to the handicapped, strollers, etc.. It helps to get the media involved.
post #6 of 15
That is very cool. We may not have agreed 100 percent on the issue but I love that you didn't just sit back. You did something about it.
post #7 of 15
Thank you for updating up on this. I understand your reluctance to have your photo taken. Maybe they'll be able to find someone else who doesn't mind. Photos attract people to the story. Otherwise print media is very....well.... black-and-white....which slides into a grey mass for most people.

Usually publications will let you know when your story is being published. Ask the reporter if that's possible. When I did polltaking for the L.A. Times we sent post cards to people when they wanted to know when the story was being published, if we didn't know at the time.

Congratulations. You're getting some attention.
post #8 of 15
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Congratulations. You're getting some attention.

I am not looking for attention. I thought a few letters and Transit would realize the error of their policy and change it, and that would be it. Or my letter would inform the Society for People with Disabilities about the policy and they would take up the cause. But that didn't go according to plan

I don't like being the "centre" of attention. I'd much rather be behind the scenes supporting my causes that way, than front and centre.
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
I am not looking for attention. I thought a few letters and Transit would realize the error of their policy and change it, and that would be it. Or my letter would inform the Society for People with Disabilities about the policy and they would take up the cause. But that didn't go according to plan

I don't like being the "centre" of attention. I'd much rather be behind the scenes supporting my causes that way, than front and centre.
It can be discomforting to be in the spotlight when you don't like it. I know because I like being appreciated and acknowledged but am uncomfortable with too much of it.

If it seems too much, try talking to everyone you can about whether and how they can help you. When others realize you are asking for help, they might come forward.

I'd like to ask you to be brave and keep fighting, but I won't. I'm too shy myself. There are always bricks thrown as well as bouquets when you are in the spotlight.
post #10 of 15
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Well, Carol Sanders the Reporter from The Free Press called me just now. She told me that she has filed a story with her editor and he really likes it and is chomping at the bit to get it out.

They really wanted a picture of me, but I gave it a great deal of thought, but I just hate getting my picture taken, even for a private photo album, let alone for a Province wide news paper. Plus I hate being front and centre and prefer to fight my causes behind the scenes and leave the spot light for someone else. So I declined. They are going to try and get a picture of someone getting onto a bus with a large stroller instead.

Anyway, she doesn't know when the story will be appearing. Stories run when there is room for them, but she said it will definitely be published, she's just not sure which date.

So I'll keep looking at The Free Press site and when I see it I'll post it here.
post #11 of 15
Right on! I am so happy that the media got interested in this story! Thanks for keeping us informed about it!
post #12 of 15
Congratulations! You're doing something really good for a lot of people. I feel proud just to say I was part of a message board with you.
post #13 of 15
glad to hear it oh winnipeg friend..I too don't really like the strollers on the bus...
they take up a lot of room and sometimes its pretty hard trying to get past them to get on the bus..and i'm not handicapped. At least not now..when I was 16 -18 I used a cane because of an accident..and I tell ya people didn't treat me too well on the bus..but I had my own way of dealing with them...
and I also don't like my photo taken..which is why I stay behind the camera...
post #14 of 15
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Well, I broke the news to my brother about the news paper article. I was dreading it. I told him that I was using an alternate last name so that he wouldn't have to be razzed about his crazy sister.

He told me it didn't matter if I had used my own last name. Anyway, he's glad that I pursued this because he was never happy with the policy and he hates those big strollers too, but there is nothing that he, as a bus driver, can do because if they complain, they basically paint a bull's eye on their backs and have the inspectors on their case all of the time. So when you work for them you do your job whether you agree with the policies or not and keep your mouth shut.

He agreed with me about my assessment of his boss being an absolute idiot!
post #15 of 15
Good luck hon
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