Dear Mayor Norton,
I usually don't stray from Nova Scotia, where there is an almost infinite supply of stories about the indignities visited upon people with disabilities. St. John's astoundingly wrongheaded, regressive and just plain stupid decision to end free bus passes for blind passengers needs to be identified for what it is.
- Larceny. You compel blind residents to pay taxes to build and maintain the roads they cannot use.
- Oppression. You deny blind residents the means to get a job, to escape poverty, to become useful citizens.
- Atavism. This is 2014, a year in the 21st century. This is a policy from a Dickens novel.
- Hypocrisy. It is ludicrous to think his tiny concession discriminates against anyone. You have a lot of nerve to cite the Charter as you persecute blind people.
You'll probably have to resign when the Human Rights decision goes against you. Time to reconsider that legacy thing. Maybe throw Councillor Reardon under the bus.