Build a Wheel Chair ramp into the Liard Hot Springs.

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Hello this is the Letter I wrote to Dan Davies after meeting with hiim June 20, 2019

Please take a minute to read and sign this petition to help myself and others gain access to the Hot Springs pool. The best part is anyone can use a ramp, only able body healthy people can use stairs, ramps help everyone while stairs only work for some.

Thank you for taking the time to meet with me yesterday regarding the lack of a wheelchair ramp at the Liard Hot Springs. I have grown up and lived in Fort Nelson my whole life, I have also spent many summers along the Alaska Highway, as my father worked in road construction. Since I was young I have been able to enjoy the Liard Hot Springs that whole time. Recently in 2017, I beat spinal cord cancer. The result at this point is that I use a wheelchair on a daily basis. I have not returned to the Liard Hot springs since my injury because I know that there is no way for me to get safely down into the water.

By the numbers, 10-15% of people in British Columbia live with a disability. Approximately 300,000 people travel the Alaska Highway each year. If we only take 10% of that, that's 30,000 people who can not access the water.

I am asking you to look into this matter immediatly. There was a one million dollar upgrade to the hot springs in 2015, it confuses me as to why consideration for a ramp was not thought of at that time. Does the provincial Government not have a policy to ensure people with disabilities have equal access?

I will be moving forward today with a petition to get signatures of support. I found it quite disappointing that one of the solutions suggested to me was that I need to personally go out and find a "Grant" top get a ramp put into the hot springs.

Access and accessibility is not something that needs to be taken lightly the Provincial Government has a duty to provide this access with the same tax paying dollars that rebuilt the Hot Springs in 2015.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing back from you.

Sincerely

Tanner Whidden