According to the CBC, Halifax will stop giving free bus passes to CNIB to distribute to blind riders this summer.
“It’s not something we like to have to take away from one group,” said Lori Patterson, spokeswoman for Metro Transit. “But the fact [is] that we’re not able to offer it to many groups.
“We’re trying to be fair to everybody, and this is what we have to do.”
This blogger explains that some of the “freebies” blind people are entitled to ensure that the blind have Access to Information (free talking books or devices to play the audio).
Blind people are not permitted to drive, therefore the free transit pass was introduced as a means of protecting the right to access employment, education etc.
If HRM was concerned with promoting fairness for people with disabilities, wouldn’t providing free service for more people with disabilities make sense?