Advocacy, AEBC, blindness, Blindness Narrative in Canada, Deaf-blind, Independence, Low Vision, Peer Mentoring, Personal Responsibility

“Who’s driving”, the current blindness narrative in Canada, a Triple Vision Podcast on AMI Audio

Triple Vision Podcast on AMI Audio

On Triple Vision, hosts David Best and Hanna Leavitt bring you the history of Canadians who are blind, deafblind, and partially sighted, one story at a time, illuminating the challenges of the past, present, and future.

Episode Summary

In this sixth episode of Triple Vision, we do something different. We invite six members of the community to talk about how they see the current blindness narrative in Canada.

What is wrong with the current narrative, and what should it be?

Who is controlling the current Canadian blindness story?

What should the future narrative sound like?

“The sad part is, we all look at the news as a news and information source, and it isn’t. It’s a drama. It’s a dramatic work and belongs in the arts. A lot of people go there for their information. Unfortunately if it bleeds, it leads. And when it comes to blindness, we don’t bleed so much, but my goodness the narrative is pity filled.”

Join us for this fascinating journey, exploring the dangers of the single narrative of the blindness story in Canada.

Triple Vision podcast called “Who’s driving”.  6 members of our Advisory committee talk about the current blindness narrative in Canada.

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Advocacy, Article, blindness, Independence, Personal Responsibility

Blind Pride? – The New

Epigram Some people say we’ve got a lot to stop us, Some say we have a lot of nerve, But I say we won’t quit pushing until we get what we deserve. We have been pitied and we have been scorned, They say, we shouldn’t have ever been born. But just as it takes two… Read more about Blind Pride?
— Read on

Peer Mentoring, Personal Responsibility, Resource

Make A Difference, a described music video by Ryan Fleury, White Cane Records

Here is a link to a described music video written and performed by CCB member, Ryan Fleury. It presents a message of hope despite the difficult health and political climate we find ourselves in today.

Canadian Council of the Blind, Get Together with Technology, Peer Mentoring, Personal Responsibility

Albert Ruel Retirement Party on AT Banter

It’s a party! Not only are we celebrating Canada Day this week in the Anti-Gloom Zoom Room, but Ryan, Rob, and Steve also raise a glass and talk to Albert Ruel, Get Together With Technology Coordinator for the Canadian Council of the Blind, who is officially retiring. We talk about his career as an employee of the CNIB and CCB as well as aspects of technology and even how he initially lost his sight.

Personal Responsibility

“The Great Horse Manure Crisis of 1894”

‘Great Horse Manure Crisis of 1894’


There was a time not so long ago when the people crowded into the world’s largest Cities like London and New York worried for their survival, and it was Henry Ford and his ability to derive a means of cheaply mass-producing the automobile that saved them. Now that the motor vehicle, motor vessels, airplanes and dirty manufacturing processes are plunging the world into climate and environmental chaos with threats of mass extinction we’re once again forced to seek some level of salvation. That dear friends are where I think we are right now in history. I fear we’re being buried under tons of BS and it’s affecting our mental and physical health, not to mention the health and well-being of all living things sharing the Earth with us. The solutions are right in front of us, and sadly the political and individual will to adopt them in meaningful and real ways still escapes us as we argue over whether or not it’s real, or if we should shift some existing jobs for long term sustainable jobs and industries.


Check out the quote I pasted below from a larger piece of written history to which I will point to in its entirety with the below link.


“This became known as the ‘Great Horse Manure Crisis of 1894’.

The terrible situation was debated in 1898 at the world’s first international urban planning conference in New York, but no solution could be found. It seemed urban civilization was doomed.

However, necessity is the mother of invention, and the invention in this case was that of motor transport. Henry Ford came up with a process of building motor cars at affordable prices. Electric trams and motor buses appeared on the streets, replacing the horse-drawn buses.

By 1912, this seemingly insurmountable problem had been resolved; in cities all around the globe, horses had been replaced and now motorized vehicles were the main source of transport and carriage.”


The belief in 1894 was that in 50 years London would be buried under 9 feet of manure, not to mention all the sickness caused by such an extreme amount of exhaust. Now to come back to today and the stories told in the oil and gas industries about the attacks they are living under and how they have only worked hard all their lives to bring us the life style we all wanted and appreciated. I dare say the horsemen and women of the late 1800’s would have told the same stories, as would the wheelwrights, carriage builders, horse breeders, harness makers, manure scoopers and wagon drivers. Although I understand the fear with which those folks lived at the time and the fear our fellow citizens are now experiencing, I never-the-less believe we owe ourselves, our children and grandchildren the responsibility to do the right thing and begin in earnest a move to cleaner sources of energy, and two of the ways we can start to shift our habits is to reduce the amount of tax subsidy the petroleum industry receives and to dramatically increase tax incentives to individuals and companies who develop the way to a better future. More importantly though, we must stop buying into the rhetoric used by the profit-addicted corporations and their puppet governments to divide us as friends, neighbours and fellow citizens, and we must seek ways to work together toward the better day we all need and want. If we vow to hear each other’s feelings and needs, and to cooperate in the development of solutions the only thing that will break out is peace.


“Let’s Give Peace a Chance”.