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Prince Rupert woman wants the city to be more accessible

Wendy Nelson wants Prince Rupert to be more accessible. (Credit: Corey Callaghan)

Wendy Nelson wants Prince Rupert to be more accessible. (Credit: Wendy Nelson)

A Prince Rupert woman who uses a wheelchair to get around wants her city to be more accessible.

Wendy Nelson says she has trouble navigating around the city as some sidewalks don’t have let downs for scooters and wheelchairs.

Wendy adds that getting into some of the buildings in the city is a challenge as well.

She says two years ago a viral infection left her paralyzed from the neck down.

Doctors in Vancouver are still trying to determine what virus caused her paralysis.

She is slowly working on gaining mobility again and she can walk a short distance with the help of leg crutches.

She uses the Civic Centre’s gym to help her recovery, but she’s had to stop going because it’s not wheelchair accessible.

City of Prince Rupert spokesperson Veronika Stewart says they’re always looking for ways to improve access.

She says the city reviews accessibility options during major renovations.

According to Stewart, building accessibility is a provincial matter, but she encourages anyone who has trouble getting around to contact the city.

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