To The Lovely Business Owners of London

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So, we love local businesses. Because we live downtown we frequent them almost exclusively. But we admit we kind of screwed around with them at last weekend’s Stairbomb (pictures of which can be seen here). Most people we talked to were unfazed, bemused or guiltily–but inactively–peeved by our little prank. But we realize some people may have been pretty angry at the whole petty-vandalism thing. In fact, Clara got an email yesterday from someone we won’t name who was pretty seriously annoyed that the yellow tape may have cost him some dineros. Because we think other business owners might feel similarly, here is the response we sent to our sole complainant, reproduced here for any angry victims stumbling across our website in fitful Stairbomb-induced rages. (Words in quotations were lifted directly from his very emotional email.) Read More

Stairbombing

So, we love local businesses. Because we live downtown we frequent them almost exclusively. But we admit we kind of screwed around with them at last weekend’s Stairbomb (pictures of which can be seen here). Most people we talked to were unfazed, bemused or guiltily–but inactively–peeved by our little prank. But we realize some people […]

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Operation: Stairbomb London

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Caution tape with a sign attached reading "Sorry, no access. Stairs Out of Order"

Let's shut'um all down!

To celebrate the 1-year anniversary of Cripz: A Webcomic going online, we’re asking everyone to grab their caution tape and shut down as many stairways as possible.

What is Stairbombing?
Stairbombing was invented to help people understand (and empathize) with why accessibility is important, by “closing down” stairways with caution tape and a snarky “Out of Service” sign commenting on how annoying it must be to not be able to access a place they really want to go.

Why are we stairbombing?
Because, quite frankly, we’re tired of not being able to go anywhere! One of the biggest challenges for someone with a physical disability is the lack of accessible public spaces. From restaurants to schools, London is woefully inaccessible. The result is that people with disabilities are one of the most marginalized populations in our community simply because they can’t go to the same places as everyone else.

How can you help?

  1. Check out the Facebook event here.
  2. Invite all of your friends to the event and give us a few shout-outs on your social media (facebook, twitter, friendster, icq, etc)!
  3. Write a blog about the event and why you feel accessibility is important.
  4. Form a team of friends, bring a camera and meet us at the band shell in Victoria Park at 7pm on the 30th! We’ll provide you with all the supplies you need.
  5. Head out into that big bold world and shut down as many stairs as possible!

If we all work together, we can shut down a critical mass of stairs and show the people of London just how inaccessible this city is!

Stairbombing

To celebrate the 1-year anniversary of Cripz: A Webcomic going online, we’re asking everyone to grab their caution tape and shut down as many stairways as possible. What is Stairbombing? Stairbombing was invented to help people understand (and empathize) with why accessibility is important, by “closing down” stairways with caution tape and a snarky “Out […]

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Intervention: Ridiculous

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Ridiculous

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Recently, the London Free Press printed a great article outlining the decision by London City Council to invest $12m to install audible cross walk buttons around the city. Unfortunately, the article was then followed up the next day with an absolutely brutal poll on the LFP’s website asking: “Spending $12M on London crosswalk traffic-light buttons is: Ridiculous or Reasonable?” As you probably expected, 86% of over 1000 votes went with “Ridiculous.”

A fair and balanced report followed up by misdirection, misinformation and basically “gotcha journalism.”

We figure the poll would have swung a bit differently if the question had been “Spending $12M to save the lives of hundreds in London: Reasonable or Ridiculous?”

At least we hope so…

Poll asking "Spending $12M on London crosswalk traffic-light buttons is: Ridiculous or Reasonable" with "Ridiculous" receiving 84% of the vote

Captured off the London Free Press website on January 18th, 2011

Update:
We’ve gotten some local blog coverage of this comic, which you can see at:
Rockin’ On: The Blog
Our London

Ridiculous

Recently, the London Free Press printed a great article outlining the decision by London City Council to invest $12m to install audible cross walk buttons around the city. Unfortunately, the article was then followed up the next day with an absolutely brutal poll on the LFP’s website asking: “Spending $12M on London crosswalk traffic-light buttons […]

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Intervention: Volume 2 — Western (un)Fair

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Western (un)Fair

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Some other reasons not to go to a fair…

  1. Babies (and pre-teens, who are like babies only they kick harder when you pinch their cheeks).
  2. Games you can never win…it’s like being a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
  3. Carnies. There are carnies at fairs still, right?
  4. Vomiting (both food and ride related).
  5. Cattle wrangling/Cock Fights (lack thereof)/Russian Roulette (also lack thereof).
  6. The smell. That’s something you will never get out of there…ever.
Western (un)Fair

Some other reasons not to go to a fair… Babies (and pre-teens, who are like babies only they kick harder when you pinch their cheeks). Games you can never win…it’s like being a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Carnies. There are carnies at fairs still, right? Vomiting (both food and ride related). Cattle wrangling/Cock […]

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An Intervention: Fact vs Fiction

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Fact vs Fiction

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This week’s comic is the first in a many, many part series called “Interventions,” in which Rhett and Griff comment on some topical issues that have been bouncing around in the media, especially those particularly insane or ludicrous (or Ludacris…dependent on your tastes). Today’s steaming pile of brilliance comes from the Balmy Beach area of Toronto, where a local cantankerous woman and history enthusiast Elizabeth Brown is attempting to block the Greg and Melissa Teehan, wife Melissa is a quad, from redesigning their home to become accessible. Apparently, Brown finds the current house at 204 Beach to be an important heritage site and an inspiration for her artwork: after all, she is an artist. Unfortunately, she has been having trouble finding supporters among the community and in a recent Toronto Star article, appears to make the claim that Geoff Teehan is just using his wife’s disability to get what he wants. Because she is not disabled, so sad for her, she’s now working with Councillor Bussin to register the location as a heritage site, thereby crushing any hopes of making the place accessible.

Now don’t get us wrong, we understand the importance of heritage sites and agree there are buildings and locations in our country worth protecting…unfortunately we don’t think “ableism” is a proud tenet of Canadian history worth preserving.

Having said that, we here at Cripz: A Webcomic are solutions people, not just complainers. As such, we have compiled a short list of solutions to the current impasse.

  1. Brown could purchase the house from the Teehans at about 3-times the asking price, allowing them to build their dream home somewhere else…far, far away from her.
  2. Clara and Jeff can come over and take photos of 204 Beach, blow them up, and tape them to Brown’s windows, allowing her to bask in the glory of her architectural muse at all times.
  3. If the site does become a heritage site, the Teehans should begin living as they did when the house was first constructed–no more bathing, free range horses and chickens, and old-timey accents with annoying British lilts…guv’nah. Sure this will require the acquisition of a steampunk wheelchair, but we feel this will quickly trump the inconvenience of not being able to see the old house anymore.
Fact vs Fiction

This week’s comic is the first in a many, many part series called “Interventions,” in which Rhett and Griff comment on some topical issues that have been bouncing around in the media, especially those particularly insane or ludicrous (or Ludacris…dependent on your tastes). Today’s steaming pile of brilliance comes from the Balmy Beach area of Toronto, where a […]

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