Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia have instituted special testing of senior drivers based on the false pretences that ‘elderly drivers constitute a traffic risk’. I (the undersigned) have spent the last two years gathering statistics from Canada, United States, Europe and Australia. All of the major statistics including the Provinces’ own statistics show that, year after year, SENIOR DRIVERS ARE THE SAFEST ON THE ROADS.
These Provinces have dismissed all major statistics. In addition, they refuse to provide the statistics they relied upon when instituting this discriminatory practice. However, once further research was done by the undersigned, it was learned that the 3 pilot studies done by the Ministry of Ontario (2 undertaken by in-house staff) were completed AFTER the harmful legislation was brought into force.
The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario is helpless because the Province of Ontario very conveniently exempted itself. You have to wonder what happened to Canada when it’s Constitution and Charter of Rights and Freedoms no longer apply to the government itself.
Many senior drivers already have lost, and many more will lose, their licences by unfair and faulty testing. 8000 have lost their driver’s licences in Alberta alone. Health Canada states that ‘when a senior loses his licence, mobility, poor health, depression, alcoholism and suicide soon follow’.
If the Senior population does not react now, this practice will spread to all Provinces, followed by the faulty Dementia tests, now in vogue, in Alberta, and British Columbia. These testing schemes have been heavily promoted by Bonnie Dobbs, wife of part owner of DriveABLE, Allen Dobbs to the great detriment of a huge segment of the population.
Bonnie Dobbs acts as an Advisor to the three Provincial Ministers, which would seem to be in violation of Province procurement/contractor provider regulations and conflict of interest regulations.
We do not have guaranteed rights in Canada if this is permitted to continue. Meanwhile many more seniors and their families will suffer.
Yours Sincerely, Ed. Rockburne,RCMP, Retired. firstname.lastname@example.org Feb 26th, 2015