Dave, I have confirmed that the event on Dec. 3 is being moved inside to the City Hall members lounge at City Hall 100 Queen St. West from 12:30 - 2 p.m.
This was the final email I received after much discussion with staff from City Hall. Let me do this briefly.
1) The woman who I initially thought cared, actually did. She worked hard to bring people together and to ensure that a fruitful discussion take place. I apologize to her for jumping to the conclusions when she didn't return my call. She was waiting for answers, I was waiting for a call. Things happen. I got that one wrong.
2) I spoke to people from the Diversity (it has a longer title) department at City Hall and, remarkably, felt really heard by them. I don't want to get into a blow by blow description of the discussion as it was far ranging and passionate and would be impossible to sum up correctly. In the end I really did believe that I was heard, that my concerns were not being denied or minimized and that there would be real effort next year to celebrate the International Day of Disabled Persons well.
3) What could have been a rancorous discussion between antagonists became, quickly, a strategy session between allies - that magical work was done by the folks from the Diversity Department. I thank them for that.
4) I also thank all of you who supported me by writing in to City Hall and for commenting on the blog. It's moments like these that I am thankful for my home community of fellow RAIMH readers.
So, all's well that ends better.
I can go to the ceremonies, indoors, on Saturday.
I am so very, very, pleased.