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New lieutenant-governor’s ‘got plans’

<p>David Onley, Ontario’s next lieutenant-governor, plans to use his five-year term to improve accessibility for the disabled.</p>




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David Onley and wife Ruth Ann arrive at Scarborough’s Variety Village yesterday.





David Onley, Ontario’s next lieutenant-governor, plans to use his five-year term to improve accessibility for the disabled.





But first, the longtime Citytv broadcaster will have to find a way around the 22-step stone staircase at the official entrance to his suite of offices at Queen’s Park.





Onley, whose legs were paralyzed by polio when he was a child, uses a scooter.





“Most Ontarians already understand the importance of improved accessibility but they’re looking for both direction and encouragement — well, here it comes,” Onley, 58, said yesterday at Variety Village in Scarborough.





As for the outside entrance to his Queen’s Park suite, Onley said: “I’ve got plans.”





Onley never hid his disability and television viewers saw his leg braces and watched him conduct interviews from his scooter.





His new job comes with a $110,000 salary and a title: Your Honour.





“None of them have called me that yet,” Onley said, joking, with his wife Ruth Ann and three sons standing beside him.





The lieutenant-governor is the official representative of the Queen in Ontario, signs provincial legislation, meets dignitaries and also has the ability to be a high-profile advocate for causes.















Involvement


  • Onley has long been involved with church, community and disabled organizations and was appointed to chair the Accessibility Standards Advisory Council.


 
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