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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.