Ryan Lythall

Long-time advocate for people with disabilities. Most of my focus has been centred around wheelchair accessibility, and improving public transportation for people with disabilities.

In 2018, I decided to run for Mayor of Ottawa. One of my reasons for running was because I felt that Ottawa hasn’t done nearly enough in terms of wheelchair accessibility, and treating those with disabilities fairly. I still feel that way today, and I will continue to use my voice to speak out, and try to improve things.

In my spare time, I love listening to music, watching movies & TV, and being with my friends. I also enjoy reading comics, thrift shopping, and in  general being a geek. Active on Social Media as well.

Since September 2019, I’ve been writing a monthly column for Centretown Buzz about topics regarding people with disabilities. I look forward to bringing further awareness to all corners of Ottawa, and beyond.

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Remembering a leader from the Ontario PWD community

Remembering a leader from the Ontario PWD community

ABOVE: The Hon. David Onley, Ontario's 28th Lieutenant Governor. (RIGHT) Snow-covered city sidewalk in front of Ryan Lythall's home. Before I dive deep into this week’s column, I want to take a few moments to talk about the passing of David Onley. David Onley was Ontario’s [...]

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The impact of LRT breakdowns on ParaTranspo users.

The impact of LRT breakdowns on ParaTranspo users.

So, our LRT is broken again. As of this writing, it’s been three days, and I’m going to go out on a limb and say that it’ll be at least another few days until it gets fixed. Over the weekend, I read numerous posts on social media about replacement buses not showing up and many [...]

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People with disabilities deserve better care from hospitals.

People with disabilities deserve better care from hospitals.

ABOVE: Contributor Ryan Lythall shares his experience being hospitalized over the holidays. Welcome to 2023! I hope you all enjoyed the holiday season. As some of you may have noticed, I was away last week. Initially, I wanted to relax over the holidays and all that. Unfortunately, plans [...]

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Ottawa needs to step up clearing sidewalks so PWD aren’t trapped after snowfall.

Ottawa needs to step up clearing sidewalks so PWD aren’t trapped after snowfall.

ABOVE: Due to snow blocked sidewalks, PDW are unable to leave home, let alone take OC Transpo. Ottawa experienced its first snowfall a few days ago. In that short period, residents are already losing their minds. Rightfully so. As usual, the LRT system experienced mechanical issues, both buses [...]

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OC Transpo: Where it’s everyone for themselves.

OC Transpo: Where it’s everyone for themselves.

Recently, the LRT has been in the news. In the beginning, we constantly heard about and dealt with malfunctions, leaky station roofs, delays, and safety concerns. Let’s not forget our already dirty, smelly, and damaged LRT stations. Welcome to Ottawa! A city built on broken dreams and broken [...]

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’Tis not the season for people on ODSP.

’Tis not the season for people on ODSP.

Happy December! I say that with a wee bit of sarcasm. For many, including myself, December is a stressful month. I dare say the most stressful month of the year. Shopping malls are busy, both with Black Friday in November and now, the holiday season. Along with that, people are baking tasty treats [...]

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The importance of free and open access to social media.

The importance of free and open access to social media.

This week, I’ll be discussing social media. Some people have a wide range of opinions, and social media can be a trigger. If that’s the case, you may not want to keep reading. Recently, there’s been a lot of discussion about Twitter shutting down, being revamped, and forcing Twitter [...]

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The City of Ottawa ignores winter in terms of PWD and public transportation.

The City of Ottawa ignores winter in terms of PWD and public transportation.

It’s official! Winter has arrived in Ottawa and many parts of North America. How are all of you doing? Seriously, how are you? Both physically and mentally. Besides, it’s good to check in on others; a cold blast of the season can also be a blast to your system, both good and bad. [...]

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To mask, or not to mask. Choose wisely before they decide for you.

To mask, or not to mask. Choose wisely before they decide for you.

A heads up before I start. Certain parts of this article may sound like I’m repeating myself, but I hoped I wouldn’t need to. Over the weekend, I read a few articles about the return of wearing masks to curb the spread of viruses in the community. To be blunt, hospital beds and ERs [...]

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Teachers’ strike perceptions from a PWD and ODSP recipient.

Teachers’ strike perceptions from a PWD and ODSP recipient.

As we all know, on Friday, education workers across Ontario went on strike. This week, I wanted to share my thoughts and opinions and discuss its impact on people with disabilities outside the school system. I’m a single guy without kids. On paper, the strike shouldn’t affect me. However, [...]

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