http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/204678

CityTv's David Onley Appointed Lieutenant Governor For Ontario

Posted Jul 10, 2007 by Carolyn E. Price

http://www.thestar.com/News/article/234293

This will not be "news" to those south of the border but it is an extremely interesting appointment to us here in Ontario. David Onley, one of Canada's first disabled on-air personalities, has been appointed as Ontario's next Lieutenant Governor.
David Onley  Host of the technology show  HomePage  on CP24. - Photo by Digital Journal
David Onley, Host of the technology show "HomePage" on CP24. - Photo by Digital Journal
Digital Journal regulars may recognize David Onley from the tech gadget interviews he has done with Christopher Hogg, Editor-in-Chief & Producer of digitaljournal.com and digitaljournal.tv.
David Onley replaces Ontario's current Lieutenant Governor, James Bartleman, whose 4-year term ends on July 31, 2007. During his tenure as Lt-Gov, Mr. Bartleman has brought to the fore issues as diverse as mental illness, racism and discrimination and the plight of aboriginal youth.
Mr. Onley, who was stricken by polio as a child, says that he will use this new role that he has been appointed to further causes like access for the disabled.
The Toronto Star quoted Onley as saying: "In this particular incident, given the reality of my disability, the whole issue of accessibility is going to be at the forefront of the mandate."
The Lieutenant-Governor is the official representative of the Queen in the province of Ontario. It is this person who meets foreign dignitaries, signs legislation and represents important causes.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper called Mr. Onley last week to tell him the news and today, he released the official statement. In the statement Harper said: "David Onley is a respected author, broadcaster and tireless champion for persons with disabilities. Through this work, he has demonstrated the qualities needed for such an important position."
The Star reports Onley as saying it was a "distinct privilege and a distinct blessing to have been given this vote of confidence by the prime minister". However, Onley said that he didn't jump at the opportunity. He told the Star: "Had my wife, Ruth, not supported it right from the very get-go ... I wouldn't have considered it."
Onley has lived in Toronto his whole life and was raised in Scarborough. He started his broadcast career at CityTv as a science and weather specialist in 1984. He is "active in community organizations, notably the Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons and was appointed to chair the Accessibility Standards Advisory Council at the Ontario Legislature in December, 2005."
From his humble beginnings as the weather guy on CityTv to Lt-Gov. of Ontario, and all the struggles he has gone through in between, is quite a step for this truly wonderful man.