Mike Simmonds and his dog
Credits: QMI AGENCY
Mike Simmonds has been blind for nearly 17 years, but he's never let that hold him back -- he plays hockey and organizes the cross-country comedy fundraiser, PucknFunny, to raise money for his favourite sport. So, he's used to taking taxis around the city of Saskatoon to accommodate his busy lifestyle.
Just recently, he started having difficulty hailing a cab. That's because Mike is now accompanied by his new guide dog, and best friend, Graham.
After a Muslim taxi driver with Comfort Cabs told Mike that he wasn't comfortable with Graham because of his religious beliefs, Mike says he phoned the manager with, not an animal rights complaint, but a human rights complaint. He was told that the company does have policies in place to protect service animals from being discriminated against and that they would take action to help ensure it didn't happen again. But, when the challenges didn't stop there, Mike decided to take matters into his own hands and file a complaint with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission.
Our Lisa Mrazek caught up with Mike and his furry friend at their home in Saskatoon and filed this report.