Source: News Limited CELEBRITY chef Philip Johnson, who has closed down one Brisbane city restaurant, is facing a discrimination claim over lack of wheelchair access at his other high-end eatery. Disability advocate Peter Yeo brought the claim against Mr Johnson because he claims he could not get into the upstairs dining room at award-winning inner-city E’cco Bistro in his wheelchair. Bistro One Eleven shuts up shop The problem initially arose after Mr Yeo was unable to join friends for a Christmas dinner two years ago and the case has gone from Anti-Discrimination Commission to a tribunal. Mr Johnson, who attended a directions hearing at Queensland Civil and Administration Tribunal yesterday, last week announced he had chosen to close his other up-market eatery Bistro One Eleven . The restaurant opened a year ago in Eagle St in the city. Mr Yeo, a former Australian Rules player who became a quadriplegic in 2002, wants E’cco Bistro to convert an existing goods lift to provide additional wheelchair access. The restaurant is in a building at 100 Boundary St, a former tea warehouse, owned by prominent architect Robert Riddel. “All restaurants and places where the public can attend functions should look after people with disabilities and in wheelchairs,” Mr Yeo said. It is claimed Mr Yeo, who runs spinal charity PointZero5, was told by the restaurant that the upstairs dining room could not accommodate people in wheelchairs. It is alleged the restaurant had offered to serve him food in a downstairs wheelchair-accessible bar area, but that was not acceptable to Mr Yeo. At the tribunal yesterday senior member Clare Endicott directed Mr Yeo’s lawyer to join the building owner as a respondent in the case, which she set down for a two-day hearing in March. Ms Endicott was told restaurants were currently facing “difficult trading conditions”. Mr Johnson’s lawyer told the tribunal the restaurateur leased the premises and was having discussions with the landlord about the complaint. Mr Yeo’s lawyer told the hearing it was up to the business owner, Mr Johnson, to ensure the premises were wheelchair accessible. Outside the tribunal Mr Johnson declined to comment, other than to say: “It’s not my building.” Mr Riddel, who is yet to formally respond to the complaint, also declined to comment.
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Celebrity survivors help, hinder breast cancer awareness
A double mastectomy is not necessary for everyone, with or without the gene, Kirstein says. I think what Angelina Jolie did was incredibly brave and the right thing for her, but it isnt the right thing for everyone, she says. At the Rutgers Cancer Institute, more breast cancer survivors have inquired about needing a double mastectomy since Jolie went public with her decision this spring, says Kirstein. For breast cancer survivors who dont have the BRCA gene, the risk of the cancer coming back in a different breast than where it started is incredibly low, she adds. This makes a double mastectomy medically unnecessary in some cases. (Page 2 of 2) The real concern is the cancer coming back as bone cancer or another type of cancer, and taking off the other breast isnt going to prevent that, Kirstein says. Celebrities speaking about having the BRCA gene also have prompted people to come to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune to be tested for the gene, says Denise Johnson Miller, the director of breast surgery at the center. Although most tested did not have the gene or any signs of breast cancer, the increase in visits was still positive. The fact that people are coming in and inquiring about their health is great, Miller says. Sometimes we find out that their breasts are OK, but it turns out they have hypertension or other health problems that need to be addressed. Alternative treatments Along with the preventive measures celebrities are taking to avoid breast cancer, celebrity treatment choices for breast cancer have been in the spotlight throughout the years. One notable example is Suzanne Somers, who made the choice to forgo chemotherapy in 2001 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After undergoing a lumpectomy and radiation, she chose to try alternative treatments. She published a book, Knockout: Interviews with Doctors Who Are Curing Cancer And How to Prevent Getting It in the First Place, in 2009. The book discusses alternate treatments that dont require chemotherapy, radiation, and in some cases, dont even require surgery. Somers also has been publicly speaking against the use of many conventional cancer treatments, including chemotherapy, since her diagnosis.