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Toronto-based disability advocate and former CBC Radio producer Ing Wong-Ward has died of complications from colon cancer.

Ms. Wong-Ward’s husband, Tim Wong-Ward, announced his wife’s death in a series of tweets from her verified account Saturday morning.

He says she was a “wonderful wife, mother, colleague and friend to so many, as well as a powerful force in the disabled community.”

CBC Radio tweeted that the whole department is feeling the loss, calling Ms. Wong-Ward a “powerful and passionate pillar of our team.”

The Centre for Independent Living in Toronto, where Ms. Wong-Ward was associate director, commends her for spending years challenging ableism at the CBC, before moving to CILT in 2016.

Retired executive director Sandra Carpenter says she died around 3 a.m. Saturday and is survived by her husband Tim and “beautiful, talented and smart daughter Zhenmei.”

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