Monday, 8 February 2016

Manitoba Deaf Golf Club Leaderboard update!


Manitoba Deaf Golf Club (MDGC) do have a leaderboard so you guys can check it out by the link -

Manitoba Deaf Golf Club leaderboard:

Devin Stocki

Parking Ban Notification for City of Winnipeg- TONIGHT!

City of Winnipeg Public Works

Declared Snow Route Parking Ban in effect
starting tonight at midnight

Parking prohibited on snow routes between midnight and 7:00 a.m.
To facilitate snow clearing operations, a Declared Snow Route Parking Ban will be in effect starting tonight at midnight (Tuesday, February 9 at 12:00 a.m.).
The Declared Snow Route Parking Ban extends the Annual Snow Route Parking Ban by two hours, prohibiting parking on any designated snow route between midnight and 7:00 a.m.

The Declared Snow Route Parking Ban will be in place until snow clearing is completed and the public will be notified when the ban is lifted. At such time, the Annual Snow Route Parking Ban will continue to be in effect from 2:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. Citizens are encouraged to check their streets for snow route signs, or if unsure, to call 311 or use the online Address Lookup Tool.

For more information about the Declared Snow Route Parking Ban, check or contact 311, 24 hours a day, seven days a week by phone at 311, or by email at

Red River College Open House- Februrary 16th & 17th

Red River College is having an OPEN HOUSE on Tuesday, February 16th from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, February 17th from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Here is the link for further information about the Open House…

ASL/English Interpreters will be provided at BOTH RRC Campuses
Notre Dame Campus
2055 Notre Dame Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3H 0J9
Phone: 204-632-3960
1-888-515-7722 (no-charge dial)
Campus Map
The interpreters will be located at the front of the gym. 

Exchange District Campus
The Roblin Centre
160 Princess Street
Winnipeg, MB R3B 1K9
Phone: 204-632-3960
Fax: 204-949-9188
Campus Map
There will be a table set up at Princess in the atrium where people sign up for tours. There will be interpreters near the table.

You can start your journey at the Notre Dame Campus or the Exchange District Campus and take a complimentary bus ride to the other campus. Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis.

Got a question about Red River College or the programs we offer? Send RRC a tweet or Facebook message and they can help you out!


Explore Red River College
With more than 110 full- and part-time programs being represented at our Open House (in the North Gym at the Notre Dame Campus), you’ll be able to talk with knowledgeable instructors and staff about the programs you’re most interested in.
We offer guided tours of our Notre Dame, Exchange (including the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute and student residence), and Stevenson campuses. You can also explore them on your own, too! Many of our programs also open up their classrooms and shops so you can see where you’ll actually be learning when you’re at RRC.

Want to check out a more than one campus? See our transportation options to find out how to get a complimentary ride from campus to campus! Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis.

Press Release from Sorenson about Introduction of Video Relay Services in Canada

For release: Jan. 25, 2016

Sorenson Statement on the Introduction of Video Relay Service in Canada

SALT LAKE CITY and BURNABY, Canada (Jan. 25, 2016) — Five years ago, in February
2011, Video Relay Service (VRS) was available 24/7 to a select number of Deaf users in Alberta
and British Columbia. The service was being provided by Sorenson Communications of
Canada, ULC, a subsidiary of Sorenson Communications, Inc. (Sorenson), in a market trial
conducted by TELUS Communications Company (TELUS) and authorized by the Canadian
Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). There were a total of 306 Deaf
participants in the market trial, supported by 90 qualified American Sign Language (ASL)
interpreters who were based out of Sorenson VRS interpreting centers in Edmonton and

As required by the CRTC, the TELUS trial was completed in January 2012, and the results were
presented to the CRTC in a public hearing. TELUS informed the CRTC that the Deaf
participants reported the VRS service provided by Sorenson in the trial was an outstanding
product that dramatically changed the manner in which they could communicate.
Sorenson was prepared to expand the service, initially provided through the TELUS market trial,
on a national basis, using Sorenson VRS interpreting centers, located from coast-to-coast – in
Victoria, Burnaby, Langley, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Toronto and Halifax.
In December 2015, the Canadian Administrator of VRS, Inc. (CAV), a new not-for-profit
corporation mandated by the CRTC to design, implement and oversee the delivery of VRS in
Canada, issued a Request for Proposal that would result in the awarding of multiple contracts to
video interpreter providers. Sometime in 2016, those providers would initially introduce VRS in
Canada on a limited basis. Because of the terms and conditions being imposed by CAV on the
potential video interpreter providers, Sorenson made the difficult decision not to bid on the
contract. There were many reasons for this decision. The most fundamental was that the VRS
service that was so successful in the TELUS market trial in Alberta and British Columbia could
not be replicated by Sorenson on a national basis in Canada under the terms and conditions
established by the CAV.

It is important for Deaf consumers to understand that VRS will be controlled and ultimately
provided by the CAV and not by experienced companies like Sorenson. CAV will do this by
having different companies provide the various components, such as the technical platform and
the video interpreter services that together provide VRS. Critically important planning and
operating decisions like the number of interpreters on duty at any one time will be made by yet
another company. This means the video interpreter companies selected to provide the
interpreter services (there will be more than one) will be told the time they can operate (not
24/7), the number of interpreters they can have on duty, the qualifications of the interpreters, the
customers they will be permitted to serve and the way in which reimbursement will be made (to
be negotiated). There will be no direct connection between the technical platform provider
company and the video interpreter companies to troubleshoot and address inevitable system
issues. Furthermore, the CAV will require the video interpreter companies selected to transfer,
without any payment to them, their operating standards, training materials, methods,
procedures, documentation and supporting materials for the unfettered use of the CAV.
Collectively, this represents the intellectual property that has taken Sorenson some 13 years to
develop and is one of its most important assets. This defines and protects Sorenson’s cuttingedge
solution and is the basis for Sorenson’s ability to provide our high-quality service in the
competitive marketplace. To give it away would be irresponsible.

This was not an easy decision for Sorenson. Since 2008, Sorenson has been active in the
public discussion regarding the introduction of VRS in Canada. Sorenson has engaged in
community outreach, participated in every CRTC public hearing and has demonstrated the
feasibility of making VRS available to Canadians in a timely manner. Sorenson also made a
significant investment in Canada through the establishment of nine call centers and provided
advanced training for skilled Sorenson Canadian interpreters. This investment was made based
on Sorenson’s experience in its leadership role in developing, implementing and providing VRS
in the United States. During this time, Sorenson had an “open door” policy and provided
interested persons from the Deaf community and government with tours and demonstrations of
Sorenson activities.

In Sorenson’s view, and based on our direct experience, VRS could have and should have been
introduced in Canada a number of years ago. It is not an exaggeration to say that VRS is a
transformative technology and service, the only technology that provides functionally-equivalent
service for Deaf people and empowers them to fully participate in their own lives and in the
greater community. Given the successful implementation of VRS in many other parts of the
world, it is highly unfortunate that it is taking so long to be introduced in Canada.

This view is shared by others. In December 2015, when the Ottawa Police Service announced
that persons who are Deaf, hard-of-hearing or unable to speak will be able to use their cell
phones to text 911 with information about their emergency starting in 2016, representatives of
the Canadian Hearing Society responded, noting while it is a step in the right direction, what
they also want is VRS. Sorenson agrees with the Canadian Hearing Society’s conclusion and
anticipates that 2016 will finally be the year for the initial introduction of VRS in Canada.
Sorenson remains interested in providing VRS in Canada should the terms and circumstances
ever change.

About Sorenson Communications
Sorenson Communications® ( is a provider of industry-leading
communications products and services for the Deaf. The company's offerings include Sorenson
Video Relay Service® (SVRS®), the highest-quality video interpreting service; the Sorenson
ntouch® VP videophone, designed especially for use by Deaf individuals; ntouch® PC, software
that connects users to SVRS by using a PC and webcam; ntouch® for Mac®, software that
connects users to SVRS by using an Apple® computer; ntouch® Tablet, which turns the Apple
iPad® with a front-facing camera into a larger-screen mobile VP; and ntouch® Mobile, an
application empowering SVRS communication via mobile devices.

Press Contact
Ann Bardsley
Sorenson Communications

Manitoba Deaf Coalition- February 16th, 2016!!


This is my idea about the Manitoba Deaf Coalition and I did presented twice about the new Deaf organization, one during the International Week of the Deaf in 2014 and one in October 2015 meeting. 

All Deaf organizations are urgently welcomed to the meeting.

The purpose of setting up the new organization that it will oversee all the other organization and their needs. One of my reason is for that is that federal government is probably will accept the charitable numbers for all organizations with one goal to collect all members on the list to show them.  Once we had set up Manitoba Deaf Coalition, if successful, our goal is to get the charitable numbers and can help your organization with the grant.  It is a big positive if successful.

My purpose is not what everybody thinks I meant to close or remove the existing organizations.  They will not be disbanded or dissolved but to keep their interests in different organizations.  They will keep their Board. 

 So I have set the meeting for you on Tuesday, February 16th at The Fiola Room at 7 pm. 

Should you need any information, don’t hesitate to call Kenneth Anderson
at 489-6465 TTY or email at

Please make an effort to come yourself and hear the comments about the new Manitoba Deaf Coalition on Tuesday, February 16th, 2016.

 Your attendance is appreciated.  

To Members and Non-Members of Manitoba Deaf Association (MDA), friends across Manitoba and all Deaf organizations.

I had introduced the idea of setting up one big organization where smaller groups can use as their support last May 2015.  He suggested the name of the organization to be called either “Coalition of Deaf Manitoba Organization” or “Organization of Deaf Manitobans”.  About 15 members at the workshop voted to re-name the organization as “Manitoba Deaf Coalition”. There were lots of good feedback and suggestions over the name of the organization. 

The five areas discussed were:
1. To see that the new major organization is created with a goal to have one strong group of Deaf members and to show the government that there is a strong group. By having all Manitoba Deaf members from all organizations registered under the new group called “Manitoba Deaf Coalition” would prove to the provincial government that there are hundreds of Deaf members living in Manitoba.

2.  To see the goal of getting a Charitable Number for “Manitoba Deaf Coalition” from the government.  The new organization in turn can help other smaller Deaf organizations apply for assistance.  

3.  To see all existing Deaf organizations remain the same with their same Board of Directors.  There will be no change in the running of their organizations. 

4. To provide better communication between existing Deaf organizations, “Manitoba Deaf Coalition” will only handle the scheduling such as meetings or social events for all organizations.

5. To explain to Deaf Members about fee memberships.  Members are entitled to attend any meeting if they provide their names are on the “Manitoba Deaf Coalition” list.  Members will not be asked to pay a fee to Manitoba Deaf Coalition.  Members can attend their organization for the meeting.  

Please come to the meeting on Tuesday, February 16th at the Fiola Room at 7 pm. 

Kenneth R. Anderson

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Nurturing Deaf Arts is confirmed for April 8-10th, 2016!

We are very pleased and excited that Nurturing Deaf Arts - Deaf Arts Manitoba Weekend is happening! 

Mark your calendar for the weekend of April 8-10, 2016! Open to all Canadian Deaf Artists.

We encourage you to sign up and spread the word among you friends and peers. 

New registration deadline is March 1, 2016.  There are limited space in the workshops, so apply early to reserve your spot! You can use the forms to register on-line or print out and mail to the address on the forms. 

Please note:  we have a new venue and time for the Deaf Performance. Irish Club, 654 Erin Street at 8:00-10:00 pm. Saturday April 9,2016. Please be aware, at the Irish Club, patrons pay for their drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) at the bar.

We will be sending out a Call for Volunteers soon and volunteers will receive a free T-shirt, which reads “DAM…we’re good! MCSD”.

We hope to you at the events in April!

Alice Crawford
Project Director
Manitoba Cultural Society of the Deaf (MCSD)

CBC Announces Pilot Project to Make Canadian Public Radio Available to Deaf & Hard of Hearing Canadians 2016