Friday, 31 January 2014

Manitoba Cultural Society of the Deaf (MCSD) TownHall Meeting

The Manitoba Cultural Society of the Deaf (MCSD) is having a Town Hall Meeting.

When: Thursday, February 27th, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm.
Where: Arts and Cultural Industries (ACI) classroom on the 4th floor, 245 McDermot Ave (corner of Arthur and McDermot).

We are looking for Deaf and hard of hearing artists to show their work that night. You choose your own art and frame and if you want sell your art at your price 100%. You need to have your art ready to display on a table (or an easel if you have one). 

ACI has insurance to cover your work while it is in their offices. You are responsible for the art in transit. The artists must remove their own work after the meeting.

ALL artists who show their work at the Town Hall meeting MUST be members of MCSD. There is an intro offer of a 3-year membership of $25.00. I will have the membership forms with me when you drop off your art. Please contact me for a time to drop off the art.


At the Town Hall meeting the Deaf Mime Troupe will perform.

There will be refreshments served.

Come discover exciting opportunities for Deaf and hard of hearing artists in the near future and what that means to you!

Please contact me at acrawford@mmelec.com<mailto:acrawford@mmelec.com> if you are interested or have any questions about showing your art.


There is a VLOG announcement from MCSD President - Rick Zimmer - http://youtu.be/W54gbtJfG0c

Best,
Alice Crawford




Thursday, 30 January 2014

Association of Visual Language Interpreters of Canada (AVLIC) 2014 Conference update!!

***Important Notice***

The AVLIC 2014 interpreter conference is fast approaching and you do NOT want to miss out!! 

Conference dates: July 8-12, 2014

Where: Hotel Fort Garry

**The deadline for early bird registration is only one month away - February 28 at 12am CT

To register please visit our website at www.avlic2014.com 

If you have any questions please email your inquires to: registration@avlic2014.com

See you there! 

Shaina Cudmore and Josie Vitucci Spencer

AVLIC 2014 registration committee 

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Canadian Association of the Deaf (CAD) - Job Position available!

CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF THE DEAF / ASSOCIATION DES SOURDS DU CANADA
Suite/bureau 303 * 251 Bank Street / 251, rue Bank * Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1X3
(613) 565-2882 V/TTY * http://www.cad.ca * info@cad.ca
Charitable Business No. 10807 5003 RR0001 No. d’entreprise charitable


Are you able to spot niche marketing opportunities ?
Do you have a track record of developing successful new programs
for national charitable organizations ?

Have you created revenue-generating services or social enterprises
for non-profit "social good" groups ?

If you can answer "yes" to at least two of these questions,
the Canadian Association of the Deaf has an opportunity for you !


POSITION TITLE: Director of Development
Reporting To: Executive Director and President
Salary: Very competitive
Position Status: Full time contract, minimum of one year.
Start Date: Immediately


POSITION SUMMARY: The Director of Development is responsible
for identifying and developing social enterprises and new sources
of revenue for the association, and for growing the existing sources
of revenue.


KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: Revenue Generation and Management
*  Identify potential social enterprise businesses and research
   their feasibility.
*  Develop and implement long-term and short-term strategic plans
   and business models for social enterprises.
*  Develop sponsorship strategies, packages and targets.
*  Develop and implement annual fundraising and marketing strategies.
*  Manage other revenue generating partnerships and programs as
   directed by the Executive Director.


COMMUNITY RELATIONS:
*  Support the implementation of appropriate partnerships as
   directed by the Executive Director.
*  Support the development of positive working relationships
   with community stakeholders, cultural, business and other
   relevant partners to advance the mission and fundraising goals
   of the organization.


GENERAL:
*  Support the implementation of the organization’s long and short
   term strategic goals and directions.
*  Foster an understanding of philanthropy within the organization.
*  Develop a comprehensive communication plan to promote
   the organization to its donors and maximize public awareness
   of the fundraising activities of the organization
*  Coordinate the design, printing and distribution of marketing and
   communication materials for development efforts.


KEY QUALIFICATIONS: 
*  Knowledge of federal and provincial legislation affecting charities
   and social enterprise.
*  Experience working with all forms of revenue generation in
   a not-for-profit context, including programs and services
   (social enterprises), corporate sponsorships, government, foundation
   and grants, etc.
*  Experience negotiating successful sponsorship packages and agreements.
*  Post-secondary degree.
*  CFRE certification is an asset.
*  Experience with capital campaigns programs an asset.
*  Analytical and problem solving skills.
*  Ability to communicate in both official languages (English and French)
   is an asset.
*  Knowledge and/or willingness to learn about Deaf culture and our
   official sign languages (American Sign Language (ASL) and Langue des
   Signes Québécoise (LSQ)) and our community).

*  Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc.), fundraising database
   and familiarity with Google products considered an asset.


LOCATION: Flexible, but preferably at the CAD head office in Ottawa, Ontario

DEADLINE: Application MUST be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 31, 2014
including a cover letter and resume by e-mail to: jobs@cad.ca


(Subject line MUST include "Director of Development")

The Canadian Association of the Deaf appreciates all applications and will
reply to those applicants being considered for the position will be contacted.




Brenda Stanley & Joe Comte's wedding social- May 24, 2014!

Wedding Social for Brenda Stanley and Joseph Comte

Saturday May 24, 2014   8:00 pm – 1:00 am
Varsity View Community Centre
Admission: $12.00

Please see Ticket Sellers:            
Andrew Hope, Marc Comte, and Kent Wall (Calgary), Denise Watson-Jarigen, Connie Labossiere-Gervais and Deborah Owczar


Please come and celebrate their upcoming nuptials at their wedding social!!   

Winnipeg Association of the Deaf (WAD) Game Night- Chain Reaction


WAD GAME NIGHT
“CHAIN REACTION”

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2014
GAME STARTS AT 7:00 P.M.

HELD AT DEAF CENTRE MANITOBA
AFFLECK ROOM

EVERYONE WELCOME TO ATTEND

ADMISSION:  $2.00 PER PERSON

MONEY COLLECTED ON SATURDAY
WILL BE USED TOWARD PRIZES
NO PROFIT TO WAD


ALL MEMBERS OF THE DEAF COMMUNITY &
RESIDENTS/TENANTS OF DCM ARE WELCOME…



REFRESHMENTS

Deaf Yoga classes available for 2014!

Hi everyone, 

Deaf Yoga classes will be offered again this winter/spring at the Yoga Centre Winnipeg.  All classes are presented in ASL. No previous yoga experience is necessary. The classes are alignment based Hatha Yoga. Poses are taught through awareness of correct alignment and precise actions in the body. This technique helps refine the poses and trains the mind to remain alert and focused. The instructor, Lisa Dessens, is a Yoga Centre Winnipeg certified instructor. Cost and dates are listed below.

Deaf Yoga Classes,  Yoga Centre Winnipeg, 915 Grosvenor Ave.

      12 classes.       Sundays 2:00 - 3:00
         
Feb. 16, 23
March 2, 9, 16, 23
April 6, 13, 27
May 4, 25
June 1

Cost: $180 ($15 per class) payable in cash or cheque at the first class. Make cheques payable to Lisa Dessens. There are no refunds for missed classes.



To register or if you have questions email deafyogawpg@shaw.ca

Winnipeg Church of the Deaf (WCD) Family Movie- February 2nd!










WCD Family Sunday
Movie Afternoon
1:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Sunday, February 2nd, 2014
Affleck Room
Deaf Centre Manitoba
Free Admission
Everyone Welcome



“Slow Moe”
(With closed captions)

It’s 1958, baseball’s heyday, the height of the cold war and 13 year-old Marvin Moebly is slow. So slow his classmates nickname him “Slow Moe” and he’s the laughing stock of PE class.  But his dream comes true when he finds a mysterious pair of glasses that turn him into the greatest and fastest baseball player his town has ever seen.


Friday, 24 January 2014

Sad news from the family of Karen Kraemer

The family of Karen Kraemer would like to inform the tenants and staff of 285 Pembina Highway that Karen passed away peacefully on January 24, 2014.

Manitoba School for the Deaf (MSD) 's future plan update

UPDATED INFORMATION: The link should be now working!! Try again!!

Hello

I would like to inform you about Manitoba School for the Deaf (MSD) 's future plan. Please see the link for my ASL vlog - 

Copy and paste this link if this link don't work on this website - 

https://vimeo.com/84963276

Thanks,
Len Mitchell
Supervisor, Special Service
Manitoba School for the Deaf

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

ASL Night-Thursday, January 30th!

ASL
NIGHT
WHERE: Tavern Polo Park
1405 St.Matthews
WHEN: Thursday,
Jan.30, 2014
Starts at 7:00


No entrance fee. One food or drink(coffee, tea, pop, alcoholic beverage) purchase minimum. 

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Public Advisory from Winnipeg Police Service about School Safety!



Tuesday, January 21, 2014

 

PUBLIC ADVISORY – SCHOOL SAFETY

The Winnipeg Police Service would once again like to remind parents and guardians of the importance of the safety of our children as they go to and from school.  Each year, serious safety hazards are created when children are being dropped off and picked up from school.

Parents and guardians who are stopping or parking their vehicles while dropping their children off are reminded to do so in an appropriate and legal fashion, paying particular attention to no stopping/parking signs in schools zones. Drivers should be abiding with the pick-up and drop off programs that are already established for your school.

If your child walks to school, walk with your child several times to familiarize them with the route and point out traffic hazards and situations to avoid.  As the distance from home to school increases, so does the risk of encountering traffic safety hazards.

Talk to your child about traffic safety and teach them when and where it is safest to cross, while stressing the importance of using crosswalks and abiding by the direction of School Patrols.  Children should visually scan potential dangerous areas such as parking lots and driveways for vehicles.

Parents, guardians and other motorists should consider the volume and speed of the traffic in your area.  Be mindful of children in the area and pay particular attention near schools as children could dart from between vehicles at any time.

Stop signs on buses picking up and dropping off children must always be respected.  Anyone not stopping when a school bus has its stop sign and lights activated may be subject to a fine under the Highway Traffic Act.

Please remember, Just Slow Down.


  

Monday, 20 January 2014

Reminder- Calvary Temple of Deaf Fellowship (CTDF) news - Family Winter Retreat for Feb 7-9th, 2014


Neil Squire Society news- survey information to fill out!


I am writing to you about some important work that is being undertaken by the Neil Squire Society.  The Neil Squire Society is a national organization that the Council of Canadians with Disabilities collaborates with on many important public policy issues that will contribute to an accessible and inclusive Canada. 

The Neil Squire is doing some important research on the accessibility of existing and emerging financial transactions.  As part of this work, the Neil Squire Society is doing a survey about the way people with disabilities deal with electronic banking and payments.  In order for this survey to maximize its success, information needs to get out to people with disabilities.  The Neil Squire Society is seeking to have participation in the survey by four major disability groups: mobility, vision, hearing and cognitive.

The accessibility of financial transactions and e-commerce is a very important issue.  In a recent email to CCD, Gary Birch, the Executive Director of the Neil Squire Society, made the following points which underscore the importance of existing and emerging practices regarding financial transactions, “There has been discussion in a number of provinces about the potential to moving all welfare payments to banking cards. This saves the provinces money as they can confirm transfer of the money and they don't have to absorb the cost if they need to re-issue cheques. The unknown question is how people who are un-banked or under banked deal with this as a bank account is required to use the banking cards. As most bank cards require the person to use a terminal to access or transfer funds we are wondering what issues people with disabilities are having with their financial transactions. Do they have a bank account or they do they use another method of cashing cheques? What issues do they have accessing terminals to complete electronic payments?”  This is one example of a barrier.


Attached you will find a document which contains some write ups about the survey for newsletters.  There is also a poster about the survey.

You can find out more about this work by following this link. http://www.neilsquire.ca/financial-transaction-survey/

Please have a look at the attached material.  It would be great if you would include information in about the survey in any newsletters that you are working on.  Feel free to pass on the information to other organizations.

Also, it would be great if you too would consider participating in the survey.  Please share information about this important survey and project with your colleagues in the disability community.

Any assistance that you can provide in getting the word out about this important project, will be greatly appreciated.

Accessible financial transactions are part of an accessible and inclusive Canada.

Thank you for considering this request.

English Language Brief Description of Survey

The Neil Squire Society would like to gain a greater understanding of the way people with disabilities handle their everyday banking and payment needs. The focus of this study is to look at the issues the technology might create for people with disabilities.

As part of this project we are seeking people with different disabilities who are willing to complete a short survey about the barriers they face when doing their banking and paying for items and services. We want to hear about any changes you would like to see in the way services are delivered. We also want to know what is working well for you right now with these services.

For more information about the Neil Squire Society survey please visit


If you would like to be entered in the draw to win a gift certificate enter your contact information at the end of the survey. One participant will be chosen at random to receive a gift certificate for $300 to a store of their choice.

Ultra Short English Description of the Survey

The Neil Squire Society would like to gain a greater understanding of the way people with disabilities handle their everyday banking and payment needs. As part of this project we are seeking people with different disabilities who are willing to complete a short survey about the barriers they face when doing their banking and paying for items and services.

For more information about the Neil Squire Society survey please visit


We Need Your Views on Electronic Banking
and Payment

The Neil Squire Society would like to gain a greater understanding of the way people with disabilities handle their everyday banking and payment needs. The focus of this study is to look at the issues the technology might create for people with disabilities.

We are seeking people with different disabilities who are willing to complete a short survey about the barriers they face when doing their banking and paying for items and services. We want to hear about any changes you would like to see in the way services are delivered. We also want to know what is working well for you right now with these services.

For more information or to complete the survey please go to:

http://www.neilsquire.ca/financial-transaction-survey/

If you would like to be entered in the draw to win a gift certificate enter your contact information at the end of the survey. One participant will be chosen at random to receive a gift certificate for $300 to a store of their choice.




Public Advisory from Winnipeg Police Service- Computer/advance payment scam

Winnipeg Police Service



 Monday, January 20, 2014
 

COMPUTER VIRUS SCAM/ADVANCE PAYMENT FEE SCAM - PUBLIC ADVISORY
The Winnipeg Police Service and the Commercial Crime Unit in particular, have been receiving numerous phone calls from members of the public regarding a scam in which callers purport to be calling on behalf of Microsoft or another legitimate company.  

The scam involves the caller, usually from outside of Manitoba, making the potential victim believe that their computer is infected with a virus or is sending out error messages.  The caller then offers to run a scan of the computer if the potential victim allows him/her to gain remote access to their computers.   

If access is allowed, they will then pretend to run a scan and report that your computer is infected.  The caller will then try to convince you to purchase anti-virus software right away to remove the infection.  The fee may be a one-time payment or an on-going subscription.  While they are accessing the computer they can infect it with a virus and or install a key logger which will allow them to log each key stroke that the user makes thereby gaining access to usernames and passwords as well as other sensitive personal and or business information stored on the computer.

To avoid falling victim to this scam, the Winnipeg Police Service advises the following:

- Avoid the scam by hanging up on the caller.
- If you receive an unsolicited phone call from someone about your computer system’s security status, hang up.
- NEVER give a stranger remote access to your computer.
- Do not give out your personal, credit card or online account details over the phone unless you have made the call to a trusted source.
- Make sure your computer is protected with anti-virus and anti-spyware software, and a good firewall - but only purchase the software from a source that you know and trust. 

If you think you have provided your account details to a “scammer” contact your bank or financial institution immediately.  If you have allowed remote access to your computer, take the computer to a local computer forensic outlet and have it examined professionally.

Recently, a victim received a computer virus scam call at which time remote access was provided. It is believed that the suspect(s) obtained personal information about the victim, specifically her timeshare. Shortly thereafter, the victim received an unsolicited call from a potential buyer regarding her timeshare. An agreement was made to sell the timeshare resulting in the victim providing additional personal information, including proceeds to transfer money to the suspects in order to complete the transaction.    

If members of the public have been contacted in this manner but have not victimized, we ask them to notify the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

If anyone has been victimized financially, they are asked to contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre and make a report to police.

For further information on scams, please click on the following link:
http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/english/recognizeit_haveibeenscammed.html
 

 

Correction location for Medical Interpreter Training workshop!


hosts Medical Interpreter Training and presents 


 
Nigel Howard

INTEPRETING in MEDICAL SETTINGS

The workshop focuses on the use of constructed action and constructed dialogue, as well as visualisation sensibility in medical settings. It will cover specialised diseases, medication (dosage, duration, timing and such), palliative care/ICU, ethical situations/dilemmas, and specialised and specific anatomy and its functions/dysfunctions.

WHEN: Friday, January 24th, 2014 7:00 p.m-9:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 25th-9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 26th- 9:30 a.m-4:00 p.m.

CORRECTION LOCATION: University of Winnipeg-3L08 (Lockhart Hall)

Manitoba Cultural Society of the Deaf (MCSD) first newsletter!





Deaf Seniors Literacy Program (DSLP) - this coming Friday - no class!


DSLP Seniors class
At DCM Fridays 3:30 – 4:30pm

 UPDATE SCHEDULE :

24th        No class               


31th      Code of Ethics           

Manitoba Deaf Curling Club (MDCC) news!!

Hello everyone,

I would like to announce that Clifford Beaulieu's team have made into the FINAL playoff game in Manitoba Curling Association (MCA) and will be playing tonight at Assiniboine Memorial Curling Club for 7 p.m.
If you want to come watch and cheer them , please show up early to catch good window seats and to avoid your disappointment.

Team Beaulieu are:
Clifford Beaulieu - Skip
John Gessner- 3rd
Shawn Demianyk- 2nd
Marc Comte- Lead

Thank you,
Andrew Nelson, President
Manitoba Deaf Curling Club 


Thursday, 16 January 2014

Postponed for Cycling Strategy Open Houses



Hi,

The Walk/Bike Open Houses are postponed for now.  We will provide an update when possible.
 
We are currently continuing to work on developing this comprehensive draft plan, including an implementation plan.   At this point, previously scheduled Public Open House dates have been delayed, as we would like to ensure that what we present to the public is comprehensive and complete prior to moving forward with the next round of public engagement.  We will advise the public 4-6 prior to any Public Open Houses(s) to ensure you have adequate time to share the dates within your respective networks.

Thanks for your interest in this study!

walkbike.winnipeg.ca

Regards,

Deanna Ng
MLPD 105-500 Portage Ave
Winnipeg, MB  R3C 3X1
Phone: 204-943-6099
Toll free: 1-888-330-1932
Fax: 204-943-6654
Email: deanna_mlpd@shaw.ca        
Website: www.mlpd.mb.ca
 
    POSTPONED TILL LATER DATE:

Pedestrian and Cycling Strategy Open Houses



The City of Winnipeg is continuing to develop Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies.  There has been great progress to date with a comprehensive public engagement process that has demonstrated a need for these Strategies to enhance walking and cycling as safe, viable and attractive transportation choices.

With the completion of a city-wide telephone survey and a voluntary online survey, the City has received valuable input from over 2,200 Winnipeggers to help identify the walking and cycling needs and wants for citizens.  A targeted stakeholder workshop was also completed, with representation from the education, tourism, development, health, environment, accessibility, and business communities, as well as inner city and suburban organizations, and new Canadians.

Improving sidewalks and connections for pedestrians and developing a sustainable and well-connected bicycle network are at the top of the average citizen’s priorities for Active Transportation, is what has been learned through the public engagement process.  The next step is to present the draft recommendations that will shape the future of walking and cycling in Winnipeg for years to come.

So far, two open houses have been scheduled (a third may be added for Northwest Winnipeg):

February 1st, 2014
10:30am - 2:30pm
Qualico Family Centre - Assiniboine Park
330 Assiniboine Park Drive

February 4th, 2014
3:00pm-8:00pm
Manitoba Hydro Building Lobby
360 Portage Avenue

Note that there is a slight chance that the date, time, or location of these meetings will change. Please check with Bike Winnipeg's
Events Calendar for up to date information.
 

Winter Bike to Work Day


Winnipeg is fortunate to have four seasons, and biking can be fun in each and every one of them. Winter Bike to Work Day celebrates winter cycling in Winnipeg and around the world. For more information, or to register, visit the official Winter Bike to Work Day website, or their Facebook page.

Mark Cohoe
Executive Director
Bike Winnipeg
ed@bikewinnipeg.ca

Monday, 13 January 2014

Reminder with new extended deadline date for Medical Interpreter Training workshop

REMINDER WITH NEW EXTENDED DEADLINE DATE:


hosts Medical Interpreter Training and presents 


 
Nigel Howard

INTEPRETING in MEDICAL SETTINGS

The workshop focuses on the use of constructed action and constructed dialogue, as well as visualisation sensibility in medical settings. It will cover specialised diseases, medication (dosage, duration, timing and such), palliative care/ICU, ethical situations/dilemmas, and specialised and specific anatomy and its functions/dysfunctions.

WHEN: Friday, January 24th, 2014 7:00 p.m-9:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 25th-9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 26th- 9:30 a.m-4:00 p.m.

LOCATION: University of Winnipeg-EL08 (Lockhart Hall)

REGISTRATION FEE: $50.00 (Interpreters)
$30.00 (Students)

 NEW EXTENDED RSVP DEADLINE: 
Friday, January 17th, 2014

REGISTRATION FORM
Name (s):     ____________________________________________________________
                    ___________________________________________________________
Student or working interpreter: _____________________________________________
Mailing Address: _________________________________________________________
                        _________________________________________________________
Telephone:        _________________________________________________________
Email:                _________________________________________________________

Registration will be confirmed upon receipt of payment.

Please mail this form with your cheque payable to ECCOE
200 -One Forks Market Road
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 4L9
E: candy.badger@eccoe.ca or sheila.montney@gmail.com

Can drop off the form at Deaf Resource Centre (101-285 Pembina Highway) or ECCOE office at the Forks (Room 200).

Reminder with new extended deadline date for Deafhood workshop registration- by this coming Friday!

REMINDER WITH NEW EXTENDED DEADLINE DATE:

                         

hosts DEAFHOOD: GLOBAL DIVERSITY in DEAF CULTURE

They are presenting


Nigel Howard

WHEN: Friday, January 24th, 2014
TIME: 9:00 a.m - 4:30 pm
WHERE: Deaf Centre Manitoba Inc on 285 Pembina Highway

REGISTRATION FEE: $75.00 per person (light lunch provided)
STUDENT FEE: $40.00

EXTENDED RSVP DEADLINE: Friday,January 17th, 2014

REGISTRATION FORM

Name(s): ______________________________________________
______________________________________________
Agency/
Organization: _____________________________________________
Mailing Address: _____________________________________________
______________________________________________
Telephone: ______________________________________________
Email: ______________________________________________
Registration will be confirmed upon receipt of payment.
Please mail this form with your cheque payable to New Directions
Attention: Carolyn Peters
c/o New Directions for Children, Youth, Adults and Families
400-491 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2E4
T: 204.786.7051 ext 5370
F: 204.774.6468
E: barb.greenham@newdirections.mb.ca

2013 Espanola Wall of Fame Award winner!

Hi,

Clifton Carbin, former Canadian Association of the Deaf (CAD) President, was selected for the 2013 Espanola Wall of Fame.  

Way to go for Clifton !! You can see the link - http://www.midnorthmonitor.com/2013/12/04/espanolas-wall-of-fame-2013-inductees-honoured

Congratulations to Clifton for winning this award!

Sheila Montney
Past President
Canadian Association of the Deaf

Free English classes for Deaf Adults


E-Quality Communication Centre of Excellence (ECCOE) news - website down!

Hello All,


Please note the system is down today – I apologize in advance for the disruption in services once more. Please note our new system will be up and running ASAP in light of this progression. At this time, please, if you have assignments this week between the dates of the 13th and the 19th, can you send them back to me immediately to ensure your request is covered? I will cross reference them with the job order #s I printed out in advance. If you have booked on-line, these are the bookings that will be more difficult to trace.


With warm regards,
Candy Badger, scheduling coordinator/interpreter 

E-Quality Communication Centre of Excellence (ECCOE)
200-One Forks Market Road
Winnipeg, MB R3C 4L9
(v) 204.926.3271
(tty) 204.452.0687
 (fax) 204.452.0688
candy.badger@eccoe.ca
EMERGENCY CONTACTS/after hours only
(v) 204.475.6332  (tty) 204.452.0687
e-mail: emergency@eccoe.ca

Friday, 10 January 2014

The Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) news!

CHS applauds positive step for fire safety for Deaf and hard of hearing people

News Releases
For immediate release



CHS applauds positive step for fire safety for Deaf and hard of hearing people
Ontario Building Code to require all new homes install visual smoke and fire alarms
TORONTO, ON (January 8, 2014) - The Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) applauds the Government of Ontario’s recent amendments to the Ontario Building Code that will require all new residential buildings – including apartments, condos, houses – to have their smoke and fire alarms include a visual component as of January 2015.
“We are pleased that the government has acted on our recommendations and has acknowledged that visual alarms are an important part of enhancing safety and security in new residential buildings,” says Chris Kenopic, President and CEO, Canadian Hearing Society. “This is a good start. However, there is more work to be done to ensure all buildings have alarms that include a visual component.”
Visual alarms for fire and smoke use a strobe light system in addition to sound, and can mean the difference between life and death for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing.
Jo Ann Bentley, Program Director, Communication Devices and Accessibility Services at CHS, adds that the Ontario Building Code was amended in 1992 to require visual alarms in the public spaces of most buildings, such as arenas, stadiums, hospitals, business offices, and other public venues.
“The recently announced amendments will see visual smoke and fire alarms installed in all new residential buildings. All of these changes are a testament to the hard work of many people, including community supporters, fire prevention officers, and community partners,” says Kenopic. “We want to thank the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing for inviting us to participate on the Technical Advisory Committee to provide these recommendations that meet the needs of Ontarians who are Deaf and hard of hearing. We look forward to continuing to work with the government on accessibility initiatives.”
Kenopic states that in order for Ontario to be fully accessible to all people, allauditory alarms must be accessible by having a visual component, including carbon monoxide alarms.
While the recent amendments to the Ontario Building Code apply to newly constructed and extensively renovated buildings, in order for Ontario to reach the goals of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act by 2025, CHS says safety concerns in existing buildings must be addressed to ensure that all buildings are accessible for Deaf and hard of hearing residents.
CHS recommends that the Government:
  • Update the Ontario Fire Code to accept and endorse these accessibility requirements to have all smoke and fire alarms include a visual component.
  • Update and amend both the Ontario Building Code and Ontario Fire Code to integrate carbon monoxide detectors with smoke and fire alarms to ensure all three have a visual component.
“For more than 20 years, CHS has advocated for fire prevention strategies and worked with community, fire prevention officers and government partners to help keep Deaf and hard of hearing Ontarians safe,” says Kenopic. “We will continue to advocate on behalf of our consumers and we thank all those community members and partners who have supported and continue to support these safety initiatives.”
CHS acknowledges the contributions of 7,000 community members who petitioned the government and some of whom shared their personal experiences on the need for visual alarms. CHS continues to work with and appreciates the support of Ontario’s Fire Prevention Officers for their letters in support of visual alarms.
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About the Canadian Hearing Society
The Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) was incorporated in 1940 to provide services, products and information to culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened, and hard of hearing people and to educate the hearing public.  CHS is governed by a board of directors, the majority of whom are deaf, deafened, or hard of hearing.  The organization is funded by government, internal revenue generation including fundraising and social enterprise. For more information about CHS fire prevention initiatives visitwww.chs.ca/fire-prevention-education or to find your regional office, visit www.chs.ca.
Background
Approximately 10 per cent of Canadians report having a significant hearing problem.  Visual fire alarms and smoke alarms equipped with a visual component are an important part of enhancing the safety and security of all Ontarians.  New amendments expand the range of areas where visual fire alarms will be required, including in public corridors of all residential buildings, in all multi-unit residential suites, and in all barrier-free and universal washrooms. 
Currently, smoke alarms are required by the Building Code to be provided on every floor and in every sleeping room of residential buildings, including all houses.  As of January 1, 2015, all smoke alarms in all new residential buildings and extensively renovated buildings will be required to include a visual component conforming to National Fire Protection Association standards. Read more about the new building code amendments on the ministry’s website. www.mah.gov.on.ca
CHS Media Contact:
Marie-Lauren Gregoire
Email: mgregoire@chs.ca
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