Fall/Winter 2012-2013 Report

News & Events

Fall/Winter 2012-2013 Report

March 29, 2013

ASL Video: http://bit.ly/14CbOfZ

Meeting with Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)

The CAD Vice President Frank Folino and Executive Director Jim Roots met with the CRTC staff including Social Policy Manager, Director General for Consumer Affairs, Chief Consumer Officer, and Legal Counsel in Gatineau on January 23 to discuss Video Relay Services in Canada.

The CRTC appreciated VRS Awareness Day from Deaf Canadians on September 21, 2012.

The following issues were included in the discussion: progress status on VRS research reports; public hearings and public proceedings; CRTC’s three-year plan; 911 Accessibility; and captioning. Please see more details in ASL/LSQ vlogs on the CAD website.

Social Development Partnerships Program
The CAD, the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD), and 16 other national disability organizations have negotiated with Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC) regarding the 3-year transformation of the grant funding disability component of the Social Development Partnership Program (SDPP). They also wrote letters; had conference calls; and had meetings involving Frank Folino and Jim Roots.

Doug Momotiuk attended the Council of Canadians with Disabilities’ Council Meeting in Ottawa on November 30th to discuss on the issues of SDPP grants and transitional funding.

The amounts will decrease to 65% in 2013-14 and 35% in 2014-15. However, there will be $2.8 million in project funding next year and the year after to help the 18 national organizations to manage the transition.

Jim Roots and Frank Folino will attend the next meeting with HRDSC on February 22-23, 2013.

Deaf Canada Conference 2016
The Canadian Deaf Coalition (CDC) members had many email and video discussions recently. No organizations bid to host the Deaf Canada Conference in 2014, therefore it is not possible to have a DCC in 2014.

The CDC members are working on the revised bidding guidelines (3 days instead of 5 days, and reasonable cost of accommodation and meeting rooms). In the near future, we will open the competition to host the Deaf Canada Conference in 2016.

En Rich Conference
The CAD Vice-President Frank Folino and Secretary Marie-Josee Blier attended the En Rich Conference in Ottawa on November 27-29, 2012. The En Rich Project brought together key members of the disability organizations and emergency communities and other public and private stakeholders to discuss improving accessibility in situations of emergencies and disasters. This objective of the conference was to launch a network and activities that strengthen the whole community’s capacity to prepare for, respond to, and recover from the impact of emergencies and disasters.

Frank Folino and Elaine Campbell attended the annual Face to Face Meeting of the Quality of End of Life and Canadian Caregiver Coalition in Ottawa on January 24-26, 2013. They participated in discussions and reviews of palliative care: successes and challenges, models, and needs for policy changes among the professionals, informal caregivers, and family. They also reviewed communications and public awareness.

911 Services
On January 24, 2013, the CRTC announced improvements to 911 services that will enable Deaf Canadians to communicate with 911 call centres via text message. Telephone and wireless companies must upgrade their networks to support this new feature by January 24, 2014.

When the service becomes available in different municipalities, Deaf Canadians must register their mobile phone number with their wireless service provider. In the event of an emergency, they must first dial 911, and the emergency call centre will automatically receive notification to initiate a conversation by text message.

The CRTC will examine the future of Canadian 911 services in 2014-2015.

The CAD faces a serious situation in the current tough economy for another year. Please help the CAD by renewing your individual membership and/or donating to support us in the fight to defend Deaf Canadians’ quality of life. You can visit www.cad.ca for more details.

Doug Momotiuk
President, CAD