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CRTC announces that Canadians who are Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired will have access to a new telecommunications service

 – Ottawa – Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)

 

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced April 22, 2014 that video relay service will be made available in Canada for users of American Sign Language (ASL) and Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ). When it launches, this free service will facilitate conversations between people who are Deaf, hard of hearing and speech impaired and other Canadians, and vice versa.

Source - http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=840439

Letter from the Minister of Community and Social Services

April 3, 2014 

 

To the Members of the General Advisory Council on Social Assistance Reform: 

 

Dear Council Members: 

 

Our government is committed to making Ontario’s social assistance programs work better for clients who depend on them. 

 

Our government’s 2013 Budget took initial reform steps by investing more than $400 million over the next three years. Our plan for further reform is guided by the advice our government received from the Lankin-Sheikh and Drummond reports, and also by the conversations we’re having with clients, staff, advocates, academics, and municipal and First Nations partners. 

 

Our multi-year reform plan has four objectives, building on the approach we began last year: 

  • We want to motivate and support people to be successful in the workforce. 

  • We want to provide adequate assistance. 

  • We want to deliver modern, responsive services. 

  • And we want to ensure public confidence in the system. 

 

I have heard from many people who are concerned about the possibility of Ontario Works and ODSP being merged into one program. In some cases, they’re responding to irresponsible rumours that our plan is focussed on cuts – bringing everyone down to the lowest common denominator and forcing everybody to look for work, regardless of their disability. 

 

I hope you’ll help me put an end to these unfounded rumours, which are causing needless anxiety for vulnerable people. That’s not our plan. It never was. It never will be. We are focussed on moving toward adequacy for all, and removing obstacles for those who want and are able to work. 

 

I can tell you clearly that having looked at the idea of a merger of these two programs, our government will not be going forward with that recommendation. 

 

What we will do instead is focus on making both programs work better at supporting people and helping them find jobs. We’ll work with social assistance clients, our staff, our municipal partners, employers and others about ways to provide a seamless and effective service experience. 

 

Social assistance affects almost 900,000 people every day. Reform will take time and our government will build on our progress in a thoughtful and careful way. 

 

I thank you for your continued support with our reform efforts. 

 

Kindest regards, 

 

Ted McMeekin 

Minister

Rose Centre Announcement

The Rose Centre is a charitable organization that focuses on positive representations of love, sex and disability. They recognize the multiple barriers to participation in love sex and relationships for disabled people and the lack of positive discussion around disability and sexuality. They also believe that sex and relationships can be fun and enjoyable for anyone.  The organization provides programming and events which support this mission and that are open and welcoming to everyone.  For more details and information, please visit the "Board of Directors" page of our website at www.therosecentre.ca. 

Walk N Roll 2013

The National Capital Sports Council of the Disabled (NCSCD) will be organizing a two week long National Capital Para Festival from Saturday September 28 to Saturday October 12 2013 at Ottawa locations still to be confirmed.

 

This festival will bring together Para sport clubs from within the National Capital region. Our goal is to bring a much deeper understanding and awareness of local Para related sports. Not only will we introduce Para sport clubs to the public but we will showcase these sports through actual games and practices.

 

The two week festival begins with ‘Walk and Wheel for Para Sports’ – an event involving sponsored individuals and teams who walk and wheel along a designated route through the Carleton University campus.

 

Funds raised from this event will be used to support NCSCD events and Para sport clubs in the region. The route leads into the exposition area where a range of exciting displays and exhibits will present the different Para sports and their clubs. Following this introductory day Para sport games and practices will be held throughout Ottawa.

 

More information

CWDO 7th Annual General Meeting, 2013

CWDO will be holding its 7th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on June 17, 2013 beginning at 7:30 PM in Auditorium 1, IDEAL Online Conference Center.

 

 

At the AGM, we will provide a report on our accomplishments for the past year, review our annual financial report and elect directors.

 

 

All members are cordially invited. We hope you can attend! The AGM meeting package includes:

 

 

If you wish to be considered for a position on the board, please submit your Nomination Form and e-mail it to CWDO at the e-mail address provided on the form.

CWDO 5th Annual General Meeting, 2012

CWDO will be holding its 5th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on June 11, 2012 beginning at 7:00 PM in Auditorium 1, IDEAL Online Conference Center.

 

At the AGM, we will provide a report on our accomplishments for the past year, review our annual financial report, consider proposed amendments to our By-law, and elect directors.

 

All members are cordially invited. We hope you can attend! The AGM meeting package includes: 

 

If you wish to be considered for a position on the board, please submit your Nomination Form and e-mail it to CWDO at the e-mail address provided on the form. 

 

New Photo ID Card Now Available

Here is some exciting news that may spur some discussion. The McGuinty Government has given Ontarians the ability to apply for an official photo identification card at 21 Service Ontario locations across the province. This government ID card will make it easier for those aged 16 and above who do not have a driver’s license to open a bank account, make travel arrangements or perform other activities that require official ID.

To apply for this card you need to be an Ontario resident, and provide original identity documents with your legal name, date of birth and signature. It costs of 35$ it is valid for 5 years.

The 21 Service Ontario locations can be found here:

http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/dandv/driver/photo-card/locations.shtml