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  • Feature Issue Archive | Barrier Free Manitoba
    and sustaining of all other barriers When people are perceived as less valuable it results in exclusion and isolation An attitude of inequality results in people being relegated to back doors in order to enter a building it results in people not being considered for employment resulting in poverty having a poor quality of education resulting in fewer skills and a weak voice living in unsafe and inaccessible homes resulting in harm Attitudes of inequality result in people being denied access to services including medical treatment transportation and even something as simple as recreational activities We even see people being denied access to live in the community of their choosing because of attitudes which focus on differences breeding fear and intolerance Continuing on the current path of striving for accessibility ramp by ramp rather than through systemic reform exhausts the resources of persons with disabilities and eats away at the stamina that would be better used to be active contributing members of the community We need an avenue for people to have their rights realized that does not require each person to take up their own battle one issue at a time We need the Province to set and enforce basic standards of accessibility which eliminate barriers and stop the creation of new ones Abilities Manitoba sees a need for timelines and target dates in any accessibility legislation We believe this will not only send a message of commitment to people with disabilities but will also provide for accountability on the part of those who need to eliminate barriers and prevent the creation of new ones We have laws that assure everyone has rights and yet every day these rights are violated Bill 47 is a step forward for the Province of Manitoba to take a leadership role in stating the expectation of respect and equality for all citizens of Manitoba Setting a tone of acceptance belonging and the expectation of accessibility will impact the attitudes that currently create and sustain the presence of barriers Our society needs to provide ways for people to access their communities so that they can be contributors not just consumers Doing the right thing begins with an attitude of respect and a perspective of equality followed up with action that provides for meaningful change Ms Jeannette DeLong Abilities Manitoba While we commend the government for bringing forth Bill 47 and restate our support for it we would like to end our presentation with the reminder that this has been a topic of discussion at policy tables for more than a decade now The length of time that this drive for comprehensive legislation and policies has taken is sometimes discouraging We hope that all legislators in the House will do their utmost to energize the process and quickly move us to the day when all Manitobans will be free from accessibility barriers Mr Kevin Rebeck Manitoba Federation of Labour All that said what is the government what s the role the government s to take

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  • Feature Issue Archive | Barrier Free Manitoba
    by ten years of data is very different than the one might read by focusing on a single year Scanning the Decade The graphic below compares two percentage figures for each year over the decade The blue set of bars shows the percent of formal complaints made to the MHRC each year based on the ground of disability discrimination The second set of yellow bars shows the percent of complaints that were based on the second most frequent ground for each year As a quick glance demonstrates disability discrimination has ranked as the undisputed No 1 ground for human rights complaints in Manitoba every year over the last decade Clearly the percent of complaints made based on disabiity discrimination jumps around a bit but it never dips below 33 2002 and rises as high as 47 in 2009 A second finding that emerges is that the gap between the share of complaints based on disability discrimination and the next most frequent ground has been increasing rather substantially In 2001 the gap was only 5 percentage points By 2009 the gap had increased to 33 percentage points Notably the gap narrowed somewhat in 2010 but the overall trend remains rather obvious complaints lodged with the MHRC are increasingly becoming concentrated on disability discrimination relative to next most frequent grounds for complaint As Janet Forbes spokesperson for Barrier Free Manitoba said in the November 17th media release word pdf Discrimination of any kind in Manitoba today is deeply disturbing But the lock step consistency of disability discrimination as the primary ground for complaint is especially troubling So too is the growing gap between disability and the next most frequent ground for complaint over the years Averaging Over the Decade Sex including pregnancy was the second most frequent ground for complaint for eight

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  • Feature Issue Archive | Barrier Free Manitoba
    Endorsers Effective Implementation Strong Legislation You Can Help Make Manitoba Barrier Free Spread the Word Endorse the Call Subscribe Follow Us on Twitter Join Us on Facebook To increase decrease the font PC ctrl ctrl MAC command command Feature Issue The Stronger Measures Required The Manitoba Accessibility Advisory Council s recommendations represent important steps forward but they are simply not enough to provide the basis for the strong and effective legislation that is required Folllowing are the details on the five areas where stronger measures are required 1 A Definite Target Date by Which to Achieve Full Accessibility The core lesson learned from Ontario s experience since 2005 when similar legislation was enacted is the power of establishing full accessibility as the goal in the legislation and defining a target date by when this will be achieved The cost of ignoring this lesson will fall on the hundreds of thousands of Manitobans affected by disabilities More Details PDF Word 2 More Effective Penalties for Non Compliance The maximum 25 000 fine recommended by the MAAC for parties guilty of flagrant non compliance with the legislation is wholly inadequate This limited penalty is inconsistent with fines under many other provincial statutes This human rights legislation needs to be substantial and have serious teeth More Details PDF Word 3 Inclusive and Proactive Public Sector Leadership The MAAC reversal in not recommending special leadership and reporting requirements for any public sector bodies is deeply concerning It is fundamentally inconsistent with the special legal and public trust responsibilities of these bodies This is another key lesson from the Ontario experience More Details PDF Word 4 Greater Transparency and Accountability While setting out how committees it establishes report to the Council the MAAC s recommendations did not contain any measures to ensure it s own

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  • Feature Issue Archive | Barrier Free Manitoba
    comment on the positive features of the report which are many Instead I will focus more on what I see as the deficiencies of the Council s game plan for moving forward I will start with the rationale for the recommendations made by the Council Its report places a strong emphasis on the loss to the economy from our failure to integrate people with disabilities more fully into the labour market This failure leads to lost productivity and even innovation within the economy It also means more public spending on programs like employment insurance and social assistance This is the economic and business case for why governments businesses non profits trade unions and other organizations should invest in creating economic opportunities for the disabled because there is a potential return on such investments I accept this argument There is also however a moral and social case which in my judgement needs to be recognized more than it was in the Council s report Providing disabled citizens with legal recognition of their rights and with services to support their full participation in society is important for their development as individuals their sense of self worth and dignity the autonomy they should enjoy in their lives and the respect they should receive from others These values need to be embedded in the cultures of organizations and in the culture of the entire society Ethical leaders in all parts of society need to embody these values in their words and deeds There needs to be a stronger interpersonal climate of understanding and respect for persons with disability among all Manitobans Creating and measuring the achievement of these values involves a more difficult uncertain and longer term process than more immediate and tangible legal policy programmatic and administrative reforms However reflecting these values in the cultures and day to day norms of behaviour within all institutions of society is more than necessary it is crucial in order for the contemplated legal policy and administrative reforms to achieve their full effect in terms of creating a barrier free society for all Manitobans Turning to the specific recommendations made by the Accessibility Advisory Council I share the five broad concerns identified by Barrier Free Manitoba BFM an advocacy organization which speaks on behalf of disabled Manitobans In endorsing BFM s call for stronger measures in five areas I offer the somewhat different perspective of an academic who has studied and participated at times in the political and the policy process for four decades My bottom line however is that the Government of Manitoba should strive to get as much right as possible on this round of reforms because we owe it to the disability community who have waited decades to have their rights enshrined in strong legislation and to have those rights supported by effective programmes and services Creating strong legislation is a necessary but not sufficient condition to achieve progress for disabled citizens Good legislation does not implement itself This is why BFM is calling for targets tied to calendar dates for more effective penalties for non compliance for strong public sector leadership on the file for strict monitoring and accountability and for early reporting on progress achieved The research on the implementation stage of the policy process indicates that both top down and bottom up approaches are important for success In other words provincial policy leadership expressed initially through strong legislation and related programme budgetary changes based on clear aims is required But translating laws and policies into effective action also requires that organizations working on the front lines of service delivery to disabled citizens be directly involved in the development delivery and evaluation of programmes and services The implementation approach represented in the Council s report reflects its diverse membership with different interests values and perspectives that needed to be accommodated in a set of consensus recommendations The approach combines education outreach with regulation enforcement I think that this dichotomous understanding of the implementation process needs to be expanded to provide for more options for achieving the aims of legislation It would be useful within your department and in the ongoing work of the advisory council to think about a wider range of policy instruments used in combination to achieve public policy goals A more sophisticated approach to implementation which holds more prospect for success would involve reliance on numerous policy tools either singly or more often in combination We need more debate over what are the potential and limits of the following policy tools Legal tools legislation regulations standards enforcement and fines Enforcement mechanisms reporting monitoring publicity blaming and shaming Resource provision programmes services financial support administrative support Incentives targets fines evaluation recognition support rewards Education strategic communication outreach activities information provision social marketing in the media Symbolic policy making changed language positive rhetoric exhortation moral suasion and the celebrations of progress Your department has no doubt thought about and already uses many of these policy tools but I am arguing for a more systematic comprehensive and coordinated approach Thinking of the various policy tools as a continuum of more or less interventionist and binding measures is helpful Governments tend to prefer and rely in the first instance on the least interventionist approaches and use court actions fines as a last resort Indeed the Council s report reflects a philosophy which might be described as regulatory reasonableness which involves working with stakeholders to find an approach to regulation enforcement which affected organizations can live with in terms of interference in their internal affairs and making demands on their resources The reluctance of the Council to recommend targets attached to dates the lack of legislated requirements for leadership by public bodies and the levels of fines proposed for non compliance reflect I believe this type of thinking There may be pragmatic reasons for the more flexible less strict approaches to enforcement but there also needs to be caution that decisions at the early stages do not dilute the commitment to the goals of

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  • Feature Issue Archive | Barrier Free Manitoba
    spans senior positions in local and national disability organizations as well as experience gained in his past role as a Diversity Consultant with IBM in California Most recently Mr McInnes has spearheaded the development of the Ability Axis Employment Expo We are honoured that Mr McInnes shared the comments he sent to Minister Howard with us We have included his full comments below and are pleased to provide them as PDF and Word documents October 16 2012 Disabilities Issues Office Room 630 240 Graham Avenue Winnipeg MB R3C 0J7 RE Recommendations of the Accessibility Advisory Council On Accessibility Legislation Let me preface this response by saying that has been truly exciting to watch this legislative initiative unfold My hat is off to all the players within and without government whose vision diligence and persistence have brought us to this point For those of us who are actively engaged in efforts to create a more inclusive community and who are heavily invested in seeing accessibility legislation that will undergird those efforts the recommendations of the Advisory Council are extremely heartening However I am also strongly in favour of the enhancements proposed in Barrier Free Manitoba s recommendations From my perspective here on the sidelines it seems that the difference between Barrier Free s position and the Advisory Council s recommendations is the difference between what should be and what can sell between what effective legislation would look like and what is perceived as being more likely to be acceptable passed While we all want something in place some legislation that promises to improve the life experience of ongoing exclusion that is the lot of too many Manitobans with disabilities we have to be careful not to be content with something watered down to be more palatable but too watered down to

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  • Feature Issue Archive | Barrier Free Manitoba
    well hold the key to which party forms the government in 2016 Note that in the last general provincial election in 2011 the NDP received just over 47 of the popular vote in Manitoba but won 65 of the seats a record majority see Figure 1 Figure 1 The Progressive Conservatives on the other hand received almost the same percent of the popular vote 45 but came away with only one third 19 of total seats The Liberals captured only 7 of the popular vote that translated into only 1 seat less than 2 of the total If the number of seats had actually reflected the popular vote in the election we would have had a minority NDP government with only one more seat that the PCs and with the Liberals holding the balance of power with four MLAs Did some sort of magic affect the results Did something untoward take place No on both counts The marked difference between popular vote and electoral success is explained by what political scientists refer to as the efficiency of the vote Lopsided victories in secure constituencies are reflected in the popular vote but don t translate into overall seat counts Figure 2 Both the NDP and the PCs held their traditional seats among the 41 constituencies won by wide margins see figures 2 and 3 These 41 solid constituencies represent their respective bases of support in Manitoba Figure 3 The NDP won 61 5 of the vote compared to the PC s 31 in the 25 of these seats that went NDP In contrast the PCs won 67 of the vote compared to only 27 for the NDP in the 16 of these seats the PCs won However and here s the difference the NDP were very fortunate to win the lion

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  • News Archive | Barrier Free Manitoba
    Act ADA The Disability Discrimination Act DDA The Disabilities Disabilities Discrimination Acts The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act AODA Other Resources Links Endorsers Effective Implementation Strong Legislation You Can Help Make Manitoba Barrier Free Spread the Word Endorse the Call Subscribe Follow Us on Twitter Join Us on Facebook To increase decrease the font PC ctrl ctrl MAC command command Join International Day Celebrations Nov 22 2011 There are two major Winnipeg public events scheduled for Friday December 2nd The first is the forum being hosted by the provincial government s Disability Issues Office DIO The focus of the forum will be updates and discussion regarding the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 9 00 a m to Noon Registration 8 30 a m Meeting Room 2 Main Floor Winnipeg Convention Centre 375 York Avenue We have been advised that the forum will include a detailed and formal announcement concerning the newly established Accessibility Advisory Council The registration deadline for the no cost DIO event is this Friday the 25th If you are able to attend please contact Tracy MacMillan email Tracy MacMillan gov mb ca phone at 204 945 7613 The second

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  • News Archive | Barrier Free Manitoba
    Archive News Archive Disability Related Videos Links to Resource Materials Barrier Free Manitoba Materials Accessibility Legislation Models The Americans with Disabilities Act ADA The Disability Discrimination Act DDA The Disabilities Disabilities Discrimination Acts The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act AODA Other Resources Links Endorsers Effective Implementation Strong Legislation You Can Help Make Manitoba Barrier Free Spread the Word Endorse the Call Subscribe Follow Us on Twitter Join Us on Facebook To increase decrease the font PC ctrl ctrl MAC command command Disability Top Ranked Human Rights Issue For Entire Past Decade Nov 17 2011 Disability discrimination has ranked as the undisputed No 1 ground for human rights complaints in Manitoba every year over the last decade The recent publication by the Manitoba Human Rights Commission of its 2010 Annual Report provides the first opportunity to review consistent data on human rights complaints filed over the last decade The findings are at once both clear and troubling disability discrimination has ranked as the undisputed No 1 ground for human rights complaints in Manitoba every year over the last decade Barrier Free Manitoba along with hundreds of coalitions groups and individuals continues to call on the province to enact strong and

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