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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    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 Public Consultation on Proposed Customer Service Standard Complete Jun 20 2014 The English language public consultations on the initial discussion paper on the proposed accessible customer service standard are now complete These consultation sessionswere held on June 17th and 18th The sessions were very well attended events and provided for thoughtful comment and discourse Representatives from Barrier Free Manitoba attended and contributed extensive comments at both of the sessions Those unable to attend these sessions are invited to view an audio visual webcast archive of the session held on June 17th Just click here While the webcast is meant to provide for greater access to the discussions the archived version did not include closed captioning when it was first posted This is a significant oversight given the purpose of both the Accessibiity for Manitobans Act AMA and the proposed customer service standards If accessibility is a journey of learning then we expect this will shortfall be addressed

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    to group homes to provide better care For just as many years the province has resisted those demands despite no longer admitting new patients to the Portage la Prairie facility and placing many others in group homes allowing MDC to live on indefinitely However the province may no longer be able to duck the issue of the MDC and its continued existence if a Toronto law firm weighs in on the debate Koskie Minsky which last fall won a 35 million settlement against Ontario for abuse suffered by residents of facilities for the developmentally disabled is looking to file a similar class action suit in Manitoba Celeste Poltak a lawyer with Koskie Minsky said her firm would very much like to launch a class action for MDC residents although it has not yet identified a representative plaintiff on whose behalf an action could be filed Poltak said it is her firm s policy not to directly approach anyone to serve as a lead plaintiff However with the additional publicity surrounding the Huronia settlement Poltak said it is her hope someone will come forward We re certainly trying to get the word out across the country about how the case was resolved in Ontario Poltak said in an interview Threatening a lawsuit is certainly a long way away from filing a lawsuit and the province contacted last week declined to comment on Koskie Minsky s interest in Manitoba Still this is one of the country s leading class action firms with a record of success that will should a suit be filed command the province s attention Koskie Minsky was a lead firm in the residential schools class action and has also recently filed suit against Ontario for abuse suffered by child wards of the Crown Poltak noted the Huronia case has many points of resonance for the experience of residents of the MDC The Huronia Regional Centre in Orilla north of Toronto had been operated by the Province of Ontario for more than 133 years when it was finally shuttered in 2009 The firm had originally sought 2 billion in compensation for about 4 500 individuals who had been residents in the facility between 1945 and 2009 It had been expected a trial would have taken nearly four years to complete Poltak said Last September the province announced it had reached a settlement Residents who either did not suffer direct abuse or cannot describe it in specific detail may receive as little as 2 000 those who detail specific incidents of abuse will receive up to 42 000 A similar class action in Manitoba could very well put the province in a difficult position Despite general agreement the MDC should be closed the province has been slow to relocate the remaining 220 residents For a long time successive provincial governments in Manitoba have resisted calls to close the MDC once home to more than 1 100 residents because even in its diminished form it remains a major employer in Portage

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    that there was no merit to the complaint Here is the story as reported in page B3 of the May 14th print edition of the Winnipeg Free Press Click here to download the story as a PDF Police settle with vet over service dog By Steve Lambert A MILITARY veteran with posttraumatic stress disorder who was removed from a bar in western Manitoba for having a dog at his side has reached a settlement with the local police force The confidential settlement a payment by the Brandon Police Service to Billy Jo Nachuk is one of several cases where veterans with PTSD have been questioned about why they need a service dog It s often misunderstood when people have an invisible disability Patricia Knipe spokeswoman for the Manitoba Human Rights Commission said Tuesday People have a little bit of education to go through to recognize that not everybody with a service dog has a physical disability Nachuk filed a complaint with the commission after an encounter with police at the Keystone Motor Inn Lounge on April 16 2011 Nachuk said he and a friend were in the bar along with Nachuk s service dog Gambler when an employee told him he had to leave Nachuk said he had certification papers proving his dog was needed as part of his PTSD treatment to help him cope with anxiety in public situations but three police officers refused to listen to him Mr Nachuk alleges that one officer asked So what s with the dog to which he replied It is a service dog Mr Nachuk describes the officer as responding Why You re not blind reads a report from an independent adjudicator appointed to hear the matter Nachuk left the bar and according to the report later said he felt totally degraded

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    Rights Legislation The UN Convention In Brief Excerpts from the Convention Feature Issue Feature Issue 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 City of Winnipeg Event and Consultation on Accessibility May 11 2014 The City of Winnipeg Access Advisory Committee will host two special events on May 21st a 20 year anniversary celebration of the committee s formation and a consultation to begin the development of a strategic plan to move forward on addressing accessibility in 2014 and beyond Please send RSVPs to Chris Sobkowicz email csobkowicz winnipeg ca phone 204 986 8345 by May 16 2014 Here are the particulars Date Wednesday May 21st Location RBC Convention Centre Main Floor East Concourse Time 20th Anniversary Celebration 12noon 1pm Community Consultation 1pm 4pm We are

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    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 BFM Announces Our Get Up and Go Plan May 10 2014 Woken up early from our attempted 6 month hibernation Barrier Free Manitoba is pleased to announce the beginning steps of our our get up early and go strong plan plan May 30 2014 BFM will release our initial review of the proposed Customer Service Standard and invite your comment suggestions and feedback June 17 18 2014 BFM will participate in the public consultations on the proposed standard that have been announced for those dates The views we express will be based on our initial review as well as the comments we have received Early July 2014 BFM will release our final review of the proposed standard and formally submit it to the Customer Service

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    Issue Feature Issue 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 Great News from Settlement on Human Rights Zoning Issue May 07 2014 Many of us have been following the story on the human rights complaint that New Directions lodged against the RM of Springfield after the municipality blocked the opening of a home for three adults with intellectual disabilities four years ago We are delighted to share the great news that the complaint was just settled though mediation without the need to go to public hearings and that people with intellectual disabilities will now be welcome to live in Springfield with choices equal to others There are a lot more positives in this ground breaking settlement that will have significant implications for improved housing options

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    Case for Rights Legislation The UN Convention In Brief Excerpts from the Convention Feature Issue Feature Issue 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 First Proposed Accessibility Standard Released May 06 2014 On April 19 2014 the Accessibility Advisory Council released a discussion paper on The Customer Service Standard the first proposed accessibility standard under the new Accessibility for Manitobans Act We are pleased to post the discussion document for your review Word PDF With public consultation events planned for June 18 and 19 Word PDF comments in the form of written submissions and briefs in response to the proposed standard can be submitted up to July 15 2014 to Disabilities Issues Office 630 240 Graham Avenue Winnipeg MB R3C 0J7 Email access gov mb

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    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 Marking a Passing Apr 26 2014 Louise Falconer a 84 year old former Manitoban who helped handle BFM s Twitter account passed away

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