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    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 Just Released Hansard from Standing Committee Review of Bill 26 Nov 06 2013 The official record of proceedings

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    the election Manitoba is both in the spotlight and under the microscope The advent of the Human Rights Museum juxtaposed against Canada s signing of the CRPD will focus all eyes on Manitoba The universal question is can Manitoba walk the talk Manitoba has a unique opportunity to demonstrate proactive leadership and raise the bar through systemic means on the articulation and enforcement of human rights It has the opportunity to abandon the ramp by ramp approach and demonstrate to the world how rights based progressive legislation can create a better society for all Manitobans Mr Samuel Unrau University of Winnipeg Students Association W e have come a long way towards implementing legislation that protects persons disabled by barriers in Manitoba And there is still a lot of work to achieve this crucial goal Two hundred thousand Manitobans who face barriers on a daily basis are counting on us and particularly as you particularly to you as MLA to work to protect their rights We have a great culture to get this mission done and many here tonight are here to show their support for this mission I look forward to a day where I don t have to say I wish I lived somewhere else I wish I lived in a society where I actually felt I was welcome Manitoba is my home and will always be my home And in time I look forward to the ability to refer to myself simply as a Manitoban and not as a Manitoban who is disabled by barriers Ms Megan Fultz Canadian Federation of Students of Manitoba I would like to take a moment to acknowledge what the creation of Bill 26 really means This piece of legislation represents the real and tangible impact that can be generated by effective governing documents and setting standards for inclusion in our province When we talk about Bill 26 we are talking about changing the fundamental structure of the way in which our province works to include and support all of its citizens This bill is also a critical opportunity for Manitoba to act as a leader in understanding that exclusion is destructive and in no one s best interest because what we re really talking about this evening is that when 200 000 Manitobans are not able to fully participate equally in all aspects of life in our province we are not operating at our fullest capacity And when we talk about the cost of implementing this bill and working towards the ultimate goal of a fully accessible Manitoba the most significant cost is the one that we are already bearing the cost to 200 000 individuals who face significant barriers every day in our province the cost of not having standards for accessibility and of not having the valuable contributions of these members of our community This bill is an investment in our economy and in a better Manitoba for all Ms Jeannette Delong Abilities Manitoba We believe that setting target dates and a clear end goal helps create and sustain a sense of urgency and priority to meet the goals A timeline and goal is an empowering tool for keeping the feet to the fire keeping the dream alive creating accountability measuring progress and providing an opportunity for correction communication and encouragement Without a defined target date and effective drivers the expected outcomes for this legislation will be more susceptible to delay disregard and at worst eventual disappearance People with disabilities have already had a lifetime of not having full access and effective implementation of the law should not require persistent lobbying from persons with disabilities Now you have an opportunity to get this legislation to be the best it can be Ms Ruth Enns private citizen Barriers of any kind whether physical or attitudinal are forms of rejection shunning abandonment compartmentalization containment They relegate us to the status of the different the unacceptable us I mean people with disabilities to the status of the different the unacceptable and the burdensome other They bar us from full participation in our communities Barriers create unnecessary dependency some thing I call forced dependency In creating dependency barriers bring learned helplessness fear and all the symptoms of emotional abuse They force us to use greater energy determination and creativity just to get through the day Barriers are a burden on society To me the biggest barrier is attitude If attitudes were to change all other barriers would crumble These barriers such as the belief that life with disability is to be avoided at all cost that people with disabilities cannot speak for themselves that people with disabilities are burdensome non contributors et cetera are the very things that make a life with disability so difficult not the disabilities themselves These beliefs create double standards and self fulfilling prophecies I regularly encounter well intentioned people whose only interaction with me is to so called help me whether I want it or not If I politely decline such offers I have been testily informed more than once that I am too independent Such encounters tell me that not only am I seen as perpetually dependent I m supposed to remain dependent burdensome and non contributing I am never supposed to be an equal Mr Oly Backstrom private citizen Barrier Free Manitoba had been concerned about the sole reference in Bill 26 that addresses a definition of disability that may prove to be restrictive or problematic The current wording did or the wording as it had been framed in the legislation at least failed to address the principle that the legislation covered all abilities Now this is where I d like to draw attention to the leadership that Minister Howard has exemplified throughout the last four plus years of this journey Minister Howard you took some of the wind out of my sails earlier today by already suggesting that you re going to make amendments to this by removing the reference to long term and changing the

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    free access to places events and other functions that are generally available in the community Equality Persons should have barrier free access to those things that will give them equality of opportunity and outcome Universal design Access should be provided in a manner that does not establish or perpetuate differences based on a person s disability Systemic responsibility The responsibility to prevent and remove barriers rests with the person or organization that is responsible for establishing or perpetuating the barrier PASSED No 2 Original Clause What is a barrier 3 1 For a person who has a long term physical mental intellectual or sensory impairment a barrier is anything that interacts with that impairment in a way that may hinder the person s full and effective participation in society on an equal basis Proposed Amendment What is a barrier 3 1 For a person who has a physical mental intellectual or sensory disability a barrier is anything that interacts with that disability in a way that may hinder the person s full and effective participation in society on an equal basis PASSED No 3 Original Clause Private residences excluded 6 4 An accessibility standard may not impose any requirements on the owner or occupier of premises that contain one or two dwelling units Proposed Amendment Private residences excluded 6 4 An accessibility standard may not impose any requirements on the owner or occupier of residential premises that contain one or two dwelling units PASSED No 4 Proposed Amendment new additional clause Terms of reference significant progress in initial 10 years 8 4 The minister must ensure that the terms of reference prepared under this section will enable the implementation of the measures policies practices and other requirements necessary to make significant progress towards achieving accessibility by 2023 PASSED Nos 5 6 Proposed Amendments new additional clauses Note that the number of the proposed clause and the consequential renumber of other clauses is not clear Providing copies in accessible format 35 1 The following information must be provided in an accessible format and at no charge to a person within a reasonable time after the person requests it from the person or body indicated a in the case of the minister i the minister s annual plan ii the terms of reference for a proposed accessibility standard iii a proposed accessibility standard and the council s recommendations b in the case of the council the council s summary of its meeting c in the case of a public sector body its accessibility plan Accessibility Legislative Assembly 35 2 In carrying out its duties and responsibilities under The Legislative Assembly Management Commission Act the Legislative Assembly Management Commission must a have regard for any accessibility standards and b report to the public at the times and in the manner the commission considers appropriate the measures policies practices and other requirements implemented by the commission to make progress towards achieving accessibility in respect of the Assembly and its offices PASSED Moved by Ms

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    featured powerful words from four opposition MLAs that expressed strong support for the Bill while calling on the Government to strenghten it before it comes back to the Legislature for Third final Reading You can download the record of the debate as excerpts from Hansard Word PDF or the full Hansard version see Vol 107a on September 12 near the bottom of the page Following are short selected quotes from Hansard Comments from Members of the Official Opposition Mr Kelvin Goertzen Steinbach And we waited eagerly for this bill to be called so we could discuss this so we could have a debate about a priority issue And we think it is a priority issue and yet the government refused to call it Mrs Leanne Rowat Riding Mountain Mr Speaker the government needs to act in the spirit of groups like Barrier Free Manitoba and the Independent Living Resource Centre and work on innovative approaches to providing opportunities and promoting access for Manitobans with disabilities The goal of eliminating barriers to accessibility for Manitobans with disabilities is a worthy one The problem I see is that there are a number of areas requiring improvement and I will now take some time to outline them Mr Speaker I have said this many times being in government is about priorities Universal accessibility is a noble priority however there are several areas where this bill needs to be improved Many of those areas I have outlined today Thank you for the opportunity to put a few words on the record regarding Bill 26 The Accessibility for Manitobans Act I think it s a step forward but obviously there s more work to do Mr Ralph Eichler Lakeside When they introduced this legislation they had people in the gallery the minister said it fell

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    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 10th Council Meeting Discussion Summary Posted Apr 24 2012 The discussion summary as posted on the DIO website ACCESSIBILITY ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING MONDAY APRIL 10 12 00 P M 3 00 P M ROOM 208 401 YORK AVENUE Presen t Jim Derksen Chairperson Yvonne Peters Vice Chairperson Judy Redmond Diane Scribe Niiganii Chris Summerville Lanny McInnes Diane Driedger Jim Baker Doug Momotiuk Scott Jocelyn Karen Pirnie John Wyndels Absent with regrets Eileen Clarke The Agenda and Minutes of the Meeting on March 26 were approved by all members without changes The Chairperson told Council of his meeting with the Minister and Barrier Free Manitoba BFM on Thursday March 27 The Council was briefed of the discussions that took place The Council began discussion on the first draft of a discussion paper There were a number of suggestions of how to improve the paper A re structuring of the first sections of

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    on other opportunities for feedback are pending The discussion summary as posted below is also posted on the DIO website ACCESSIBILITY ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING MONDAY MARCH 26 12 00 P M 3 00 P M ROOM 208 401 YORK AVENUE Present Jim Derksen Chairperson Yvonne Peters Vice Chairperson Judy Redmond Diane Scribe Niiganii Diane Driedger Jim Baker Doug Momotiuk Scott Jocelyn Karen Pirnie John Wyndels Yutta Fricke guest Absent with regrets Chris Summerville Lanny McInnes Eileen Clarke The Agenda and Minutes of the Meeting on February 13 were approved by all members without changes The Chairperson reminded the Council that they would have to make some substantive choices regarding the recommendations to the draft legislation in the coming weeks A discussion paper must be prepared and available prior to the public consultation on Tuesday May 8 It was suggested the discussion paper be available for Council approval in mid April for available publicly on May 1 One of the documents distributed at the meeting were a series of questions originally prepared for consideration by legislative drafters Departmental staff had a meeting with members of the Planning Committee where the questions were discussed and responded to The Council is being asked to recommend policy initiatives that will help form the basis of the legislation The responses from departmental staff restated that the Council shouldn t worry about what goes where in the legislation but that the recommendations be seen as policies that should be incorporated into legislation There were two questions forwarded to Civil Legal Services requesting a legal opinion Responses will be provided at the next meeting At this point there is agreement in principle with the Working Document and the approved recommendations of the Council The Council discussed the development of a discussion paper for public consultations Some of

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    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 8th Council Meeting Discussion Summary Mar 27 2012 The discussion summary as posted on the DIO website ACCESSIBILITY ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING MONDAY MARCH 12 12 00 P M 3 00 P M ROOM 208 401 YORK AVENUE Present Jim Derksen Chairperson Yvonne Peters Vice Chairperson Judy Redmond Diane Scribe Niiganii Diane Driedger Jim Baker Lanny McInnes Scott Jocelyn Eileen Clarke Karen Pirnie Chris Summerville John Wyndels Andrew Donachuk Absent with regrets Doug Momotiuk The Agenda Summary of Discussions and Minutes of the Meeting on February 13 were approved by all members without changes Mariam Omar of the Seniors and Healthy Aging Secretariat gave the Council a power point presentation on the Age Friendly Initiative There are more than 80 Age Friendly communities in Manitoba Mariam identified the eight central areas of focus within Age Friendly communities outdoor spaces and buildings transportation housing social participation respect and social inclusion respectful and inclusive services civic participation and employment communication and information and community support and health services There is a lot of commonality between seniors and persons with disabilities There are no adhered to standards for projects and communities choose the projects that they want to move forward with Age Friendly committees are volunteers and purely advisory not appointed While they are familiar with the issues they may not have extensive technical knowledge to deal with legislated accessibility standards Mariam s presentation noted that growing communities are the ones that are aggressively moving forward with accessibility efforts They have established strategic plans to meet the future needs of

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    The discussion summary as posted on the DIO website ACCESSIBILITY ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING MONDAY FEBRUARY 27 12 00 P M 3 00 P M ROOM 208 401 YORK AVENUE Present Jim Derksen Chairperson Yvonne Peters Vice Chairperson Judy Redmond Diane Scribe Niiganii Diane Driedger Jim Baker Lanny McInnes Scott Jocelyn Doug Momotiuk Eileen Clarke John Wyndels Andrew Donachuk Absent with regrets Karen Pirnie Chris Summerville The Agenda Summary of Discussions and Minutes of the Meeting on February 13 were approved by all members without changes The Chairperson discussed the Planning Committee s Jim Derksen Yvonne Peters Andrew Donachuk John Wyndels meeting with Jennifer Howard Minister responsible for Persons with Disabilities on February 17 One of the areas of discussion was how broadly or narrowly the Council should interpret accessibility She encouraged the Council to focus their immediate attention on those areas where barriers have traditionally prevented persons with disabilities access customer service built environment transportation information and communication She indicated that it would not be out of the scope of the Council in the years to come to provide advice in other areas such as program provisions for persons with disabilities The Minister gave her blessing to the formation of a committee with the Manitoba Human Rights Commission MHRC to assist and provide harmony between the work of the two groups A letter from the Chairperson has been prepared and will be forwarded to the MHRC in the coming week Meetings will be scheduled between the Planning Committee and the Legislative Drafter of the Working Document to discuss how The Accessibility Advisory Council Act will associate with subsequent accessibility legislation It will also serve as an opportunity to discuss wording used in sections and the legal process as the legislation moves forward There may be a need to schedule additional

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