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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    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 6th Council Meeting Discussion Summary Now Posted Feb 28 2012 Here is what was posted ACCESSIBILITY ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING MONDAY FEBRUARY 13 12 00 P M 3 00 P M ROOM 208 401 YORK AVENUE Present Jim Derksen Chairperson Judy Redmond Karen Pirnie Diane Scribe Niiganii Diane Driedger Jim Baker Chris Summerville Scott Jocelyn Doug Momotiuk John Wyndels Andrew Donachuk Absent with regrets Yvonne Peters Vice Chairperson Lanny McInnes Eileen Clarke The Agenda Summary of Discussions and Minutes of the Meeting on January 30 were approved by all members without changes The Council continued its review of the Working Document It was suggested that the council play a role in providing accessibility best practices to the general public and businesses be able to seek input from the council when making investment decisions It was also suggested that government representatives be involved in the standard development process It is suggested the recommendations of the council must be submitted to the Minister within a specified time period This section should clarify the role of the Council and any committees that may serve under it One member advised the council that just one third of persons with disabilities in her organizations have internet access It is recommended that all information regarding standards and documents related to the working of the Advisory Council be made available in alternate formats upon request Members of the council suggested that persons making comments on a proposed standard be given more time It should be short enough that the process moves forward but sufficient for people organizations

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    the font PC ctrl ctrl MAC command command 5th Council Meeting Discussion Summary Now Posted Feb 13 2012 Here is what was posted ACCESSIBILITY ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING MONDAY JANUARY 30 2012 12 00 P M 3 00 P M ROOM 208 401 YORK AVENUE Present Jim Derksen Chairperson Judy Redmond Diane Driedger Doug Momotiuk Diane Scribe Niiganii Scott Jocelyn Jim Baker Lanny McInnes Eileen Clarke John Wyndels Andrew Donachuk Absent with regrets Yvonne Peters Vice Chairperson Chris Summerville Karen Pirni The Agenda Summary of Discussions and Minutes of the Meeting of January 16 were approved by all members without changes The Chair reminded the Council to consider several points before we began discussions on the Working Document The Chair asked that the Council provide substantive direction on the content of the Act and the desired outcome rather than legal language The recommendations of these discussions should read more as a narrative with identified suggestions and rationale for their inclusion The Chair and Vice Chair will be meeting with the Minister on Friday February 17 Among other things they will ask about the scope of the word accessibility under the proposed legislation and the establishment of a Human Right Commission committee to advise on how guidelines of the Code and regulations of the Act best fit together The question of jurisdiction was raised namely how this legislation would apply to Aboriginal communities associated Tribal Councils located off reserve and other Aboriginal organizations off reserve There was also a question of how the proposed legislation would apply to federally owned incorporated or regulated entities operating in the province This will be discussed with the Minister Discussions with department staff indicate that this can be a complex legal matter that includes issues relating to federal provincial jurisdiction Often strategies for dealing with these

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    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 4th Council Meeting Discussion Summary Just Posted Jan 26 2012 And here they are Accessibility Advisory Council Minutes ACCESSIBILITY ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING MONDAY JANUARY 16 12 00 P M 3 00 P M ROOM 208 401 YORK AVENUE PRESENT Jim Derksen Chairperson Yvonne Peters Vice Chairperson Diane Driedger Chris Summerville Scott Jocelyn Lanny McInnes Diane Scribe Niiganii Eileen Clarke Doug Momotiuk Judy Redmond Karen Pirnie John Wyndels Secretary Andrew Donachuk Labour and Immigration ABSENT Jim Baker with regrets The Agenda Summary of Discussions and Minutes of the Meeting of December of 12 were approved by all members without changes It was suggested that a committee be developed to discuss the Manitoba Human Right Code HRC and the relationship between the Code and accessibility legislation in the province The HRC takes precedence over all other legislation in the province Several members of the Council prepared lists of priority areas for greater accessibility as identified by their constituents Customer service and transportation would be two of the broader themes A number of members also stated the need for greater access to public funded services such as public access to computers An aggregated list of frequently mentioned barriers and accessibility issues will be prepared for review by the Council at the next meeting A workplan schedule was agreed upon covering the next five meetings At these meetings details of substantive accessibility legislation will be discussed The results of these discussions will form the basis of a draft report of recommendations to the Minister responsible for

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    the Call Subscribe Follow Us on Twitter Join Us on Facebook To increase decrease the font PC ctrl ctrl MAC command command 3rd Council Meeting Discussion Summary Now Posted Dec 26 2011 And here they are Accessibility Advisory Council Minutes December 12 from 12 Noon 3 00 pm Room 612 Norquay Building 401 York Avenue Winnipeg Manitoba Present Jim Derksen Chairperson Yvonne Peters Vice Chairperson Diane Dreidger Diane Scribe Niiganii Jim Baker Scott Jocelyn Lanny McInnes Judy Redmond Karen Pirnie Doug Momotiuk Andrew Donachuk Victor Minenko John Wyndels Absent with regrets Chris Summerville Eileen Clarke The Agenda Summary of Discussions and Meeting minutes of November 29 were approved by all members without changes Victor Minenko Executive Director of the Research Legislation and Policy division of the Department of Labour and Immigration introduced the Working Document of the Council The Working Document stems from the agreed upon consensus approved recommendations of the Accessibility Advisory Committee that met between December 2010 and March 2011 The Working Document will serve as the starting point for discussions of the Council Victor went through the document section by section providing an overview of the Working Document This was an opportunity for the Council to view the final recommendations of the previous committee Among considerations will be the development of accessibility standards which are currently only a framework The Minister will be looking to the Council to provide a more substantive process regarding accessibility standards Council requested additional information in the following areas A list of existing regulatory bodies within the departments of the provincial government to determine how they may play a role in the compliance component of the legislation A list of priorities areas as identified by Manitobans with disabilities The Disabilities Issues Office DIO has performed a series of community consultations throughout the

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  • Feature Issue Archive | Barrier Free Manitoba
    the font PC ctrl ctrl MAC command command Feature Issue Building Code Changes There are a number of proposed changes to the National Building Code and the National Fire Code of Canada underway A public review process to provide feedback on the proposed changes ended on November 28 2008 The proposed changes may cause significant alterations to where and how people can live The people that will be directly affected by these changes include anyone judged under the proposed changes as receiving care or who cannot independently evacuate the housing self preservation The term care has been defined in the proposed changes very broadly The term self preservation is also defined in way that could be quite sweeping to include many people who live in residential housing in the community Fundamentally this would seem to be a shift in the language of the codes and will require building authorities and design professionals to judge people s abilities rather than the current practice of assessing the designated use of the building As most professionals from the construction and housing sector do not have experience or training that offer a formal knowledge base for judging peoples abilities this would grant license to subjective judgments that will override an individual s right to live in smaller residential settings houses apartments row housing etc To find out more on the proposed changes to the National Building code and the National Fire code you can only download each proposed changed individually at http www nationalcodes ca publicreview 2008 technical changes e shtml When at that website scroll down to View the technical changes by Select Subject Then you will be directed to a new page that you can select either National Building Code 466 changes National Fire Code 113 changes National Plumbing Code 57 changes

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  • Feature Issue Archive | Barrier Free Manitoba
    the Analysis of Different Models of Legislation pdf or Word Analysis of Accessibility Legislation Models and Recommendations Regarding Accessibility Legislation in Manitoba Prepared for Barrier Free Manitoba by the Public Interest Law Centre April 2009 INTRODUCTION The purpose of this paper is to identify key elements that should be included in accessibility legislation in Manitoba It is intended to provide general information highlight particular issues and pose specific questions that should be answered before suggesting possible wording of accessibility legislation This paper is intended to provide Barrier Free Manitoba with a broad framework for further discussion and to plan next steps for instance obtaining input from focus groups or at community events This paper is based on a review of accessibility legislation in the U S Britain Australia and Ontario It does not include an analysis of the regulations or standards issued under these statutes The paper is informed by some of the reports prepared by government agencies or disabilities groups in jurisdictions that have accessibility legislation however it is by no means based on a complete analysis of all of the available information Once further input is received from Barrier Free Manitoba and other interested stakeholders a more comprehensive analysis and opinion regarding the form that accessibility legislation in Manitoba should take can be completed When contemplating each of the elements identified in this paper and answering the specific questions raised consideration should be given to Barrier Free Manitoba s 9 Principles for Legislation namely accessibility rights legislation that will cover all disabilities reflect a principled approach to equality move beyond the complaints driven system to comprehensively address discrimination and barriers establish a definite target date to achieve a barrier free Manitoba require the development of clear progressive mandatory and date specific standards in all major areas related to

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  • Feature Issue Archive | Barrier Free Manitoba
    of all kinds qualify as a disability whether they result in functional limitations or only the perception of limitations including past and future disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act ADA defines disability in a narrower manner and requires an individual to demonstrate that they currently have previously had or are perceived to have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities The Canadian model of defining disability best ensures that all disabilities will be covered and reflects a principled approach to equality While the definition may exclude particular conditions that are perceived as blame worthy like the ADA s exclusion of addictions the desire to cover all disabilities by necessity requires that no conditions are specifically excluded from the definition Development of Accessibility Standards Standards can be developed by industry though we assume such standards are more likely to represent the interests of industry rather than the disability community Standards can also be developed by government as in the United States or through committees of stakeholders as in Ontario Any of these models can incorporate a leadership role for the disability community the key is not the mechanism through which the community is consulted but how meaningful the consultation is and whether the comments are incorporated in further revisions of the standards The Ontario experience with standard development committees demonstrates that their proper functioning depends in large part on the exact details of how they function which the disability community must be cognizant of Monitoring Compliance with the Standards Once developed government needs to monitor their implementation by organizations Annual reporting can be used but is unlikely to be useful for any organization that is intentionally or negligently contravening the standards though the reporting could provide useful information for other monitoring mechanisms Either individuals or government investigators could also identify organizations not complying with the standards the main difference being who bears the burden of monitoring implementation In Ontario both annual reporting and investigations are envisioned though their implementation is still in its early stages The legislation ought to primarily adopt a monitoring system using investigations by an independent agency When deciding which organizations to investigate the body ought to consider complaints of non compliance received by people with disabilities Ensuring Compliance with the Standards Monitoring implementation is one mechanism through which compliance can be promoted particularly if there is broad knowledge of a rigorous monitoring mechanism In addition the government can develop incentive or penalty based programs All of these mechanisms and the incentive created by the purchasing power of people with disabilities form part of the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario s compliance planning For any of these mechanisms to be an adequate motivator for an organization to consider expending resources on compliance it must be significant The legislation or regulations ought to provide direction as to the calculation of fines or damages to ensure that they are sufficiently large to discourage non compliance Public Accountability An important aspect of the legislation is

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  • Feature Issue Archive | Barrier Free Manitoba
    communities that identified each category Issue Identified No of Communities Access 1 Accessible sidewalks 1 Accessibility 3 Accessibility issues 1 Accessible bathrooms 1 Building accessibility washrooms 1 Building accessibility handicap parking 1 Building accessibility 3 Building accessibility public washrooms 1 Building accessibility sidewalks 1 Building accessibility washrooms 14 Communication 2 Communication information 3 Communication signage 1 Communication social inclusion 7 Crosswalks 1 Housing 37 Information 1 Information accessibility 1 Information communication 1 Outdoor spaces and buildings 1 Public washrooms Accessibility 2 Sidewalks 5 Sidewalks and road safety 1 Sidewalks crosswalks 1 Sidewalks crosswalks sidewalks 1 Sidewalks paths 1 Sidewalks road crossings 1 Sidewalks road maintenance 2 Sidewalks roads 1 Sidewalks safety 1 Sidewalks snow removal 2 Sidewalks street maintenance 1 Sidewalks streets 12 Sidewalks streets crosswalks 1 Social Inclusion 1 Streets 2 Streets infrastructure 3 Streets sidewalks 3 Streets sidewalks walking paths 1 Transportation 29 Transportation options 1 Walking paths bike paths 1 Walking trails benches 1 Wheelchair handicap access 2 Total 159 Fourteen of different communities identified building accessible washrooms as one of the priorities that need to be urgently addressed while another 12 of the priority categories included the terms access accessible or accessibility Twelve of the communities identified sidewalks streets while another 11 priority categories included the term sidewalk The specific priority categories most often identified by communities were transportation 29 communities and housing 27 communities both of which are frequent challenges for many Manitobans with a disability Specific Types of Barriers The surveys also asked participants to either agree or disagree with over 50 statements about positive age friendly aspects of their communities Agreeing with the statement indicated participants felt that the community already had the positive feature Disagreeing with the statement indicated that participants found this feature lacking in their respective communities In short the greater share of participants who disagreed with a statement the greater the indication that it is a problem in Manitoba The following table shows the percent of participants who disagreed with 18 of the statements included in the survey The percentages are based only on those participants who either agreed or disagreed with the statement and the statements are listed from the lowest percent to the highest percent of participants disagreeing with them Age Friendly Feature Percent Disagreeing The road signs are easy to read and large enough for older drivers 22 1 Snow clearing is done in a timely manner so walking and driving is safe 26 2 There is enough assistance available for completing official forms e g help with filling out government or income tax forms 33 2 Official written information such as forms or brochures is easy to read and understand e g large print clear language 36 1 The transportation that is available for individuals with disabilities e g Handi Van is sufficient 36 6 There are enough handicap parking spaces close to services and stores 42 0 There are sidewalks linking residences and essential services in most or all areas of my community 42

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