Thursday, July 30, 2015

Public Advisory from Winnipeg Police Services about Operation Dry Water for Long Weekend ( Aug 1st-3rd)

Winnipeg Police Service
Thursday, July 30, 2015

Operation Dry Water

Education and enforcement directed toward reducing alcohol related incidents on the waterways.

August 1st-3rd (Long Weekend)

By the middle of summer, boating is in full swing. With warmer water, hotter days and many enjoying fun in the sun on their boats, it is the perfect time to remind Canadian boaters about the risks of drinking and boating.

Alcohol is a factor in nearly 40% of boating incidents and many Canadians simply do not understand that there are intensifying factors, known as “stressors”, such as sun, wind, waves and the rocking motion of the boat that can greatly increase the effects of alcohol on the water.

There are many vessels where drinking is simply not allowed. Open alcohol containers are only allowed on boats that are design to be ‘residences’, with sleeping facilities, a head (washroom facilities) and cooking facilities. And drinking is only allowed when that boat is at anchor, docked or hard aground; never while underway.

The laws surrounding when a boater is considered impaired mirror provincial driving laws.  Some provinces have even put in place legislation that has impaired boating affecting the boaters’ rights to drive their automobile; being charged on the water equals remedies on land.  In provinces that have not enacted similar legislation, many boaters forget that “having a few too many” on the water, by extension, may lead to being impaired while driving home.

In 2013, the Canadian Safe Boating Council launched a campaign over the first weekend in August called Operation Dry Water. This campaign focuses on messaging about the potential risks of drinking and boating, the remedies that are currently in place to discourage the behavior and heightened police enforcement on the water.

During Operation Dry Water, marine enforcement will saturate high traffic areas on lakes and canals throughout the provinces, intensifying efforts to detect and apprehend boat operators who are operating under the influence of alcohol. As part of this initiative, the media will be provided with information from the Council to educate their audiences about the dangers of drinking and boating, its prevalence and the remedies that are in place to curb the problem.

For further information contact either:
Constable Jason Michalyshen, Public Information Officer
Constable Eric Hofley, Public Information Officer

Phone: (204) 986-3061 | Fax: (204) 986-3267 | Email:

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI) and World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) New Board of Directors (2015-2019) & Announcement for the next WASLI & WFD Conference!

Congratulations to newly elected Board of Directors for the World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI) and for the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD)! Best wishes for the upcoming term. Thanks too to the outgoing board members for serving from 2011-2015!

  • WASLI BoardDebra Russell, President
  • Jose Ednilson, Vice President
  • Susan Emerson, Treasurer
  • Isabelle Heyrick, Secretary 
  • Natasha Maliko, Africa
  • Etsuko Unemoto, Asia
  • Angela Murray, Austroceania
  • Desanka Zizic, Balkans
  • Christopher Stone, Europe
  • Liz Mendoza, North America
  • Isabel Rey, Latin America
  • Anna Komorova and Igor Bondarenko, Transcaucasia
  • Nigel Howard, Deaf Interpreting Advisor
A special thanks to Nigel Howard for serving as the WASLI North America representative from 2011-2015. It was a pleasure to work with you along with our colleagues from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID – USA) and Asociación de Intépretes de Lengua de Señas del Distrito Federal (AILSDF – Mexico). Likewise, best wishes to the newly elected WASLI North America representative, Liz Mendoza. We’re looking forward to getting to know you better and to work with you over the coming term.

World Federation of the Deaf (WFD)Board of Directors (2015-2019):

  • President: Colin Allen
  • Vice President: Dr Joseph Murray
  • Mr Florjan Rojba
  • Ms Ana Regina Souza Campello
  • Mr Kasper Bergmann
  • Ms Kaisa Alanne
  • Ms Jigjid Dulamsuren
  • Ms Hanne Berge Kvitvaer
  • Mr Nikolay Chaushyan
  • Dr Terry Riley OBE

WFD and WASLI Conferences in France in 2019Eiffel Tower

The 2019 WFD World Congress will be held in France. WFD OM France won out as the location for the conference by a slight margin over Hong Kong. As is the tradition for WFD & WASLI to host their respective conferences in the same location one week apart, the WASLI 2019 Conference will also be hosted in France.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Yoga Retreat in ASL


It has come to my attention about Yoga Retreat will be provided in ASL. Please check it out the link if you are interested:

Click or copy/paste -!asl-yoga-retreat/c1wwa

Enjoy the website!

Sheila Montney
Executive Director

Deaf Centre Manitoba Inc

Friendly reminder to book hotel room by August 20th for Saskatchewan Association of the Deaf (SAD) 70th Anniversary!

Friendly reminder about  Saskatchewan Association of the Deaf (SAD) 70th Anniversary!!:

Deadline to book a hotel room for the SAD 70th Anniversary is
AUGUST 20, 2015
Book your hotel rooms before this date!!!

After August 20th, no rooms will be held and no special pricing.

You MUST book with the group block code: “Saskatoon Association of the Deaf 70th Anniversary” to get special pricing.