Monday, September 28, 2015

REMINDER Prescription Drugs Presentation Friday October 2nd, 2015

RCMDB Job Opportunity 2015

Update about Future of Canada's Video Relay Services

Good morning everyone

Please see the special announcement from Canadian Administrator of Video Relay Services (CAV) about their update about future of Canada Video Relay Services!

Sheila Montney
Co- Chairperson
MBVRS Committee

CAV-ACS Coming Soon!

Suivi par le texte français

Video: ASL


I am writing to share some important information with you about our progress on the implementation of Canada’s Video Relay Service.

CAV-ACS is a brand new organization so we are still working to get our administrative resources in place, while at the same time, making progress in the development of VRS.

With regard to VRS, we are involved in a two-step process which includes:
  1.  Acquiring the technology platform that will power our VRS system.
  2.  Selecting the video interpreter providers who will provide call centres and ASL and LSQ interpreting services. 
We are well advanced in the process to select the platform, but we are in the beginning stages with the video interpreting providers.  The system will also include mobile apps and apps for PCs, MACs and tablets. More information about the start date for Canada’s new VRS will be available after the contracts are in place.

We’re also developing a website for CAV so we can begin communicating with you more frequently in English and French, ASL and LSQ. Our goal is to launch the website before the end of this year.

Every step that CAV takes is planned with great care and meets high quality expectations. VRS involves complex technologies, and we cannot rush the process.  We are bringing due diligence to every activity we are undertaking to ensure we launch a service that is reliable and effective, and delivers the kind of service Canadians want and deserve.

We’re all in this together. We’re writing history and we’re looking forward to VRS coming in 2016. Personally, I can’t wait to add my VRS phone number to my business card.


Sue Decker
Executive Director, CAV-ACS

Vidéo: LSQ


Je vous écris afin de partager d’importantes mises à jour avec vous tous au sujet du développement de l’implantation des services de relais vidéo (SRV) au Canada.

Le ACS est un tout nouvel organisme et nous travaillons présentement à implanter nos ressources administratives, tout en continant d’avancer afin de pouvoir offrir des SRV le plus tôt possible.

En ce qui a trait aux SRV, nous sommes impliqués dans un procédé en deux étapes pour :
  1. acquérir la plateforme technologique qui soutiendra notre système de SRV, et
  2. sélectionner les fournisseurs d’interprétation vidéo qui offriront des centres d’appels, ainsi que des services d’interprétation.
Nous avons fait beaucoup de travail quant à la sélection de la plateforme technologique, mais nous sommes en mode préliminaire quant à la sélection des fournisseurs d’interprétation vidéo. Le système offrira également des versions en format mobile et sous forme d’application pour les utilisateurs PC, Mac, de même que pour les tablettes numériques. Plus d’information quant à la date du lancement canadien du nouveau SRV sera disponible lorsque les contrats auront été accordés.

Nous développons aussi un site Web pour ACS afin que nous puissions communiquer avec vous de façon plus efficace en français et en anglais, ASL et LSQ. Notre but est de lancer ce site Web d’ici la fin de cette année.

Chaque pas que fait le ACS est planifié avec soin afin de rencontrer de hauts critères d’excellence. Les SRV fonctionnent grâce à une technologie complexe, et c’est la raison pour laquelle nous ne voulons pas mettre la charrue devant les bœufs. Nous sommes imputables quant aux activités que nous entreprenons et nous tenons à livrer un service fiable, efficace et qui répond aux besoins des Canadiens.

Nous travaillons tous en équipe. Nous sommes à écrire une page d’histoire en matière de SRV et nous sommes excités à l’idée de ce que nous réserve 2016. Pour ma part, j’ai tellement hâte d’ajouter mon numéro de téléphone SRV sur mes cartes d’affaires.


Sue Decker
Directrice générale, ACS

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Location announced: Prescription Drugs 2015

Deaf Family Doctor opening a Practice

Dr. Megan Jack is a new family doctor who will be accepting patients at ACCESS Downtown, 640 Main St. She is deaf, fluent in American Sign Language and is open to seeing D/deaf and hard of hearing patients. If you do not have a family doctor, please go to Family Doctor Finder ( or phone 204-786-7111) and under Your Preferences for a Health Care Provider, type American Sign Language as your preferred language. Family Doctor Finder will then connect you with ACCESS Downtown.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Deaf Studies Program (DSP) and ASL-English Interpretation Program (AEIP) Students 2015-2016

Hello Everyone,  

We are excited to introduce you to the students who are in the AEIP and DSP this year!!
Please take a minute to look at the poster to see who the students are and if you see them around please don’t be afraid to say hi!!

Cheryle Broszeit
Red River College

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

TD Friends of the Environment Foundation is hosting Def Community Planting in Winnipeg- Sept 27th!


On Sunday, September 27th, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation will be hosting a morning tree planting event in Winnipeg!

Please see the details and video below for more information.

Hope to see you there!

                 Deaf Community Plantings

Building on the success of its inaugural Deaf Community planting in 2014, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation is hosting 10 Deaf Community Plantings across Canada. TD will provide American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters at each site to facilitate communication between Deaf and hearing volunteers.

See our TDFEF video for more information! (ASL/English)

Where: Fort Whyte Alive
1961 McCreary Road 
Winnipeg, MB

Time: 1:00 pm-4:00 pm

Register TODAY and join an event this fall to help make your community greener. Please click or copy & paste -

Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out via email or phone.  Happy to assist!


Jennifer Popkey

(AVLIC/OASLI member)

Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf (CCSD) ASLphabet 2015

Run for the Cure- October 4th, 2015

Deaf Yoga Class in Leisure Guide 2015

Hi everyone,

I want to respond to some questions about the Deaf yoga class in the Leisure Guide.

The class was listed as Yoga for ASL. That is not the name I gave them. City staff changed the name. The class is listed in the disabilities section of the Leisure Guide. I think it is on page 50. The class is on Wednesdays at 6:00 - 7:00 at the St. James Civic Centre, 2055 Ness Ave. There are only 3 registered right now. I understand that some people have had difficulty registering. If you want to attend the class please register right away. If you have problems registering let me know and I will get City staff to help you.

I will be contacting the person in charge of the program to discuss the issues that members of the Deaf community have pointed out to me. I hope we are able to go ahead with the class next week.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Lisa Dessens 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Friendly reminder to sign up for Deaf Yoga!

Reminder: Deaf yoga in leisure guide. Only 3 people have signed up through the leisure guide. The class will be cancelled if more people don't sign up soon.

Lisa Dessens 

Friday, September 4, 2015

Severe \Thunderstorm warning for Winnipeg!

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

City of Winnipeg

Issued at 13:44 Friday 04 September 2015
At 1:44 p.m. CDT, Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a cluster of severe thunderstorms capable of producing strong wind gusts, dime to nickel size hail and heavy rain. The cluster of severe thunderstorms will move into the Winnipeg area around 2 pm. The main threats with these thunderstorms will be torrential rainfall, with 50 mm possible in localized areas. Intense and frequent lightning is also expected. Updated or ended by 2:43 p.m. CDT. At 1:44 p.m. CDT, Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a cluster of severe thunderstorms capable of producing strong wind gusts, dime to nickel size hail and heavy rain. The cluster of severe thunderstorms will move into the Winnipeg area around 2 pm. The main threats with these thunderstorms will be torrential rainfall, with 50 mm possible in localized areas. Intense and frequent lightning is also expected. Find out more ›

Severe Thunderstorm Watch

City of Winnipeg

Issued at 10:26 Friday 04 September 2015
Conditions are favourable for the development of dangerous thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and torrential rain. Several days of heat and humidity are set to end with the passage of a cold front through southern Manitoba this afternoon and evening. As the front moves east this afternoon, thunderstorms will likely develop, some of which may become severe with large hail, gusty winds and heavy to torrential rains being the main threats. The thunderstorm threat will likely continue through the evening hours as they track into northwestern Ontario by early Saturday morning. Fast moving water across a road can sweep a vehicle away. Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Remember, severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes. Be prepared for severe weather. Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches. Stay indoors when a thunderstorm strikes. There isn't a place outside that is safe during a thunderstorm. Environment Canada meteorologists will update alerts as required. Please monitor local media or Weatheradio. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports to #MBStorm. Find out more ›

Sad News: Deaf Literacy Program (DCP) is closing. Information Night Sept 10th, 2015

We are hosting a Deaf Literacy Program (DLP) information night about why RRC has decided to close DLP. It will be on Thursday, Sept. 10 at RRC in the Orange Lecture Theatre (Mall Level) at 7pm. Hope everyone will be able to come.  

Please see the below announcement from Graham Thomson, Dean, School of Business & Applied Arts:

Winnipeg Church of the Deaf (WCD) BBQ Lunch Sept 2015

Winnipeg Church of the Deaf (WCD) News Sept/Oct 2015

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Proposed all-in-one Personal Identification Card 2015

Hello Deaf Community,

Manitoba Driver’s Licence may include Manitoba Health information.

We need your feedback on the proposed all-in-one Personal Identification Card. Please click on “view article”.

Gunars Butkans
MDA President

Manitobans are invited to share their views on a proposed all-in-one Personal Identification Card (PIC) that would combine a person’s driver’s licence, photo ID, health and travel card.

View article...

REMINDER!! Winter Deaflympics Presentation Friday, Sept 11th

ASL Night September 17, 2015

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Mosquito Fogging September 1st, 2015

City of Winnipeg Insect Control

Adult Nuisance Mosquito Fogging Bulletin #21

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Adult Nuisance Mosquito Fogging Program continues

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg’s Insect Control Branch was able to complete all the scheduled Insect Management Areas last night except for Insect Management Areas 19 and 43 for adult nuisance mosquito fogging.

Today, Tuesday, September 1, 2015, weather permitting, the Insect Control Branch will continue adult nuisance mosquito fogging in Insect Management Areas 2, 7, 8, 9, 19, 27, 28, 41, and 43 between the hours of 9:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m.

This includes the following neighbourhoods:

Insect Management Area

Kildonan Drive, Rossmere A
Griffin, Meadows, Peguis, Radisson, Regent, Victoria West
Cantebury Park, Kern Park, Kildare Redonda, Transcona North
Dugald, Melrose, Mission Gardens, Transcona South,
Transcona Yards, St. Boniface Industrial Park
St. Vital Perimeter South
Elmhurst, Eric Coy, Marlton, Ridgedale, Varsity View, Vialoux
Assiniboine Park
Armstrong Point, Broadway - Assiniboine, Legislature,
Portage & Main, South Portage, The Forks, West Broadway, Wolseley
North Inkster Industrial, Oakpoint Highway, Omand's Creek Industrial, Tyndall Park

Daily public service announcements
Public Service Announcements (PSAs) will be released daily at least eight hours in advance of fogging. These PSAs will identify the Insect Management Areas the Insect Control Branch is planning to treat that evening, weather permitting. Until further notice, fogging will be carried out on a daily basis between the hours of 9:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m.  Fogging will not occur when temperatures are below 13 degrees Celsius and/or wind speeds are not conducive to fogging. 

The insecticide Pro Malathion ULV® will be used. This insecticide has been approved for use in Canada by Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency. Pro Malathion ULV® will be used in accordance with federally approved label directions by licensed pesticide applicators.

Buffer zones
All buffer zones will be respected. Crews will ensure that the sprayer is not treating within 90 metres on each side of a registered property on the front street, side street, and rear lane.

Property owners not wanting insecticides applied on or adjacent to their principal residence may register as “Anti-Pesticide Registrants” (APR) for the adult nuisance mosquito control program. Those who wish to register must provide identification that ties the registrant to the address being registered for a buffer zone. A photocopy or scanned document such as a driver’s licence or a utility bill will suffice as acceptable identification proving primary residence. Remember – a 72-hour turnaround time is required.

There are four different options to register:
  • In writing to Insect Control Branch at 3 Grey Street, Winnipeg, MB R2L 1V2,
  • Emailing 311 at
  • Faxing 311, and
  • In person at 1539 Waverley Street.

Phone and email notification
The Insect Control Branch offers an automated telephone and email notification system. Residents who register for this service will receive daily phone or email notifications during all fogging for adult mosquito control. To register for the automated email or telephone notification systems, citizens can go to City of Winnipeg – Register for Notification or call 311.

Larviciding and residual treatments
The Insect Control Branch’s extensive larviciding and residual treatment programs will continue throughout the city in conjunction with the fogging program.

More information
For more information, please contact 311, open 24 hours every day by phone at 311 or by email at, or visit the City’s Insect Control website.