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Barrier-Free Manitoba issues response to Manitoba Accessibilty Advisory Council recommendations for made-in-Manitoba Accessibility Legislation

Published on October 15, 2012 by Donna Seale

Recently, I blogged about the recommendations for made-in-Manitoba Accessibility Legislation brought forward by the Manitoba Accessibility Advisory Council.  I also noted that the Minister of Family Services and Labor had requested public input in response to the recommendations.

One organization that has responded to the Minister’s request is Barrier-Free Manitoba, a self-described  “non-partisan, non-profit, cross-disability initiative” formed in 2008 with the purpose of securing “strong and effective accessibility-rights legislation in Manitoba” for persons with disabilities.

In response to the Accessibility Advisory Council’s recommendations, Barrier-Free Manitoba has issued the following, which they were kind enough to bring to my attention:

-Position Paper (BFM Position Paper)

-Executive Summary (Stronger Measures Essential ES Final )

Although Barrier-Free Manitoba believes that the Accessibility Advisory Council’s recommendations represent a positive first step towards the enactment of accessibility legislation in our province, its general position is that the recommendations fall short in five main areas:

• There is no definite target date to achieve full accessibility in Manitoba;
• More effective penalties for non-compliance need to be incorporated;
• There needs to be inclusive and proactive public sector leadership;
•Any accessibility legislation developed needs to incorporate greater transparency and accountability;
• There needs to be early and meaningful progress on implementation.

For more information on Barrier-Free Manitoba’s call for the Province to develop legislation that it would view as meeting the goal of true inclusivity for persons with disabilities in Manitoba, head to its website where you can read more.  They also have an online petition you can sign.

And, remember, if you have any thoughts on the Manitoba Accessibility Advisory Council’s recommendations, the deadline for submissions is this Sunday, October 21, 2012.



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Upcoming CAHRMA Conference offers Aboriginal communities opportunity to enhance their workplaces

Published on October 12, 2012 by Donna Seale

CAHRMA is the Canadian Aboriginal Human Resource Management Association.  It is a new national association focusing specifically on the needs of Aboriginal communities and, in particular, assisting them develop sound human resource practices that will serve to enhance workplaces in those communities.

I am honored to have been asked to speak at CAHRMA’s very first national conference being held in Winnipeg on November 21 to 23, 2012.  I will be talking about best practices for handling human rights complaints that arise internally in an organization.

If you are a Human Resource practitioner predominantly of Aboriginal descent, you will be sure to want to check out what this conference is all about.  Conference information can be found by following this link.  While the Conference will be jam-packed with informative educational sessions, the Conference also provides tremendous networking opportunities for attendees and presenters, alike.  Please feel free to come and chat with me if you happen to be in attendance!

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