Category Archives: Manitoba News

Problem with Video Call Service

According to a CBC on-line news story published June 22, 2017, there have been problems with called parties hanging up on video call service calls because they mistakenly think the calls are from telemarketers.  Read CBC’s report at video call-service for deaf/hard-of-hearing mistaken for telemarketing

Do We RECYCLE Hearing Aids?

Yes!! Hearing aids can be recycled!

We have received a few inquiries about recycling hearing aids and yes we do accept them. CHHA Manitoba Chapter has been partnering with The Lion’s Hearing Foundation of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario to recycle used hearing aids.  The foundation of is a non-profit organization that provides hearing related services to both children and adults.  They help those requiring specialized surgery or hearing aids.  The Lion’s Hearing Foundation believes everyone has a right to effective communication.  They have an Education and Resource Center that focuses on providing information, education, support groups, and counseling for families of children with hearing loss.

When the CHHA Manitoba Chapter Board members saw the mini-collection boxes that the Lion’s Foundation distributes to collect used hearing aids, we were inspired by their program.  We know the cost of hearing aids is high and can be out of reach for some people.  We feel that partnering with the Lions Hearing Foundation is a good fit for our organization.

Lions Hearing Aid Recycling Program Donation Box

Our Board has offered to help place the collection boxes in public locations. Presently we have a box at our office at the SMD Clearinghouse, one at the Winnipeg Hearing Centre on Henderson Hwy, and Jo-Anne Jones, one of our speech reading instructors, brings a box with her to her classes.
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Annual General Meeting

Our chapter will hold its annual general meeting on May 11th.  The business portion of the meeting will be brief, followed by a presentation by speech language pathologist Janelle Kent.  Coffee, tea and goodies follow the meeting giving members and guests an opportunity to socialize.  Free parking available in the lot across the land from the SMD building – be sure to sign in at the reception desk. And don’t forget – bring along your old hearing aids so we can help recycle them to someone in need.  Click on this link to see the meeting poster: CHHA Manitoba AGM 2017 Poster

Introducing Manitoba 211 Service

Manitoba’s new 211 service is a province-wide online service to help Manitobans find the help they need from government and community-based health and social services.  The service was developed through a partnership between United Way Winnipeg and Volunteer Manitoba, and also includes all Manitoba United Ways as stakeholders.  The second phase will extend the service to include telephone, text and/or chat capability.  Here’s a link to the new service: 211 Manitoba

 

ASL Interpreters and Captioning Available at Some Entertainment Events

The Winnipeg Free Press feature  story Open to Interpretation – Lyrical Expression published February 4, 2017 explains a new entertainment trend which includes ASL (American sign language) interpreters at concerts so that deaf patrons can enjoy the event.  The story also includes information about the program offered at the MTS Centre to provide captioning services to the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities via mobile devices.  Requests for closed captioning at the Centre can be made on their website at MTS Centre or by phoning the True North office at 204-987-7825.  You can read the entire article on the Free Press website at:  Winnipeg Free Press – ASL at music concerts

Crossword Puzzle Solution!

Our chapter’s December newsletter included a crossword puzzle. Here’s the solution:

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Donation Drive

Clean out your closets and cupboards! Donate used clothing, shoes, accessories, books and small household items to support CHHA Manitoba Chapter! 

The Manitoba Chapter of the Canadian hard of Hearing Association is collecting saleable goods for Value Village at 970 Nairn Avenue only on Saturday, December 3rd between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.  Donations will be weighed at the end of the day and Value Village will pay our chapter fifteen cents per pound for soft goods and five cents per pound for hard goods. 

Clothing, shoes, accessories and linen should be placed in  plastic bags and heavier items such as books and small household items should be placed in boxes as they may be breakable.  Thank you for your support!

Loop to HEAR Winnipeg

On Monday October 3rd CHHA Manitoba received word that it’s grant proposal was approved and the Manitoba Chapter will be receiving a $4000. donation from the CHHA Foundation to help move forward with its project “Loop to HEAR Winnipeg”‘

The CHHA Foundation is a registered charitable fundraising organization, that  supports the activities and programs of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA).  CHHA Manitoba is grateful for this generous donation which will enable them to implement the project Loop to HEAR Winnipeg.

The Loop to HEAR Winnipeg is a project that CHHA Manitoba plans to implement to increase awareness and the benefits of the loop system.  The planned system is portable, enabling setup at various venues, such as presentations and classes in order to demonstrate the value of improved communication.  CHHA Manitoba Chapter believes that after seeing the system in operation members of the public will willingly advocate for wider distribution of loop systems in public venues.

Congratulations to all the people on the Grant Committee who worked so hard getting this proposal in and approved, great job!

Winnipeg Taxi Cab Study – 2016

The Taxicab Board has engaged MNP Consulting Services to complete a review of the Winnipeg Taxicab industry to ensure access to quality, safe and efficient taxicab services including:

  • A taxicab supply that effectively meets demand
  • Affordable fares that support a healthy, viable taxicab industry
  • High quality customer service and customer satisfaction
  • Safety and security of passengers and drivers
  • Compliance with all applicable laws including accessibility standards.

The review will include consultations with cab companies and drivers, the public, and organizations with an interest in taxi and limousine services in Winnipeg.

Background information about the industry in Winnipeg and access to online surveys is available on the Winnipeg Taxi Study webpage at www Winnipeg Taxi Cab Study 2016

Please email questions or concerns to participate@mnp.ca or call 877-500-0795 toll-free.

Newborn Hearing Screening

Hearing tests for newborns will be available at 13 health-care facilities across Manitoba starting September 1, 2016.

Read the CBC report here: CBC Manitoba: Newborn Hearing Screening Expands Across Manitoba or the Winnipeg Free Press report here: Winnipeg Free Press: Hearing Program for Infants Launched