Category Archives: Manitoba News

Accessibility Legislation

The Government of Manitoba Disabilities Issues Office (DIO) wishes to share an important opportunity to contribute to a national discussion on accessibility legislation.  The Government of Canada is inviting Manitoba youth with expertise in a broad range of disabilities to participate in a national conversation about accessibility.  These discussions will be part of a day-long National Youth Forum planned in Ottawa in November 2016.  Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Canada’s first Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, will host the forum.

To learn more about how all Manitobans can participate in the national consultation on-line and in person, and how youth can apply to the National Youth Forum, please visit Government of Canada – disability consultations  and click on National Youth Forum.  The deadline for submissions to the Government of Canada is September 15, 2016.

Video from May 26, 2016 book signing

A special event CHHA Manitoba Chapter sponsored as part of Speech and Hearing Month in 2016 was a book-signing held Thursday May 26 at the McNally Robinson book store in Winnipeg.  The event featured Gael Hannan discussing her new book, The Way I Hear It: A Life With Hearing Loss.  Gael is a sought-after speaker known for her funny and insightful performances on living with hearing loss. Here’s a link to the video posted on YouTube.  The video was shot using a cellphone from the back of the room so the quality is not perfect, but it’s still good!  You may have to increase your volume to hear it properly. Gael Hannan book signing May 27, 2016

Disability Issues – Annual Accessibility Survey

The Province of Manitoba wants to measure the impact of the introduction of The Accessibility of Manitobans Act.

Each year during the month of December, the Disabilities Issues Office (DIO) will invite Manitobans to help evaluate the effect of introducing accessibility legislation and to offer comments on what the Government can do to better support the legislation.  The DIO will ask the same questions in future years during December, in order to measure changes over time.

Please respond to,  by email, fax (204) 948-2896,or  by telephone interview (204) 945-7613.  The deadline is January 19, 2016

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Disability Matters: Vote 2016

A special joint project called Disability Matters: Vote 2016 has been launched by Abilities Manitoba and Barrier-Free Manitoba.  This is a non-partisan, cross-disability campaign to:

(1) Ensure that all Manitobans with disabilities can participate fully in election activities and that those who are eligible to vote are able to do so.
(2) Promote priority attention for disability issues in the election.
(3) Support Manitobans with disabilities in making informed voting decisions

Learn more about the campaign and the organizers by clicking on each of the links above and consider getting involved with your disability support organization.


Home-buyer Education Series

SEED Winnipeg Inc. is holding a series of free workshops on home buying. These workshops cover topics such as mortgages, housing costs and how to find the right house and are meant for people of diverse backgrounds living on a low income.   Here are the details:

January 19 to February 4, 2016, (Tuesdays and Thursdays) from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Millennium Library, 251 Donald Street

Limited seats are available. Call 204-927-9947 to register for one or all topics.
January 19:  What will it cost to buy a house?
January 21:  Mortgages and housing costs
January 26:  How to find the right house
January 28:  Realtors and legal matters
February 2:  Insurance and maintenance
February4:   Meet a Realtor, lawyer and mortgage specialist

Hearing Tests for All Manitoba Newborns Coming in 2016

The Winnipeg Free Press published a brief article on October 9, 2015 about the Manitoba Government’s plan to continue expanding newborn hearing testing to include all regional health authority locations in 2016.  Read the article here:  Hearing Tests for Newborns

Yoga for Hard of Hearing

The City of Winnipeg Leisure Guide includes a new program – Yoga for Hard of Hearing – a wonderful opportunity for those who have difficulty hearing but want to learn yoga.  The class runs Wednesdays from September 16 to November 25 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at St. James Civic Centre, 2055 Ness Ave.  The fee is $70.00.  For more information check out page 50 of the Leisure Guide or call the City of Winnipeg 311 information line.

Randy Rutherford at the Fringe!

Enjoy a delightfully funny Fringe Festival show featuring Randy Rutherford.  Despite profound hearing loss, Randy thrills and inspires audiences with his musical memoirs, masterfully crafted from his long and interesting life.   The July 22nd 3:30 p.m. show at the Prairie Theatre Mainstage is sponsored by the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association, Manitoba Chapter and captioned by Word for Word.

Read more about Randy here:

Complete list of show times
Wed. July 15 7:00 pm
Thu. July 16 3:30 pm
Fri. July 17 3:30 pm
Sat. July 18 7:45 pm
Sun. July 19 6:00 pm
Wed. July 22 3:30 pm (captioned)
Thu. July 23 6:00 pm
Fri. July 24 8:00 pm
Sat. July 25 3:30 pm
Sun. July 26 6:30 pm

U of M Centre on Aging to host its 32nd Annual Symposium

The Centre on Aging, University of Manitoba hosts its 32nd annual spring research symposium over two days on May 4-5, 2015 on the Bannatyne Campus.  Many topics will be covered at the event, including presentations on research , care in personal care homes, safety and much more.
All are welcome! There is no cost to attend the sessions. Lunch is available for $10. Registration forms are available on the Centre’s Web site until April 24, 2015. After April 24, 2015, attendees must register in person at the registration desk on May 4, 2015.  For more information, visit or call (204) 474-9854.

Can You Hear Me Now?

Read this excellent March 5, 2015 article by Shannon Sampert, Winnipeg Free Press perspectives and politics editor in which she discusses her own hearing loss and the challenges – both emotional and financial faced by the hard of hearing community.