On Monday, December 1, 2014 at 10am – I attended the Inauguration of the new Oshawa City Councilors and Mayor. The ceremony began with a “call to order” by the City Clerk; Next was an invocation by Reverend Canon Anthony Jemmott of St. George’s Memorial Church; next was a short speech by David Potts (City Solicitor). He than conducted the Declaration of Office by the Mayor and Councilors and invest Mayor John Henry with the Chain of Office; next the “Inaugural speech” of Mayor Henry; next Motions concerning Council organization: 1. Appointment of Deputy Mayor, 2.a) Standing Committee Structure, b)Appointments to Standing Committees; next was CONFIRMING BY-LAW: A by-law to confirm the City Council Inaugural meeting of Devcember 1, 2014; finally, the closing by Father Bob O’Brien of St. Gregory the Great Roman Catholic Church, and than ADJOURN.
I film the ceremony of the Mayor and Councilors walking in and taking there Oaths of Office. I haven’t been able to shrink the size to upload to Youtube. I left before heareing how the Standing Committes would be structured and who was appointed. I learnt later in the day…….I was appointed to the Oshawa Accessibility Advisory Committee. I submitted an application three weeks prior to Inauguration meeting.
You can watch the Inauguration Meeting on the Webcast Player (but beginning ceremony is omitted). At 33:20, the Oshawa Accessibility appointment process begins to choose two citizens of seven to serve a one year term. At 37:50 my name is read as appoint to Oshawa Accessibility Advisory Committee.
On Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 6pm in the Committee room A at Oshawa City Hall was my first Oshawa Accessbility Advisory Meeting. I arrived early to get a good seat, talked with the Chair of the O.A.A.C., and got an assistant hearing device from the O.A.A.C. staffer. This meeting was catered by Country Style; I had took a egg salad sandwich, a Canada Dry, some fruit and veggies.
You can find Agendas and minutes here:
Here are my notes I made for this meeting:
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Deaf Blind Ontario Services
Spoke about: Residence Program
• A Charity
• Affiliation with Ministry of community and social services
• 7ooo deafblind in Ontario [stats can]
• Life skills, gain independence
• DIY orientation and accessibility enhancements
• -Who supports DBSO?
• -Are there work placements?
*www.deafblindontario.com – free standards guide
Facilities Service Mgmt.
Spoke about: Reallocation of surplus capital funding
• Facilities Services Mgmt. has been involved with O.A.A.C. since its committee creation.
• Assessments of City properties
• Enabling accessibility fund
• Property building accessibility code
• How are projects tender? There is a 3 quote open competitive bidding process; Some small projects are sole sourced to preferred builders;
• Purchasing dept. has transparent regulation
Marco from a Medical Marijuana working group
Motion for a Special Meeting request as awareness on medical marijuana to City Councilors and Mayor
Goal of working group
1. Educating awareness and impact on city; public forums; regulations; better environment for users (medical and recreational);
My comments on a letter sent by Behishta Mushtaq to Rogers demanding closed captioning on City Council Meetings.
How to Persuade Rogers to add Close Captioning to programs on their public broadcasting channel
Rogers operates channel 54 at a lost, so there is no benefit to add more expenses to incur more liabilities. Yet, the public channel is made apart of their television packages, and are mandated by CRTC to show local content on that channel. Behishta Mushtaq from Durham Deaf Accessibility Committee – wrote a letter to Vice President Pamela Dinsmore of Regulations at Rogers – demanding closed captioning be mandatory for Oshawa City Council Meetings. Pamela’s rebut was that they meet CRTC regulations. The bottom line is the cost of production (volunteers, trained stenographer, and other resources); and Rogers may feel following the preferred CRTC regulation is enough accessibility to the target market.
The best way to persuade Rogers to add closed captioning to Council Meetings is to add ask “How can we make this happen: creating a greater viewership by adding closed captioning to Council Meetings and other programing? For there is a prominent deaf culture in Oshawa (as seem by the Durham Deaf Services); and most likely hard-of-hearing and deaf people are among Roger customers. Furthermore, Rogers has a disability advocate show, so this can be an opportunity to promote closed captioning and expose Rogers for their initiative to make local programing accessible.
Volunteering, passion: how we can make it happen, process, time delay, cost, TV packages, factors of production, how can I help?, best for everyone, exposure to accessibility, rogers effort to improve accessibility.
Travelling, removing barriers
Motion to change wording of by-law
Amendments must be approved by a Standing committee – Corporate Services
Sidewalk design don’t accommodate all pedestrians
There is a new accessibility building standard
An Oshawa Accessibility Working Group to inform O.A.A.C. of greater accessibility causes.
Next Oshawa Accessibility Advisory Committee Meeting is Tuesday, January 21, 2015 at 6pm in the Commiittee room A at City Hall.