A flash mob to bring attention to the need to pass Bill 216 to put physical size and weight as protected characteristics under Manitoba's Human Rights Code
Wednesday October 10, a flash mob in front of the Manitoba Legislature drew attention to the need to pass Bill 216 to reduce discrimination on the basis of physical size and weight. Bill 216 will put physical size and weight as protected characteristics under Manitoba's Human Rights Code so that those experiencing such discrimination will be able to raise this with Manitoba's Human Rights Commission and get their situation addressed.
Bill 216 will come up for second reading debate on Thursday morning October 25, 2018.
The Phase II report from KPMG on the Health System Sustainability and Innovation Review makes a recommendation that the government decrease the level of provincial support for children's hearing aids, for bone-implant processors and FM transmitters. These are devices which are very important for enabling children with hearing difficulties to hear. We have recently (2016) finally achieved universal newborn hearing screening after many years of advocating for this. It is essential that children who are identified at birth as hearing deficient have the support for enable them to hear as good as they can hear with the support of hearing aids and Cochlear implants. When children have a hearing deficiency, they have difficulty hearing and this translates into difficulties learning and often to behavioural and other problems down the road. We need to ensure that these children are enabled to do well. The provincial government should definitely not reduce support for this progr…
Today Dougald Lamont and the Manitoba Liberal Party came out substantially ahead of Blandine Tona of the NDP in the St. Boniface by-election. Francoise Therrien-Vrignon of the Green Party was in third and Mamadou Ka of the Progressive Conservatives was fourth. This is a major victory for Dougald Lamont and the Manitoba Liberal Party. It will mean our Liberal Leader is in the Legislature. It will also mean that the Manitoba Liberal Party will have what is called "Official Party Status" in the Manitoba Legislature, with more resources and more ability to contribute inside and outside the Legislature - in holding the government to account and in contributing constructively to helping achieve a better Manitoba.
A very large crowd of teachers assembled at the Manitoba Legislature this afternoon. They came protesting the cuts the Pallister government have made to the support of children and children's learning. One of the speeches which resonated with me was from a teacher in Brandon who spoke about the difference it can make to helping a child with a learning disability, a speech delay or an anxiety issue. Under the Pallister cuts the children as most risk are most affected. Helping kids who are struggling can make a difference which lasts a lifetime and enables such children to succeed. We need to stand strong against these Pallister cuts to help children who are doing their best to learn