I have been asked by at least three parties about the rally.
The negotiations with ICED Vancouver have been going at a satisfactory (but
not perfect) rate with the other side showing their attempt to meet our
requests and an occasional demand. I met with the committee which was
created by B.C. Deaf Community, and we reviewed the document. I met with the
contact person from ICED Vancouver this evening to discuss concerns and
demands from the Deaf communities, and he will be presenting the concerns to
his group. I am keeping my fingers crossed that they will go all the way to
meet our strong requests.
We are planning. a two-evening programme for the international community.
Hopefully there will be an entertainment for everyone’s amusement. In
addition, there will be several speakers to discuss and create an
international network of Deaf communities to carry on the legacy from
Vancouver by working co-operatively to help each and every Deaf community
exercise their rights on various local issues.
I have asked John Egbert of Deaf Bilingual Coalition International to come
and address the international community on Tuesday evening, July 20. He
will stress on focusing upon languages as a way to obtain education.
David Kerr, by the way, heads Deaf Bilingual Coalition – Canada, but will
not address the group since there are many from various countries, not just
Canada. I mention Mr. Kerr so that you as Canadians will know who he is.
Mr. Markku Jokinen, who is the President of World Federation of the Deaf
based in Helsinki, Finland, will be here for one day only as he will need to
go on to Asia. I hope he will join us on either Monday, July 19 or the next
More details will be shared through upcoming vlogs on YouTube
The committee does not feel a need for a rally at this time. If there is a
need which is very unlikely, we will set up a townhall meeting and ask the
B.C. Deaf Community for its advice and consent.
If you have any question, please ask me.