PowerPoint Presentation: VRS Consultative Committee of BC
Today (Wednesday, November 19) the VRS Consultative Committee presentation team provided a presentation to the Canadian Radio-Television Commission (CRTC) on issues of accessibility specifically VRS, consultation (or lack by Telus). The presentation team included: Wayne Sinclair, Susan Masters and Monte Hardy. Attached is the Powerpoint presentation we followed (hopefully you all have powerpoint…if not then we will be scheduling a townhall soon).
The presentation went quite well and we understand that there are four themes that seem to be similar across several presentation including ours.
1. consultative process (telephone companies say they do a good job. Consumers say they do a bad job)
2. national (most say yes)
3. funding model (consumers want national competitive model where deaf have choice of different VRS and IPRS-internet protocol relay service–similar with MRC but with computers)
4. how much (consumers want 24/7/365) and when (now).
These themes were exactly the points we wanted to make with the CRTC. I believe that they heard loud and clear these points. We (the presentation team) felt a little disappointed that the CRTC panel did not ask many questions but it became clear that we were echoing the same message as other presentations.
Thanks to the hard working members of the VRS Consultative Committee of BC including:
Lisa Anderson, Sarah Hrycenko, Cecelia Klassen, Danny Lecours, Margo Pelkey, Robie Schoelfield, Ava Hawkins, Nigel Howard, Susan Masters, Wayne Sinclair and Monte Hardy.
We are hoping to schedule a Community Caucus (townhall meeting) soon so that we can provide you with a summary of the presentation and if there are any further actions resulting from the CRTC hearings.
Thank you Deaf Community of British Columbia.
The attached document is a transcript of the VRS Consultative Committee’s presentation at today’s CRTC panel hearing. This is an alternative format (in WORD document) for those of you who don’t have powerpoint on your computers. If you have any questions please bring them to the townhall meeting that we hope to schedule in the next few weeks.