General Announcements

Comparison of AVLIC's Former and Current Bylaws


At the AVLIC 2013 AGM in Toronto, Ontario, members ratified new bylaws for your Association. As part of the process, a request for a document comparing the former bylaws and the newly ratified bylaws was requested. Thanks to Chris Racine, AVLIC secretary and the Bylaws, Policy & Procedures Committee for their considerable work in compiling this comparison. 

Professional Liability Insurance

This announcement has been recently updated. This offer is now available to any AVLIC member regardless of where they live.

Update on the Review of the AVLIC Dispute Resolution Process

In addition to this announcement, details on the AVLIC Dispute Resolution Process (DRP) can be found at

Associations' Responses to Interpreter at Mandela Memorial

In response to the 'interpreter' at the memorial service for the late South African President Nelson Mandela on December 10, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa, there have been world-wide comments made. Some of the public News Releases by associations and organizations are summarized below.

The list is not exhaustive and will be updated as releases are noted. 

News Release

For Immediate Release

December 12, 2013

originally posted October 30, 2013, updated November 15, 2013

Last Chance to Respond to the CRTC About VRS in Canada (NOC 2013-155)

The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunication Commission (CRTC) hearing for "Issues related to the feasibility of establishing a Video Relay Services (VRS)" took place October 21 − 25, 2013, in Gatineau, Québec. With the hearing concluded, the next step is final submissions (interventions).  

Thanks to the all who made last week at the CRTC VRS hearing (2013-155) memorable, especially those representing the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunication Commision (CRTC):

  • Chairperson Peter Menzies
  • Commissioner Elizabeth Duncan
  • Commissioner Tom Pentefountas
  • Commissioner Raj Shoan
  • Commissioner Stephen Simpson

Thank you for your respect, insightful questions and the opportunity to share our experiences, wisdom & advise.


Dear AVLIC Members,

First Vice President, Jocelyn Mark Blanchet and I would like to extend our sincere thanks to all who offered words of support and encouragement during our preparation for the CRTC hearing presentation.  The AVLIC presentation was Tuesday, October 22, 2013.  Click here to view our presentation.


CRTC VRS Hearing - Public Record Files Available for Download

Below is a compilation of public record files available from the CRTC Video Relay Service hearing (Notice 2013-155), as found on the CRTC website (


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