Update October 9, 2013:
Earlier today the CRTC responded to AVLIC's request to appear at the VRS hearing by saying YES, we can present! This is wonderful news which is being shared with our members, Deaf community leaders and VRS advocacy groups by direct email as well as the public via AVLIC's Facebook and Twitter accounts. Here are some additional details not listed in the original announcement below:
- AVLIC will be presenting at the end of the day on Tuesday, October 22, 2013. An exact time is not given as it will depend on the progress of the hearing. There is also a chance, depending on the progress, that our presentation might be deferred to the morning of Wednesday, October 23, 2013.
- AVLIC will be represented by:
President Christie Reaume (left) and First Vice President Jocelyn Mark Blanchet (right)
- The AVLIC presentation will be given in person at the CRTC Conference Centre in Gatineau, Québec, in English.
- For details on how you can follow the hearing, see details below.
Information on the CRTC VRS Hearing - October 21-25, 2013
As you may already be aware, the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunication Commission (CRTC) hearing for "Issues related to the feasibility of establishing a Video Relay Services (VRS)" is scheduled for October 21 − 25, 2013, in Gatineau, Québec. Many AVLIC members wrote submissions back in May strongly encouraging the CRTC to provide VRS in Canada. The next step is the public hearing. AVLIC strongly encourages all members to follow the sessions in person or via web link (details below). With a united force between Deaf organizations, the national Deaf community and AVLIC members - anything is possible.
How has AVLIC been involved and what is planned for the hearing?:
- For information about AVLIC's position on VRS in Canada, please visit the following link: http://www.avlic.ca/node/223
- To read AVLIC's submission to the CRTC, click either of these links: http://www.avlic.ca/AVLICs_Support_of_VRS_in_Canada-Letter_to_CRTC or https://services.crtc.gc.ca/pub/DocWebBroker/OpenDocument.aspx?DMID=1912052
You may notice from the hearing agenda linked below, AVLIC is not currently slated to make a presentation. There was a misunderstanding that the hearing would be one day only. Thinking the time for presentations was limited to one day, AVLIC wanted there to be sufficient time for Deaf individuals and VRS advocacy organizations to present on the importance of VRS in Canada. Therefore, we respectfully stepped aside to allow for this, opting only to have a representative, AVLIC Vice President, Jocelyn Mark Blanchet, to be present as a supporting spectator at the hearing in Gatineau.
We have since learned the hearing will be held over the course of the week and as such AVLIC has been in contact with the CRTC to petition for time on the speakers' list. We await a decision from the CRTC regarding our request. In addition, we are in the midst of arranging other in-person and/or remote representation by AVLIC representatives. This information has also been communicated to Deaf community leaders and VRS advocacy groups across Canada.
To read AVLIC's Request to Appear letter, click on this link: http://www.avlic.ca/Request_to_Appear_at_CRTC_VRS_Hearing.
How can you find out more about the CRTC hearing?:
For additional information about the hearing, please visit:
- Telcom Notice of Consultation: http://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2013/2013-155.htm
- Agenda: http://www.crtc.gc.ca/Telecom/eng/HEARINGS/2013/ag21_10.htm [note: the agenda will be updated to add AVLIC as the last presenter on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, after Rogers Communications]
- Public Proceedings: http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/proceed-process.htm
Anyone who will be in the Gatineau, Québec area between October 21-25, 2013 is encouraged to attend any or all of the proceedings. For others, there are four options currently available:
- Listen to the live audio feed through the CRTC website: http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/proceed-process.htm
- Watch the live video feed of the sign language interpretation through the broadcast found on the CRTC website: http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/proceed-process.htm
- View the transcript of the hearing which will be posted on the CRTC website: http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/transcripts/2013/index.htm
- Request to listen to the hearing at a CRTC office. See http://www.crtc.gc.ca/Telecom/eng/HEARINGS/2013/ag21_10.htm for more details.
Keep watching the AVLIC website for updates on the CRTC hearing or contact the AVLIC office with specific questions.
AVLIC wishes all presenters who have been invited to present at the CRTC hearing in Gatineau, Québec or at their respective CRTC sites all the best. We look forward to a positive outcome on this landmark case.