City of Vancouver Budget Consultation with Disability Community

Disability Consultation: City of Vancouver Budget
Priorities for People with Disabilities
Date: Wednesday, November 17th

Location: Vancouver City Hall, Media Room, 453 West 12 Ave, Main Floor

Please join us to discuss the priorities of people with disabilities for civic spending.  This is an important opportunity to let the City know how you think funds should be allocated to meet the needs of people with disabilities in Vancouver. 

This consultation is co-sponsored by the City of Vancouver Persons with Disabilities Advisory Committee and the BC Coalition of People with Disabilities.

New Guide Animal Act Proposed

photo of guide dogIn July 2010, a working group formed by BCCPD submitted a draft Guide and Assistance Dog Act (GADA) to the Honourable Michael de Jong, BC’s then-Attorney General, requesting a meeting.

Our working group continues to work hard on this initiative and are hopeful we will meet with Attorney General Shirley bond to discuss our proposals.

For years, BCCPD and other disability organizations have been gathering information on the shortcomings of the current Guide Animal Act and preparing a workable alternative. As the working group says in its Briefing Note on the Act to the Minister:

“Our organizations and clients have experienced the impact of the inadequacy of [the current Act] for years. Guide dog and assistance dog users badly need new legislation to help ensure they are never turned away from a restaurant, mall, refused entry by taxi drivers, or challenged by Strata Councils. Certified dog trainers, instructors and licensed puppy raisers also need their right of access clearly enshrined in legislation.”

See more on GADA here.

Public Form on BC's Community Living Sector

Public Forum on BC’s Community Living Sector

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Public forum on provincial budget cuts & service redesign in BC’s community living sector. Panel presentations and small group dialogue for families, self-advocates, support workers, and concerned citizens.

  • Date/Time: Monday, October 25, 2010, 7-9pm  
  • Location: Ukrainian Orthodox Centre (Auditorium),  154 East 10th Avenue (between Main & Quebec Streets)  

Co-presented by: British Columbia Association for Community Living (BCACL); BC Coalition of People With Disabilities (BCCPD); BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU); Developmental Disabilities Association (DDA); Moms on the Move (MOMS); United Community Services Co-op, BC FamilyNet  

Moderator: Tim Beachy, United Community Services Co-op 


  • Jane Dyson, BC Coalition for People with Disabilities
  • Faith Bodnar, BC Association for Community Living 
  • Alanna Hendren, Developmental Disabilities Association
  • Dawn Steele, Moms on the Move
  • James Cavalluzzo, BC Government and Service Employees’ Unions

Credit: Moms on the Move for the text above.