These review officers could be given the power to obtain and execute search warrants. Also, the family support workers can make recipients pursue family support claims. The government is prepared to make people go after support they are owed so that the government can then deduct that amount from their regular social assistance cheque. Are people currently receiving disability going to be grandparented into the new system or are they going to be required to reapply and/or go through a review process? There is no clear indication for those who are currently receiving disability support about the method of transition to the new system. Transferring, from what I understand, means that people will be moved to the new program but then will be compelled to meet the new eligibility requirements. Grandparenting means that if a person was eligible under the old system, they are also considered eligible under the new one. Under the exception for eligibility for and payment of income support, reading this, there’s not much grey area in the way it’s written. The ability to attend to daily personal needs and the rest is problematic for much the same reason. Many people who are disabled for any reason are able to care for their own personal needs without assistance, yet cannot function at a job on a daily basis. The proposed section does not define the word “substantial” and who will make that determination. People living with HIV are at the mercy of an immune system that may or may not be functioning well on any given day. The very term “substantial” may be arbitrarily applied to mean that a person needs to be confined to a bed or a wheelchair. PHAs may be functioning at a “normal” level for a period of time and can without much warning become ill and/or hospitalized. In fact, the word “and” at the end of each of the criteria leads one to assume that this person will have to be completely helpless before they qualify for disability. I can’t understand why the government is reluctant to release those regulations and provide for an independent review tribunal, which is so fundamental. If you’re concerned about giving justice to welfare recipients, it’s absolutely essential that you have that independence in the tribunal and that ability to look at charter issues and to look at whether the goals and objectives of the legislation have been met by its application and not be bound by policy. According to the National Council on Welfare, 60% of those heading poor families work and over 70% of poor single people work. Of those dependent on social assistance, 37% are children — we can’t expect them to work surely — 16% are single mothers, many of whom are working full-time and caring for young children, and 24% of welfare cases are headed by people who are considered to be disabled. Police departments, hoping no doubt to appear effective, have been part of the orchestrated media events where alleged welfare defrauders are rounded up like members of drug rings in high-publicity sting operations. The headlines are sensational and boast of large amounts of money saved, but give no detail of the reality behind each case and the outcomes of further investigation. What the public does not hear is that most of these cases turn out not to be fraud but rather honest mistakes and/or the result of administrative errors by the social assistance administrations. Furthermore, responsibilities for payment of accommodation services must be clearly delineated among government, private sector service providers and/or employers. The establishment of an accommodation fund would allow partners to contribute their fair share and have funding readily available so that a consumer is never denied service because of communication inaccessibility. The Canadian Hearing Society is pleased to support the intent of the proposed Ontario Disability Support Program Act announced by the Honourable Janet Ecker, Minister of Community and Social Services. The government has listened attentively to deaf, deafened and hard-of-hearing consumers and to Canadian Hearing Society service providers, and as a result has accepted some of our concerns. However, there are outstanding issues which require further study, clarification and/or incorporation into the act by the government. Why do we have to have a process that sets a different standard for people with disabilities than we would accept in the community in general — fingerprinting, search powers. Fraud is fraud, and if there’s a reasonable suspicion of fraud, the police can be brought in. At least if the powers are left with the police, so are the safeguards there to protect the community against the abuse of those powers. This legislation only transfers the powers, it doesn’t transfer the safeguards. We would encourage you again to leave the policing to the police and to leave the social policy to the administrators of social policy.
- It has been proven that most people with a developmental disability will improve their functioning with effective supports, allowing them to live more productive, independent and integrated lives.
- If they are being run for profit, there is a danger that the main goal will be to make money at the expense of services to the disabled.
- Herein lies both the opportunity and the challenge for our province and our city.
My experience on a regular basis is that there are untimely delays in obtaining decisions from the welfare office and family benefits office. There should be a strict time limit that the welfare administrator be required to follow with respect to internal appeal decisions. Secondly with respect to the process, we’re having hearings on two major pieces of legislation at the same time and I think the Ontario Works legislation is being overlooked today. If we look at the list, there are many concerns from the disabled community that are being addressed, but the Ontario Works legislation is not given a full and fair hearing. It is important to note that on October 9, 1997, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled unanimously that the failure to provide sign language interpreting services where needed for effective communication in the delivery of health care services violates the rights of deaf persons. The ruling further states that governments cannot escape their constitutional obligations by passing on the responsibility for policy implementation to private entities not directly under the Charter of Rights jurisdiction. We know that if adequate extended health care benefits are not available to people with physical disabilities, and mental disabilities as well, those can increase the impact of the disability and they can become in and of themselves a further employment barrier. We have made a suggestion in our clause-by-clause reference of a revised definition of disability. I know we’ve heard some references this morning to changing “and” and “or” in the act. I guess my reaction to that is it’s a little bit like having somebody who is in trouble out in the water and you’re deciding whether you will throw them a bucket of bricks, a concrete block and/or an anchor. Let me suggest to you that the definition needs a flotation device and that people with disabilities are just looking for an opportunity to bring forward what they can do and they need a definition that will allow them to do that. One of the first things this government did was reduce social assistance rates by 21.6%, and the premise was that somehow if we make people poorer we can help them escape from the trap of poverty. But shortly after that the government increased MPPs’ salaries to the tune of 40%, by $3 million a year. Then, as you know, the government just bought out MPPs’ pensions to the tune of $109 million. Seniors in this area are your steady and stable core, whether they be disabled or seniors. We would encourage this government to look very seriously at the changes they’ve already made and how vicious these changes have been. I know there have been some people who supported the ideas and are very convinced that people on welfare are the creators of all the debt load, but anyone with any sense at all knows that’s really not true. The welfare cuts have placed enormous burdens on our communities, and we’re looking at another form of downloading. By making these cuts, it was downloaded on to the citizens in the communities to provide further food to food banks that are already collapsing under the stress of the people who are coming to them. The majority of new people relying on food banks were people who were and probably still are in the welfare system, but these are people who were spending their welfare cheques properly and feeding their children. They are not able any more to feed their children; the stress is too great. We would definitely like what definition there has been made already to be broadened. We know of many people who may well be affected by this type of wording from the government and a lot of these people who may be excluded who really should be on disability and are not going to become employable. We support the move of persons with disabilities into a separate piece of legislation designed to recognize their unique needs and protect their benefits. In your package, we have included a letter dated October 14, 1997, signed by supported individuals and their families who attended a meeting held in this past week. For the past four years we have been lobbying for changes to the Family Benefits Act, as we feel that people with developmental disabilities need different kinds of support which were not provided for through the general welfare system. We have attached a copy of one of these presentations, dated January 12, 1996, which was made to Brantford and Brant county members of provincial Parliament. I think it’s very much incumbent on the government to begin to recognize contributions many of our people make. I paid large amounts of money into welfare the years I worked there, over a 12-year period, before getting involved with first nation politics, and I did contribute to the taxation system in this country. We pay into taxation through many things, gasoline, you name it, we pay the tax system. Ontario Works will not work in first nations communities unless it is combined with approaches that stimulate and support small business development and encourage partnerships. First nations people want to work and want to overcome the cycle of welfare dependency. We are seeking a process to discuss options for making this happen, in particular related to working jointly on implementation of first nations Innovations. Despite this obligation, it is apparent that attempts to offload this responsibility have occurred on both sides. The question of ongoing federal-provincial responsibilities to support first nations social services requires resolution and tripartite negotiation of comprehensive strategies. She is our social services specialist and she’ll be here with me today in response to any questions you may have. And the rest of the 40 percent will include advertisers that were using other media, like newspaper, outdoor, direct mail or transit, that now have a radio station that specifically targets their core customers. None of those artists will be played on our radio station, and, in fact, that is pretty much a description, I believe, of a classic hits radio station. I’m a big believer in the fact that the management and the personnel of our radio and television stations in all of our markets know what’s going on in their markets, rather than perhaps a head office. Our mandate is to ensure that our best practices for the marketplace is that of local programming, staffed by live personnel.
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Because at the end of the day, this may be the only way that an Aboriginally owned radio station can ever really be established. There’s no ‑‑ that’s right, there’s no way that this radio station could survive if there was another radio ‑‑ you know, another commercial licence granted, number one. I don’t think in my limited understanding of even what I’ve seen today, that it would be reasonable to say to the First Nations of Saskatchewan, start a radio station from scratch. But our stations also have a number of youth targeted advertisers already advertising, so it isn’t like there’s a bunch of people sitting out there that are dying to spend money, you know. Commissioner Williams, I want to reiterate though, the concept of this radio station is to appeal to all youth. It has a new music show from nine to midnight, where it’s exclusively new music, but it doesn’t play new music all day long 100 percent of the time, and this station will. Subsequent to that we’ve done Aboriginal training at all of our radio stations.
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This estimate of the percentage of year one advertising revenues that would be garnered from existing stations appears high relative to the estimates provided by the other applicants. You estimate that 70 percent of the advertising revenues of your proposed station in year one would come from existing stations. I guess I overlaid my common sense, but as Mervin said, if you really want to reach young people, Aboriginal and non‑Aboriginal, then you have to appeal to them with a medium that they are already attuned to, which I think is radio, and you have to get to them with music that they really enjoy. Well, the way the 10K20 program, or the 10K1 program works, is that they ‑‑ we find a suitable artist, they have to come up with a proper business plan for how they’re going to do it, and then we just give them the money and it’s up to them where they go. We do have, you know, a year, and we will identify a general manager, we will have two program directors, in total 19 people 12 months before we go on air, so I think we would, you know, work into all that detail through that time when we’ve hired those key players. And I’ve got to say, quite frankly, I want to put this carefully, but quite frankly I don’t think there’s any other radio station ‑‑ any radio station of any type needed in Saskatoon, but if the CRTC, if you feel like there should be a radio station, we feel that this is the one that makes the most sense.
Yes, it’s obvious with Saskatoon being so close to Regina that there are synergies in the areas of accounting and administration, which makes sense to have Regina be our headquarters and centralize that information. No, that would be more ‑‑ I guess that would be more on the local regional side of things because it is impacting ‑‑ I mean, Regina, Saskatoon is almost local when we get down to it. We having ‑‑ Harvard having a significant news gathering operation in Regina, being able to feed stories to Saskatoon, stories of relevance that impact the Saskatoon and area. We have that undertaking from the department, but they also came back to us and said very clearly, we do not have any currently, and have not had for some years, but the University is trying to integrate Aboriginal students into some of these various programs and this one in particular. We have requested that one of those scholarships be available to an Aboriginal person; however, I must tell you that currently there are none registered in that particular program. From what I understand of their application, CHR tends to be higher in repetition, tends to be a little bit older and demographic than what we are proposing. They would be flipping from station to station, making none of them really viable. And we believe that there is a significant youth audience there for us to be successful and it also leads to what we found out on the retail side in terms of what’s been expressed to us in terms of a demand in the marketplace to serve that younger demographic. And we compared songs, we’ll take ‑‑ do the Beat off the top, songs the Beat was playing during the week of October 18th to 31st and compared that to their availability, the availability of those songs in Saskatoon. In fact, I think we were a little surprised at how unavailable it is when we looked at some of the existing YCR stations in the country. Off the top, The Zone is going to draw 10 percent of its schedule from this category and Canadian artists will represent 50 percent of that 10 percent. Music that is less than two years old will make up approximately 70 percent of our playlist. Maybe it’s the most important in connecting with the audience reflecting their interests and building their loyalty, and that is new artists and new music that has yet to appear on any chart. So we’ll draw music from the four major charts that have youth elements in them, Pop and Top 40. Critical mass and access to growth are essential to long‑term viability and sustainability in this province. Program that we first introduced as part of our successful Calgary FM application. VoicePrint currently has no presence in Saskatchewan and this funding will provide it with the means to train and develop on‑air readers and develop writers in the art of broadcast description. Our CTD package will expand an initiative we first introduced as part of our Calgary application; an intensely‑local approach focused on three phases of an artist’s development, Discovery, Exposure and Support. We will offer a weekly countdown of top music; feature guest appearances by “Listener DJs”, broadcast listener polls; and offer “instant messaging” between listeners and hosts. In addition to 75 newscasts each week, The Zone will offer coverage of local, regional, university, and high school sports. Saskatoon’s youth want more coverage of the issues and events that matter to them most; presented to them in a relevant and engaging way. Our research identified a large variety of music and less repetition as being critical to developing Saskatoon’s youth audience. Growth in radio advertising revenues is directly tied to growth in the retail sector. Fully 83 percent expressed an intention to listen should the service be licensed. In our consumer demands survey, the majority of respondents in the 15 to 24 demographic, 56 percent, reported that there was little to listen to on the radio.
We’re showing a projected loss over the first seven years of this licence, but we think that investment will be returned over time. Radio, after all, is a business, but we think there is an opportunity and we think we can make a business of this, particularly if we have enough critical mass to do it. And, quite frankly, I think radio in Canada has just not paid attention to this demographic because it was easier to everybody be massed in the middle where most of the money is. We actually did do a revenue breakdown and that was ‑‑ existing would be 35 percent; new advertisers 30 percent; other media 20; and increased by just 15 percent. Well, definitely ‑‑ not so much on the regional sales for Calgary, of course, but definitely in the accounting and administration areas. I think you also mentioned in your application that there might be some synergies with your recently licensed Calgary station.
- So the only thing that’s missing is you have the satisfaction, and I know how that feels, of being able to do it personally.
- This morning you filed the program grid of the ‑‑ program descriptors of the program that we cannot find on your web site.
- And whereas it started blowing up all over the place in, you know, Winnipeg and Edmonton and Calgary, I think the on‑sale was very weak and we held on, we only did, like, 15 percent of the capacity on the first day.
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As you know, we are currently on the air in major markets like Toronto, Calgary, Montreal and Ottawa. To the extent that the Commission covered some of that ground already in questioning relating to our Regina application, we have not repeated it again in this presentation, which will accordingly be much shorter. In order for us to compete on a more equitable basis with the existing operators, who as I have mentioned have three licences each, we have asked you to grant us not one, but two licences in both markets. I think just having more resources behind our ‑‑ you know, more financial resources behind our CTD benefits is probably the most apparent. If, in fact, everything went to hell in a hand basket in terms of the projections for Saskatoon and Regina, and the province for that matter, we can ‑‑ we’re businessmen, we know to protect ourselves against blows from the changes in economy. We’re not dependent on, you know, the revenues of ‑‑ of our two stations in Melfort.