Monday March 30 2015

Access for sight impaired consumers
Board Meeting Minutes
 
Date: Monday March 30, 2015
Location: CNIB Boardroom, 5055 Joyce Street, Vancouver, BC
Time: 4:00 - 5:30 PM
 
Attendees: Rob Sleath-Chair, David Neufeld-Vice Chair, Ann McNabb, Amy Amantea, Louise Johnson, Shawn Marsolais, Reed Poynter, Susan Flanagan, Cathy Stuckenberg, Angie Swain, Andrea Yip
Guest: Bob Smith
 
The Chair called the meeting to order at 4:00 PM. The meeting agenda was altered, moving the initial portion of the AGM to accomodate those board members who indicated they would have to leave earlier than the scheduled AGM start time.
 
Andrea Yip was introduced as the incoming Secretary holding an  ex-officio role as a member of the Board.
 
Following the initial business of the AGM, the regular Board meeting was called to order at 4:20PM.

The Chair sought concensus to hold the next regular meeting of the board on April 13, 2015 at 4PM. There are several time-sensitive requests that require board consent prior to April 15.

Consent to accept the agenda of March 30, 2015 as circulated was accepted without additions or alterations.
 
Motion to approve the minutes of November 17, 2014 as circulated . Moved - Louise Johnson; seconded - Ann McNabb.  Carried.
 
Susan Flanagan stepped away from the meeting at 4:25PM
 
The Board received a Summary Report from the Chair followed by some brief discussion.
Referenced in the Chair’s Report was a copy of a demand letter of March 19, 2015 which was sent to the Overwaitea Food Group’s legal counsel bringing to their attention two major concerns of the Board:
1. The fact Overwaitea is in violation of the BC Human Rights Code in that they are charging some customers an additional fee for encoding the RFID label; and
2. Unacceptable Delays in filling prescriptions with an encoded RFID label (i.e. 6 days or more.)
 
Reference was made regarding the minutes from the Consumer Access Group (CAG )meetings held August 23 2014 and December 6 2014 for information and complete transparency.
 
Susan Flanagan re-joined the meeting at 4:35PM.
 
Winston Gordon Award Nomination - En-Vision America:
Copies of ASIC’s completed nomination documentation and supporting letters were provided to the Board for information purposes only. The Chair informed the Board that En-Vision America was not the successful nominee this year. However, ASIC is welcome to submit them as nominees again next year if that is the Board’s wish. The Chair thanked Louise Johnson and Betty Nobel for their letters of support, which greatly helped the Board’s nomination and application.
 
Treasurer’s Report:  The Treasurer reported on the state of ASIC’s finances(spanning December 1 2014 through February 28 2015) as per the confidential reports included in the Board package.  Motion that the Board receive the report as presented, moved-Susan Flanagan;  Seconded -Angie Swain. Carried.
 
The Chair updated the Board regarding its human rights complaint against Shoppers Drug Mart. As a result of lengthy discussion, a suggestion regarding awareness/advocacy promotion of the accessible prescription issue led to a suggestion to communicate with the BC Pharmacy Association and to the Doctors of BC at a later date. The Board supported the decision to break off further early settlement negotiations and request the matter be set aside in favour of a Tribunal hearing anticipated for sometime during August 2015.
 
Ann McNabb provided the Board with a written report regarding the Consumer Access Group meetings of March 6-8 2015. Highlights included an introduction of how consumer input will be gathered in future.  The ASIC web site already features a draft copy of the proposed position statement “ Using Health Canada Approved Drugs for use on Persons  Diagnosed with Vision Threatening Eye Conditions.” Consumer input will be gathered until June 18 2015 through each CAG members’ organization’s web site.  All information will be reviewed by the CAG member organizations during the ninety days following June 18 in order to prepare a final draft. The final draft of the proposed position statement will then be presented to the member organizations’ boards to garner each organizations’ support.
Also highlighted was the consideration of enabling members of the blind community to make a presentation directly to the CAG members via a live video stream. More details to follow as this idea matures.
 
The Visually Impaired Resource Network (VIRN) has offered to develop a proposed design and layout for a CAG web site that would include information about CAG itself and links to each member organizations’ web site.
 
Angie Swain left the meeting at 5:40PM
 
The chair opened the discussion of Bill 17- a new Guide Dog and Service Dog Act, which, if passed will replace the current BC Guide Animal Act.  The BC Government is welcoming feedback.  This can be submitted through the Disability Alliance BC’s web site, the ASIC website,  or through the BC Guide & Autism Dogs’ web site. Jane Dyson is coordinating all responses, copying her on feedback was encouraged. Many of the regulations have yet to be developed.  The proposed Bill includes summary conviction for refusal of access, the possibility of use of a civil suit, visible certification of guide and service dogs, tenancy rights for retired guide or service dogs which are retained by their original handler and more. There are also provisions to fine individuals who present their pets as certified service dogs.
Anyone affected by this can participate in communicating in this process. Many good points/issues were brought forward by board members.  Feedback was strongly encouraged.
 
Member Feedback:
Louise Johnson announced that AEBC will have its National AGM in Halifax April 30 through May 2, 2015.  David Lepofsky will be speaking on advocacy.  During the AGM, AEBC’s new strategic plan will be discusse
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n Marsolais relayed that the Blind Beginnings Gala is April 18, 2015.  Tickets are still available. Tickets are $75. Detailed information is posted on the Community Calendar section of ASIC’s  website
 
Ann McNabb announced that the Canadian Council of the Blind BC-Yukon Division AGM is April 25, 2015 in Langley.  Kenneth Lieblich will bethe guest presenter speaking about CNIB’s “Path to Change”.  Many Chapters will be highlights.
 
Amy Amantea relayed that the CNIB friends and Family Raffle is on April 6, 2015. Tickets are $10, available from any CNIB staffer.
 
Reed Poynter brought up the issue of hotel payment through the television.  This topic will be added to the April 13, 2015 agenda.
 
The Chair conveyed that some CNIB materials will be distributed for review for next meeting.  Any nominations for the Broadcasting Accessibility Fund would be welcomed.
 
Motion to terminate the regular meeting at 5:55 PM. Moved -  Louise Johnson. Carried.

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