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Global News, June 29, 2017

Edmonton alley’s new name ties Whyte Ave history

“I think it’s fitting that this was a name picked by citizens at large, from names submitted by the community for a community gathering place,” Post said.

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Edmonton Sun, April 3, 2017

Recognizing Edmonton media pioneer Dr. Dick Rice

My father, the late Jerry Forbes, started his career in the old log cabin in the west end in the early 1950s and I still have a little gift that was given to all employees back then who had new babies…a little engraved spoon with the Sunwapta logo and my name on it.

The Rice family community support throughout the time they operated the buildings was never ending, as it is today, and obviously that impact rubbed off on dad. More on this below.

Jamie Post, chair of the City Naming Committee puts the honour this way, “Obviously a very historic family … in terms of both media and as well as their charitable contributions.”

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Taproot Edmonton, January 31, 2017

Naming Amiskwaskahegan: Why Edmonton’s place names matter
A look at the value of putting the city’s Indigenous past and present on the map

Jamie Post, the chair of Edmonton’s naming committee, says the naming process is continually evolving but certainly isn’t free from challenges. “I think in the past — despite Edmonton having a very accessible naming process — it was something of a passive process, driven more by developers often just wanting to get their subdivision process done,” he says. “Now, I think a few things are converging at the right time: the Truth and Reconciliation work, as well as the awareness of the public, councillors and the mayor’s office of the importance of using place names to represent history and heritage.”

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Metro News Edmonton, June 16, 2016

Speaking on behalf of the Alberta Council of Disability Services following Minister Irfan Sabir’s announcement that government would be ending the use of Supports Intensity Scale assessments.





















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Metro News Calgary, April 5, 2016

NDP remove ‘gag’ clause from disability contracts

“Things like having to report the name of every staffer in an agency and their position.You’ve got agencies with hundreds of staff,” he said, referring to the potential micro-managing. “That’s a huge admin burden.”

The consultation process hasn’t been as collaborative compared to past processes, Post added.

“This one coming out the way it did was bit of a shock,” he said. “In the past there’s been a contact advisory committee and that’s been a very collaborative group.”

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The Westlock News, March 1, 2016

Disability review consultation makes local stop

Protests and several human rights complaints derailed implementation of new building inspection standards for landlords housing the disabled early in 2015 — they’re changes advocates say will drive up renovation costs and make it harder for the disabled to find housing.

“I know an example in Fort McMurray that was $600,000 to renovate,” said Westlock Independence Network executive director Greg Morris. WIN provides support and services to community members in Westlock with various disabilities.

“People were kicked out of their home for a year and a half. So, what do you do in that case?”

Jamie Post, a communications coordinator with the Alberta Council of Disability Services also called changes made early last year by the former PC government ‘overkill.’

“I’ve seen as high as $60-70,000 to do a home,” Post said.

“Where do we get the money for it?

“I’ve got letters from landlords saying, ‘I’ve rented to you for a long time; I love the relationship with your agency; I love renting for a good cause and we do it below market value, but I can’t afford to do this and I can rent my home to anyone else without having to go through all the burdens.”

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St. Albert Gazette, December 19, 2015

PDD community express disappointment with lack of debate

Disability advocates were disappointed to see the legislature wrap up last Thursday without a single word of debate on MLA Marie Renaud’s private member’s bill. If passed, the bill would have made consultation with the public mandatory on any major changes to the Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act.

Introduced a month ago, the bill was put on pause when the fall sitting came to a close on Dec. 11. Second reading was adjourned for three weeks before that. If the legislature begins a new session in the spring, the bill will die.

“What I was really looking forward to was the debate,” said Jamie Post, communications and membership co-ordinator for the Alberta Council of Disability Services, an advocacy group for service providers who support people with developmental disabilities and brain injury.

“From the ACDS perspective, we’ve had a lot of members out there for months now meeting with ministers, meeting with their MLAs. I think MLAs would have been very well briefed coming into that debate. I think you would have heard a lot of discussion on the need for a new government to look at things in a new way, to do things differently and in a better way.”

The St. Albert Gazette

May 14, 2013

Joint Statement – Impending cuts to persons with developmental disabilities (PDD): Excessive and threatening

Alberta Association for Community Living (AACL), Alberta Council of Disability Services (ACDS) and Alberta Disability Workers Association (ADWA), who together represent almost the entirety of the community who rely on PDD funding, – families and their family members with developmental disabilities, service providers and support staff – have joined together to express our mutual concerns. The reduction in PDD funding of minimally $60 million is the largest cut in the Government’s current budget – close to twice the size of the 7% cut required of post-secondary institutions; the largest cut ever imposed on individuals with developmental disabilities in Alberta’s history.

Read the full release issued by the Alberta Disability Workers Association, the Alberta Council of Disability Services and the Alberta Association for Community Living (Inclusion Alberta).