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September 14, 2016

HRM Election

To promote diversity, inclusion and access in HRM., we have asked the 52 candidates for Regional Council who have provided emails to agree to this statement.  Please share and encourage candidates to make this pledge.

Dear Council Candidate,

As advocates for people with disabilities, the Directors of the James McGregor Stewart Society ask you to pledge to accomplish 6 simple things in the first 100 days you are in office. None of them involve new public expense, and some may be underway.
  1. Publish summary statistics about the HRM workforce, across job classifications and pay grades, and ensuring privacy rights, showing the breakdown by 
    • gender
    • age
    • nature and severity of disability
    • ethnic and racial categories
  2. Name an access coordinator in each department who will signify that access has been considered in each report to Council
  3. Begin a review of By-Laws to identify consequences for people with disabilities, to be completed in 2017
  4. Begin to update Red-Book standards for accessible rights of way to commonly accepted levels.
  5. Include this statement in the Special Events Task Force Special Event Application Form:
    • "Event organizers welcome people with disabilities as observers and participants. If disability accommodations (e.g., communication access, alternate formats) are needed to participate fully in this event, please contact event organizers at [phone number and email address]. "
  6. Endorse the concept of Halifax Ramp-Up
Any candidate from any district may make this pledge. Candidates are encouraged to advertise signing, and may say they have the endorsement of the James McGregor Stewart Society. We will keep track of pledges and Council activities on our website.

Please reply to wcreedh@gmail.com with your decision about supporting this effort.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, thanks for your consideration,

Warren Reed

HERE ARE RESPONSES AS OF OCTOBER 3, 1 PM

ResponseNumber
Yes30
With Reservations5
No1
No Response17
No Email3
LastDistrictPledge
Adams11With Reservations
Beals6With Reservations
Blackburn14Yes
Bowes5Yes
Carvery8Yes
Castle1Yes
Cleary9Yes
Craig15Yes
Curran10Yes
Deagle-Gammon1With Reservations
Ehsan10Yes
Enxuga5Yes
Fashan2With Reservations
Guthrie12Yes
Hendsbee2Yes
Kawalski8Yes
Lawson1Yes
Lovelace13Yes
MacPhersonMayorYes
Mason7Yes
McKay2No
Milburn5Yes
Mosher9Yes
Nicoll4Yes
Penney11Yes
Poole8Yes
Rissesco5Yes
Sinnott1Yes
Smith12With Reservations
Sommerhalder8Yes
Stoddard12Yes
Uteck7Yes
Walker10Yes
Watson5Yes
Whitman13Yes
Woodbury9Yes

FOR THE FULL LIST WITH COMMENTS, SEE SPREADSHEET

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