Conversations at the Crossroads

Conversations at the Crossroads – Jan. 17th, 2019

News Coverage for Windsor and Essex County


Blackburn News

Story was aired on the radio during the day January 17, 2019, prior to the event, then posted on-line at 5:00 am the next morning pointing people to the Facebook page and website for Independent Facilitation Matters.

Group calls for disability funding to continue

By Mark Brown – January 18, 2019   5:00 am

“A local grassroots organization is drawing attention to the need to keep funding available for those with developmental disabilities.  . . . . .”

CBC News Windsor

CBC TV News Windsor at 6:00 with Arms Bumanlag

Story aired live during the event January 17, 2019

  • the event was announced at the beginning of the news cast and then aired after other news at the 8 minute, 45 second mark (8:45 to 12:06)
  • Rally for Disability Funding (title across the screen)
  • Reporter Jason Viau

CTV News Windsor

CTV News Windsor – 11 pm News with Jim Crichton

Local news story was taped during the event and prepared ahead for the 11 pm news   that evening, January 17, 2019

  • See it at approximately the 2 minute, 20 second point  (2:20 – 3:35)
  • Opened with the words : Action orientated gathering  (no title on screen)
  • Aired again the next day on the 6 pm news


Windsor Star 

‘Devastated’ – families fight funding cuts for people with disabilities

By Doug Schmidt

Updated January 18, 2019

“Over a hundred local adults with developmental disabilities, along with their families and supporters, are reeling from news that the province is about to cut off funding for a support program that was started in Windsor and that they see as vital to keeping them engaged and productive in the community.. . . .”

(Note: Windsor Star is currently working on a second story as a follow-up including anm interview with another family. The story will be completed over the weekend.)


CBC News Windsor (on-line)

Family of people with developmental disabilities fighting cuts to program,   $3.1 M program to end April 1

By Dale Molnar – CBC News 

Posted Jan 19, 2019, 5:00 am, last updated Jan 18

“Family members of people who have developmental disabilities are mobilizing to fight a Ford government cut to a service that helps their loved ones lead a normal life.”


“I was at home. I felt like there was nothing that I could do, I was playing video games in the basement,” said 20 year-old Corbin Szymczak”


“We’re talking about some of the most vulnerable people in our community and communities across the province,” said Gretzky.”


AM800 CKLW (on-line)

Residents fight to keep programs for the disabled

by Gord Bacon

Friday, January 18th, 2019 – 7:35 am

“More than 100 parents, friends and family members with developmental disabilities are saying ‘no’ to Ontario government funding cuts.

When March ends, so does the funding for Independent Facilitation at Windsor-Essex Brokerage for Personal Supports.” . . . .


AM800 CKLW Radio News

The issue was also broadcast on AM800 Radio during the Morning News the day after the event, January 18, 2019

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