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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Caption Movies in Canada:

July 17, 2006

Dear individual and organization supporters

Toronto, ON - On November 2, 2006 at 10AM, the movie theatre, studio and distribution industries, including Famous Players, AMC Theatres, Universal Studios Canada, Paramount Pictures Canada, Cineplex Odeon, and Alliance Atlantis Cinemas will appear before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario at 400 University Avenue, 7th Floor, Toronto for final hearings.

After approximately nineteen days of hearings, the Tribunal will be in a position to set down a final ruling on movie theatre access that will have significant outcomes for the Deaf, deafened, and hard of hearing communities, as well as for the worldwide movie industry.

Three Deaf complainants, namely Nancy Barker, a University of Toronto student, Gary Malkowski, Special Advisor to the President, Public Affairs, at The Canadian Hearing Society (CHS), and Scott Simser, an Ottawa Lawyer, along with representatives of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, allege that the movie theatre, studio and distribution industries have failed to accommodate Deaf, deafened, and hard of hearing movie-goers by not providing 100% captioning on movies in theatres.

The Caption Movies Now Coalition’s website www.captionmoviesnow.com is sponsored by ONESTOP Media Group. The ONESTOP Media Group is Canada’s premier private digital signage network operator for the mass transit, hospitality, conference, and retail industries. The CMNC and ONESTOP Media Group www.onestopmedia.group.com are working together to organize fundraising activities in support of the objectives of CMNC to ensure 100% captioning in the movie theatres across Canada.

CMNC will gratefully receive and acknowledge on their website (with permission) letters of support from individuals and organizations, contributions either in- kind, or monetary gifts, business sponsorship, and volunteer assistance. All support will be greatly appreciated.

Cheques should be made payable to Cavalluzzo Hayes Shilton McIntyre and Cornish LLP in Trust, and sent to the address below to the attention of Wendy Balaban with correspondence referring to re: Donation to Captioning Case Legal Costs Ref. No. 050775. (If you have time, email us at CMNC to advise us of your donation, in order that we may acknowledge it on our website and send you a thank-you!)

Address for donation cheques:

Attn: Wendy Balaban
474 Bathurst Street Suite 300
Toronto, Ontario M5T 2S6

Ph: 416-964-1115
Fax: 416-964-5895

Please send your letter of support to Lori Archer
Chair, Caption Movies Now Coalition
E-mail: larcher3471@rogers.com

Your support will be greatly appreciated and thank you for your time and consideration in supporting our cause.

Yours sincerely

Lori Archer
Chair, Caption Movies Now Coalition

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