Two more instances involving individuals with mental health issues who were shot and killed by police are the subject of new inquests.
A new report from the Wellesley Institute tracks the impacts of recent federal health care cuts on refugees. Reforms to the Interim Federal Health program were introduced in 2012. This report identified four specific impacts of the cuts on refugee health:
- Administrative burdens for health service providers that in some cases may result in lack of access to services even where health care coverage exists
- Increased number of avoidable hospital emergency departments visits that could have been reduced through access to primary care
- Creation of a class of refugee claimants without access to health care services through the creation of the Designated Country of Origin list
- Reductions in health care access for vulnerable refugee groups, including pregnant women, resulting in potential for increased risks and complications.
A new Manitoba study showed that peer mentoring in elementary school can have beneficial health effects for both mentors and mentees. The healthy living program, called Healthy Buddies, involved pairing students aged nine to 12 with children aged six to eight. The older students received 21 weekly lessons from teachers on healthy eating, positive self-esteem and physical activity, which they then passed on to the younger children. Key messages were, “Go Move!”, “Go Fuel!” and “Go Feel Good!”
A new report on household food insecurity in Canada shines a light on what continues to be a major social and health problem in this country, and that is the lack of access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to maintain good health.
There is a growing trend where employers from all sectors, not just those working with vulnerable populations, are requesting that job applicants provide a criminal record check. Similar to Ontario, in British Columbia, non-conviction records can show up on a police record check and this information can include:
- warrants for arrest
- peace bonds or restraining orders in effect
- information about adverse police contact
- charges approved by Crown Counsel that do not result in convictions
- information related to the Youth Criminal Justice Act
- information about an individual’s mental health
In late January, it was reported that the Canada Board Services Agency (CBSA) is ready to begin sharing personal information with the United States Department of Homeland Security under the new Entry/Exit Initiative. This $139-million project has been in the works since 2011 as part of the Beyond the Border agreement between Canada and the United States. In the third and final phase of this initiative, the CBSA will expand the scope of monitoring to all people passing through land border crossings including, Canadian citizens by June of 2014.
National and provincial partners, including employment service providers and various policy think tanks, have launched www.lmaworks.com, a new website to provide an open and collective voice for organizations developing, delivering and interested in the continuation of effective labour market agreement (LMA) programs.