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November 26, 2015 Sarnia launches initiative to hire more people with disabilities

Sarnia ToolkitThe City of Sarnia has created a toolkit to make it easier for city staff to hire people with disabilities.

November 26, 2015 New Hospital Opening in Oakville

OTMH-BuildingThe new Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital will open on Dec. 13 and is expected to provide expanded health care services and an improved patient experience.

November 26, 2015 Fast-tracking Affordable Housing in the City of Toronto

The City of Toronto unveiled a new program on Nov. 19 designed to spearhead affordable rental and ownership housing construction.

November 26, 2015 Making Investments in Affordable Housing

CALL_FOR-logo-blackTo mark National Housing Day on Nov. 22, the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO), which represents Registered Nurses (RNs), Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and nursing students is encouraging Ontarians to submit an online petition calling on the Prime Minister of Canada and the Premier of Ontario to make more investments in affordable housing. RNAO says the recent steps Ontario has taken to define homelessness and set a target to end it within 10 years are welcome. However, need is outpacing resources, which is why nurses are calling for dedicated investment.

November 12, 2015 Trans people to have improved access to sex reassignment surgery

Trans people in Ontario are expected to have improved access to sex reassignment surgery by early 2016.

October 29, 2015 Prescription for crisis relief: unique hospital-community partnership helping hundreds

Over the past three years, there has been a change in health care between North Bay Regional Health Centre (NBRHC) and a community partner which has benefited more than 500 people needing crisis help.

October 29, 2015 HSJCC webinar to explore structure changes

The provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) is hosting a free webinar Nov. 10 from noon to 1:30 p.m.

October 29, 2015 Applications open for evaluation support program at Ontario Brain Institute

Ontario Brain Institute.  Converge.  Discover. Deliver.The Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) is accepting applications for the second round of the Evaluation Support Program, which aims to foster the use of evidence to inform how community services are run.

October 15, 2015 Stats show stark reality of living with mental health or addictions in Ontario

By the Numbers cover pageA new report by the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) reveals the challenging realities faced by people living with mental health or addictions disabilities in Ontario. By the Numbers, released October 5, 2015, uses Statistics Canada data from the 2012 Canadian Survey on Disability to get a better understanding of the population living with mental health and addictions in Ontario.

October 15, 2015 Province to audit large retailers to ensure workplace accessibility

This fall, the Government of Ontario will conduct targeted audits of large retail companies to ensure that workplace and employee practices are accessible.  The goal of the audit is to make sure that companies with more than 500 employees are compliant with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and making accessibility part of recruiting and employee support.