The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) announced on February 26, 2014, that the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) Executive approved a motion to change the way it shares non-conviction records.
Gerry McNeilly, Ontario’s independent police review director, announced that Toronto police use-of-force guidelines will be investigated starting at the end of February, 2014. The review will look at the most recent Sammy Yatim case as well as the outcomes of the triple inquest into the deaths of Sylvia Klibingaitis, 52, Michael Eligon, 29, and Reyal Jardine-Douglas, 25. Klibingaitis, Eligon, Jardine-Douglas were individuals with mental health issues who were fatally shot by police.
The Ontario Advocate for Children and Youth has released a new report by First Nations youth that calls for partnership to create healthy, safe communities for northern, remote and fly-in communities. The report is entitled Feathers of Hope: First Nations Youth Action Plan.
Ready to open this spring, the new Community Food Centre in Toronto’s Regent Park area will build on the foundation of nutrition and gardening programs already established in the neighbourhood. The food centre is the result of a partnership between the Christian Resource Centre and Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC).
In response to a census that indicated many of its students experience loneliness, sadness, anxiety, stress and worry about the future, Canada’s largest school board announced that it is implementing a four-year Mental Health Strategy.
The Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation (CWGHR) is leading an initiative to understand and develop a model to effectively address the needs of family/friend caregivers of people living with episodic disability in Ontario.
Circle your calendars for the 2014 Summit for Children and Youth Mental Health, hosted by the Coalition for Children and Youth Mental Health (CCYMH). The summit takes place in Toronto from April 3-4, 2014. The CCYMH is a multi-sector group committed to improving mental health services for children and youth in Ontario. The summit will bring together educators, professional student services personnel, mental health and health professionals, children service agencies, child service advocates, families and students.
Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) is inviting young people across the province to tap into their creative side and take part in Change the View, a Youtube video contest that aims to eliminate the stigma around children’s mental health issues.
After remaining frozen at $10.25 for the last four years, Ontario’s minimum wage will be increased to $11 per hour, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Labour Minister Yasir Naqvi announced on January 30, 2014.
The week of January 26, 2014 included two separate announcements from Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Deb Matthews.