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July 10, 2015 Registration Now Open for the Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) 2015 Conference

hsjcc bannerThe Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2015 HSJCC Conference! The conference will be held in Toronto from November 16 through to November 18, 2015 at the Marriott Eaton Centre (525 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario).

July 10, 2015 Ministry of Labour Promotes Workplace Health and Safety for Young Workers

Every summer, the Ministry of Labour carries out a worker health and safety blitz during the summer months to ensure all young workers between the ages of 15 to 24 know their rights under workplace health and safety regulations.

July 10, 2015 Ontario Searching for its First Patient Ombudsman

The Government of Ontario is inviting people across the province to share the skills, experience and personality traits they would like to see demonstrated in the province’s first Patient Ombudsman.

July 10, 2015 Suicide Prevention Standards Task Force Begins Work

The Ontario Hospital Association’s (OHA) newly-established Suicide Prevention Standards Task Force has begun its work to develop mandatory suicide prevention standards for hospitals in Ontario.  The OHA was asked by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to develop these new mandatory standards earlier this year.

July 10, 2015 Toronto Approves Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy

TO Prosperity CoverToronto City Council approved the Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy this week, with the vision that Toronto will become a leader in the collective pursuit of justice, fairness and equity by 2035. The Strategy aims for Toronto be renowned as a city where everyone has access to good jobs, adequate income, stable housing, affordable transportation, nutritious food, and supportive services.

June 19, 2015 Thunder Bay hospital receives new mental health wing

The Government of Ontario announced this week that it will invest close to $48 million to help build a new wing at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Thunder Bay to offer rehabilitation services to people with mental health issues.

June 19, 2015 New measures to protect patient privacy in Ontario

9394bb1f9b8bccdaa7897a923263363cOntario is working to improve privacy and accountability in the health care system with new measures to protect the personal health information of patients.  The province will be introducing amendments to the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) that, if passed, should strengthen privacy rules, make it easier to prosecute offences and increase fines.

June 19, 2015 Ontario launches workplace consultations

cwr2The Government of Ontario has launched public consultations on two key Acts that will impact on the changing nature of the modern workplace. The consultations will consider how the Labour Relations Act, 1995 and Employment Standards Act, 2000 can be amended to balance protection for workers while supporting businesses.

June 19, 2015 LHIN CEO receives Champions of Telemedicine Award

Louise Paquette, Chief Executive Officer of the North East Local Health Integration Network (NE LHIN) has been awarded with an inaugural Champions of Telemedicine Award from the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN).  She received the award for her work in helping more Northerners access care through the unique telemedicine technology.

June 19, 2015 Public consultations now underway on Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy

Affordable Housing Strategy ModelThe Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is providing Ontarians with an opportunity to provide the government input on the Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy.  The Ministry is engaging with the public and partners across government to inform this strategy.