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Provincial News

October 1, 2015 Police Record Checks Reform Act takes next step

Police record checks reform legislation took another step towards reality as Bill 113 passed its second reading in the Ontario Legislature on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

October 1, 2015 Ontario needs a provincial alcohol strategy, say leading health organizations

A coalition of leading health organizations is calling on the Ontario government to develop a comprehensive alcohol strategy to address the health harms of alcohol.

October 1, 2015 Former health minister knows value of mental health firsthand

Former national health minister Allan Rock is speaking out about the importance of assisting with mental health issues.

October 1, 2015 Changes to the Mental Health Act proposed in legislature

The Honourable Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care recently introduced Bill 122 for First Reading in the Ontario Legislature.  The Bill, entitled The Mental Health Statute Law Amendment Act, 2015, will, if passed, make technical amendments to the Mental Health Act to provide the Consent and Capacity Board with new powers regarding the criteria and length of time a patient can continue to be held as an involuntary patient in a psychiatric facility.

October 1, 2015 Ontario Developing its First Culture Strategy

Ontario is seeking input from across the province to develop its first culture strategy, which will guide a  vision for arts and culture in Ontario in hopes of building healthier and prosperous communities.  Culture in Ontario can include things like heritage, traditions, and identity, creative arts such music and film, and public spaces including libraries, museums and historical sites.

September 17, 2015 Council for People with Disabilities calls for change

A new report by the Partnership Council on Employment Opportunities urges the Ontario government to eliminate policy barriers and allow more people with disabilities to permanently enter the workforce.

September 17, 2015 Ontario announces new and improved supports for post-secondary students

As many post-secondary youth embark on a new school year, Ontario has announced a number of new programs and improvements to help students with the costs of their education and career goals.

September 17, 2015 New report calls for decriminalizing mental health in Ontario

Unlocking-Change-Draft_Page_01-190x300A new report by the John Howard Society of Ontario (JHSO) calls for increased funding in provincial support systems to decrease the percentage of people with mental health issues in correctional facilities.

September 17, 2015 New bundled care teams receive funding

Ontario recently announced a new approach aimed to help people transition more smoothly out of hospital and into their homes. Six communities across the province will be part of a new bundled care approach to healthcare, which will provide a single payment to a team of health providers to cover care for people in hospital and at home.

September 17, 2015 Ontario announces support for refugees

The Ontario government recently announced $8.5 million over two and a half years to support refugees, increase the number of refugees coming to Ontario, and help settle and integrate them once they arrive.