In Ontario, 10 percent of students had serious thoughts of suicide in the past year and three percent reported a suicide attempt. Suicide is five to seven times higher for First Nations and Inuit than non-Aboriginal youth.
A new private member’s bill is calling on the provincial government to endorse the new National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.
The John Howard Society’s Centre of Research, Policy & Program Development has released a report entitled, Reasonable Bail?, which outlines recommendations for change to Ontario’s bail system.
The Government of Ontario has appointed Mayo Moran, Dean of the University of Toronto law school, to lead a review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).
The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) wants public feedback to support a review of the policy on human rights and creed or religion. Public feedback is requested via the OHRC’s Human Rights and Creed Survey.
On August 8, 2013 the Ontario Ombudsman announced that his office will review the guidelines provided by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services to police for de-escalating crisis situations, including those involving people with mental health issues. The systematic investigation is scheduled to be completed within the next six to 12 months and will look at current de-escalation training standards and procedures across Ontario.
CMHA Ontario has requested that it be included in new government consultations to inform the province’s next poverty reductions strategy.
CMHA Ontario will be providing a submission to the provincial government on the minimum wage regulation and has set up a committee to ensure that its contribution is reflective of provincial perspectives. The submission is part of a provincial consultation process that gives the public an opportunity to provide input into how minimum wage is adjusted.
Existing CMHA Ontario programs indicate that the organization is already aligned with mental health aspects of the summer unveiling of Stepping Up: A Strategic Framework to Help Ontario’s Youth Succeed.
Ontario’s doctors are urging all levels of government to make a greater investment in housing programs after the latest research has revealed that the ability to access safe and affordable housing impacts patient health.