The Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) has recently announced a new document that aims to improve interactions and strengthen the relationships between the police and the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities.
Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin announced Tuesday, November 5, 2013 that he has appointed two prominent police chiefs as special advisors to his ongoing investigation on guidelines provided to police for de-escalating conflict situations, including those involving people with mental health issues.
There were two developments at a recent Toronto Police Services Board which CMHA Ontario was following closely.
This new report from a Toronto-based partnership explores the value, need, and logistics of collecting health equity-related data from patients seeking health services. Starting in 2010, three Toronto-based hospitals – Mount Sinai Hospital, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and St. Michael’s Hospital – identified the need for patient socio-demographic data to inform health service planning. Soon joined by Toronto Public Health, the partnership embarked on a project to develop a patient questionnaire and start collecting data.
New research has raised questions about diversity of leadership within the GTA’s health sector. While boards and senior management teams of GTA health care institutions include significant numbers of women, others such as racialized groups, people with disabilities and LGBTQ people remain underrepresented.
On October 30, 2013, as part of their Off Course On Campus series, CBC Toronto hosted a town hall on student mental health. The town hall panel featured Janine Robb, Executive Director of Health and Wellness at University of Toronto, Terry McQuaid, Director of Counselling and Accessibility Services at Seneca College, Eric Windeler, founder of the Jack Project, and Rachel Cooper, a student with lived experience of mental health issues.
A provincial coroner’s inquest into the deaths of three individuals who were all experiencing a mental health crisis when they were killed by police has begun in Toronto. The deaths of Reyal Jardine-Douglas, Sylvia Klibingaitis and Michael Elgion occurred separately at different times and locations across Toronto over the past three years but their cases are heard together during the 8-week inquest because they were all experiencing mental health issues and holding sharp objects when confronted by police. All officers involved in the three cases were cleared of any charges by the Ontario Special Investigations Unit. The inquest will thus focus on police training and use-of-force guidelines and aim to make recommendations on preventing these types of incidents from occurring in the future.
The official route map for Clara Hughes’ cross-Canada bike tour and mental health awareness campaign includes more than 25 stops in Ontario.
In a landmark human rights case, Christina Jahn, a woman with mental health issues, has received a settlement from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS).