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November 29, 2012 Ontario's child and youth mental health action plan, "Moving on Mental Health"

The provincial government has released an action plan to build on Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, focusing its first investment on children and youth. “Moving on Mental Health: A system that makes sense for children and youth” outlines areas of system transformation over the next three years. The goal is to define clear pathways to care for parents and young people through a coordinated, responsive system.

November 19, 2012 Ontario ER wait times for patients with a mental illness

A recent study published in theĀ Canadian Medical Association Journalfinds that Ontarians with a mental illness who go to an emergency room (ER) at their hospital, actually have shorter wait times to see a physician during hectic periods, than patients who are not experiencing an episode of mental illness.

November 19, 2012 Brighter prospects for social assistance recipients - part two

The final report by the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario was recently released. Entitled, “Brighter Prospects: Transforming Social Assistance in Ontario,” the report contains 108 recommendations.

November 19, 2012 Ontario launches first provincial immigration strategy

On November 5, 2012, the Government of Ontario launched the province’s first immigration strategy. With the strategy, the provincial government seeks to increase its role in making immigration decisions that impact the province socially and economically.

November 19, 2012 Ontario Human Rights Review results released

The human rights system needs better coordination states the findings from the Ontario Human Rights Review 2012, released on November 8, 2012.

In August 2011, the Government of Ontario appointed Andrew Pinto to conduct a review of the new human rights system in Ontario. A website and a consultation paper were released that detailed the process of the review. Ontarians, especially individuals who have used the services of the Human Rights Legal Support Centre, Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and Ontario Human Rights Commission, were encouraged to participate in the review process through written submissions, oral remarks at public meetings, and oral remarks at stakeholder meetings.

November 1, 2012 Elections Ontario wants public feedback on internet and phone voting

Elections Ontario (EO) is asking the public for feedback on internet and phone voting. The deadline for responses is December 2, 2012. To participate, visit the Elections Ontario website to download a summary of research on the topic and/or complete a survey online (alternative formats also available).

November 1, 2012 Brighter prospects for social assistance recipients

The final report by the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario was recently released. Entitled, “Brighter Prospects: Transforming Social Assistance in Ontario,” the report contains 108 recommendations for a more simplified, integrated system of income and employment supports. It was guided by six key principles and has three objectives:

October 18, 2012 Ontario pharmacists have expanded role in health care

As part of Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care, the role of pharmacists in Ontario has now been expanded. Pharmacists in Ontario can now:

October 18, 2012 Trans people can change sex designation on birth certificate without surgery

Ontario has become the first jurisdiction in Canada to allow trans people to change the sex designation on their birth registration and certificate without surgery. While provincial policy previously required proof of “transsexual surgery” to make changes, an individual can now request the change with a letter from a physician or psychologist.

October 18, 2012 The burden of mental illness in Ontario

“Opening Eyes, Opening Minds: The Ontario Burden of Mental Illness and Addictions” report is the final issue in a three-part series, produced in partnership between the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and Public Health Ontario (PHO). The report finds that the burden of mental illness is one and a half times that of all cancers, and seven times that of infectious diseases.