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Provincial News

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.

June 5, 2015 Reintegration Centre helps former inmates make a new start

The John Howard Society of Toronto presented their new Reintegration Centre recently with an Open House and barbeque event. Officially opened in November, the Centre aims to help individuals who are released from the new Toronto South Detention Centre, located across the street, to better reintegrate back into the community. Toronto South is a male correctional facility that can hold over 1,600 inmates and will release approximately 180 men each week once the facility is at capacity.

June 5, 2015 Toronto police looking for feedback on new body-worn camera project

Police are looking to collect community feedback on the new body-worn camera pilot project, which took to the streets this month. Over the next few weeks, 20,000 surveys will be delivered to randomly chosen homes and businesses, and an online surveyis available for members of the public to share their feedback as well. The survey includes questions about support for officers to wear a camera and in what situations the camera should be turned off. The pilot project will last one year, and will then be evaluated using the community’s comments.