The Government of Ontario’s Budget for 2014 acknowledges that “there are 1.65 million people in Ontario who have a physical, mental, sensory or learning disability, 63 per cent of whom are aged 15 to 64 — the cohort most likely to be participating in the labour force.”
To support dialogue and discussion among organizations serving people with mental illnesses, Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario hosts CMHA Connects which is a multisite network designed to support collaboration and knowledge sharing.
Toronto City Council has decided to examine the feasibility of providing more support for the needs of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans-People Queer (LGBTQ) community, after a 2013 survey indicated that 21 per cent of people in youth shelters identify as belonging to a sexual minority.
Election 2014 is over and Queen’s Park is returning to business on July 2, 2014. Premier-Elect Kathleen Wynne has signaled her intention to re-introduce the 2014-2015 Ontario budget, Building Opportunity, Securing Our Future as one of the first orders of business.
Since the release of reports from the Office of Information and Privacy Commissioner, Ontario (IPC), the Canadian Civil Liberties Association(CCLA) and the John Howard Society Ontario(JHSO) on police record checks, others have come forward to share their stories and take up the cause of ending the disclosure of non-conviction records on police background checks.
In anticipation of the provincial election on June 12, 2014, CMHA Ontario recently participated in a special online discussion on improving Ontario’s health. Moderated by Health Nexus and produced in partnership with Health Promotion Ontario and the Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (OCDPA), the discussion explored the various ways that each political party can make Ontario a healthy society.
With the Ontario Provincial vote seven days away (June 12, 2014), CMHA Ontario would like to remind people that eligible community health organizations can help homeless voters cast a ballot.
The Centre for Research on Inner City Health has released a report, Un/Helpful Help and Its Discontents: Peer Researchers Paying Attention to Street Life Narratives to Inform Social Work Policy and Practice, which examines services from the perspective of the people who use them.
On May 12, 2014, the Provincial Human Service and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) held a webinar titled “Moving the Wheels of Justice: Communication about Mental Health within the Courthouse.” The webinar was presented by Dr. Julian Gojer, a Forensic Psychiatrist on staff at the Toronto Western Hospital. Dr. Gojer also sits on the Ontario Review Board and works at the St. Lawrence Valley Correctional and Treatment Centre in Brockville, Ontario. This is a unique, one of a kind jail in Canada that operates similarly to a psychiatric hospital.
The Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (OCDPA), formed in 2003 to address the urgent need for integrated action and collaboration on the issue of chronic disease prevention, aims to bring concerns regarding the state of health in Ontario to political party leaders, MPPs and nominated candidates in the leadup to the upcoming election. .