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Provincial News

August 2, 2012 AODA Alliance pushes for development of new accessibility standards

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Alliance has launched a campaign for the development of three new accessibility standards to address recurring barriers in the areas of education, health care and residential housing.

August 2, 2012 ECHO is closing in March 2013

Echo: Improving Women’s Health in Ontario will be closing in March 2013 as the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHTLC) shifts its approach to supporting women’s health.

August 2, 2012 Switch to new OHIP card or risk loss of coverage

Do you still have the old red and white OHIP card without the photo (and no expiry date)? If you are one of the 3.5 million Ontarians still carrying the old version of the OHIP card, you could risk loss of coverage if you have been ignoring notices from the government to update your card.

July 5, 2012 Report on Ontario public schools finds mental health resources insufficient

An annual report by People for Education, has identified weaknesses in access to mental health services at the province’s public schools. People for Education is an independent community organization that conducts research and makes policy recommendations about public schools in Ontario.

July 5, 2012 Final POWER Study chapter explores how to reduce health inequities for Ontario's women

A team of more than 60 researchers working on the “Project for an Ontario Women’s Health Evidence-Based Report” (POWER) has released its final chapter of findings. The completed “Women’s Health Report” will serve as an evidence-based tool for policy makers, providers, and consumers to improve health and reduce health inequities among Ontario’s women.

July 5, 2012 Ontario's budget bill receives Royal Assent

On June 20, 2012 Bill 55, Strong Action for Ontario Act (Budget Measures)received Royal Assent in Ontario’s parliament.

The Strong Action for Ontario Act (Budget Measures) implements Ontario’s budget for 2012, while enacting and altering various acts. Amendments made during the passage of the bill reduced the projected provincial deficit in comparison to the original budget plan proposed on March 2012. The revised budget forecasts a deficit of $15 billion for 2011/2012 and a $0.5 billion surplus by 2017/2018.

June 21, 2012 Bill 13, The Accepting Schools Act receives Royal Assent

On June 19, Bill 13, An Act to amend the Education Act with respect to bullying and other matters, received Royal Assent. The bill, also known asThe Accepting Schools Act, recognizes the importance of safe, equitable and inclusive schools for all students, including LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans) students.

June 21, 2012 Ontario Human Rights Code amended to address discrimination against trans people

The Ontario Human Rights Code has been amended to prevent discrimination against trans people. On June 19, Bill 33, An Act to amend the Human Rights Code with respect to gender identity and gender expression received royal assent.

June 21, 2012 Narcotics tracking system introduced

As part of the Action Plan for Health Care, the Ontario government is taking further action to reduce the abuse of prescription narcotics and controlled substance medications. A new narcotics monitoring system has been introduced that will track all prescription narcotics and other controlled substance medications dispensed in Ontario.

June 21, 2012 CTO review released

On May 23, 2012 a review of Community Treatment Orders (CTOs) was released by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC). CTOs are consent-based, and can be recommended by physicians to individuals with a serious mental illness as an alternative to institutionalization. This is a community treatment plan, which often includes medication.