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Provincial News

May 31, 2012 Opioid advice and resources

In early March 2012, Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews convened the “Expert Working Group on Narcotic Addiction,” prior to the removal of oxycontin from Canadian markets.

May 3, 2012 New mental health court in Halton Region

On May 4, 2012, the Ontario Court of Justice in Halton Region is opening a Community Treatment Court. This new Court, which will be located in the Court House at 2021 Plains Road East in Burlington, Ontario, is designed to be a therapeutic Court.

May 3, 2012 New Ontario Human Rights Commission policy on competing human rights

On April 26, 2012, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released a new Policy on Competing Human Rights. This policy is intended to assist individuals and organizations manage situations of competing rights.

May 3, 2012 Law Commission of Ontario receives public feedback on law and disabilities framework

The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) has released a draft framework to evaluate how new or existing laws, policies and practices impact on people with disabilities. Public feedback was welcomed until May 2, 2012.

April 20, 2012 PHO and CCO release joint report on chronic disease prevention

Public Health Ontario (PHO) and Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) have released a new joint report called “Taking Action to Prevent Chronic Disease: Recommendations for a Healthier Ontario.” This report outlines a high level overview of identified effective interventions to prevent chronic disease at the population level.

April 20, 2012 Join the Police Record Check Coalition in defining their 2012-2013 mandate

The Police Record Check Coalition (PRCC) achieved success in 2011 by working with the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) to develop and implement their Police Record Check Guideline. When individuals have non-criminal contact with the police, information about the contact is included in their police file. If individuals then request a police records check for the purpose of working or volunteering with a vulnerable population, the non-criminal information is disclosed, which may impact negatively when applying for a position, gaining access to housing, and even when crossing the border. The OACP Guideline is Ontario’s first province-wide standard for protecting the privacy of non-criminal mental health information at all levels of police record checks.

April 20, 2012 OHR Tribunal finds birth records policy discriminatory towards trans people

In a historic decision, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal (OHRT) has ruled that surgical requirements for changing the documented sex on an individual’s birth record are discriminatory towards trans people. Currently, proof of sex reassignment surgery is required to have one’s documented sex changed on birth records under the provincial Vital Statistics Act.

April 5, 2012 Literature review on people with mental health conditions in correctional facilities

Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) has released a new report titled “Provincial Correctional Response to Individuals with Mental Illnesses in Ontario: A Review of Literature.” This report reviews available academic, gray and policy literature, and identifies key issues about the way the correctional system responds to individuals with mental health conditions.

March 22, 2012 Ontario Health Study

Have you completed the Ontario Health Study (OHS) yet? For a limited time, Ontarians who are 18 years or older can take part in the OHS by completing a survey (it takes about 30 minutes), help scientists investigate risk factors in diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, asthma and Alzheimer’s….AND collect 35 air miles or a $10 gift certificate for selected vendors!

March 22, 2012 RNAO releases new guideline on the use of restraints

The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) has released a new practice guideline, “Promoting Safety: Alternative Approaches to the Use of Restraints.” This document contains 12 recommendations, including eight specific actions for nurses.