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. .
Did you know that there are over 800 neuroscience researchers, 130 brain-related companies, and 100 institutions involved in neuroscience in Ontario? On Wednesday, June 4, the Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) will be hosting an introduction to the Neuroscience Asset Map, a dynamic tool that allows users ranging from patients, researchers, companies, and not-for-profit organizations to discover and connect with neuroscience resources across Ontario.
A new provincial law has been created to strengthen job protection for family member caregivers. The Family Caregivers Bill, which was passed on April 29, 2014, increases existing family medical leave by introducing three new types of leave:
- Family caregiver leave, which provides up to 8 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave for workers who provide care or support to a family members with a senior medical condition
- Critically-ill child care Leave, which provides up to 37 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave for family caregivers of critically ill children
- Crime-related child death or disappearance leave, which provides workers with up to 52 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave for parents of a missing child and up to 103 unpaid, job-protected leave for parents of a child who has died due to crime.