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April 24, 2014 New OHRC policy on gender identity and expression

The Ontario Human Rights Commission has released its Policy on Preventing Discrimination Because of Gender Identify and Gender Expression. The policy is the culmination of many years of work by many committed individuals and organizations. A major milestone along the way was the 2012 enactment of Toby’s Act, which included “gender identity” and “gender expression” as protected grounds under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

April 24, 2014 Tribute for Terry Trafford

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The news of 20-year-old Ontario Hockey League player Terry Trafford’s death rippled across Canada last month, receiving nationwide attention from sports media, The Globe and Mail, and Don Cherry on CBC Hockey Night In Canada’s Coach’s Corner. Now, members of the Toronto community that Trafford grew up in have banded together to host an event in honour of his life.

April 10, 2014 Addictions and Mental Health Ontario (AMHO) proposes government plan for investment in supportive housing

AMHO_logonew report from Addictions and Mental Health Ontario (AMHO) calls on the Ontario government to adopt a seven-year plan of investment in supportive housing as the most cost-effective way to help people recovering from mental health and addictions challenges.

April 10, 2014 Study examines links between homeless and vulnerably-housed individuals and traumatic brain injury

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can result from vehicle accidents, firearms, falls and other causes. TBIs include things like concussions and are about seven times more common among homeless people than the general population.

April 10, 2014 How city design impacts mental health
Image courtesy of Spacing

Image courtesy of Spacing

A recent article in Spacing magazine titled, “Designing Cities that Positively Impact Mental Health” describes how the urban landscape affects our well-being. The article promotes mixed-use communities: communities where public facilities, such as schools, workplaces, grocery stores, etc., are located close together. These communities enable residents to easily walk, bike or bus to get to and from different places.

March 27, 2014 New initiative helps support student athletes and mental health

Image of SAMHI logoThrough their own experiences, two female athletes in Ottawa recognized the need to provide mental health services to student athletes. Subsequently, Samantha DeLenardo and Krista Van Slingerland launched the Student Athlete Mental Health Initiative (SAMHI) on Twitter and Facebook. The aims of the initiative are to connect student athletes with local counseling services and resources as well as advocate for student athletes’ mental health.

March 27, 2014 Training, and products, and videos, oh my!

Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health logoThe Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health, which works with provincial child and youth mental health agencies to enhance front-line service delivery, is pleased to announce three new online resources. The new tools are designed to help people, agencies and systems use evidence to strengthen care.

March 27, 2014 Researchers explore impacts of language barriers on health care in Ontario

Language barriers between patients and health-care providers can pose significant challenges for health care quality. Researchers in Ontario are exploring the impact of this issue on our provincial health system. Using data from the 2006 Census, researchers at the Centre for Research in Inner City Health in Toronto, found that language barriers may be a significant issue for health care in a number of Ontario municipalities.

March 27, 2014 Law Commission of Ontario focuses on legal capacity, decision-making and guardianship

Image of LCO logoThe Law Commission of Ontario has released four commissioned research papers to support its work on legal capacity, decision-making and guardianship.   Each of these areas can impact significantly on the lives and experiences of people with disabilities, including mental health-related disabilities.  The four papers include:

  • Health Care Consent and Advance Care Planning: Standards and Supports, written by the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly and Dykeman Dewhirst O’Brien LLP
  • Decisions, Decisions: Promoting and Protecting the Rights of Persons with Disabilities who are Subject to Guardianship, written by Arch Disability Law Centre
  • Understanding the Lived Experience of Supported Decision-Making in Canada: A Study Paper, written by the Canadian Centre for Elder Law
  • Understanding and Addressing Voices of Adults with Disabilities Within Their Family Caregiving Contexts: Implications for Legal Capacity, Decision-making, and Guardianship, written by Dr. Bonnie Lashewicz.
March 27, 2014 Reminder: Participate in 2 public reviews of the AODA

Members of the public and organizations are invited to participate in two current reviews of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).