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Provincial News

August 25, 2011 LHINC Mental Health and Addictions Working Group report

The Local Health Integrated Network Collaborative (LHINC) is an Ontario provincial advisory body formed by the LHINs in 2009 to strengthen relationships with health service providers, their associations and LHINs collectively on system-wide issues. LHINC established a Working Group (WG) on mental health and addictions in April 2010 for the purposes of providing practical, consistent provincial advice on improving access to care for people with lived experience and methods to measure and track the changes. Members of the group represent the geographic diversity of the province as well as service provider sectors across Ontario. Through surveys, interaction with provincial groups and literature reviews, the WG developed an understanding of the issues around mental health and addictions.

August 25, 2011 Ontario reviews changes to Human Rights Code

The Ontario government has announced a review into the implementation and effectiveness of amendments to the Human Rights Code that took effect June 30, 2008.

August 11, 2011 LCO releases draft anti-ageism legal framework

The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) has just released a “Draft Framework for the Law as It Affects Older Adults” for public feedback. Once finalized, the framework can be used by legislators, policy-makers, advocacy organizations, community groups and service providers in the evaluation of new or existing laws, policies, and practices as they impact older adults. The framework will also promote consideration of the circumstances and experience of older Ontarians when legislation and policy are developed.

August 11, 2011 Human Rights 101

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has produced an online learning video titled “Human Rights 101.” This educational video includes three units:

August 11, 2011 OHRC Annual Report released

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has released its annual report for 2010–2011. Titled “Looking Back, Moving Forward,” this report not only reviews the past fiscal year, it also celebrates the 50-year anniversary of the founding of the OHRC.

July 28, 2011 LGBT consultation identifies priority areas for mental health and addictions research

As part of the broader Creating Together: Co-Creating a Mental Health and Addictions Research Agenda for Ontario initiative (see the May 5th issue of Mental Health Notes for more information about Creating Together), in September 2010, OMHAKEN and Rainbow Health Ontario partnered to sponsor the first mental health and addictions research consultation with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities in Ontario.

July 28, 2011 Ontario's new government-issued photo ID card now available

As of July 25, 2011 Ontarians can now apply for the province’s new government-issued photo identification (ID) card. The new photo ID card can be obtained at one of 21 ServiceOntario locations across the province and will be available at all locations by 2012.

July 28, 2011 Coroner's inquest into suicide of teen waiting for mental health assessment

A coroner’s inquest into the death of Pickering, Ontario teen Gleb Alfyorov finds that the province needs a treatment centre outside of jails where youth can receive court-ordered psychiatric evaluations. Alfyorov was court-ordered by a judge to be assessed for criminal responsibility, based on a previous assault of hitting his older sister. While awaiting a mental health assessment in the Syl Apps Youth Centre, he hung himself with his shoelaces.

July 28, 2011 ODSP Action Coalition calls for human rights framework in social assistance review

The ODSP Action Coalition has responded to the Social Assistance Review Commission. They want a revised social assistance system that provides dignity, adequacy (rates based on rational criteria), and inclusion of all recipients within a human rights framework.

July 28, 2011 OACP releases new provincial guideline for police record checks

The Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) has developed a new provincial guideline for police records checks.