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Provincial News

February 7, 2013 Poor quality employment results from outcome-based funding models

A study recently selected for the American Psychological Association online journal, APA PsycNET, and published in the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, finds that the rapid job placement strategy utilized in the Ontario Disability Support Program’s (ODSP) employment supports services has resulted in low quality, low-paying jobs which are limited in opportunities for career development for people living with mental illness.

January 25, 2013 Enabling Minds project launched and recruiting volunteers

The Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division (CMHA Ontario), in partnership with YMCA Ontario, and Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO), has launched the Enabling Minds project. Recognizing the importance of recreation in promoting optimal physical and mental health, Enabling Minds aims to reduce barriers that prevent people with mental health-related disabilities from accessing physical activity programs and resources at community centres, fitness clubs, parks and other recreational or fitness facilities.

January 25, 2013 Accessibility Standards Advisory Council announced

The Government of Ontario has appointed the Accessibility Standards Advisory Council to continue its work in removing barriers for people with disabilities. The Council was implemented based on recommendations by Charles Beer, who conducted an independent review of Ontario’s accessibility law.

January 25, 2013 Aboriginal Child and Youth Strategy

Working together with Aboriginal partners, Ontario will develop a multi-year Aboriginal Children and Youth Strategy. Responding to the recommendations from the Commission to Promote Sustainable Child Welfare and former Ontario Aboriginal Advisor, John Beaucage, the strategy will focus on building community-driven, integrated and culturally appropriate supports to help Aboriginal children and young people grow up healthy and reach their full potential.

January 25, 2013 Update on Action Plan for Healthcare

The Ontario government has released updates on last year’s “Action Plan for Health Care”. The changes within the past year include:

January 25, 2013 Deadline extended for submitting to HSJCC Police-ER Room Protocols Project

The deadline for submission to the Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) Police-Emergency Room Protocols Project has been extended to Thursday, January 31.

January 10, 2013 Applications for 2013/2014 EnAbling Change program opening soon

The Accessibility Directorate of Ontario is launching the 2013/2014 “EnAbling Change” program. This program supports non-profit organizations to be leaders in helping others comply with Ontario’s accessibility standards. Through the program, financial support is provided to organizations to educate an industry or sector about their obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), 2005.

January 10, 2013 Deadline extended for submitting to HSJCC police-emergency room protocols project

The deadline for submission to the Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) Police-Emergency Room Protocols Project has been extended to Thursday, January 31.

January 10, 2013 Free HSJCC webinar on communicating with correctional facilities

The Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) in partnership with the Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) is hosting a free webinar on Tuesday, January 22 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. on communicating with correctional facilities.

December 13, 2012 OHRC writes Elections Ontario on accessibility and alternative voting technologies

Barbara Hall, Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, has provided Ontario’s Chief Electoral Officer, Greg Essensa with feedback on Elections Ontario’s work on alternative voting technologies (internet and phone voting) and accessibility for voters with disabilities. OHRC supports Elections Ontario’s review and consultation on alternative voting technologies, as well as Elections Ontario’s eight accessibility principles: accessibility, one vote per voter, vote authentication and authorization, only count votes from valid voters, individual verifiability, voter privacy, results validation and service availability.