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March 8, 2012 CMHA Ontario participates in Ontario Human Rights Review 2012

Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario (CMHA Ontario) has made a written submission in response to the Ontario Human Rights Review 2012.

In August 2011, the Government of Ontario appointed Andrew Pinto to conduct a review of the new human rights system in Ontario. A website and a consultation paper were released that detailed the process of the review. Ontarians, especially individuals who have used the services of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, Ontario Human Rights Commission and Human Rights Legal Support Centre, were encouraged to participate in the review process through written submissions, and through oral remarks at public meetings and stakeholder meetings.

February 23, 2012 Provincial HSJCC releases new information guide

The Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) has developed a new Info Guide titled “Strategies for Community Service Providers for Engaging in Communication with Correctional Facilities in Ontario.”

February 23, 2012 Deadline for responding to the Ontario Human Rights Review

March 1 is the deadline for written submissions to the Ontario Human Rights Review. All Ontarians, especially individuals who have used the services of the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC), the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) and the Human Rights Legal Support Centre (HRLSC), are encouraged to participate in the review process.

February 23, 2012 Drummond Report recommends growth in mental health sector

The purpose of the “Drummond Report” (so-named after the TD economist who led the Commission), was to recommend public sector cuts that would provide greater service efficiencies while providing fiscal balance by 2017/2018 and eliminating the potential for greater fiscal deficits. In so doing, the Commission Report proposed over 300 recommendations for system-wide enhancements that would eliminate or redesign programs no longer serving their intended purpose; eliminate areas of overlap and duplication; and provide greater return on public investments in the public sector. The 20-chapter report claims that a small proportion of patients with complex needs account for a high proportion of overall health system costs and emphasizes that preventing ill health and controlling chronic diseases is crucial to moving forward.

February 9, 2012 Action Plan for Health Care released

On January 30, 2012 the Ontario government announced its Action Plan aimed at transforming the health care system, address the demographic challenges in the province, and manage the deficit.

February 9, 2012 Ontario's drug system reforms

The Ontario government recently announced that it has saved an additional $100 million in new savings with the provincial drug system reforms. The reforms, launched in 2006, are saving the province $500 million annually; this year an additional $100 million will be saved.

February 9, 2012 More tobacco treatment to be made available in Ontario

People undergoing treatment for drug addictions will soon have access to free counseling supports, nicotine gum and patches to help them quit smoking. Over the next three years, the Ontario government will work with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) to support approximately 23,000 smokers undergoing addictions treatment across Ontario.

February 9, 2012 Social Assistance Review Commission releases options paper

The Social Assistance Review Commission, appointed by the Ministry of Community and Social Services, has released the second of three reports on possibilities for a transformed social assistance system. This second paper presents a variety of options in five key areas, reflecting community consultations held in summer and fall 2011. A companion document, summarizing Ontarians’ responses to the first paper, is also included in this release.

January 26, 2012 2012-2013 Healthy Communities Fund grant program welcomes applications

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) and the newly formed Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport are now welcoming applications to the 2012-2013 Healthy Communities Fund (HCF) Grant Program. The HCF grants program, now in its fourth year, provides non-capital, project-based seed funding to organizations across Ontario to deliver integrated health promotion programming in communities where it is needed.

January 12, 2012 Review of the Ontario Human Rights system

January 23 is the deadline to make a request to present at a public meeting for the Ontario Human Rights Review.