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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).

March 13, 2014 Participate in two 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).

February 27, 2014 The Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police Executive passes motion to revise police record check guidelines

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) announced on February 26, 2014, that the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) Executive approved a motion to change the way it shares non-conviction records.

February 27, 2014 Toronto Police under another review for use-of-force guidelines

Gerry McNeilly, Ontario’s independent police review director, announced that Toronto police use-of-force guidelines will be investigated starting at the end of February, 2014. The review will look at the most recent Sammy Yatim case as well as the outcomes of the triple inquest into the deaths of Sylvia Klibingaitis, 52, Michael Eligon, 29, and Reyal Jardine-Douglas, 25. Klibingaitis, Eligon, Jardine-Douglas were individuals with mental health issues who were fatally shot by police.

February 27, 2014 Provincial Advocate releases report by First Nations youth

Feathers of Hope report cover. Linked to report . Link will open in a new window.The Ontario Advocate for Children and Youth has released a new report by First Nations youth that calls for partnership to create healthy, safe communities for northern, remote and fly-in communities.  The report is entitled Feathers of Hope: First Nations Youth Action Plan.

February 27, 2014 New Regent Park Community Food Centre brings residents together

Image courtesy of CRC.

Ready to open this spring, the new Community Food Centre in Toronto’s Regent Park area will build on the foundation of nutrition and gardening programs already established in the neighbourhood. The food centre is the result of a partnership between the Christian Resource Centre and Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC).

February 13, 2014 Toronto school board latest to focus on students' mental health; CMHA a prime resource in this area

In response to a census that indicated many of its students experience loneliness, sadness, anxiety, stress and worry about the future, Canada’s largest school board announced that it is implementing a four-year Mental Health Strategy.