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Provincial News

November 7, 2013 RISE is rising in more Ontario communities

riselogoRise Asset Development has arisen in London, Ontario making it the third community in Ontario where the program is available.

November 7, 2013 Research study: How diverse is leadership within the GTA’s health sector?

diversecitylogoNew research has raised questions about diversity of leadership within the GTA’s health sector. While boards and senior management teams of GTA health care institutions include significant numbers of women, others such as racialized groups, people with disabilities and LGBTQ people remain underrepresented.

November 7, 2013 Student mental health focus of CBC Toronto town hall

offcourseOn October 30, 2013, as part of their Off Course On Campus series, CBC Toronto hosted a town hall on student mental health. The town hall panel featured Janine Robb, Executive Director of Health and Wellness at University of Toronto, Terry McQuaid, Director of Counselling and Accessibility Services at Seneca College, Eric Windeler, founder of the Jack Project, and Rachel Cooper, a student with lived experience of mental health issues.

October 24, 2013 Inquest into three police shooting deaths of individuals with mental health issues

A provincial coroner’s inquest into the deaths of three individuals who were all experiencing a mental health crisis when they were killed by police has begun in Toronto.  The deaths of Reyal Jardine-Douglas, Sylvia Klibingaitis and Michael Elgion occurred separately at different times and locations across Toronto over the past three years but their cases are heard together during the 8-week inquest because they were all experiencing mental health issues and holding sharp objects when confronted by police.  All officers involved in the three cases were cleared of any charges by the Ontario Special Investigations Unit.  The inquest will thus focus on police training and use-of-force guidelines and aim to make recommendations on preventing these types of incidents from occurring in the future.

October 24, 2013 Canadian Olympian's bike tour promoting mental health to make dozens of Ontario stops

The official route map for Clara Hughes’ cross-Canada bike tour and mental health awareness campaign  includes more than 25 stops in Ontario.

October 10, 2013 Mental Health Screening for Ontario Inmates

In a landmark human rights case, Christina Jahn, a woman with mental health issues, has received a settlement from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS).

October 10, 2013 Ontario launches new phone line to help college, university students

good2talklogoThe Government of Ontario has introduced a new telephone help line for college and university students as part of its Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy.

October 10, 2013 Ontario's Youth Suicide Prevention Plan

rightbyyouIn Ontario, 10 percent of students had serious thoughts of suicide in the past year and three percent reported a suicide attempt. Suicide is five to seven times higher for First Nations and Inuit than non-Aboriginal youth.

September 26, 2013 Workplace mental health on the agenda at Queen's Park

A new private member’s bill is calling on the provincial government to endorse the new National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.

September 12, 2013 Ontario's bail system and its impact on people with mental health and addictions issues

Reasonable Bail coverThe John Howard Society’s Centre of Research, Policy & Program Development has released a report entitled, Reasonable Bail?, which outlines recommendations for change to Ontario’s bail system.