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November 21, 2013 Realizing the Potential of HEIA: Lessons Learned Event

heia_bannerConducting a Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) is not as hard as it seems; it is doable and beneficial.  To learn more, participate in the online livestream of the Realizing the Potential of HEIA: Lessons Learned Event on November 26.  This free event will feature a range of presenters and opportunities for discussion about how the Health Equity Impact Assessment tool can assist you and your organization to improve overall equity.

November 7, 2013 Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police releases Best Practices in Policing and LGBTQ Communities

Best Practices in Policing and LGBTQ CommunitiesThe Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) has recently announced a new document that aims to improve interactions and strengthen the relationships between the police and the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities.

November 7, 2013 Former police chiefs appointed to aid Ombudsman’s de-escalation investigation

Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin announced Tuesday, November 5, 2013 that he has appointed two prominent police chiefs as special advisors to his ongoing investigation on guidelines provided to police for de-escalating conflict situations, including those involving people with mental health issues.

November 7, 2013 Toronto police chief and police board's mental health sub-committee table reports on conducted energy weapons

There were two developments at a recent Toronto Police Services Board which CMHA Ontario was following closely.

November 7, 2013 We Ask Because We Care: Report on health equity data collection

weaskbecausewecare_reportcoverThis new report from a Toronto-based partnership explores the value, need, and logistics of collecting health equity-related data from patients seeking health services. Starting in 2010, three Toronto-based hospitals – Mount Sinai Hospital, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and St. Michael’s Hospital – identified the need for patient socio-demographic data to inform health service planning. Soon joined by Toronto Public Health, the partnership embarked on a project to develop a patient questionnaire and start collecting data.

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.