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Provincial News

September 12, 2013 Government announces review of Ontario’s accessibility laws

The Government of Ontario has appointed Mayo Moran, Dean of the University of Toronto law school, to lead a review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

September 12, 2013 The OHRC wants public feedback about human rights, creed and religion

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) wants public feedback to support a review of the policy on human rights and creed or religion.  Public feedback is requested via the OHRC’s Human Rights and Creed Survey.

August 22, 2013 Ombudsman investigates policing standards/procedures; CMHA Ontario continues work in area of justice and mental health

ombudsmanOn August 8, 2013 the Ontario Ombudsman announced that his office will review the guidelines provided by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services to police for de-escalating crisis situations, including those involving people with mental health issues. The systematic investigation is scheduled to be completed within the next six to 12 months and will look at current de-escalation training standards and procedures across Ontario.

August 22, 2013 Ontario Poverty Reduction Strategy consultations announced

CMHA Ontario has requested that it be included in new government consultations to inform the province’s next poverty reductions strategy.

August 22, 2013 CMHA Ontario to provide input on Ontario's minimum wage

CMHA Ontario will be providing a submission to the provincial government on the minimum wage regulation and has set up a committee to ensure that its contribution is reflective of provincial perspectives. The submission is part of a provincial consultation process that gives the public an opportunity to provide input into how minimum wage is adjusted.

August 22, 2013 Stepping Up: A Strategic Framework to Help Ontario's Youth Succeed

steppingupExisting CMHA Ontario programs indicate that the organization is already aligned with mental health aspects of the summer unveiling of Stepping Up: A Strategic Framework to Help Ontario’s Youth Succeed.

August 22, 2013 Ontario’s doctors call for greater investments in housing programs

Image courtesy of  renjith krishnan / FreeDigitalPhotos.netOntario’s doctors are urging all levels of government to make a greater investment in housing programs after the latest research has revealed that the ability to access safe and affordable housing impacts patient health.

August 22, 2013 Mental Health Award Nominations announced

opdi-awardThe Ontario Peer Development Initiative, a mental health consumer organization, has announced that nominations are open for its 2013 Lighthouse Awards. There are three individual and two organizational awards.

July 25, 2013 Ontario’s Accessibility Standards Advisory Council members appointed

The provincial government has appointed new members to Ontario’s new Accessibility Standards Advisory Council. This council is a requirement under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), and is tasked with advising government on how to improve accessibility. The council has to power to propose new accessibility standards and review existing ones.

July 25, 2013 New physician-implemented program in emergency departments

Local physicians are establishing a new program that partners emergency departments (EDs) in smaller community hospitals with larger hospitals. This program is demonstrating encouraging results.