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April 10, 2014 How city design impacts mental health
Image courtesy of Spacing

Image courtesy of Spacing

A recent article in Spacing magazine titled, “Designing Cities that Positively Impact Mental Health” describes how the urban landscape affects our well-being. The article promotes mixed-use communities: communities where public facilities, such as schools, workplaces, grocery stores, etc., are located close together. These communities enable residents to easily walk, bike or bus to get to and from different places.

March 27, 2014 New initiative helps support student athletes and mental health

Image of SAMHI logoThrough their own experiences, two female athletes in Ottawa recognized the need to provide mental health services to student athletes. Subsequently, Samantha DeLenardo and Krista Van Slingerland launched the Student Athlete Mental Health Initiative (SAMHI) on Twitter and Facebook. The aims of the initiative are to connect student athletes with local counseling services and resources as well as advocate for student athletes’ mental health.

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 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).