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February 27, 2014 CMHA tweets health equity with organizations across the province

CMHA Ontario recently participated in an online discussion hosted by Health Nexus on benefits and strategies for the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s (MOHLTC) Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) tool.

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 27, 2014 Promising Practices: The Cold Weather Pilot Project

In late summer, Shelter House, in Thunder Bay, Ontario, saw an increased use of services by homeless individuals. The Executive Director, Patty Hajdu, thought ahead to the chilling temperatures that winter would likely bring. If the shelter’s 62 beds were filled in warmer months, what would be the demand for shelter when the cold weather set in?

February 27, 2014 Research Report Round-up: A comprehensive system-level approach to FASD in Simcoe County

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) affects more than 5,000 individuals in Simcoe County. FASD is an invisible physical disability with behavioural symptoms. Individuals with FASD often have health issues and special needs that require ongoing support. When support is not available, people can face challenges related to mental and physical health, addiction, education, employment, and involvement with the justice system.

February 27, 2014 Paula Goering Award Now Accepting Applications!

The Paula Goering Collaborative Research and Knowledge Translation Award recognizes an innovative researcher-decision-maker collaborative research project for Integrated Knowledge Translation in the area of mental health and addictions.

February 27, 2014 Two more inquests into police shootings of individuals with mental health issues

Two more instances  involving individuals with mental health issues who were shot and killed by police are the subject of new inquests.

February 27, 2014 New report tracks impacts of health care cuts on refugees

Image of Wellesley Institute logo. Links to Wellesley Institute website.A new report from the Wellesley Institute tracks the impacts of recent federal health care cuts on refugees.  Reforms to the Interim Federal Health program were introduced in 2012.  This report identified four specific impacts of the cuts on refugee health:

  1. Administrative burdens for health service providers that in some cases may result in lack of access to services even where health care coverage exists
  2. Increased number of avoidable hospital emergency departments visits that could have been reduced through access to primary care
  3. Creation of a class of refugee claimants without access to health care services through the creation of the Designated Country of Origin list
  4. Reductions in health care access for vulnerable refugee groups, including pregnant women, resulting in potential for increased risks and complications.