A recent Statistics Canada report reveals that nearly 13 per cent of Aboriginal women over age 15 reported that they had experienced a physical or sexual assault or robbery in the previous 12 months, a rate almost three times higher than that reported by non-Aboriginal women. The majority of incidents were committed by men who were acting alone. Three-quarters (76 per cent) of the incidents not involving a spouse or common-law partner were reported to police, compared with 70 percent of incidents involving non-Aboriginal women.
The Recovering Our Stories Collective is hosting a free afternoon session, “In Whose Interest? How Psychiatric Survivors Can Use Our Stories to Change the World.” Well-known poet and storyteller Eli Clare is featured as the guest speaker, followed by a panel of speakers who address the political, cultural, social and scholarly relevance of storytelling and its designated champions
A five-minute YouTube video on the importance of community and the social determinants of health has been produced by the Sudbury and District Health Unit. The video titled, “Let’s Start a Conversation About Health…and Not Talk About Health Care At All” addresses the significance of income and the importance of education, employment, housing and social supports to the health of individuals.
Ontario is introducing government-issued photo ID for the 1.5 million residents who do not drive. This initiative will make it easier for those who do not have a license and require proof of identity for purposes such as cashing cheques or accessing government services.
The Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada (CDPAC) has announced a call for abstracts for the fourth CDPAC pan-Canadian Conference titled, “Integrated Chronic Disease Prevention: It Works!” The conference will be held at the Delta Ottawa City Centre, February 8-10, 2012.
July 14, 2011 is the deadline to submit nominations for the 2011 Ron Wiebe Restorative Justice Award. Hosted by the Restorative Justice Division of the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC), it is open to both individuals and groups.
July 5, 2011 is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the 2011 Annual Conference and Summer School in Indigenous Mental Health Research. The Network for Aboriginal Mental Health Research is hosting this conference on August 15-19, 2011; conference themes include global mental health, healing and well-being, and mental health promotion.
Mark June 29, 2011 on your calendars for the Ontario Healthy Workplace Coalition Networking Breakfast meeting. “What in the World is a Healthy Workplace? Perspectives from the World Health Organization” is the topic of the session, to be held at the Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Innovation. Jean Burton, internationally recognized expert on healthy workplaces and 2003 recipient of the Canadian Workplace Wellness Pioneer Award is the keynote speaker.
Statistics Canada has released a new report on police-reported hate crimes. Hate crimes are defined as criminal incidents based on race or ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation. Of the 1,473 hate crimes reported in 2009, the greatest increases were those related to religion, which rose by 55 per cent. Racial or ethnic hate crimes went up 35 per cent and those related to sexual orientation rose 18 per cent. Of these, 54 per cent of the reports were mischief offences (graffiti or vandalism); forty per cent were violent crimes, such as assault.
Researchers from the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) recently completed the first Ontario-wide study of emergency department (ED) use by adults with dual diagnosis (developmental disability and comorbid psychiatric disorder), comparing their ED use to those with developmental disability and no psychiatric disorder, to people with psychiatric disorder but no developmental disability, and to the general adult population. Researchers found that adults with developmental disability had higher rates of ED visits when compared to adults without developmental disability. The dual diagnosis group was most likely to visit the ED at least once in two years (55 per cent) and this group also had the highest proportion of “frequent users” (16 per cent versus 5 per cent of adults with psychiatric disorder only).