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September 8, 2011 CLEO web resource to assist school registration for non-status children

Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO), a community legal clinic specializing in public legal education, has launched a web resource for community workers to help parents without immigration status register their children for school. The resource explains relevant legal issues and provides resources to support parents.

For more information, please visit the CLEO website at

September 8, 2011 Health care is the top priority in provincial election

The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) recently conducted a survey of municipal leaders. Results showed that municipal leaders from across Ontario chose health care as the number one issue that political parties should focus on in the upcoming provincial election.

September 8, 2011 New warm line in the North

The North East Local Health Integration Network (NE LHIN) has announced that they will provide $170,000 to fund a Regional Mental Health and Addiction Warm Line. The Regional Warm Line will provide an option for mental health and addiction consumers to call for support prior to a crisis, resulting in fewer calls and visits to the Emergency Department of local hospitals.

August 25, 2011 Touched By Fire

The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario (MDAO) is calling for submissions for their December 8, 2011 art show and sale, “Touched By Fire: The Art Show You Have To Be Crazy To Enter.” The MDAO is looking for original works of art in oil, watercolour, latex, acrylic, drawings, photography and mixed media by artists who have a mood disorder.

August 25, 2011 eHealth Progress Report

According to the 2011 eHealth Progress Report, more than 7,000 doctors are now managing the health information of 6.5 million Ontarians with an electronic medical record. Use of the electronic health record saves time, lives and money.

August 25, 2011 Understanding and improving Aboriginal maternal and child health

A new Canadian report explores what programs and services are making a difference to Aboriginal maternal and child health. The report, prepared by the Health Council of Canada, includes perspectives from those who provide care to Aboriginal women and children. The report includes highlights from regional consultations across Canada, including participant feedback on promising practices and stakeholder engagement. The report’s appendix includes a listing of promising practices discussed during the regional consultations.

August 25, 2011 OECD Health Data 2011

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released “Health Data 2011″ in June. This report is a comprehensive source of comparable statistics on health and health systems amongst OECD members, as well as international comparisons of health systems, key indicators and briefing notes. “Health Data 2011″ is a useful resource for anyone involved in health research and policy development.

August 25, 2011 New agreement between province and Ontario Medical Association

The Ontario government and the Ontario Medical Association have agreed to changes to the final year of the four-year Physician Services Agreement. These changes are aimed at getting an even greater “bang for the taxpayers’ buck” by ensuring that publicly-funded Medicare services are based on medical evidence and best practice.

August 25, 2011 Ontario asking for a new long-term health care deal

The Ontario government has asked the federal government to work with the provinces to help make a new long-term deal on health care. The federal government recently committed to a six per cent increase in health transfers however the federal government pays only 23 per cent of Ontario’s health costs.

August 11, 2011 Yoga reduces physical and psychological symptoms of fibromyalgia

York University researchers have found that yoga is helpful in reducing the physical and psychological symptoms related to chronic pain in women who suffer with fibromyalgia.