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May 3, 2012 Join the Police Record Check Coalition in defining their mandate for 2012-2013

he Police Record Check Coalition (PRCC) achieved success in 2011 by working with the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police to develop and implement their Police Record Check Guideline. The time has come for the PRCC to continue its work by defining new systemic law reform goals for 2012-2013. Interested individuals and organizations are invited to attend the PRCC general meeting on May 16, 2012, from 2:30PM to 4:30PM at the Canadian Mental Health Association Ontario boardroom, 180 Dundas St. W., Suite 2301, Toronto. If you would like to attend this meeting, please RSVP by e-mail to or by phone to Uppala Chandrasekera at 416-977-5580 x 4145.

April 20, 2012 Trauma Talks conference

June 3, 2012 is the date for “Trauma Talks”, a conference hosted by Women’s College Hospital on what it means to be trauma-informed, why it is important, and how to build trauma-informed care in a multi-disciplinary environment.

April 20, 2012 Community Treatment Order review

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is conducting a review of Community Treatment Orders (CTOs). As part of the review, an online survey is currently available until May 7, 2012.

April 20, 2012 OHRC is launching policy on competing human rights

The Ontario Human Rights Commission is launching a new policy on Thursday, April 26, 2012, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at York University in Toronto. Titled “Policy on Competing Human Rights,” this policy is intended to be a useful tool for individuals and organizations as they deal with different types of conflict. The policy sets out a process to analyze and reconcile competing rights that emphasizes specific objectives and considerations.

To RSVP for the event, contact

April 20, 2012 Children's Mental Health Ontario call for abstracts

Children’s Mental Health Ontario is calling for abstracts for its 40th Anniversary Conference. The Conference theme is “Partnering and Leading in Innovation and Transformation.” The conference aim is to provide an opportunity to share knowledge, new experiences and build community networks that will lead to a better mental health system for children and youth.

April 5, 2012 Sneak It In Week

April 9 to 13 is ParticipACTION’s “Sneak It In” Week. ParticipACTION is a national programme geared to getting Canadians more active and physically fit.

April 5, 2012 Human rights toolkit

The Hamilton Community Legal Clinic has developed a new toolkit on human rights. The toolkit provides information about rights and responsibilities under the Ontario Human Rights Code as well as information about the human rights application process.

April 5, 2012 Government of Ontario releases 2012 provincial budget

On March 27, the Government of Ontario introduced the 2012 provincial budget bill Bill 55, Strong Action for Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2012. The budget outlines a plan to increase revenue by $4.4 billion and eliminate the deficit by $17.7 billion in three years through restriction of program spending growth and cost containment.

March 22, 2012 Building Capacity workshops

The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario is holding “Capacity Building” workshops in Toronto that are geared towards professionals who work with families affected by the care of a loved one with mental illness and/or addictions. Participants will learn how to build client confidence and enhance their coping skills, as well as benefit from a panel of family members who will share their experiences in helping a loved one.

March 8, 2012 Health Council of Canada launches new web site

The Health Council of Canada has launched a new web site that includes reports, videos, podcasts, presentations and blog posts, as well as examples of innovative practices and information on the health care themes they report on.

They have also integrated their blog and social media channels like Facebook and Twitter into the new site.

To visit their new site, go to