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February 7, 2013 Shame on you

Contrary to the belief that causing someone to feel ashamed about themselves will act as a deterrent to their relapse into an undesirable behaviour, researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) have found that the opposite may actually be true.

February 7, 2013 BC Centre for Employment Excellence opens its doors

The BC Centre for Employment Excellence is a division of the Social Research Demonstration Corporation and is located in Vancouver. Funded by Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) and the BC government under the Canada-BC Labour Market Agreement, it was created to provide research and knowledge for the needs of the employment services sector as well as employers in the province of British Columbia.

February 7, 2013 Stats Can enters blogosphere

Statistics Canada (Stats Can) is building on its growing social media presence by entering the blogosphere. According to Chief Statistician, Wayne Smith, the blog is intended to “demystify some of the agency’s decisions, priorities and methodologies” and offers stakeholders a venue for feedback on official directions. The agency also has a presence on Twitter and Facebook.

February 7, 2013 Happily ever after? Evolving relationships in the community services sector

On February 26 and 27, 2013, Social Planning Toronto, in partnership with Toronto Neighbourhood Centres and the City-Wide Agency Network, and supported by United Way Toronto, is holding its 2013 Symposium at the Metro Central YMCA.

January 25, 2013 Mental illness costs Canadian economy $50 billion per year

Last week, the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) released a new report Making the Case for Investing in Mental Health in Canada. This report is intended to fill a gap in pan–Canadian information about the number of people living with mental health conditions and illnesses, and associated costs both current and projected.

January 25, 2013 CMHA Kenora Branch achieves Accreditation with Commendation

The Canadian Mental Health Association Kenora Branch (CMHA Kenora) achieved Accreditation with Commendation as a result of a thorough assessment of its performance when measured against comprehensive standards based on best practices. CMHA Kenora has participated in accreditation of our mental health services since its Primer in 2010.

January 25, 2013 Enabling Minds project launched and recruiting volunteers

The Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division (CMHA Ontario), in partnership with YMCA Ontario, and Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO), has launched the Enabling Minds project. Recognizing the importance of recreation in promoting optimal physical and mental health, Enabling Minds aims to reduce barriers that prevent people with mental health-related disabilities from accessing physical activity programs and resources at community centres, fitness clubs, parks and other recreational or fitness facilities.

January 25, 2013 Action Plan for Seniors

Ontario has launched an Action Plan for Seniors which builds on recommendations for a seniors’ strategy based on provincial consultations. The “Action Plan for Seniors” was informed by the recently released highlights from the report “Living Longer, Living Well” by Dr. Samir Sinha.

January 25, 2013 Aboriginal Child and Youth Strategy

Working together with Aboriginal partners, Ontario will develop a multi-year Aboriginal Children and Youth Strategy. Responding to the recommendations from the Commission to Promote Sustainable Child Welfare and former Ontario Aboriginal Advisor, John Beaucage, the strategy will focus on building community-driven, integrated and culturally appropriate supports to help Aboriginal children and young people grow up healthy and reach their full potential.

January 25, 2013 Update on Action Plan for Healthcare

The Ontario government has released updates on last year’s “Action Plan for Health Care”. The changes within the past year include: