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ISAC's Media & Policy News: 18 August 2017

The Income Security Advocacy Centre's bulletin includes news, updates, reports, and events from Ontario, across Canada, and around the world. Top stories include:

Pain and suffering compensation exemption levels raised for Ontario Works and...

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Province hiring hydro welfare team in North Bay

The province is establishing a team in North Bay that will be dedicated to enrolling social assistance recipients across Ontario in a program to help lower their electricity costs.

The local Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) office is...

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Compensation exemption levels raised for Ontario Works, ODSP recipients

Recipients of Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program payments can now keep more of their government payments following any compensation awards they receive, the province announced Friday.

Changes to the social assistance...

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In human experiment, Ontario miners say they paid devastating price

It was a human experiment on an unprecedented scale. Its target: 10,000 Ontario miners. Its tool: a mysterious black powder they were forced to inhale in a sealed room before plunging underground to work...

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Ontario Launches Public Inquiry into the Safety and Security of Residents in the Long-Term Care Homes System

Ontario has appointed the Honourable Justice Eileen Gillese, an experienced judge of the Ontario Court of Appeal, to lead an independent public inquiry into the policies, procedures and oversight of long-term care homes.

In particular, Justice...

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Police must focus on de-escalation when dealing with people with mental illness: Editorial

From a Toronto Star editorial: Last week the jury at a coroner's inquest into the police shooting death of Michael MacIsaac issued thoughtful, important...

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Should Toronto push to decriminalize all drugs? The city's medical health officer ready to consider it

Toronto's new Medical Officer of Health is calling for a public discussion on the merits of decriminalizing all drugs in the wake of the ongoing overdose epidemic.

"It's...

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Get naloxone kits for free

This is information from the Government of Ontario: Naloxone can temporarily reverse an opioid overdose. Learn where you can get naloxone kits and how to use them.

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Canada's 'Welfare Wall' Traps People With Disabilities

From a Huffington Post Canada article by Sherri Torjman of the Caledon Institute: The talk of walls between nations garners significant attention. There is virtually no discussion, by contrast, of the walls that exist within...

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Ontario privacy commission says province overcharged group

Ontario's privacy commission says the provincial government significantly overcharged an advocacy group fighting for information on accessibility law compliance in...

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