Canada's first national accessibility law should be ready by next spring: Hehr

The federal minister responsible for crafting Canada's first national accessibility legislation says the law should benefit not only people with disabilities, but their caregivers.

Posted:
October 17, 2017
Article source:
The Globe and Mail

In Sarnia's Chemical Valley, is 'toxic soup' making people sick?

Experts and documents cast doubts on whether industry and Ontario government are revealing levels of benzene in areas where residents live right near oil and gas facilities.

Posted:
October 16, 2017
Article source:
Toronto Star

New WSIB policy on mental health will set workers back decades, critics say

Workers making claims for chronic mental stress must meet a different standard of proof in the new policy than other injured workers.

Posted:
October 16, 2017
Article source:
Toronto Star

People With Disabilities in Poverty Trap, Says Report

The faith-based organization's annual report on poverty trends shows people with disabilities are more likely to be living in poverty than other Canadians.

Posted:
October 12, 2017
Article source:
The Tyee

Ban 'dungeon' for Ontario inmates in solitary confinement, prisons adviser urges

A recent report on correctional reform by Howard Sapers includes four photos of recreational space partitioned into makeshift pens, whose use Sapers refers to as "troubling" in the report.

Posted:
October 11, 2017
Article source:
The Globe and Mail

Province announces $20M funding program to help retirement homes install automatic sprinklers

The province has pledged $20 million to help install automatic fire sprinkler systems in small retirement homes across Ontario — after more than two decades of pressure from safety advocates.

Posted:
October 11, 2017
Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

Ontario pledges $1M to help ailing miners exposed to toxic dust

Labour ministry funding will help assess whether neurological illnesses suffered by miners are linked to use of McIntyre Powder, once hailed as a miracle antidote to lung disease.

Posted:
October 11, 2017
Article source:
Toronto Star

Three Ontario nursing homes ordered to stop new admissions because of substandard care

Jane Meadus of the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly said "cease admissions" orders are considered serious action taken after repeated violations of provincial care regulations.

Posted:
October 05, 2017
Article source:
Metro

People with mental illness too often landing in prison instead of hospitals, experts say

The misconception lingers that a "not criminally responsible" ruling is a "get out of jail free" card.

Posted:
October 03, 2017
Article source:
Toronto Star

October - November: Provincial Launch of Advocates Against Abuse (AAA)

When: Various dates in October and November 2017

Where: Cities throughout Ontario

Register for a session in your community to learn how your agency can add another tool to keep people safe and obtain the complete AAA training package.

Posted:
October 03, 2017
Article source:
Advocates Against Abuse