People with mental illness need to be calmed down, not shot

Since 2000, more than 40 "mentally disturbed" people have been shot to death during encounters with police – and that's just in Ontario.

Posted:
August 22, 2017
Article source:
The Globe and Mail

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.

Posted:
August 21, 2017
Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)

Compensation exemption levels raised for Ontario Works, ODSP recipients

Recipients of OW or ODSP payments can now keep more of their government payments following any compensation awards they receive, the province has announced.

Posted:
August 17, 2017
Article source:
Windsor Star

In human experiment, Ontario miners say they paid devastating price

"We were used like guinea pigs," retired miner says of exposure to toxic powder meant to protect their lungs.

Posted:
August 17, 2017
Article source:
Toronto Star

Find out if your kids are eligible for free dental care

Teeth cleaning, check-ups and dental treatment for kids: How to access free dental care for children 17 years old and under, if they are eligible through the government's Healthy Smiles program.

Posted:
August 16, 2017
Article source:
Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario

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

In particular, the inquiry will look at the circumstances and systemic issues which may have contributed to the assault and death of residents who were under the care of Elizabeth Wettlaufer.

Posted:
August 14, 2017
Article source:
Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario

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

Why are police forces failing to implement recommendations from other coroner's juries, the Ontario Ombudsman, and even a former Supreme Court justice?

Posted:
August 08, 2017
Article source:
Toronto Star

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

The city is convening a committee of health and drug policy experts to explore "a different approach that puts the health of the community first," Dr. Eileen De Villa said.

Posted:
August 04, 2017
Article source:
Toronto Star

Get naloxone kits for free

Naloxone can temporarily reverse an opioid overdose. Learn where you can get naloxone kits and how to use them.

Posted:
August 04, 2017
Article source:
Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario

Ontario women to get free access to abortion pill starting Aug. 10

The pill will be available to women with a valid health card and prescription.

Posted:
August 04, 2017
Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)