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OPDI NewsToGo Issue #316 – September 14, 2012

Highlights Include:

Ontario Human Rights Commission “Minds That Matter” Report; Dream Team in Napanee; More Mental Health Programs for Armed Forces; Correctional Services; EeNet Research Snapshot; TV Ontario’s The Agenda; and More.


  1. Ontario Human Rights Commission Releases MH & A Consultation Report

The long-awaited consultation report with input by persons with lived experience of mental health and addictions by the OHRC called “Minds that Matter” has been released and is now available here:

Minds That Matter Consultation Report

The CBC Metro Morning radio show has advance interviews with the Commissioner Barbara Hall and Lucy Costa of the CAMH’s Empowerment Council:

Metro Morning Show

We also have two media articles that cover the report’s launch:

Bylaws and Human Rights on Housing

Discrimination by Health Care Providers


  1. More on Methadone Dispensaries in London

Last week we reported on NIMBYism (not in my back yard syndrome) regarding services for substance users in this city.  It has now beenpublicized that some residents have gone so far as to set up pickets in a nearby parking lot and to take pictures of clients accessing the service.  We have two related articles to share:

Methadone Foes Go Too Far

Should Methadone Clinics Have Patient Caps?


  1. Members of the “Dream Team” Visit Napanee

In the last issue we profiled an unreasonable by-law against a group home and its clients, and the official Ontario Human Rights Commission response.  The Dream Team, a group of advocates for supportive housing, made a visit to this town.  The local newspaper takes up the story:

Dream Team in Napanee


  1. More Heroin Use Seen

The Kitchener-Waterloo Record reports more overdoses of opioids locally and addictions services providers attribute it to the removal of OxyContin (a standardized drug) from the market and the need for users to substitute street heroin:

Heroin Overdoses in K-W


  1. Canadian Armed Forces to Increase Mental Health Care Spending

Defence Minister Peter MacKay announced more funding for staffed specialist positions as well as primary care and contract physicians.  Itshould be noted that healthcare funding for the Armed Forces is a federal, not a provincial responsibility:

More Mental Health Care Programs for Military


  1. Correctional Services and Inmate Rights

We have letters from among others, former PPAO advocate David Simpson, commenting on an original article about violence in federal Canadian jails:

Tough on Crime Commentary

More Prison Assaults


  1. DTFP (Drug Treatment Funding Program) – an EENet Webinar (repeat)

Registration is now OPEN for Evidence Exchange Network’s 9th webinar in the Health Canada Drug Treatment Funding Program Webinar Series: featuring Ontario’s DTFP Youth Services System Review Project.

Given the importance of the Child and Youth Strategy in Mental Health and Addiction Reform, this is a timely opportunity to learn more about a relevant research project.






Maureen Currie

Criminal defence lawyer Maureen Currie is located in Oakville and has over 29 years of experience. She previously worked as a prosecutor in the Crown Attorney's office - experience now useful in her practice as a criminal defence lawyer. Maureen Currie is known for her advocacy, strength and experience in the Courtroom and the advice she renders to clients to avoid costly courtroom battles.



Craniotis Law

As a criminal defence lawyer, Peter has represented numerous individuals in the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice. His dedication to defending your rights is unparalleled. Craniotis Law is criminal law firm in Oakville, primarily represents individuals charged with any criminal offence under the Criminal Code or the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.


Poulter Counselling

Taking care of your mental health is an essential step to caring for your overall health and personal well-being, helping you to lead a healthy and productive life. Susan Newton-Poulter is a Counsellor in Burlington and has the experience and qualifications to assist you with respect, sensitivity, confidentiality, and care.


Sourcing Software, Sales Software, Costing Software

The world of today is not only smaller but it moves at a faster pace than ever before.  The same is true when in regards to the business world.  Time is money and streamlining your businesses every day procedures is a sure way to not only stay on top but to get ahead.

There are several software tools in the current market and with so many to choose from, it can be difficult to find a perfect fit for your business and its specific needs.  By using any of, or a combination of Sourcing Software, Sales Software, and Costing Software; your company will be better able to understand real costs and in turn, make higher profit.



Divorce Lawyer in Hamilton - Linda Sapiano

Linda Sapiano has been practicing Family Law in Hamilton since 1981 and finds it very rewarding to work with people to resolve family and estate law issues. Her approach helps to cut through the confusion and avoid unnecessary costs, all the while ensuring the best interests of her clients are met. Linda Sapiano strongly believes in negotiation over litigation, and is pleased to offer direct access to many resources that can help ensure that you are able to navigate towards a healthy, whole and brighter future for everyone involved.

Corporate Commercial Lawyer Burlington

Count on over 35 years of direct legal experience in many types of legal services including litigation, collections & creditor’s remedies, Business & Contract Disputes, Tribunals and more.Using a Litigation Lawyer in Burlington is the process of seeking a remedy for a matter in dispute by a judge. This process culminates with the trial, where the judge after considering the admissible evidence, and applying the law as the judge may understand it, determines what happened, and what relief, if any is to be granted.


Fast Homes Automation

With 25 years of experience, Dave Fast is expert at assessing your needs and making recommendations to bring your customized dream home to life. From a basic media room with a TV and surround sound to a fully blown custom home theatre with custom iRiser moving seats and a star ceiling, Dave will work with you to create your Automated Home in Etobicoke and Automated Cottage in Muskoka a vision and keep it simple. This Home Theatre Installation in Toronto can also include Automated Blinds Installation, Smart Lighting Setup in Etobicoke and Muskoka and Home Automation Installation in Etobicoke, Toronto. With experience, training and accreditation from top brands like Vantage, Lutron, URC, SONOS, Denon, Marantz, Klipsch, Sonance and Nexus 21, Fast Homes is the best partner to choose.


Criminal Lawyer in Hamilton

Hepburn Law is a boutique criminal defence firm located in Hamilton, Ontario with one specific purpose: to provide our clients with the individual attention and dedication that their case deserves. Hepburn Law We provide quality criminal defence services in an understanding manner tailored to our client's particular needs. They also serve:

Oakville Criminal Lawyer

Burlington Criminal Lawyer

Stoney Creek Criminal Lawyer

Brantford Criminal Lawyer

Cayuga Criminal Lawyer




Website Design in Brampton

Backed by over six years of web design and web development experience, we enjoy producing beautiful, clean websites with well thought out features that perfectly serve website visitor’s needs. Agile Website Design in Brampton makes this happen by constantly collaborating and communicating with our clients at every stage of each project, as well as employing creative ways to bring value to every web design project we work on.



Kitchen Renovation Mississauga

Home Reno Direct is a Canadian renovation company specializing in Bathroom Renovation, Kitchen Renovation, and Basement Renovation. It was born to service the renovation and remodelling industry out of love for luxury home design and perfection in Mississauga, Oakville and Brampton.


Home Security Systems in Mississauga

Alliance Security alarm monitoring is one of the easiest and most economical ways to protect your home. Having a monitored security system installed means that whenever you arm your security system someone will be continually watching over your home. Many security problems start for homes & businesses when no one is watching. With Alliance Security Home Alarm Systems in Scarborough - Camera Systems, You can view a Live Feed of your Security Cameras from Anywhere in the World using your - iPhone, Android, iPad, PC, Mac, and More. Services from Alliance Home Security in Whitby assure monitoring around the clock and from all angles to keep an eye on places you value, even when you are not looking.

Wigsville Beauty Salon was opened in 1969 on Elgin Street as a Hair Salon in Burlington, Ontario. For almost half a decade, founder John Yokarinis has been at the forefront of hair styling. At Hair by Wigsville Inc., our experienced creative styling team will ensure your hair is looking its best, using the latest industry trends & techniques


Allen’s Landscape & Excavating is a full service company that is happy to meet with you at your convenience and job location. We come to where the job is to give you an accurate and firm estimate from the very beginning. We are a fully licensed and insured company with almost 30 years in business and look forward to continuing to serve our customers for many years to come. Allen’s Landscape and Excavating are leaders in pool demolition and landscape restoration. We strive to ensure that minimal damage is done to the surrounding areas by using the lowest impact equipment and machinery whenever possible. Our team has the experience and knowledge necessary to ensure that the job is done on time, on budget, and as safely as possible.


Håndverk Custom Sign Design in Mississauga is a studio specializing is communication strategy management. In a nutshell we engage in the process of design to develop and implement custom wayfinding solutions for our client’s specific communication needs. These solutions cover a variety of areas and include wayfinding, information & environmental graphics, brand implementation and design, signage and print.


Open Concept Renovation Burlington

Open Concept Renovations is a family business built on referrals and a strong community presence in Burlington. With over ten years of experience we are proud to provide our customers with a competitively priced, build & renovation team.

We'll help you refine your vision and provide a complete solution for your everyday Home Renovation project; including Bathroom, Kitchens, Basement and Home Renovations Requirements.

Retirement Home Brampton

Imo’s Sunnyside Retirement Home Brampton is a family operated residential home providing regal, warm and comfy suites for those seniors who are looking for exclusiveness, above average care, personal attention and feel like home accommodation.

ENL Waterproofing Burlington

For over a decade, the name ENL has been synonymous with high quality waterproofing in the Burlington, ON area. Offering a service guarantee, know that
you’re getting a quality contractor that you can trust.

Forevergreen Landscaping Oakville

At Forevergreen Landscaping in Oakville, we offer a wide selection of products and customized stone creations to improve your home or business. This includes interlocking stone, natural stone, flagstone, paving and precast concrete.

Mike's Concrete in Hamilton

Mike’s Concrete is a premiere concrete service company servicing clients in Hamilton, Burlington, and the surrounding area. Our reputation extends to thirty-five plus years of experience in pouring & finishing concrete projects from driveways to walkways, patios, floors, porches, ramps, and retaining walls.


Backsplash Installation in Mississauga

Backsplash Installer.ca has completed hundreds of jobs across the Greater Toronto Area over the past five years.  We have served many satisfied and happy clients and continue to offer exceptional work at a budget-friendly price.   Both home and business owners can trust in backsplash installation in Mississauga to help with beautiful backsplash, fireplace tiles and shower enclosures. 


Bathroom Renovation Mississauga
Home Security Systems in Mississauga
Open Concept Renovation Burlington
Home Renovation Mississauga
Retirement Home Brampton
ENL Waterproofing Burlington
Forevergreen Landscaping Oakville
Mike's Concrete in Hamilton
Backsplash Installation Mississauga
Pool Backfill and Excavation
Epoxy Flooring Polymer Coating System
Inflatable Signs & Spotlight Rentals
DJ in Hamilton
Home Renovation Contractor Oakville
Grout Cleaning
Family Lawyer in Hamilton



The kitchen is the most important space within your home – it is a hub of activity and the gathering place for family and friends.  So when your kitchen is not working optimally for your needs and lifestyle, it’s time to renovate.  If you are loooking for a Kitchen Renovation Company in Mississauga, Home Reno Direct is your answer. Whether you are considering a small scale update or a total kitchen renovation, we would love to work with you to plan, design and transform your kitchen into the perfect functional space for you. 





From a basement to bathroom, 360 Custom Contracting prides itself on exceptional service and full commitment to every job. For every remodeling project, 360 will be your best choice in the GTA for all of your needs in bathroom renovation in Oakville. Our remodeling services are perfect to create a completely new atmosphere while increasing your home’s aesthetic and financial value at the same time. We can easily perform whole house restorations or renovations or even remodel one room at a time. 360 also offers amazing Kitchen Renovation in Oakville and is always there to assist customers plan a perfect remodeling project according to their budget and requirements.


Dr. Haider is a dermatologist in Oakville, Ontario. He completed his specialization in dermatology at the University of Toronto. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Haider has trained in adult dermatology at Sunnybrook Hospital and completed his pediatric dermatology training at the Hospital for Sick children. Dr. Haider also has a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree.


Being a leader in the landscaping business for nearly 20 years, Growing Gardens has developed a high-level of expectations for the creativity and customer service that goes into every project. At Growing Gardens Landscaping in Carlisle we ensure only the best products are chosen to ensure the best results. Our technicians will meet with you to develop the landscaped garden of your dream garden. Our team also includes highly qualified sales staff and customer service specialists, all working collaboratively to deliver elite service to you and your family. Growing Gardens understands that you may be living in your Carlisle home while we work on your vision, so be assured that our team is trained to be mindful of your presence.


Divorce & Family Lawyer in Hamilton
At Family Lawyer in Hamilton we understand that family court cases involving divorce and separation can be emotionally challenging and could have long-term repercussions. It is important to have a skilled, hard-working lawyer in your corner to assure that you and your children are protected. If you live in the Oakville region and are looking for a Divorce Lawyer in Oakville , you know require an expert who knows the courts, knows the system, and can navigate you to a successful, and hopefully swift, conclusion. Our family law practice is built around the needs of families today. We specialize in child custody and visitation, orders of protection, child and spousal support, paternity and child abuse & neglect cases.





For over 10 years, 360 Contractor in Oakville has been helping home owners with all of their home projects with care and a personal touch that is unrivaled.

Every decade brings new standards, expectations of comfort, of heating and of maintenance.  As well as a new set of needs and desires regarding living space and how it is used. Yet many houses that need to be updated have an underlying charm, beauty, and grace that are far too lovely to tamper with. We specialize in renovating the interior and exterior of homes in the Greater Toronto Area while keeping faith with the neighbourhood and respecting the character and integrity of the original structure.


360 Custom Contracting has been designing basements in and around the Milton area since 1999. Our quality custom designs and experience in basement renovations in Milton is second to none. Personal commitment to the project, individual attention to detail, and personalized service is clearly reflected in each of the projects we undertake.





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