OPDI News & Events

OPDI NewsToGo Issue #348 – May 31, 2013

Highlights include: Patient Privacy; Bill C-54 Updates; Nova Scotia Peer Support Program; PPAO’s 30th Anniversary; Brantford MH Event; Online Chat with Arthur Gallant; Linda Chamberlain Book Event; Dr. Gabor Maté Community Forum; ONN Leadership Survey; News; and More.


Editor’s Note: Please be aware that many online newspaper sites are now behind pay-walls. Not all articles with hyperlinks may be accessible due to circumstances beyond our control; we apologize for the inconvenience.




      1.  MOHTLC Introduces Patient Privacy Legislation


      In cooperation with the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has proposed Bill 78, which will allow individuals certain rights with respect to their electronic health records.  Every Ontarian is expected to have an HER by 2015.  For more information, we have links to the press release and the bill itself:


      Ontario Strengthening Patient Privacy<http://news.ontario.ca/mohltc/en/2013/5/ontario-strengthening-patient-privacy.html>


      Bill 78<http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&Intranet=&BillID=2801>



      2.  Bill C-54 (Federal NCR Reform Act) – Update


      First of all, it should be noted that Parliament is expected to recess in June and will return for a Throne Speech in September.  This means that all bills by the Progressive Conservative government or by private members will have to be reintroduced.


      That said, Bill C-54 was debated this week (with time allocations).  The Hansard transcript is here:


      Hansard May 27th 2013<http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Pub=hansard&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=1&DocId=6179005&File=0#SOB-8035703>


      The Liberal Party (the only party to oppose the bill) put out their position on their website.  Bob Rae made the case:


      Liberals Oppose Bill C-54<http://www.liberal.ca/newsroom/blog/liberals-oppose-bill-c54/>


      Justice Minister Nicholson does not believe that the bill will raise stigma for those with a mental health issue:


      Politicians on NCR Debate<http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2013/05/28/pol-ncr-debate-.html>


      The Corrections Investigator (federal prison watchdog) has concerns about mental health care in prison facilities:


      Howard Sapers on NCR<http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2013/05/28/pol-ncr-debate-.html>


      The Canadian Bar Association has made its position known:


      Canadian Bar Association on C-54<http://www.cba.org/CBA/submissions/PDF/13-20-eng.pdf>


      We have two opinions as well; one from a survivor who also works in the forensics system, and a consumer who received a PC fundraising letter:


      Bill C-54 Perspective<http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/chris-curry/bill-c-54-mentally-ill-criminally-responsible_b_3186768.html?utm_hp_ref=tw>


      Bill C-54 Opinion<http://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/opinion/209425831.html#.Uae4LM7iyuY.twitter>


      As last Tuesday’s debate ended, the bill passed second reading and will now go to committee for experts’ testimony before the Justice Committee, if it is reintroduced in the fall session of Parliament.



      3.  Nova Scotia Funds Provincial Peer Support Program


      As part of its mental health and addictions strategy, on its first anniversary the province is investing $1 million dollars to help people move from the hospital back into the community.  We offer links to the government press release and the peer collective that will manage the program:


      Nova Scotia Press Release<http://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20130531003>


      Healthy Minds Cooperative<http://www.healthyminds.ca/index.php?page_id=1>



      4.  Mental Health Commission of Canada Marks First Year of Mental Health Strategy


      One key highlight for NTG readers is that the Mental Health Strategy document is now available in a variety of First Nations languages.  Please also note the recent refreshing of the website:


      1st year Anniversary of MMCC Mental Health Strategy<http://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/English/initiatives-and-projects/mental-health-strategy-canada/first-year-anniversary?routetoken=c030548cdd7e5eeaf07007bda75fa982&terminitial=71>



      5.  An Official Response and David Simpson’s Op-Ed on the 30th Anniversary of the PPAO


      This week marks 30 years of the Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office.  The PPAO put out this letter on their website:


      Acting Director PPAO 30th Anniversary Letter<http://www.sse.gov.on.ca/mohltc/ppao/en/Documents/PPAO%2030th%20Anniversary%20Letter.pdf>


      David Simpson, former long-time employee and Acting Director, also has an opinion, which we have attached for your information CLICK HERE.



      6.  Brantford Mental Health Awareness


      We have a news clipping and an exclusive photo attachment of an awareness event held in Brantford recently: CLICK HERE


      Move for Mental Health/Defeat Depression Event in Brantford<http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2013/05/26/get-a-move-on-to-fight-depression?utm_source=addThis&utm_medium=addthis_button_twitter&utm_campaign=Get+a+move+on+to+fight+depression+%7C+Brantford-Brant+%7C+News+%7C+Brantford+Expositor#.UaNCAspE4k9.facebook>





      7.  Open Paradigm Project


      This is a multi-media project (also using Facebook and Twitter along with the website) to bring out the alternative voices of people who have experienced psychiatry:


      Open Paradigm Project<http://openparadigmproject.com/>



      8.  B.C. Issues Warning About Fentanyl Overdoses


      This very potent painkiller has caused 23 deaths this year in British Columbia (it’s much stronger than heroin):

      B.C.’s Top Doctor Warns about Dangerous Drug<http://bc.ctvnews.ca/fatal-fentanyl-b-c-s-top-doctor-warns-about-dangerous-drug-1.1304318>


      9.  Smoking Alcohol Results in Paramedics’ Warning


      While enterprising young people have found another way to become intoxicated by alcohol (rather than drinking it), there are dangerous side-effects:

      Smoking Alcohol Health Danger<http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2013/05/30/ottawa-smoking-alcohol-health-danger.html?cmp=rss>


      10.EENet Newsletter (Online Youth Chat Opportunity June 11)

      The headliner in this month’s issue is an EENet Connect Chat (an online event) featuring youth advocate Arthur Gallant.  You can find out more by going to this link:

      May 2013 EENet Newsletter<http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=139298292eb07b4d94f3d7768&id=0220e333de&e=b946222cf5>

      We have also attached the poster for this event. CLICK HERE


      11.A Quick Rundown on New Diagnoses in the New DSM-5 Manual

      If you really overdo your stay at Tim Horton’s or Starbucks, you are at risk for a mental disorder.  Read about the 15 new diagnoses on tap in the newest edition of the DSM:

      Caffeine Intoxication and Withdrawal Now Considered Mental Disorders<http://www.medicaldaily.com/articles/16064/20130530/caffeine-intoxication-withdrawal-now-considered-mental-disorders.htm>




      12.Linda Chamberlain Profiled Again – and You Can Get a Book!


      Read this to find out how to get a copy:


      Linda Chamberlain’s Story Inspiring and Healing<http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/05/22/linda_chamberlains_story_of_torontos_mean_streets_is_inspiring_healing.html>


      Or you can click on this link to buy an electronic ebook:


      John Stapleton’s website<http://openpolicyontario.com/pictures/>


      Find out about CMHA Ontario’s plans for a book launch on June 11 between 4 and 6 pm (location TBC) where you can get a signed book from the author in person:


      CMHA Ontario Bookmark Announcement of Book Launch Event<http://ontario.cmha.ca/news/not-anytime-soon-the-life-times-of-linda-chamberlain/#.Uai1iZywWTI>



      13.Community Forum with Addictions Expert Dr. Gabor Maté (Toronto)


      Drugs:  A Community Dialogue with Dr. Gabor Maté

      Date:   Saturday, June 8 from noon (sharp) to 2 pm

      Location:  All Saint's Church - Community Centre (315 Dundas St. East (Sherbourne and Dundas)


      Join us at this FREE EVENT to discuss with Dr. Gabor Maté topics like stigma, discrimination, and criminalization; the impact of trauma, well-being and self-medication; poverty, gentrification and services; and harm reduction.

      Food, refreshments, and childcare will be provided.
      Space is limited and will be first come first served. Priority will be given to people who are homeless, under-housed or experiencing poverty.

      This space is wheelchair accessible.

      Dr. Maté is most recently the author of a ground-shifting best-seller about addiction, "In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts".

      Visit http://drgabormate.com/<http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fdrgabormate.com%2F&h=9AQFxfDC2&s=1> for more information.



      14.Ontario Nonprofit Network “Looking Ahead Leadership Survey”


      Dear sector colleague,

      Your opinion is important to us and we'd really like to hear from you for ONN's Looking Ahead Leadership Survey. Please consider taking the time to fill out this survey using this unique link, http://fluidsurveys.com/surveys/mowat-centre/looking-ahead-survey/?code=ksv8n7phcz

      Just 20 minutes of your time will give us vital data on what you and your organization is facing on the ground and make a much-needed plan to support and grow sector leadership.

      Without enough respondents from your area of the province or subsector, we can't get meaningful province-wide data.

      We'd be grateful too if you could forward this survey to your networks, using this website address:

      Thank you for your support!

      BONUS: Get a copy of the final report and the chance to win a new iPad or free access to ONN Conference 2013!

      Best regards,

      Cathy Taylor
      Executive Director
      Ontario Nonprofit Network<http://www.theonn.ca/what-we-do/constellations/labour-force/survey/>




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