OPDI News & Events

OPDI NewsToGo Issue #353 – July 5, 2013

Highlights include: MHCC Family Caregivers Guidelines; Information Guide for Peer Workers (Harm Reduction); Extreme Heat Factsheets; CAMH Cafeteria Consumer-Run; Teenage Residential Treatment Centre; Bill C-54 Reaction; Schizophrenia Society of Canada and Hearing Voices; 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.  MHCC Issues Family Caregivers Guidelines


      These evidence-based guidelines are available for download along with an accompanying press release:


      MHCC Family Caregivers Guidelines<http://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/English/family-caregivers-guidelines?routetoken=c0b34c537265d256e5a98c445d2f0db2&terminitial=91>



      2.  Extreme Heat Guidelines


      It may be only the start of summer, but parts of Ontario have already experienced record high temperatures.  These two factsheets will be helpful to those who take medications for chronic conditions and have to be extra careful:


      Emergency Preparation – Heat<http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/emu/emerg_prep/et_heat.aspx>


      Tip Sheet -- Heat<http://stmichaelshospital.kramesonline.com/3,S,83434>



      3.  CAMH Staff Cafeteria Consumer-Operated


      This is truly an inspiring story.  Those of us who frequented the Out of the World Café in the old Queen Street complex will be pleased to know that consumer/survivors have taken over the new CAMH cafeteria as well – from previous supplier Aramark, no less:


      Former CAMH Patients Now Running Staff Cafeteria<http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/2013/07/04/former_camh_patients_now_running_staff_cafeteria.html>



      4.  Teenage Residential Treatment Profiled


      Seldom do the mainstream media touch on this issue as well as in this article:


      Residential Treatment Aids Teenager’s Addiction Recovery<http://www.therecord.com/news-story/3860330-residential-treatment-aids-teenager-s-addiction-recovery/>



      5.  Seniors Sell Prescription Medication for Food



      One unintended consequence of income inequality is that more black market painkillers are available on the market:


      Seniors Sell Drugs for Food<http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2013/07/03/ns-seniors-food-for-drugs.html?cmp=rss>



      6.  Bill C-54 Reaction


      This op-ed piece contributed by a former law professor includes a perspective of what it was like to testify before a hostile parliamentary committee:


      That Helps Offenders and Their Victims<http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/op-ed/that+help+offenders+their+victims/8617698/story.html>



      7.  Safe Injection Site for Toronto?


      An editorial, a news story referencing a well-known family doctor and the Toronto Public Health department, as well as a reasoned response by another physician are in favour of safe injection sites.  Contrast this with the federal government’s bill C-65, which proposes to tighten the rules:


      Safe Injection Site in Toronto Would Boost Public Health<http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/2013/07/05/safe_injection_site_in_toronto_would_boost_public_health_editorial.html>

      Addictions Toronto Doctor Urges City to Get Behind a Safe Injection Site<http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/07/02/drug_addictions_toronto_doctor_urges_city_to_get_behind_a_safe_injection_site.html>


      Best Evidence Says Best Care<http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/best-evidence-says-best-care/article13001078/>



      8.  Schizophrenia Society of Canada Conference and Hearing Voices


      You might not expect to see a workshop on “hearing voices’ at the SSC conference, but it is happening:


      Schizophrenia Society National Conference 2013<http://www.sscnationalconference2013.ca/index.php>


      This has resulted in an opinion piece in the Huffington Post and many responses to the author:


      Psychotic Mental Illness Voices<http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/susan-inman/psychotic-mental-illness-voices_b_3375516.html?utm_hp_ref=tw>


      Another voice speaks out:


      Mental Illness in Canada<http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/marvin-ross/mental-illness-canada_b_3491511.html?utm_hp_ref=tw>




      9.  The Second Edition of Information Guide for Peer Workers and Agencies

      The guide (written by Toronto peer workers and geared to harm reduction) can be downloaded here:



      We have also enclosed it for your reference. CLICK HERE


      10.Baking Improves Mental Health

      Raising awareness of depression and thoughts about the therapeutic benefits of baking are in this post:

      Can Baking Improve Mental Health?<http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2013/jul/03/can-baking-improve-mental-health?CMP=twt_gu>




      11.George Brown Information Sessions


      George Brown College will be hosting an Information Session for each of our programs:




      Date 1:  Monday, July 22, 2013

      Room:   260E

      Time:  12:30 pm

      At:  St James Campus, 200 King St E


      Date 2:  Tuesday, August 13, 2013

      Room:  246E

      Time:  12:30 pm

      At:  St James Campus, 200 King St E


      Application Deadline is October 18, 2013


      Construction Craft Worker EXTENDED TRAINING (CCWET)

      Date 1:  Monday, July 15, 2013

      Date 2:  Monday, August 19, 2013


      All of these sessions are in:


      Room:   E219

      Time:  12:30 pm

      At:  Casa Loma Campus, 146 Kendal Ave


      Application Deadline is February 7, 2014


      Please RSVP at auged@georgebrown.ca<mailto:auged@georgebrown.ca> or

      (416) 415-5000 x 6790



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