OPDI NewsToGo Issue #372 – November 29, 2013
Highlights include: OPDI Internship Webinar; Bill C-54 (NCR Legislation) Reborn as Bill C-14; Police and Tasers; Ashley Smith Inquest; Mental Health Record Leads to Border Refusal; Peer Coaches; Research; 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.
NEWS AND OPINIONS
1. Upcoming OPDI Internship Webinar
Our next Internship webinar date is December 2 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. If you have completed the OPDI Peer Support Core Essentials™ Program and have received a level 1R you are invited to join if you wish. If this time does not work for you there will be other webinars offered. If you would like to attend the Internship webinar please email email@example.com and the information to login will be sent to you.
2. Bill C-54 (Now Bill C-14 in New Session of Parliament) Reintroduced in Senate
Yes, it’s the same bill, and hearings are supposed to be held early in the New Year:
A coalition of mental health stakeholders has expressed hope that its amendments will be considered when the legislation is due for examination:
We have a backgrounder on what NCR means:
The star of the highly-praised NCR documentary is profiled in this story about a recent Toronto screening of the film:
3. Focus on Police and Tasers
A video of the shooting of Michael Eligon is included is this coverage of the past week’s inquest (video may be disturbing):
An op-ed examines the lack of accountability at the inquest:
4. Ashley Smith Inquest Drawing to a Close
We have stories reporting on recommendations from a family lawyer and the Elizabeth Fry Society:
5. Woman’s Mental Health Record Revealed at U.S. Border; Refused Admission
This is an alarming account of what must be improperly accessed medical records and its consequence:
6. Federal Position on Medical Heroin is Wrong
This opinion piece by healthcare professionals is a rebuttal to that of the Health Minister and her government:
7. Peer Mental Health Coaches in Australia
We have a story about the benefits of having people with lived experience helping others with mild to moderate depression or anxiety to navigate their lives:
A new breed of coaches helps transform mental health care
8. Government’s Cyberbullying Bill Only Partially Helpful
Critics are pointing out the shortcomings of the new cyberbullying bill introduced by the federal Tories:
9. Bipolar Disorder Explained
With Richard Dreyfuss’s coming out about his bipolar disorder, this local paper took a closer look at this diagnosis:
RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS AND RESOURCES
10.Personalized Medication Impact in Psychiatry
This TV news report looks at the implication of using genetic testing to help determine best possible matches for medication for people with mental health issues:
11.A Handy Guide to Caffeine
You may find this article surprising for what it discloses about the amount of caffeine in common foods:
OPPORTUNITIES AND ANNOUCEMENTS
12.Online Harm Reduction Course at York University
Find out more here:
13.The Basics: What You Need to Know about the New Non-Profit Laws
There is a new website devoted to the new Ontario legislation governing non-profits:
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