OPDI News & Events

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.



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 opdi@opdi.org 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:

Tories Re-Introduce NCR Legislation

Press Release from Ministry of Justice

A coalition of mental health stakeholders has expressed hope that its amendments will be considered when the legislation is due for examination:

Mental Health Coalition Press Release

We have a backgrounder on what NCR means:

What Happens When a Killer is Found Not Criminally Responsible

The star of the highly-praised NCR documentary is profiled in this story about a recent Toronto screening of the film:

Unlikely Star of NCR Documentary


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:

Ashley Smith Death Should be Deemed a Homicide, Family Lawyer Says

Secretive Prisons Must be Independently Monitored


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:

Disabled Woman Denied Entry to US

PRCC_Ontario has a helpful guide on all the details & criteria of police record checks. Find out more: http://ow.ly/ra7BO 


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:

Federal Position on Medical Heroin Ignores Evidence, Hurts Patients


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:

Living with Bipolar Disorder



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:

Personalized Medicine Helping Mental Health Patients


11.A Handy Guide to Caffeine

You may find this article surprising for what it discloses about the amount of caffeine in common foods:

Caffeine Compared:  Coke, Coffee, Aspirin, Chocolate, and Tea



12.Online Harm Reduction Course at York University

Find out more here:

Harm Reduction Certificate from York University


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:

New Rules for Ontario Non-profits – the Basics


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The Staff of OPDI

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