OPDI News & Events

OPDI NewsToGo Issue #399 June 30, 2014


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  1. OPDI Seeks Board Members

OPDI is currently seeking Board members.  In accordance with OPDI’s by-laws, Board members must be a member in good standing of an OPDI member organization.  If you are interested please see the attached nomination letter and application.  Please forward this email to consumer members, staff or directors of your organization whom you think would be interested and whom you can support as excellent board candidates.
The deadline for Board nominations is August 1, 2014.

  1. Ontario Cabinet Announced

Please view the press release for the details.  Dr. Eric Hoskins assumes the post of Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.

  1. Ontario Human Rights Commission Introduces Policy Guidelines for MH & A (repeat)

The Ontario Human Rights Commission this past week launched its policy that addresses human rights issues around mental health and addictions. The press release with a link to the policy paper is here:
New OHRC Paper Addresses Human Rights for People with Mental Health or Addiction Disabilities
The archived webcast is available here:
OHRC Policy Launch Webcast
OHRC Chief Commissioner Barbara Hall was interviewed on the radio as well:
Metro Morning Interview on Mental Health and Addiction Rights
Here’s a Canadian Press article:
Ontario Issues Human Rights Policy for the mentally ill to Help Fight Discrimination

  1. Ontario Rent Increase Guideline for 2015 Announced

The amount that rent can increase without an application to the Tribunal is 1.6% effective January 2015.
2015 Ontario Rent Guideline Set at 1.6%

  1. New NCR Bill Comes Into Effect July 11:  Thoughts of a Trial Lawyer

Anita Szigeti is a name familiar to those working in the mental health and justice field; the lawyer’s Op-Ed appears in the Toronto Star:
Not Criminally Responsible Law Erects Hurdles for Mentally Ill

  1. Out of a Tragedy Comes a Support Group for Police Officers

The shocking suicide of a police officer at his workplace has resulted in a post-traumatic stress support peer support group being formed by Hamilton police:
Post-Traumatic Stress Support Group Born from Death of Hamilton Police Officer

  1. How A Member of Parliament’s Views are Informed by Life Experience

You will be moved by the life story of this Hamilton NDP MP (which includes his deeply personal understanding of the ramifications of Bill C-54):
Wayne Marston’s Politics Shaped by Poverty and Family Tragedy

  1. Kudos to NISA (Sudbury CSI)

Congratulations to Sudbury OPDI member NISA, which not only will be moving into new offices next week, but got an assist from a personal appearance by Clara Hughes as part of her cross-Canada bicycle ride, in the form of a fundraising dinner that raised at least $65,000:

Clara Hughes Talks in Sudbury


  1. “Collaboration for Mental Health and Addictions:  Best Advice” (repeat)

This is a brand-new publication by a partnership including the Mental Health Commission of Canada and the Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse:
Collaboration for Addiction and Mental Health Care:  Best Advice

  1. Psychotropic Drugs Work Differently for Men and Women

This article summarizes some of the different rates that these medications work for the sexes and offer explanations of why that happens:
Psychotropic Drugs Affect Men and Women Differently

  1. Shyness Understood

The author (herself self-described as shy) looks at the good and bad of this personality trait:
The Secret Science of Shyness

  1. Job Posting

Saint Elizabeth (Toronto) seeks a Peer Support Worker.  The posting is here:

  1. Journal of Community Mental Health Seeks Submissions for Special Issues
Please refer to this link for further information. The theme is “Responses to the Mental Health Strategy for Canada:  Canadian and International Perspectives for Mobilizing Change”.  The extended deadline is October 31, 2014.
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The Staff of OPDI
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