Provincial News

Ombudsman’s Report

Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé will release a report on his latest investigation on Wednesday, August 24 – at a news conference at 11 a.m. in the Queen’s Park Media Studio.

The Ombudsman will deliver findings and recommendations on his Office’s investigation into the Ministry of Community and Social Services’ response to situations of crisis involving adult with developmental disabilities. More information on this investigation can be found here.

Copies of the Ombudsman’s report will be available to journalists in advance – ...

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News and Deadlines on the Next Class-Action Settlement


Former residents of 12 Schedule 1 provincially-run facilities and institutions who were part of a class-action settlement are being urged to request their files by the end of next month.

Thousands of people are part of a $36 million class-action settlement that was approved on April 25th, 2016.

The class-action lawsuit that was initiated ...

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Project Value

Project Value is a series of two-minute videos, each one featuring the voice of a disabled Canadian whose life experience challenges widely held perceptions about what gives life value. A bit like the “It Gets Better” series, Project Value aims to speak to young disabled people, and newly disabled people, offering a different perspective on what life ahead may offer. One new video will be released daily throughout the summer, and perhaps well beyond, as interest seems to be building.

I have had ...

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Friendly Housemates

Friendly Housemates: when Krystal Nausbaum moved out of her family home nearly two years ago to live with a friend from her high school, she knew it was a big step.

Both women have intellectual disabilities. Although it was her first time on her own, Nausbaum, 27, was comforted by the fact they’d be joined by a third housemate, Maggie Sulc, who’d act not as a caregiver but a mentor — a peer they could learn from and who would lead ...

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New Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation

TORONTOFeb. 22, 2016 /CNW/ – A consortium of partners led by Ryerson University is pleased to announce a new Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation (OCWI). The initiative is funded by a $7.5 million grant over two years from the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

The OCWI will offer a single, coordinated access point for research on evidence-based employment and training approaches for key stakeholders in Ontario. Recent studies point to an urgent need to recalibrate employment service systems to better ...

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Ontario to introduce legislation that would boost affordable housing units

Ontario municipalities will be able to mandate affordable housing in new developments under planned legislation that cities, including the “scorching” housing market of Toronto, are closely eyeing.

The proposed legislation would allow communities to establish so-called inclusionary zoning policies, meaning new housing proposals would require developers to include a certain percentage of affordable units in order to be approved.

Vancouver and Montreal have similar policies, as do many major cities in the United States, advocates say.

It’s a step ...

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Building Community

Canadian Association for Community Living

 Policies that Build Community

Is current public policy effective in helping to create a community where all people belong?
Report on 2015 Policy Forum

Building Community – On February 27, 2015, Community Living Ontario hosted a policy forum in collaboration with the Ryerson School of Social Work, the Ryerson School of Disability Studies and the CAW Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy. The event titled Policies that Build Community explored the question ...

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Vulnerable Persons Standard

Introducing the Vulnerable Persons Standard

The Vulnerable Persons Standard is a series of evidence-based safeguards intended to protect the lives of Canadians.

These safeguards will help to ensure that Canadians requesting assistance from physicians to end their life can do so without jeopardizing the lives of vulnerable persons who may be subject to coercion and abuse.

We are calling on all members of Parliament to ensure that federal legislation regulating physician-assisted death incorporate these safeguards.

Why is vulnerability important?

Vulnerable persons who request physician-assisted dying ...

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Edmonton filmmaker promotes people with special needs

EDMONTON — Mikey Hamm is a support worker for a man with autism, and now the Edmonton man is also making cool videos about people with special needs, thanks in part to a government grant.

It all began with a video called “Anthony At Your Service.” Hamm works with Anthony Barrett, who has autism.

Anthony’s mother decided to start a delivery business for her son, who is mostly non-verbal.

“Anthony’s a great guy, but he’s not the type to walk up and shake your hand and ...

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