How can we control our privacy and our access to the healthcare that we want? There are going to be big changes in the way we get healthcare in the next three years. We will have more or less control over those changes if we can get the government For the People to Hear from the people.
We don’t always take our privacy seriously but greater integration of services and electronic medical record sharing may create risks as well as benefits. See a story inside this issue about how our medical records are being sold to a US insurance company.
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Get ready to act – National Day of Action on the Overdose Crisis
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Would you be more motivated to recover from a hospitalization if it was harder to get ODSP? Is this the intention of new proposals?
How should Ontario define it? Federal disability is not accessible to folks with “episodic” disabilities like mental health issues, pain, cancer.
==> Make sure ODSP stays accessible to all who need it.
“Ontario Health” Announced
Big changes: Coordination, central control, local control, public health, but not necessarily public. Minister of Health Christine Elliot assured the public that there is a “fundamental right to universal access to a publicly funded health care system”, but there will be changes. “Access” does not mean full funding or health delivery by a public organization. Ontario Health Teams will coordinate care and may be led by hospitals. Agencies will be encouraged to integrate and follow a common vision. The new Ontario Health super-agency will integrate all of the LHINs plus Cancer Ontario, Trillium and more. . [ //youtu.be/gn4COa65dv0 ] [ Bill 74 //bit.ly/2tH6vNm] More on page 3
Full report at //bit.ly/2EpGQz1
HOW “SAFE SUPPLY” IS DEFINED Safe supply refers to a legal and regulated supply of drugs with mind/body altering properties that traditionally have been accessible only through the illicit drug market. Drugs included are opioids such as heroin, stimulants such as cocaine and crystal methamphetamine, hallucinogens such as MDMA and LSD, and marijuana.
The iglou [not an igloo] is made out of Styrofoam pieces and lined with aluminum for fire resistance and heat retention. The 3 pieces are stackable and easily transportable. They only cost 250 Euros in France partly because of volunteer and community support! The plans are available for free to qualified people they “think are competent to carry the project in their countries. Simply send a CV/resume here: firstname.lastname@example.org“. A shelter alternative. Big tents or small iglous or housing?
Lauren Pelley CBC News Feb 26, 2019 bit.ly/2EbUogg
As the city develops a new 10-year housing plan, board of health chair Joe Cressy is calling for that planning to happen through a public health lens — with a focus on building more supportive housing for people with mental health and addiction issues.
One 2018 report using data from The Access Point, the coordinated access system for supportive housing in Toronto, stressed the demand for supportive housing “far outstrips supply,” with more than 4,000 new applicants over a recent two-year period and fewer than 600 placements.
– Shelley Ann Morris lives in Ottawa. As told to Wency Leung
I use a white cane, and when you’re born with this condition, it’s just natural that you learn to walk with a cane and travel quite confidently….
But I’m relying on people to see me. And it doesn’t always happen that way.
We think of distracted drivers, but we don’t think of distracted pedestrians – and they can be just as dangerous.
I love when people say, “I didn’t see you.” Well. You do have to have a good sense of humour.
[Bulletin – the person with a cellphone is having trouble moving through space and creating problems for the person with a so called disability!]
When did you last eat a vegetable or drink water? We know food is important for our bodies and minds – health inside and out. The question some of us might ask is how can we afford and access this wide range of foods if we don’t know how prepare and can’t afford it. We may not have money or time or access to a kitchen. Perhaps we need to advocate for all three of those things plus better representation of this guide in any meal programs we use, including for seniors and youth.
The Fare Pass Presto card saves money: $2.00 per ride, 115.50 monthly pass. If you receive a transport allowance from OW or ODSP check with a worker before you apply for the pass so that you don’t have that subsidy cut from your cheque.
InkWell Workshops offers free, drop-in creative-writing workshops to people living with mental-health or addictions issues led by award-winning professional writers with lived experience of mental illness. Wednesdays.
Nothing About Us Without Us An Inter-Campus Disability Conference in Toronto
March 2-3, 2018, Ryerson Student Centre
Keynote by Sarah Jama FREE ATTENDANCE
RSVP at robam2018.eventbrite.ca
March 9 Indigenous Perspectives on Trauma-Informed Care
Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of TorontoSaturday March 9 from 8:30 – 4:00 at 155 College Street, Toronto, Ontario M5T 1P8 Tickets: uoft-itic2019.eventbrite.ca/
Topics include: Intergenerational trauma & homelessness, Indigenous wellness paradigms, S2 and LBQT trauma-informed histories, suicide crisis, intercultural models of harm reduction, and much more! [Registration fee]
March 19 Flying to Freedom
Al Green Theatre 750 Spadina Ave, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2J2, March 19 1-5 pm Info and tickets: //bit.ly/2EbhnrP
Hear and learn about engaging and diverse projects that are addressing institutionalization and supporting survivors and people who have an intellectual disability to lead meaningful lives in the community.
Friday, March 22 Launch of Cell Count #87, the courage issue
Courage in the face of confinement: personal stories of resistance from in and out of prison
Join us for the launch of Cell Count #87, the courage issue. When: Friday, March 22nd, 7pm-10:30pm!
Cover: $5 or pay what you can, and each attendee will receive a free copy of Cell Count. Back issues of Cell Count here: www.pasan.org/cell-count
March 28th Safe Injection Comedy Fundraiser: Toronto Edition
Date: Thursday March 28, 2019
Times: doors at 8pm, show start at 9pm
Location: 120 Diner, 120 Church Street, Toronto, Ontario
Price: $15 at the door
7. Get ready to act!
April 16th, 2019 National Day of Action on the Overdose Crisis.
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