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Bulletin 612 OPS, Privacy, Benefits

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April 2019 #15 #612
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1. Broken systems, changes

The Ontario Government has identified areas of the health system that are broken. They are going to make changes. The budget is due April 11th. The Bulletin will try to share the results but we appreciate any updates you have, including from contacting your MPP, which you can do by email, phone or in person.

Changes at Consumption and Treatment Services or OPS or SIS

“The Government of Ontario is putting people and communities first, and has reviewed all Consumption and Treatment Services applications and approved 15 sites in areas with the greatest need. These sites will serve as part of the government’s plan to increase mental health and addiction services and supports.”

Stay in touch and call ahead and share any news about sites. As of April 4th all Toronto sites are open, but these three were not approved (not funded) so they may close:

  • St. Stephen’s Community House Kensington Market – Corner Drop In Centre Overdose Prevention Site (Temporary) 260 Augusta Street
  • Toronto Public Health – The Works – Supervised Injection Service 277 Victoria Street
  • Street Health 338 Dundas Street East

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  1. Intro: Changes…
  2. Moments in C/S Bulletin History
  3. Rights and News
  4. Resources
  5. Jobs
  6. Key Free Events
  7. Get ready to act – April 16th We grieve thousands – National Day of Action on the Overdose Crisis
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2. Moments in C/S  History – The Consumer in C/S 

History  Bulletin 344 April 1, 2007

2007: … As the label consumer/survivor states we are consumers and that means we are entitled to choose carefully the best products or services. …. The choices are often a lot less if you are poor, which is very unfortunate, but you still deserve to try and find the best care because your life is at risk.Computer touch screen cash register. Text "Change $1.00"

2019 – Survivors have less power and rights as consumers than the average Walmart customer. We can’t return the therapy or drugs for a refund. We can’t sue for a slip-and-fall.

… Survivor history continues…

3. News, Rights, Advocacy

“Ontario Healthcare system broken” – says Ontario Government

If you have a health concern, continue to contact your health care provider.

  • Get fast, free medical advice via Telehealth 1-866-797-0000
  • Find home care or long-term care 310-2222
  • Access community mental health and addictions services 1-866-531-2600 (Connex) or 1-800-668-6868 (Kids Help Phone) + 211 for Toronto

You could also contact your MPP to ask questions and make requests!

Privacy: Personal Health Information (PHI) is more than that blood test

PHI includes “other information included in a record containing PHI”. This means that police, parole, CAS, school or other information can become PHI once it is added to your personal health record at an organization. Then it can be used for or against you when you look for social assistance, housing and more.
MORE About PHI and Lockbox

  • Automating Inequality – Artificial intelligence will shape our social programs in the future like it has already in the USA. book by Virginia Eubanks
  • Donald Trump may watch Facebook posts by people with disabilities. He is already doing it for immigration enforcement.
  • University Health Network hospitals had a privacy breach

Does your service provider prioritize your privacy and limit information collection? Limiting data collection to the information that the organization needs to provide service reduces risks to you today and in the future

Crystal Meth Drug Policy – Myths, methods

Often Opioid “treatment” = hospital
Crystal meth “treatment” =  police

Crystal meth: The myths and realities of chemsex in the queer community

[F]ear will only encourage silence and silence equals the death of supportive and safe spaces, honest conversations, information sharing and compassion and understanding – all of the things needed to ensure effective interventions to pragmatically, non-judgmentally and holistically address meth use in our community.

From Vice: Changing the Way We Think About Meth

St. Stephen’s launched the Crystal Meth Project as a pilot program in December of last year.

28 Ways to Make the World Less Hostile…to Mad, Neurodivergent, and Psychiatrically Disabled People (MNPD)

Bulletin: Tips to learn, teach, advocate and create a less hostile and more inclusive world for ourselves—great to share with friends, family, allies. Thanks Radical Abolitionist
Brief Tips

  • 2) Shift your understanding of psychiatric disability away from medical models and towards the social model of disability.
  • 6) “Remember that abuse is upheld and perpetuated by oppressive systems like patriarchy, racism, cisheterosexism, ableism, sanism, classism, adultism…”
  • 28) Reject the moral imperative to be “healthy,” physically, mentally, or emotionally.

By Kazimir DeWolfe, Emily Sheera Cutler, Matt Perry, Jess Stohlmann-Rainey, and Andy Collings

Canada to pay at least $20 million for breaching Charter Rights of Prisoners

Patrick White, March 25, 2019, The Globe and Mail //

Ontario Superior Court Justice Paul Perell ruled Monday that the federal prison agency’s treatment of at least 2,000 mentally ill inmates violated Sections 7 and 12 of the Charter of Rights, which protect against arbitrary state actions and cruel and unusual punishment.

Logo: 4 stylized stylized people in the middle of text: "Colour of Poverty Colour of Change"

Colour of Poverty—Colour of Change Fact sheets about poverty

Racialized Poverty in Health

For Example Treatment: Indigenous Peoples and people of colour report being subjected to rude, disrespectful, harsh, or dismissive treatment by health care staff, due to racially discriminatory stereotypes. The Ontario Human Rights Commission found in 2017 that health workers often do not treat Indigenous Peoples’ symptoms seriously because of assumptions that they are drunk or high. Similarly, Black patients’ symptoms of sickle cell anemia are frequently dismissed as pain related to drug habits. Full list of Sheets

4. Resources

Income tax in the community for survivors and folks on low incomes

–> due April 30th if you owe money. Apply early to get you income tax return.

Canada Pension Plan disability benefits

Taxable benefit you may be eligible for if you are unable to work because of a disability.
Federal Government or the Government of Canada has a BIG central website to find benefits

Look for the new Presto App

  • to load, get low balance warnings, view history and the Google Play and App Store
  • And New TTC Presto App

TTC – Fair Pass Discount Program

Find the forms and the details at: //

And more info at //


Movement Disorders from Anti-Psychotic Withdrawal My goal is to increase awareness of TD and self-advocacy among consumer/survivors when speaking with health care practitioners about their self care needs and Ms. E.

C O M E T O A M E E T I N G !

Cost: Free – Meetings on: Mondays
April 8, 2019, April 15, 2019 ,May 27, 2019, June 24, 2019
Time: 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: *Toronto Reference Library, Room B1 (one floor down – there will be signs to guide you)  789 Yonge St · Toronto, ON
*venue is subject to change
Send me a quick email to sign up [at:] or simply drop in – we’re always happy to see new faces!

InkWell Workshops

5. Jobs & Funding

Research about Peer Researchers Peers Project!

Want to work in the Mad service sector: Charity Village has lots of job listings – search “mental health”, “substance use”  //

JOB: Fresh Start Cleaner  

Fresh Start is currently accepting applications from  Consumer/ Survivors for Cleaning Services. The deadline for application is March 31, 2019.  Karen Schwartz – apply Charity Village or

Raging Spoon – Dishwasher

Thinking about Social work? Read this:

A Violent History of Benevolence: Interlocking Oppression in the Moral Economies of Social Working

By Chris Chapman and A.J. Withers © 2019 //

6. Fun Free Events in April

General Tips on finding events:

Discover Our Power – North York Women’s Centre

  • gain an understanding of difficult emotions and the affect they have on your wellbeing;
  • identify your personal assets;
  • learn coping strategies

Location: 116 Industry Street email or 416.781.0479
Intake April 10, 17  Program Starts April 24th, Wednesday for 9 weeks, every Wednesday from  2:00 p.m -4:30 p.m.

April 5th – Dinner With A View …Of The Rich

We’re inviting you to join us for a free 3-course dinner under the Gardiner.
Bring your noisemakers and email us your music requests. While you’re at it, email Mayor Tory ( and tell him we need adequate shelters and rent-geared-to-income housing. OCAP

April 30 Rally for Public Healthcare System

@ Queen’s Park @ 12 pm.
Show the Ford government that the fight is on to preserve local public health care and stop privatization. This legislature has the potential to uproot Ontario’s health care in a way that can permanently harm OUR public health care system. We need every single one of you to join us and standing up to the Ford government and telling them that we will not allow it to happen.

May 3rd TORONTO CSI NETWORK – Update Meeting

@10am to 3pm at Friends House 60 Lowther Ave. (St George Subway Station)

ODSP update and “Power of Change” next steps.

Food will be catered by the Raging Spoon,  A light breakfast and hearty lunch and TTC tokens provided
Special Guest David Reville Please Register: Contact Corrine Humphreys 416-424 2266 ext. 234 or

7. Get ready to act!

April 16th, 2019 12-2 National Day of Action on the Overdose Crisis.

We sadly invite you once again for the National Day of Action on the Overdose Crisis as we continue to “Grieve Thousands”
Location to be announced details at //

Image: purple field with plants. A needle labeled #SAFESUPPLY is pointed up through the field. Text overlay: "Get Ready. April 16th, 2019 National Day of Action on the Overdose Crisis.

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