3. Rights, Advocacy
Submit your stories of advocacy and or photos and the Bulletin may share your actions!
Here is a story of advocacy by survivors that reaches the public outside the “mental health stigma” world!
It’s easy to organize an event in your town, at your school, or with your community group: http://dignityforall.ca/chew-on-this/
- Our postcard message this year, directed to the Prime Minister, will call for a plan that is strengthened, legislated, and fully-funded in Budget 2019. We do not want this opportunity lost!
Election Results, Representation, Priorities
As discussed in a previous edition of the Bulletin, Mayor Tory committed to mental health being a priority in Toronto. However, the details were not that clear. Are there things that you think he should focus on?
- Accessibility and inclusion in city services.
- Shelter provisions and food.
- Affordable housing that is accessible to people living on ODSP.
- Training for the police, emergency services to provide appropriate, respectful and effective services.
- Transport (accessible and affordable).
- More… You can submit to the electronic survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/PN8YCXH...or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Confidential Report about Toronto Finances
Toronto needs to raise taxes to maintain or fulfill promised services - Peter Wallace the former City Manager. In both the drafts and the final report, [City Manager] “Peter Wallace presented three hypothetical paths, saying it was up to council to choose a financial direction: cut services to save costs; maintain existing service levels while not proceeding with planned improvements; or invest in the plans and strategies already approved by council by raising revenues.”
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Keep up at https://ocscannabisupdates.com/ More to come...
Do adults have the right to control what they put in their bodies? Not really. But good news for marijuana users. Cannabis possession and consumption in small quantities (30 grams or 4 plants) is now permitted for folks over 19. But the federal and provincial governments still control access and pricing. And cities in Ontario can outlaw consumption in their boundaries.
Liberal government to waive fee, waiting time for pot pardons
Pardons don't go far enough. Convictions for cannabis possession must be expunged
A future government could retract pardons for simple possession en masse by amending the Criminal Records Act—Benjamin Kates and Pam Hrick · for CBC News · Posted: Oct 29, 2018.
November 6th. This event is free of charge. Location: Ryerson Image Arts Building, 122 Bond St., Toronto, Room IMA 307 www.facebook.com/events/481484329001253/
November 8th Announcement by Ontario Government about changes to OW / ODSP.
100 Days: Take Action Before November 8!
The new Ontario government recently announced that they will reveal a new direction for social assistance, based in part on “compassion for people in need,” after a 100-day review.
Take action now to help ensure their November 8 announcement moves Ontario’s social assistance programs – Ontario Works (OW) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) – in the right direction.
Change should be based on:
- Income Adequacy
- Economic and Social Inclusion
- Access and Dignity
- Reconciliation with Indigenous people
- Human Rights, Equity, and Fairness.
Take action before and check back at soundtimes.com
Wednesday November 14th Put Food in The Budget and OCAP—Town Hall
6pm - 8 pm St Luke's United Church - 353 Sherbourne Street, Toronto, ON [Dinner Provided. Wheelchair Accessible Venue]