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OPDI’s NewsToGo is an electronic newsletter which is focused on research, resources, policy and legislative information of relevance to consumer/survivor organizations and to broader stakeholders in the healthcare sector. You will also find updates about OPDI as well as job postings and events that would be of interest to the readership.

Issue #538 / November 29, 2017

Highlights include:   CSIs Updates; New Hospital Discharge Process; Nominate a Worthy Peer Support Organization; Ontario PCs Release Platform; Federal Housing Strategy; Post-Secondary Helpline; Job Postings; News; and More.

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Issue #537 / November 22, 2017

Highlights include:   Mississauga Halton Peer Knowledge Exchange Event December 6 (Almost Sold Out); Homeless Shelters versus Housing First; Federal Retail Cannabis Regulations Proposed; Drug Users Asked to Solve Opioids Crisis; Job Postings; News; and More.

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Issue #536 / November 15, 2017

Highlights include:   Offer Feedback on Income Security Reform Report; Patient Ombudsman Report; U of T Proposes Mental Health Leave Policy; Violence and Mental Illness; Cannabis Taxation; Job Postings; News; and More.

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Issue #535 / November 7, 2017

Highlights include:  Provincial and Federal Cannabis Legislation Updates; SAD; Mental Health Courts Report; Coming off Prescription Opioids on One's Own; Our Voice/Notre Voix Survey; 2018 Peer Support Conference Call for Abstracts; Job Postings; News; and More.

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Issue #534 / October 30, 2017

Highlights include:  ODSP Changes; OHRC on Academic Accommodation;  Tasers and De-Escalation in Crisis Situations; Federal Disability Tax Credit News; Medical Marijuana; Job Postings; News; and More.

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Issue #533 / October 16, 2017

Highlights include:  OPDI Board Nominations; Basic Income Project Update; OHRC Acts on Segregation of Persons with Mental Disabilities; Psychotherapy Funding Announced; Drugged Driving; WSIB Proposed Changes; Job Postings; News; and More.

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Issue #532 / September 25, 2017

Highlights include:  Opioids in the News; Ontario Marijuana Reaction Update; Basic Income Pilot; The Language of Addiction; Antipsychotic Medication Guide; CPP Disability Benefits Guide; Job Postings; News; and More.

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Issue #531 / September 13, 2017

Highlights include:  Ontario's Marijuana Framework; Supervised Injection Sites in the News; B.C. Funds Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions; Analysis of New Federal MH Funding; Findings from Toronto Central LHIN CSI Network Forum; The Evidence from Social Connections; Job Postings; News; and More.

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NewsToGo is OPDI’s e-mail update providing timely and meaningful information to its stakeholders. The ideas expressed are those of the individual contributors and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of OPDI. We welcome your submissions; please direct them to Preference will be given to material which directly relates to OPDI member affiliates and issues of concern to consumer/survivors throughout Ontario. We reserve the right to edit the length and style of all materials submitted.

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