March 7, 2013

New Northern Cabinet Committee Created to Focus Exclusively on the North

The Office of the Premier announced that the Ontario government has created a new Northern cabinet committee, chaired by Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay - Atikokan. The committee will address the complex needs of Northern Ontario, including job creation, revitalizing transportation infrastructure and improving vital access to the Ring of Fire. The committee will also help oversee the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario.

New Northern Cabinet Committee Created to Focus Exclusively on the North

The Office of the Premier announced that the Ontario government has created a new Northern cabinet committee, chaired by Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay - Atikokan.  The committee will address the complex needs of Northern Ontario, including job creation, revitalizing transportation infrastructure and improving vital access to the Ring of Fire. The committee will also help oversee the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario.


Expert Advice to Guide New Ontario Government Initiatives to Reduce Childhood Obesity

As announced by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care earlier this week, the Healthy Kids Panel presented its recommendations to help improve the health of children in Ontario. The recommendations will inform the government's next steps to reduce childhood obesity, as set out in the province's Action Plan for Health Care.

The panel drew from a broad range of experts, engaging health care leaders, non-profit organizations, academia, and industry in developing evidence-based and cost-effective ways to reduce childhood obesity.

As a first step, the government is striking an inter-ministerial working group, chaired by Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, and Teresa Piruzza, Minister of Children and Youth Services to direct government action on implementing the panel's recommendations.


New and Redeveloped Public Spaces must meet Accessibility Standards included in the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR)

In January 2013, the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (Ontario Regulation 191/11) was amended to include accessibility requirements for the Design of Public Spaces (Accessibility Standards for the Built Environment).

Beginning in 2015, public and private sector organizations will have to meet accessibility requirements when constructing and maintaining new or redeveloped elements of public spaces including:

  • Recreational trails and beach access routes
  • Outdoor eating areas for public use
  • Outdoor play spaces (such as playgrounds)
  • Exterior paths of travel (such as walkways across parks or between buildings)
  • Accessible on- and off-street parking
  • Service counters and waiting areas

 

Organizations are not required to make changes to their public spaces. The standard only applies when organizations build new or make major changes to existing elements of public spaces.

The new requirements can be accessed on e-laws by following this link:
www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/regs/english/elaws_regs_110191_e.htm

For further information on the Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public Spaces, please visit ontario.ca/AccessON


 Canada participates at UN Commission Meeting During Week of International Women’s Day 

The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, led Canada’s delegation to the 57th meeting of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) in New York from March 4 to 6, 2013 to address ending violence against women and girls.

 While at the United Nations, Minister Ambrose presented Canada’s theme for International Women’s Week 2013, Working Together: Engaging Men to End Violence against Women.


 2012 Ontario Report Card Released

Campaign 2000 released its 2012 report card on child and family poverty in Ontario.  The report, Needed: A Federal Action Plan to Eradicate Child and Family Poverty in Canada, calls on the Federal Government to take a lead role in child and family poverty reduction. Policy recommendations are offered to all political parties to redress the persistence of child and family poverty in Canada.


 Update Regarding the Occupational Standards for Child Care Administrators

The Child Care Human Resource Sector Council has recently updated its Occupational Standards for Child Care Administrators to ensure they reflect all the skills, knowledge and abilities administrators currently may require to work effectively. The Council has also created a new Occupational Profile on School-Age Child Care and updated their Infant Care Profile. The profiles are additions to the Occupational Standards for Early Childhood Educators. While the core knowledge described in the ECE standards remains the same, the profiles provide an in-depth look at the work ECEs do with these specific age groups.


TVO's The Agenda with Steve Paikin asks Ontarians: "What is your definition of rural?"

Is rural Ontario a place or a culture? On March 14, TVO's current affairs program The Agenda with Steve Paikin will explore this question and is asking Ontarians to define what rural Ontario means to them.

 Inspired by a February 7 Inside Agenda Blog post, Rural Ontario: A Place or a Culture?, The Agenda will analyze this complex issue and engage Ontarians in the conversation by using feedback received from the public to shape the content of the program on March 14.

 Ontarians are invited to send their comments and photos illustrating their definition of rural Ontario before March 14 to agendaconnect@tvo.org, post comments at The Inside Agenda Blog, or join the conversation through The Agenda's Facebook page and on Twitter @theagenda using #agendatvo. Photos submitted will be showcased on The Agenda's Rural Ontario Pinterest board.


 Service Manager Highlight

York Region Releases Reports on Immigration and Settlement

The Regional Municipality of York has released two reports Leading Change for a Stronger Community: Community Partnership Council Collective Action Plan 2012 – 2015 and “Turning the Curve” Indicator Report: Measuring the Well-Being of Newcomers Living in York Region.

 Both reports help further the priorities of the York Region Immigration Settlement Strategy (September 2011) which sets a vision for the well-being of newcomers and long-term residents alike. The Strategy builds on York Region’s reputation as a welcoming and inclusive community and identifies priorities to help newcomers fully integrate into the community economically, socially, culturally, civically and politically.


 2013 OMSSA Learning Symposium and Annual General Meeting

Expression of Interest and Call for Abstracts for Poster Session on:  Sharing Our Successes and Innovations in Human Services

Do you have a story to tell?

OMSSA is seeking expressions of interest from organizations to participate in a unique interactive poster session during its 2013 Learning Symposium, June 16 – 19 in Ottawa.

 The poster session will showcase and promote innovative programs, initiatives and projects in human services.  The session is open to service managers, community organizations, and provincial and federal government.  This is an opportunity to share success stories and the impact you have had on individuals, organizations or your community in a visual and interactive platform.

 Abstracts can be submitted in one of the following categories: 

•          Collaborative Efforts and Partnerships

•          Human Services Integration

•          Innovative Programs and Initiatives

 About the Conference

On June 16 – 19, 2013, OMSSA will hold its Learning Symposium and Annual General Meeting in partnership with the City of Ottawa, with a theme of Whole Child = Whole Community. The theme advances the vision that an environment that supports the healthy development and well-being of children is also one that supports all community members.  This conference will highlight how addressing and integrating issues of poverty, housing, early learning and child care, and employment for the whole community is critical to providing an environment conducive to the healthy growth of children.

 Click here for Poster Board Criteria and Abstract Form


Call for Nominations to the OMSSA Board of Directors – Deadline is March 29, 2012

Ontario Municipal Social Services Association (OMSSA) invites you to consider serving on the association’s Board of Directors.  The association is seeking strategic thinkers who are committed to guiding the future direction of the association and who are willing to work with OMSSA’s Executive Director and staff to assist in achieving the association’s goals.

 Each year at the association’s Annual General Meeting, members of the OMSSA Board of Directors are elected to a two-year term of office. For the 2013-2015 term, there are four (4) vacancies to be filled on the 10-member board.  Any voting delegates or active Zone Chairs of the association can be nominated to stand for the board.

2013 is an exciting year to join the Board as the organization continues its journey through human services integration (HSI) and embarks on a new 5 year strategic plan. 

This year’s Annual General Meeting and Board elections are to be held in Ottawa, Ontario on June 17, 2012, during our annual Learning Symposium.

For more detailed information and please visit the OMSSA Website