March 28, 2013

OMSSA Provincial Pre-budget Submission 

As noted in the OMSSA Info Alert that was sent out earlier this week, OMSSA has submitted its provincial pre-budget recommendations. The submission focuses on the role of service system management as a key tool in aligning resources with need in Ontario's communities and moving through a period of uncertainty.

OMSSA Provincial Pre-budget Submission 

As noted in the OMSSA Info Alert that was sent out earlier this week, OMSSA has submitted its provincial pre-budget recommendations.  The submission focuses on the role of service system management as a key tool in aligning resources with need in Ontario's communities and moving through a period of uncertainty. 

For full details, please read the OMSSA Pre-budget Submission: “Moving Forward Together” 

Also of interest to OMSSA members, please read AMO's 2013 Pre-Budget Submission: The Next Chapter.


 Ontario Government Moving Forward with Mental Health and Addictions Strategy  

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities announced earlier this week that Ontario is strengthening mental health services for postsecondary students across the province as part of its Mental Health and Addictions Strategy

Ten projects from across Ontario are moving forward in round one of the Mental Health Innovation Fund, including a province-wide, 24-hour-a-day, 365 days a year helpline to provide support for college and university students with mental health concerns. Kids Help Phone is working with postsecondary institutions on the service, which is expected to be in place within the next year.


 List of Ministry Chiefs of Staff in Ontario 

Below is a current list of the Chiefs of Staff (CoS) for ministries of relevance to OMSSA members:

  • Tom Teahen, CoS to Premier Kathleen Wynne, and replacement for David Livingston. Teahen previously served Wynne in the CoS capacity back when the new leader was Education minister.
  • The CoS to Aboriginal Affairs minister David Zimmer is Guy Bethell, whose background includes a stint as ED of the Ontario Liberal Party.
  • Installed as CoS to new Children & Youth Services Minister Teresa Piruzza is Caitlin McClung.
  • CoS to Michael Coteau as Citizenship & Immigration minister is Pierre Cyr.
  • Ted McMeekin’s CoS at Ministry of Community and Social Services is David Spencer, previously with John Molloy.
  • Mark Hazleden is CoS to Economic Development, Trade & Employment minister Dr. Eric Hoskins.
  • Howie Bender is Acting CoS to new Education minister Liz Sandals. He was policy director to her predecessor, Laurel Broten.
  • Tim Shortill, formerly CoS to departed Finance minister Dwight Duncan, retains that post under Charles Sousa.
  • The CoS to Government House Leader John Milloy is Rebecca MacKenzie.
  • CoS to Deputy Premier and Health & Long-Term minister Deb Matthews is Chris Carson. Carson worked with Matthews in her first portfolio, Children & Youth Services.
  • Acting CoS to Municipal Affairs & Housing minister Linda Jeffrey is Hasneet Punia.
  • Moving as CoS to her minister, Michael Gravelle, from MNR to Northern Development & Mines, is Priya Tandon.
  • CoS to Jeff Leal at Rural Affairs is Chad Walsh.
  • CoS to Seniors’ minister Mario Sergio is Ferd Longo, who held that post in Charles Sousa’s Citizenship ministry.
  • Staying as CoS to Brad Duguid, Training, Colleges & Universities minister is Andrew Block. 


OMSSA Federal Budget Analysis


As summarized in the OMSSA Info Alert that was sent out earlier this week, Federal Finance Minister, Jim Flaherty introduced the 2013-2014 budget Economic Action Plan 2013 on March 21, 2013.  Spanning 442 pages, the budget focused on job creation and growth and the intention to return to a balanced budget in 2015.  Many items will have an overall impact on Ontario’s programs, funding and capacity to respond to local economic pressures.

For full details, please read OMSSA’s Analysis of the 2013 Federal Budget.  

Other reactions of interest to OMSSA members and analysis include: 


 What are the Social Benefits of Education? 

This edition of Education Indicators in Focus, published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), explores how ECEC policies, systems and quality vary across EOCD countries.  The paper argues that education can bring significant benefits to society, not only through higher employment opportunities and income but also via enhanced skills, improved social status and access to networks and that by fully recognising the power of education, policy makers could better address diverse societal challenges.


 Upcoming OMSSA Education Opportunities! 

Developing Your Social Media Strategy 

April 26, 2013 - Kingston

April 30, 2013 - Stratford 

Sept 19, 2013 - Toronto

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How can social media help staff connect with partners to better integrate their service delivery? Attend this webinar to learn how social media can be used to engage the community to develop and refine social programs, and how to start developing a strategy to integrate social media into human services departments and organizations.

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Effective Risk Based Decision Making:

Managing Risk in Working with Community Human Services 

April 11 - 12, 2013 - Stratford

May 16 - 17, 2013 - Barrie

June 5 - 6, 2013 - North Bay

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Understand how risk management principles apply to human services, and how to apply risk management concepts to improve and support your decision making process. Attend this workshop to learn how to incorporate risk mitigation strategies into your organizational systems, strategies, and decision making practices.

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