January 31, 2013

Hello OMSSA members and friends,

I am pleased to write today and introduce to you a new member of the OMSSA staff team:

January 31, 2013

Hello OMSSA members and friends,

I am pleased to write today and introduce to you a new member of the OMSSA staff team:

Paul Lewkowicz, who has joined us as our new Policy Advisor.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geographic Analysis from Ryerson University and a Master of Arts degree in Geography from Queen’s University. Paul comes to OMSSA from the Region of Peel, where he began as a Junior Planner in the Integrated Planning Division in 2008. In 2010, Paul moved to the Human Services department where he worked as a Strategic Social Policy Analyst. Paul later assumed the position of Specialist in Strategic Planning, where he provided research, analytical, strategic planning, and facilitation support for Human Services, particularly related to early learning and child care issues. In addition to his experience at the Region of Peel, Paul has sat on the executive of a youth advocacy organization and a community association.

Paul’s knowledge of and experience in service planning, policy research and analysis, and the political environment will be an asset to his new role at OMSSA, and I know you all join me in giving him a warm welcome. Please note as well that Paul is now OMSSA’s lead staff for all networks, as well as policy task forces and committees. Members will start to meet Paul through his emails and calls, as well as at meetings. Paul can be reached at plewkowicz@omssa.com.

And speaking of talented people, I am sure you all also join me in congratulating

Lindsey Reed, CEO of the Housing Services Corporation (HSC) on a rich and influential career in the service of social housing in Ontario. Lindsey, who recently announced her retirement in April, is a strong supporter of OMSSA, and of working together to better serve municipal service managers as well as all members in the housing and human services sectors. We will no doubt miss her leadership and vision. HSC is currently recruiting for a new CEO and I look forward to working with her successor to continuing to develop our partnership with HSC in the years to come. News from Queen’s Park and Ontario

All my best, Kira

2013 Ontario Liberal Leadership Election

On January 26, 2013, Kathleen Wynne (MPP for the Don Valley West riding in Toronto) won the Ontario Liberal leadership election after defeating former Windsor MPP and cabinet minister Sandra Pupatello on the third ballot.

This is good news in terms of the business of government as the Premier-designate and her cabinet will be sworn in on February 11. The Premier-designate will name her cabinet in early February. The legislature will resume on February 19 and will be followed by a Throne Speech shortly thereafter.

The Premier-designate was first elected as an MPP in 2003 and served in Premier Dalton McGuinty’s cabinet since 2006. Prior to resigning from cabinet to run in the leadership election, Kathleen Wynne served as Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Minister of Aboriginal Affairs (2011-2012), Minister of Transportation (2010-2011), Minister of Education (2006-2010), and Chair of Cabinet (2007-2008).

The Premier-designate has identified the fiscal deficit, public transit, and improving Ontario’s social safety net as her top priorities. This includes recognizing the good work of the Commission on the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario and moving forward on the recommendations.

OMSSA will be reaching out to the Premier-designate and Ministers on our key priorities and opportunities to continue to work in strong partnership on matters of mutual concern and interest.

For more information, please see the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) communication released yesterday. Members may also be interested in viewing the Steve Paikin interview with Kathleen Wynne just after she won the Ontario Liberal leadership election convention, available here on YouTube.

Links to other media coverage:

Sun News - Balancing books, stronger social safety net a priority: Wynne

National Post - Kathleen Wynne set to officially become Ontario’s premier-designate today

Toronto Star - Kathleen Wynne begins taking power from Dalton McGuinty

CBC News - Wynne officially becomes premier designate

Ontario Leaders Congratulate Incoming Premier

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath issued a statement earlier this week congratulating Kathleen Wynne on her Ontario Liberal Leadership election win encouraging the incoming Premier to get to work on the challenges facing Ontario families and urging her to recall the Legislature without delay.

In a similar statement, PC Leader Tim Hudak offered his congratulations to the incoming Premier and acknowledged the many urgent challenges that she must confront in her new role. Hudak suggested that getting the province’s fiscal house in order and enabling job creation are urgent priorities and that the first steps to demonstrating a willingness to take action would be to recall the Legislature immediately.

Analysis of Ontario Early Years Policy Framework

On January 23, 2013, the Government of Ontario released its

Ontario Early Years Policy Framework (OEYC). The OEYC framework outlines the vision, guiding principles, and key areas for action to build a cohesive and coordinated early years system for children aged 0 to 6 years and their families. The framework is the next step to the Provincial Discussion Paper on Modernizing Child Care in Ontario. Please find OMSSA’s initial analysis of the OEYC framework here.

Government Engaging with Aboriginal Partners on a Children and Youth Strategy

Ontario is working with First Nations, Métis, Inuit and urban Aboriginal peoples to transform services for Aboriginal children and young people.

Working together with Aboriginal partners, Ontario will develop a multi-year Aboriginal Children and Youth Strategy. Responding to the recommendations from the Commission to Promote Sustainable Child Welfare and former Ontario Aboriginal Advisor, John Beaucage, the strategy will focus on building community-driven, integrated and culturally appropriate supports to help Aboriginal children and young people grow up healthy and reach their full potential.

Government Providing New Services and Supports to Help Young People Leaving CAS

The Ministry of Children and Youth Services announced new services and supports to help young people currently in and leaving the care of Children's Aid Societies (CAS) transition to adulthood and succeed. These come in response to the recently-released report from the Youth Leaving Care Working Group. News from Ottawa Resource Corner Links to current research and other resources to support OMSSA members

Changes to CMHC's Lending Programs

On January 29, 2013


the Government of Canada announced changes to CMHC’s lending programs that support existing social housing projects. The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) expects the announced changes will benefit lower-income households living in existing social housing, including individuals, families, seniors, persons with disabilities, and Aboriginal people by helping to renew Canada’s affordable housing stock.

Effective immediately, for eligible existing social housing projects that require capital repairs and renovations, the Government of Canada will be accepting the prepayment of closed CMHC mortgages with a yield maintenance prepayment penalty consistent with private lending institutions. These changes will allow non-profit and co-operative housing sponsor groups to refinance in order to undertake needed capital repairs and renovations and extend the life of their projects.

Housing Service Corporation (HSC) Hiring Chief Executive Officer

HSC is currently looking to hire a new Chief Executive Officer. The ideal candidate will have proven success in business transformation, negotiating complex contracts and contractual relationships, executing strategies for revenue growth and generation, and managing complex budgets and financial modeling. The CEO will bring an extensive network of contacts in both housing and the broader public and private sectors. With a hands-on approach, the CEO will have the ability to identify and implement new business ideas and new ways of doing business to support the organization’s mission and vision.

For a more detailed job description and application details, please visit the HSC Job Board.

OISE Extending Deadline for applications to the Early Learning Cohort Flexible PhD Program for 2013/14

The University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development, is extending the deadline to apply as an Early Learning Cohort for the September 2013/14 academic session, and encourage prospective applicants to apply now. They are hoping to recruit high impact applicants from government, academia and OMSSA Highlights News from the Association 3

the world of practice, in order to reinforce their core belief in the importance of ensuring greater reciprocity among and between the cultures of policy making, research and practice. It is anticipated that this cohort will be limited to 12 students only. Admission deadline is extended to

APRIL 15, 2013.

For more information please visit the OISE website or the Registrar’s page for details on the application process.

Ruth Atkinson Hindmarsh Award Call for Nominations 2013

The Ruth Atkinson Hindmarsh Award provides a grant of $50,000 to a charitable organization, in recognition of their efforts to significantly improve the lives of vulnerable children in Ontario.

This award celebrates organizations that lead with passion, inspire others to action and whose innovative efforts have a lasting impact on building better futures for children.

The award is jointly sponsored by the Atkinson Charitable Foundation and representatives of the Hindmarsh Family. The deadline for nominations is April 12, 2013.

Learn about the 2013 nomination process.

View past recipients.

Read about Ruth Atkinson Hindmarsh

Upcoming OMSSA Education Programs

Time Management Strategies


February 12, 2013 (2pm – 3:30pm)

March 6, 2013 (10 am – 11:30am)

April 17, 2013 (2pm – 3:30pm)

May 15, 2013 (10 am – 11:30am)

Start the year right – attend this webinar to gain the essential tips and strategies you need to manage your time more effectively.

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Motivational Interviewing

February 8, 2013 – Toronto

This interactive workshop introduces participants to the fundamental principles and techniques of motivational interviewing, a client-centered approach to stimulating positive behaviour change in health care, addictions, and mental health issues. It is also increasingly being used in corporate change management programs. Whether you work with clients or need to motivate your staff team, this workshop will be of use to you.

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The Fundamentals of Addiction

March 8, 2013 – Toronto

March 22, 2013 – Brantford

Staff who work with clients need to be able to recognize the signs of substance use and abuse, understand how to effectively help them to overcome fears about disclosing addiction problems, help someone who is ready for help and know what they can do for those who are not. This workshop will provide this knowledge and tips to help staff work effectively with clients.

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Leading and Managing Projects

March 19 – 20, 2013 – Toronto

This workshop gives you the tools and techniques to accomplish the technical aspects of project management as well as the softer skills of managing teams – skills that are needed for successful project completion.

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Ontario Works Directives Training

March 20 – 22, 2013 - Barrie

This interactive 3 day course will provide your staff the opportunity to research and apply the new Directives to real life case studies. Refresh staff’s knowledge of the Directives in preparation for the roll out of SAMS later in 2013!

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Developing eLearning Strategies for Workplace Learning

March 26-27, 2013 - Toronto

This 2-day interactive workshop will provide the tools and strategies needed to develop an eLearning strategy to incorporate into your workplace learning programs.

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