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Improving Mental Health Supports for Ontario Kids and Families

Over 50,000 Ontario kids and their families will now have quicker and easier access to the right mental health supports, when and where they need them. Today, Ontario released a Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, which focuses on children and youth in the first three years. Supports for kids target three key areas: fast

Unity Key Theme at South Niagara Mayors’ Luncheon

Mayors from the six south Niagara municipalities spoke to a packed crowd at the Italian Canadian Cultural Centre in Port Colborne last week, providing an update about the state of the southern tier. In the photo, from left: Pelham mayor Dave Augustyn, Niagara Falls mayor Jim Diodati, Welland mayor Barry Sharpe, Wainfleet mayor April

Canadians ‘Empathetic’ To Those With Mental Illness

Most Canadians have a friend or family member with a mental illness or addiction and believe the government should do more for people struggling with such problems, a new survey has found. The Salvation Army report says most Canadians also believe there is a link between mental illness and poverty. "In previous reports that we

JHS Niagara’s Project REWIND

St. Catharines - A local program that repairs relationships and keeps kids out of court received a $139,200 cash injection from the Ontario Trillium Foundation Tuesday. Last year, Project REWIND (Restoring Events With Integrity Negotiation and Dignity) helped resolve disputes at local elementary and high schools 140 times, said Caroline Graham, youth services supervisor with

Hundreds Flock to Job Fair

Employed and unemployed alike flocked to the St. Catharines Job Gym on Tuesday in the hopes of landing one of roughly 35 positions at Lakeside Steel. As more than 500 applied a line stretched down the street for most of the day. A few possible factory jobs drew in hundreds. Upwards of 500 individuals flocked

Domestic Violence Death Review Committee Annual Report Released

The Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario presents the 2010 Annual Report of the Domestic Violence Death Review Committee. The Domestic Violence Death Review Committee (DVDRC) was established by the Office of the Chief Coroner in 2003 to investigate and review deaths involving domestic violence, and to make recommendations aimed at preventing deaths in

FAST FACTS: Bill C-10 Fact Sheet

Bill C-10, an omnibus bill, contains nine separate pieces of previously failed legislation. In addition to creating a number of new mandatory minimum sentences for a wide variety of offences, it increases the use of denunciation and longer sentences for young offenders, makes it easier for the Minister of Public Safety to deny Canadians incarcerated

Tough But Not Smart on Crime

The Harper government’s omnibus crime bill suggests that judges should be encouraged to give harsher sentences “to deter the young person from committing offences.” The intention is to “reduce barriers to custody for violent and repeat young offenders” and to encourage the use of adult sentences for youths. It’s understandable when a government attempts to