Christine Elliott

Unsanctioned overdose prevention site opens in Parkdale

Harm reduction activists announced the opening of an unsanctioned overdose prevention site (OPS) in Parkdale on Monday, a week after the Ontario …

Community Health

Group plans to open unsanctioned overdose prevention site in Toronto neighbourhood

TORONTO — An advocacy group says it plans to open an unsanctioned overdose prevention site in an area of Toronto that has recently been plagued by …

Public Health

Ottawa deputy mayor ‘encouraged’ by Ford’s comments, minister turnout at municipalities event

An Ottawa deputy mayor suggested the province’s municipal leaders were reassured to hear Premier Doug Ford say on Monday that the PC government …

Canada

Rosie DiManno: The merit in those safe injection sites? They save lives | The Star

There are now eight such harm reduction facilities in Toronto. Supervised consumption sites, there are three of them, are permanent locations …

La La Land

Aug. 18: #MadMaxDiscord? Plus other letters to the editor

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Canada

Globe editorial: More time wasted debating harm reduction’s merits will mean more Canadians lost to the opioid epidemic

Ontario’s Health Minister had a telling exchange with reporters this past week on the subject of her Progressive Conservative government’s decision – in the midst of Canada’s escalating opioid epidemic – to suspend the opening of harm-reduction sites for drug users.<p>Repeatedly, Christine Elliott was …

Canada

Safe injection sites are needed, but aren't enough on their own: Dr. Jeff Turnbull

Supervised injection sites save lives, but they can’t fight the overdose crisis on their own. That is among the advice Ottawa’s Dr. Jeff Turnbull …

Mental Health

Opinion | Why I am a Progressive Conservative, and proud of it

In a recent opinion piece in this newspaper, Michael Taube suggested that "today's Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario" is most certainly …

Canada

Without safe injection sites, drug users will die

Elections matter. Ontario is experiencing an epidemic of drug overdose deaths, and the results of the province’s last election stand to leave drug users to die.<p>On the campaign trail in April 2018, Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford said he was “dead against” supervised injection facilities. …

Canada

Why Ford is wrong about supervised drug-use sites

Canada is in the grips of a health emergency. Nearly 4,000 people died of drug overdoses last year, many of them succumbing to drugs laced with deadly fentanyl. More than 300 people died of overdose in Toronto alone.<p>The city got a vivid reminder of the crisis when police warned this week that seven …

Thunder Bay

Advocates blast province's freeze on injection sites amid Toronto's spike in overdose deaths

Harm reduction advocates have renewed their call for the province to reverse its decision to freeze the expansion of overdose prevention sites — a …

Canadian News

Advocates voice concern over Ontario government’s freeze on overdose-prevention sites

The Ontario government said it will not reverse a decision to stop the opening of new overdose-prevention sites despite critics saying the facilities save lives and Toronto police issuing warnings after a recent string of overdose deaths.<p>In a letter sent to Ontario’s health authorities on Friday, …

Canadian News

Toronto police warn of dangerous narcotics after seven fatal overdoses since Aug. 2

Toronto police are warning about a batch of dangerous narcotics being sold downtown after seven overdose deaths in the city since Aug. 2.<p>Police say they believe the drugs responsible are a deadly batch of fentanyl or carfentanil.<p>Fentanyl is a synthetic painkiller about 100 times stronger than …

Medicine

Selley: Ontario Tories still incoherent on sex-ed while teachers threaten to go rogue

NDP leader Andrea Horwath spoke to a mostly rapturous crowd of roughly 1,000 educators at the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario annual …

Human Rights

Christine Elliott needs to see a few more dead homeless people before she’s convinced overdose prevention sites work

TORONTO – Ontario’s Minister of Health Christine Elliott says that she’ll need to see a lot more dead homeless people before she opens three overdose …

Canadian Humour

Overdose prevention sites face uncertainty

The provincial government's announcement that it has "paused" plans to open three new temporary overdose prevention sites has thrown more uncertainty …

Public Health

Drug injection sites causing concerns in Toronto as province reviews plans for 3 more

Ontario’s new health minister is holding off on approving three planned overdose prevention sites that would allow drug users to inject themselves …

Kathleen Wynne

Decision to halt overdose prevention sites 'horrifying,' advocates say

People who work to keep drug users in Ottawa safe are harshly criticizing the Ontario government's decision to halt approvals of overdose prevention …

Public Health

Rolling back sex-ed curriculum ‘irresponsible, reckless,’ teachers’ union president says

The union representing the province's public elementary school teachers is denouncing the province's plans to scrap the current sex-ed curriculum, …

Education

Fredericton reels as police search for shooting motive

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Canadian News

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott puts 3 overdose prevention sites on hold

Ontario's health minister says the province will hold off on opening three new overdose-prevention sites intended to help fight the opioid …

Health Care (Canada)

Ontario PC government orders freeze to opening of new overdose-prevention sites

As the Ontario government reviews whether it should continue supporting supervised drug-use and overdose prevention sites, it has ordered a halt to the opening of any new temporary facilities to combat the opioid crisis.<p>According to a letter sent to the province’s health units late on Friday, the …

University of Toronto

Sudbury column: Give PCs an 'F' on sex-ed

In the five weeks since the Ontario PCs’ cabinet was sworn in, it has become increasingly apparent that when Premier Doug Ford was sloganeering about …

Canada

Doug Ford Responds To Basic Income Question By Accusing Politician Of Making A Bomb Threat

Just another day at Queen’s Park.<p>OTTAWA — Ontario Premier Doug Ford sidestepped a question about his government's decision to cancel a basic income …

Basic Income

Provincial government promises to extend funding for London’s overdose prevention site

The provincial government says it will extend funding for London’s overdose prevention site, a week before the funding was set to expire.<p>London North …

Long-Term Care

Health minister promises to work on shortcomings in First Nations

QUEEN'S PARK — Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott says she will contact her federal counterpart to discuss the need for better coordination of …

Health Care

New report urges Ontario to offer incentives to combat shortage of psychiatrists

A new report urges the Ontario government to offer incentives to psychiatrists in order to make up for a shortage it says is contributing to a growing mental health crisis across the province and the country.<p>The report, released Wednesday by the Coalition of Ontario Psychiatrists, says the province …

Mental Health

Suds over drugs: Ford Nation shows its priorities

Quietly, one day after the new government was sworn into power in late June, Health Minister Christine Elliott announced that Ontario would only pay …

Canada

Christine Elliott Should Listen To Health Care Professionals On Ontario Sex Ed, Not Ford: NDP

Nearly 1,800 health-care workers urge PCs to scrap their plans.<p>Ontario's deputy premier is "aiding and abetting" Doug Ford's "dangerous" plan to send …

Health Care

Rollback of sex-ed curriculum could harm students, Horwath and health professionals say

Nearly 1,800 health care professionals have signed a petition calling on Ontario Premier Doug Ford to stop his plan to revert to an old sex-education …

Toronto