Author: Paul

  • Share Your Internet Access with Neighbours

    Share Your Internet Access with Neighbours

    Some of our neighbours haven’t been able to afford Internet access at home for a long time. Their kids have had to make do with free, open WiFi connections to the Internet that’s been made available at their school or local library, coffee shops and fast food restaurants, friends’ and relations’ houses, and so forth.…

  • Information on COVID-19 Cases: Ontario Government Begins Moving Again

    Information on COVID-19 Cases: Ontario Government Begins Moving Again

    Yesterday I shared some concerns about Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) efforts to inform the public about confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the province. Today the MOHLTC began to address those concerns. The MOHLTC is now committing to provide a more detailed epidemiological summary of COVID-19 cases in the province every…

  • Information on COVID-19 Cases: Ontario Government is Falling Behind

    Information on COVID-19 Cases: Ontario Government is Falling Behind

    The Ontario government’s Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) has been posting twice daily (at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.) updates on the status of COVID-19 cases in the province. The updates have included (1) a statistical summary of province-wide COVID-19 testing to date and (2) some basic information about new confirmed positive…

  • Choose Life

    An agreement struck in 2017 between Indigenous Services Canada and the Nishnawbe Aski Nation on faster funding for suicide prevention projects is “making a huge impact,” says NAN Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler. What’s known as the Choose Life initiative created a streamlined and quick turn-around process for First Nations that are part of the Nishnawbe Aski…

  • Disinfo – Friday, December 6, 2019

    A guide to fighting lies, fake news, and chaos online, The Verge, December 2019. Inside the hate factory: How Facebook fuels far-right profit, The Guardian, December 2019. UK trade leaks: Operators keen to hide their identities leaked UK/US trade documents in a similar fashion to Russian operation “Secondary Infektion” exposed in June 2019, Graphika Report,…

  • OHRC News Centre

    Annual Reports (Excerpts) A Bold Voice: Annual Report 2016-2017 Starting in a “good way”: towards trusting relationships with Indigenous peoples Our strategic focus: The OHRC will embody human rights by engaging in and sustaining trusting relationships with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities and groups. These relationships will be built on dignity and respect, and…

  • Lies, damned lies, and waitlist statistics

    Lies, damned lies, and waitlist statistics

    The Government of Ontario is rightly in the soup for having justified (if not designed) its utter disruption of the province’s services for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder on the basis of a single, apparently known-to-be-inflated statistic (23,000 kids sitting on a waitlist). The sad irony is that service providers have long been exaggerating…

  • What young people can do to look after their own mental health

    What young people can do to look after their own mental health

    Today the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families launched its self-care web page containing eighty-five mental health self-care activities for young people. The self-care resource was developed by the Common Room and young people from the mental health support group Hearts & Minds. Young people report that when they are struggling with their mental health they are usually…

  • Ontario’s “super health agency” must be open

    Ontario’s “super health agency” must be open

    Yesterday, The Star reported that the Ontario government is considering a plan to consolidate more than twenty healthcare agencies into one “super agency”. The goal would be improving the integration of health services while trimming a bloated bureaucracy. One of the agencies under review is Health Quality Ontario (HQO). Recently, I expressed concern about HQO’s…

  • A young person’s guide to inpatient mental health care

    A young person’s guide to inpatient mental health care

    Young people sometimes go into hospital for their mental health, to help them get the right level of care and support to help them on their way to recovery. A thoughtful guide – published today by Young Minds (UK) – explains what happens in a mental health unit, who you might meet, and how they…

  • “Wise Interventions”​: Economical alternatives to EBPs in Youth Mental Health?

    “Wise Interventions”​: Economical alternatives to EBPs in Youth Mental Health?

    Wise interventions (WIs) are precise, theory- and research-based techniques that address specific psychological processes to help people flourish across diverse life domains. WIs emphasize subjective meaning-making: how people make sense of themselves and social worlds. In turn, they can spur changes in beliefs and behavior in ways that accrue over time. In controlled studies and field…

  • Children and Youth Mental Health Services: The NHS’s Five Year Plan

    Children and Youth Mental Health Services: The NHS’s Five Year Plan

    Introduction Last week the NHS published its Long Term Plan for health services in England. The plan recognizes the significance of mental health challenges among children and youth (0 to 18 years), including: Mental health problems often develop early and, between the ages of 5-15, one in every nine children has a mental disorder. Half…

  • Health Quality Ontario: Access Denied

    Health Quality Ontario: Access Denied

    Ontario’s Open Data Directive is intended to maximize access to government data by requiring all data to be made public, unless it is exempt for legal, privacy, security, confidentiality or commercially-sensitive reasons. From time to time, I’ve collaborated with officials in Ontario’s Treasury Board Secretariat, (e.g. Visualizing the Ontario Government’s Open Data Initiative). I’ve also…