CCSD President & CEO Peggy Taillon to Speak at ICSW Regional Meeting June 2-4, 2014

Regional Meeting:
International Council on Social Welfare Committees
North American and Caribbean Region
June 2-4, 2014
Washington, DC

The International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW) was founded in Paris in 1928 and began its mission to advance social welfare, social justice and social development. The Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD) first joined the ICSW in 1948 and became its President in 1954.

We’re still inspired by social well-being today. CCSD’s President and CEO, Peggy Taillon, is the Canadian representative on the North American & Caribbean Region of the ICSW. She is participating and speaking at the Regional Meeting in Washington.

ICSW represents organizations in more than 70 countries and enjoys high level consultative status with the United Nations, where the organization is consulted and involved in social development issues discussed by the UN. www.icsw.org

Peggy Taillon is also featured in the April edition of the ICSW's Global Cooperation Newsletter, available in English and French.

Dublin Dialogues: Discussing the Future for Mental Health - June 16 & 17, 2014

Hosted by:
Health Service Executive, Ireland
Mental Health Commission of Ireland
International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership
Swedish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs

This unique and innovative event is framed around the theme of the future for mental health and provides an opportunity for international leaders and experts to engage in in-depth discussions and debates about the future for mental health.

June 16, 2014 2 p.m.

New Frontiers for Mental Health
What are research, evidence, practice and experience telling us?

Peggy Taillon – What addressing social determinants tells us about the future.
Professor Michael Gill (Ireland) – What neuroscience and other scientific advances tells us about the future.

This event builds on the successful collaborative discussions started in Sydney in March 2013, hosted by the National Mental Health Commission of Australia in partnership with the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

The purpose of the event in Dublin is to provide a space for longer range visioning and planning of where mental health needs to be in the future - in the next 10 years - to help respond to some of the pressures and opportunities we face now.

Community Research Connections : Solutions Agenda Part V - Mental Health

Community Research Connections has just released Part V of the Solutions Agenda, a discussion on mental health.

This conversation brought together a diverse group of researchers and practitioners to discuss the issues affecting mental health and solutions for improving mental wellbeing in communities.

Mental illness is pervasive in Canada and affects everyone, either personally or through family, friends and colleagues. However, still many people attempt to suppress what they are feeling, avoiding treatment or confiding in friends and families to avoid the stigma of mental illness, so care is difficult.

Psychologist and theologian, Marcia Webb, suggests that “[a]s a society, we shy from reminders of our frailty. If persons with mental illnesses are conceptualized as separate – as invisible within, or as intruding upon – mainstream society, then mainstream society may deceive itself and imagine that mental illness does not reflect universal truths about the human condition.”

Click here to download the complete conversation.

Why Canada has a serious data deficit

by Barrie McKenna, Globe and Mail

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Auditor General of Canada Michael Ferguson arrives for a press conference in Ottawa on Tuesday May 6, 2014.
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Forget big data. Canada needs good data.

The middle class is doing great, or maybe it’s not.

Is the country becoming more unequal, or less?

Job vacancies are falling, but employers insist they can’t find workers.

These are just a few of the critical areas where key information is missing, incomplete or contradictory.

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Smart Cities in Canada Need Dynamic Data

by Giovanna Mingarelli, Huffington Post

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For the first time in history more than half the world's population live in towns and cities. As cities become crucial to the planet's health, it's more important than ever to design, build and enrich the places in which we live, work and play.

According to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) City Science Initiative, cities will soon account for nearly 90 per cent of global population growth, they will be responsible for 80 per cent of wealth creation and they will be the source for 60 per cent of total energy consumption.

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Black Experience Project in the GTA: Phase 2 Research launches with a party

The Institute's major research initiative with the GTA Black community officially launched the research phase with a public event on March 24, 2014 at the Central YMCA in Toronto.

Close to 200 people - including partners, project volunteers and community trailblazers - gathered to celebrate, network, groove to cool jazz by Brooke Blackburn, enjoy African/Caribbean cuisine, and learn more about this groundbreaking community research initiative.

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New CIHI Report: Health System Efficiency

New CIHI Report: Measuring the Level and Determinants of Health System Efficiency in Canada

What factors affect the efficiency of Canada’s health system? Why are some of Canada’s health regions more efficient than others?

The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) examines these and other questions in a new report from the Canadian Population Health Initiative: Measuring the Level and Determinants of Health System Efficiency in Canada. Building on findings from the CIHI report Developing a Model for Measuring the Efficiency of the Health System in Canada [https://secure.cihi.ca/free_products/HSE_TechnicalReport_EN_web.pdf], this study uses a made-in-Canada model to measure health system efficiency and shed light on the factors that help explain variations in efficiency across Canada’s health regions.

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Metcalf Foundation releases report Disturbing migrant worker exploitation

The Metcalf Foundation has just released a new report: Profiting from the Precarious: How recruitment practices exploit migrant workers. Written by Innovation Fellow Fay Faraday, the report examines temporary foreign workers’ experiences of recruitment, exposes disturbing evidence of patterns of recruitment abuse, and explores inadequacies of existing legal models to protect low-wage migrant workers.

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Why Can't Canada Spend More on Mental Health?

by Steve Lurie

The World Health Organization (WHO) notes that mental illness accounts for 13% of the world’s disease burden, yet most countries under invest despite the social and economic costs of mental illness. It has been suggested that this lack of investment may be a result of stigma. A number of high income countries invest 10% or more in their mental health services. Although Canada is a high income country, its mental health spending is 7.2% according to the WHO Mental Health Atlas. This article will review the factors influencing Canada and its provinces’ under investment in mental health, compare its performance with other countries and make the case on why and how this could change.

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