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  • April 07, 2017

5 Things Friday

What your government did for you this week

A More Transparent Police Oversight System

        Ontario will immediately begin building a more transparent and accountable police oversight  system to strengthen trust between police and the communities they serve. Last year, the province      appointed Justice Michael H. Tulloch to lead an independent review of Ontario’s police oversight system to improve the transparency and accountability of the province’s three police oversight bodies, while   ensuring their mandates are delivered effectively and efficiently. After an extensive consultation with more than 1,500 people from across the province, Justice Tulloch’s report includes 129 recommendations to help Ontario transform police oversight so it is more transparent and accountable, and has the confidence of both the public and the police.  



        Tracy MacCharles, Minister Responsible for Accessibility, announced that the government is partnering with OCAD University’s Inclusive Design Research Centre to deliver the BIG IDeA, a collaborative pilot program that celebrates successes and promotes innovations in accessibility. The BIG IDeA will help make inclusion top of mind for companies - and customers - so that accessibility becomes on integral part of Ontario’s culture.


Code for Canada

        Ontario is partnering with tech leaders to co-found Code for Canada, a new not-for-profit organization that will develop digital solutions to make government services more user-friendly and easier to access. Code for Canada will connect coders and designers with governments to enhance digital literacy and develop technology-based solutions to improve people’s lives. Code for Canada is part of a network of “Code for” organizations that operate world-wide, including in the United States, Germany and Australia.


50th Anniversary of Ontario’s College System

        In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Ontario’s College System, the province declared April 3- 9, 2017 as Colleges Week and is making a new investment in each of Ontario’s 24 publicly assisted colleges to enhance the student experience. This week, the government announced a $50 million investment to mark the historic milestone. The investment will support colleges in undertaking major initiatives that enhance student learning, such as the purchase of specialized software for teaching and new lab and shop equipment to modernize existing classrooms and labs. Part of the investment will also support the Northern Colleges Collaboration, a partnership between northern Ontario’s six public colleges to improve student access to education in the North. 

Provincial Support for Cutting-Edge Health Technologies

        This week, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, announced provincial support for cutting-edge health technologies that will improve patient care, including:

  • A new mobile device to help patients who have undergone cardiac and vascular surgery receive continuous vital sign monitoring in the hospital and at home
  • New Software to provide breast cancer patients with easy-to-access information about upcoming tests, appointments and treatment recommendations.

The grants are part of Ontario's Health Technologies Fund (HTF), which supports the development of Ontario-based health technologies that improve care for people, bring value to the health care system and create jobs.

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