Fall 2016 WithinReach Newsletter
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WithinReach Fall 2016

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Limited tickets are available for our spectacular event on November 2, 2016 at the St Elias Centre, 750 Ridgewood Ave. While participating in a great cause you will be able to enjoy a reception with live music from the Wave, a delicious three course meal, and an exciting live & silent auction. Individual tickets are only $125 and Corporate Tables are available for $1200. Get your tickets today before they sell out!

Reach would like to thank McNally Gervan LLP, TD Bank, Sage Designs, St Elias Centre, and Foord & Associates for making this event possible.
View our new Photo Gallery to preview select auction items! 
Are you a sports fan? Bid on Sens tickets donated by Fasken Martineau, autographed memorabilia from the Sens Foundation, and an exclusive, behind the scenes Toronto Raptors experience donated by CISCO! If you're an art lover, you have the chance to take home awe-inspiring pieces donated by Leonard Cohen, Jacques Desgagnés, and Galerie Jean-Claude Bergeron. Guests looking for a unique cultural experience will have the opportunity to bid on dinner at an Ambassador's Residence with generous donations from Embassy of Belgium, Embassy of the Czech Republic, Embassy of Lebanon and Embassy of Hungary. Other exciting items include a walk-on role on a CBC/Shaftesbury production, a limo tour with East Coast Limos, and gorgeous jewelry from Anne-Marie Chagnon.
Upcoming Educational Seminars

Eating Disorders - Signs, Symptoms, Stigma:  Panel of lived experience and clinicians
Wednesday October 5th, 12:00pm to 2:30pm

Featuring Wendy Preskow, Founder/President of NIED; Dr. Sarah Jane Norwood and Dr. Hien Nguyen, Anchor Psychology Services; and Nerys Parry Ottawa Writer and Mother of Two, one of whom struggles with an eating disorder

Mindfulness with regards to Mental Health Issues and Life Challenges
Thursday October 20, 2016 from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Presented by Sonia Tanguay, Registered Psychotherapist, b.mindful, Psychotherapy and Coaching Centre, Ottawa

Addictions and the Workplace
Friday November 18 from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Presented by Dr. Kim Corace, Psychologist and Director, Program Development and Research Substance Use and Concurrent Disorders Program Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre and Randy Slepchik, Barrister and Solicitor, Jewitt McLuckie & Associates LLP

Wills, Estates and Power of Attorney
Tuesday November 29 from 7pm - 9pm
Presented by Erin McNamara, Barrister and Solicitor, McNamara Law

Upcoming Educational Presentation on Wednesday October 5th:

Reach in partnership with Hopewell, a local support service and NIED*, is presenting a panel discussion on Eating Disorders - Signs, Symptoms, Stigma: Oct. 5, 2016, 12:00 pm - 2:30 p.m. This presentation will feature Wendy Preskow, Founder/President of NIED* National Initiative for Eating Disorders; Dr. Sarah Jane Norwood and Dr. Hien Nguyen, Anchor Psychological Services; and Nerys Parry, Ottawa writer and mother of two, one of whom struggles with an eating disorder. Info: Online, (613) 236-6636 or reach@reach.ca. To be held at Catholic Family Services at 310 Olmstead Street, corner of Montreal Road.

National Initiative for Eating Disorders (NIED) is a not-for-profit coalition of families with loved ones who have Eating Disorders. NIED collaborates with community groups, doctors, nutritionists, psychologists, schools, social workers, the courts, agencies and like-minded organizations to increase awareness, encourage understanding and initiate prevention of Eating Disorders.  Together, they strive to increase awareness that Eating Disorders are treatable, brain-based mental health illnesses and to decrease stigma and discrimination against individuals with Eating Disorders who deserve the same respect, support, treatment, funding, research and parity as every other physical and mental health illness in Canada.

Greetings from the Executive Director

We have a very busy Fall lineup so please save these dates and join us!

90% TICKETS SOLD for the Reach Annual Celebrity Auction! The Reach Auction Committee reminds you to be sure to reserve Wednesday November 2 for the Reach Annual Celebrity Auction. Your attendance at this event is, as always, an affirmation of your support for the excellent work that is being done by Reach to provide equality and justice for people with disabilities.

The event will be held this year at St. Elias Centre, located at 750 Ridgewood Avenue (across from Mooney’s Bay). We are most grateful to our sponsors McNally Gervan LLP and TD Canada Trust as we look forward to another exciting year. Other sponsors include Foord and Associates LLP and MacLeod and Associates.  We are most grateful to caterers from St. Elias Centre who will be providing the delicious three course meal! Masters of Ceremonies for the live auction will be Lawrence Greenspon and James Foord.

Doors open at 5:30 pm. For volunteer opportunities and to purchase tickets or tables, please visit our website. If you would like to make a donation for the auction please contact the Reach office: 613-236-6636 or reach@reach.ca.

Reach has been asked to facilitate a panel discussion at the One Young World Summit, to be held in Ottawa and for the first time ever in Canada. On October 1, a discussion on “Inclusion, Access and Disabilities in the Workplace” will take place at the Summit to a group of delegates ages 18 to 30. We are grateful for the participation of Ernie Tannis, co-founder of Reach, who will moderate the panel and discuss the Reach model, as well we are grateful to the following speakers: Ms. Linda Simpson, Performance Plus Rehabilitative Care Inc. (Ottawa); Ms. Kamilla Riabko, volunteer with Canada Mental Health Association and to Australian Michael Boscoscuro, a delegate at Conference who will address physical disabilities and the workplace.

Reach Canada Delegation Meets with Ottawa Diplomatic Association
From left to right: Josie Fleming, Reach Fundraising/Event Coordinator; His Excellency Wilmer Barrientos, Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela; Youmna, Friend of Reach; His Excellency Naif Bandir A. Alsudairy, Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia; Honorable John D. Richard, Honourary Chair of Reach; Joanne Silkauskas, Executive Director of Reach Canada and Ernest Tannis, co-founder of Reach Canada
Book launch of Disability Politics in a Global Economy: Essays in Honour of Marta Russell, October 20th, 4 pm

Dr. Ravi Malhotra, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section/Faculté de Droit, Section de Common Law, invites you to his book launch for his first anthology. Please see the attached poster. Other speakers include Richard Jochelson, Jihan Abbas and Matthew Smith. Hope to see you there.
Disabilitu Politics in a Global Economy: Essays in Honour of Marta Russell
Class Action Settlement Reached to Compensate Former Residents of Developmental Services Facilities in Ontario
Between 1876 and 2009, approximately 50,000 people with developmental disabilities were housed in 16 facilities across Ontario. On March 31, 2009, the last 3 institutions closed their doors. When the Developmental Services Act was passed in 1974, it began a transition of providing more effective support and services that focus on greater independence, social inclusion and personal choice. It took the province 35 years to transition these people away from isolated facilities, to foster greater independence and to include them in the community.
Allegations have surfaced that residents in these institutions experienced physical, psychological, emotional and sexual abuse at the hands of fellow residents and employees of the facilities. On June 16, 2014 Koskie Minsky LLP initiated lawsuits against the province on behalf of the survivors of the residential institutions.  The lawsuit, Clegg v Province of Ontario, states that the province failed to properly care for and protect the people who lived in these institutions.
While the province denies all allegations, the parties reached a settlement and on April 27, 2016, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice approved a $36 million settlement agreement that will provide compensation to individuals who resided at 11 developmental facilities in Ontario between 1963 and late 1999. The compensation procedure focuses on the harm endured by former residents of these facilities.

If a former resident was alive on or after June 16, 2012 and resided in any of the following Schedule 1 facilities between the dates listed below, that resident or immediate family member may be eligible to receive compensation from the settlement fund.
Name of Facility Location (ON) Eligible Period of Residency
Adult Occupational Centre Edgar January 1, 1966 to March 31, 1999
Bluewater Centre Goderich April 1, 1976 to December 20, 1983
D’Arcy Place Cobourg September 1, 1963 to December 31, 1996
Durham Centre for the Developmentally Handicapped Whitby April 1, 1974 to September 28, 1986
L.S. Penrose Centre Kingston April 1, 1974 to March 31, 1977
Midwestern Regional Centre Palmerston September 1, 1963 to March 31, 1998
Muskoka Centre Gravenhurst April 1, 1974 to March 31, 1994
Northwestern Regional Centre Thunder Bay April 1, 1974 to March 31, 1994
Oxford Regional Centre Woodstock April 1, 1974 to March 31, 1996
Oxford Mental Health Centre Woodstock January 1, 1969 to March 31, 1974
Pine Ridge Aurora September 1, 1963 to August 31, 1984
Prince Edward Heights Picton January 1, 1971 to December 31, 1999
St Lawrence Regional Centre Brockville April 1, 1975 to June 30, 1983

For more information about the settlement, to make a claim, or if you are unsure whether you lived at one of the institutions that fall under the settlement, you may access the following information:
Check out the website: http://www.schedule1facilities.ca
Send an email: Schedule1Facilities@crawco.ca
Call toll-free: 1-866-442-4465
Call TTY: 1-877-627-7027
Mail a letter: Schedule 1 Class Action Administrator:
3-505 133 Weber St North
Waterloo, Ontario
N2J 3G9

ARCH Disability Law Centre in Toronto is available to help you make a claim:  
Contact Person: Yedida
Phone: 1-866-482-2724
TTY: 1-866-482-2728  
In order to receive compensation, you must submit a claim to the Claims Administrator by February 28, 2017.
Reach would like to congratulate the Ontario government on appointing its first Minister for Accessibility and Tracy MacCharles for being the first Minister in this role!  Following the Federal Government appointment of Carla Qualtrough to the position of Minister for Sport and Persons with Disabilities, Ontarians with disabilities have higher official cabinet attention than ever before!
Minister MacCharles is the Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues, as well as the former Minister of Children and Youth Services.  Her experience with people with disabilities includes being the former Chair of the Ontario Accessibility Standards Advisory Council and serving on the Durham Board of Education’s Special Education Advisory Committee, as well as having a son with disabilities.
Reach wishes the Minister best of luck supporting Ontarians with disabilities now and into the future, with the further development of a fully accessible province by 2025.
Dr. Mark S. Freedman and Dr. Harry Atkins, at the Ottawa Hospital have recently completed the first clinical trial with “complete, long-term suppression of all inflammatory activity in people with MS,” says Atkins.  The rigorous procedure, complete with 13 year follow up, took place over 24 patients.  The results of the trial have were published in the prestigious medical journal “The Lancet” this past June 9.
The trial, funded to the tune of $6.47 million by the MS Society, did have two failures of liver complications, with one death as a result.  However, the treatment has since been modified to reduce liver toxicity.  Of the remaining, overwhelming majority of the treatments, 70% had a complete stop in disease progression and none had clinical relapse or new active inflammatory brain lesions

Looking to Volunteer?

“My work with Reach has been important on a personal and professional level.  Not only is it hands-on experience in a legal capacity, but I get to help people with real problems, who often tell me they have exhausted their other options.  The trust the full-time staff have put in me and my fellow volunteers is exciting and unique among other legal volunteering opportunities.  I have enjoyed my work with Reach so far and I look forward to continuing to do important work in my community through Reach.”
Greg, Law School Intern 2016, University of Ottawa
"Volunteering with Reach Canada has been tremendously rewarding. The best moments are when clients tell us how much they appreciate our services after consulting with our generous volunteering lawyers.  Reach’s continual devotion to improving access to justice is inspiring. It is an honour to work with such a committed organization. I am excited and looking forward to returning to Reach this summer. Thanks”.
Amanda, University of Ottawa law student (June 2016)
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