Interview on the neuroscience and art of aging leads us to ponder on “power and potential”

A down to earth talk that provides a summative integration of the social and biological approaches to aging, but much more, an attitude.  Levitin’s approach is relevant to where ever we stand and making our way in society.

See the video of the interview with Steve Pakin -here

The Dynamics of Disability: Progressive, Recurrent or Fluctuating Limitations

I think this report from Statistic’s Canada framing the dynamics of disability is a pivotal foundation in our efforts to: frame plan, understand and approach how we ensure continuity of care and transitions with systems, care planning, along with our welfare policies.

…“Continuous” is the conventional definition of disability, and is the most commonly considered definition in government social assistance programs, but the report shows that three in five people with disabilities don’t fit that conventional view. Mental health disorders, for instance, may be episodic in nature and wouldn’t fall into the traditional “continuous” definition, but could often be considered progressive, recurrent or fluctuating. …

Thanks to CMHA Ontario for advancing this, see their post here:…ics-of-disabilities/

Discussion on basic guaranteed income @ City Hall: how would it work? Learning from the Dauphin experience

Ontario Association of Social Workers – Eastern branch discussion and sharing the experience of the Dauphin Manitoba Guaranteed Income Experiment via: screening of the documentary, followed by a discussion with a panel of experts.

A Town Without Poverty; Canada’s Experiment in Guaranteed Income”

Wednesday March 4 at noon, Ottawa City Hall in the Councillors Lounge.

Ron Hikel:  Former Executive Director, Dauphin Manitoba income Experiment

Hugh Shewell: MSW, PhD Associate Professor, School of Social Work Carleton University

Linda Lalonde:  Chair of  the Ottawa Poverty Reduction Network

Our Objective:  

  • Provide information about Basic Guaranteed Income
  • Share ideas 
  • Encourage discussion about strategies for implementation of basic income

FREE SOUP KITCHEN –  bring your own mug

This event is part of our celebration of Social Work Week.

The Ottawa Basic Income Network will have an information table.

For further information contact:

 Ontario Association of Social Workers – Eastern Branch /

L’association des travailleuses et travailleurs sociaux de l’Ontario – Section de l’Est 

Heartwood House 404 McArthur Avenue, Ottawa, ON, K1K 1G8

Here is the poster for the event, please share widely: OASW Poster March 4 final (1)

Petition that “declares an affordable housing and homelessness emergency in Ottawa,” moves us beyond the “city’s” silo

I know petitions are … iffy, but strategically this could be a step to increase the focus on housing policy at various levels of government.  Useful to remember that the national homelessness strategy in the late 90’s got the political kick from people on the ground, in the cities.

  • So please consider signing the 2 minute wonder and… share with others.
  • This Ottawa campaign has had organizations endorse it as well.   Please consider nudging your organization to step forward.


(Beaver Barracks image above from the Ottawa Alliance to End Homelessness)


The City of Ottawa prides itself as being a caring and compassionate city and continually strives to be a place where people want to live, work and play; and providing access to safe, adequate, and affordable housing for everyone is fundamental to achieving that goal.

We call on Ottawa City Council to adopt Councillor McKenney’s Housing Emergency motion which:

  • declares an affordable housing and homelessness emergency in Ottawa;
  • acknowledges that we do not possess the resources to manage this crisis alone and that we must call on the Provincial and Federal governments to assist us by providing the City with an immediate increase in emergency funding for housing, housing supports and housing allowances as well as a long-term financial plan to meet the needs of the community;
  • resolves that the update to the ten-year housing and homelessness plan includes aggressive targets to:
    • preserve and increase the affordable housing supply;
    • increase access to housing affordability;
    • prevent the occurrence of homelessness and eliminate by 100 per cent chronic homelessness by 2024; and
    • ensure people are supported to achieve housing stability and long-term housing retention.

Please go to the petition here:


Canada’s era of reconciliation meets Indigenous People’s subconscious in “Our Northern Citizen”

For a glimpse of Canada’s planning and governance in play for Indigenous Peoples – useful right now take a look at this half hour documentary by the NFB in 1956 – and consider how policy development echoes and more to the point rings out to us today.

“…  subconscious sense of security in the new ways…;
…changing the Eskimo…;
… imitative skills….”

Our Northern Citizen, John Howe, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

Please see the documentary Here:

The film helps us understand the current Indigenous Peoples governance atmosphere and structure in play in Canada’s era of reconciliation as described in this post:



New British framework for community mental health reform takes a localized population health approach to build towards a national approach – helping our aspirations here in Ontario

This pithy quote from the new British framework for community mental health reform sets out similar outcomes being sought with health teams, hospitals; and perhaps ACT teams and Intensive Case Management … without walls.

… “Maximise continuity of care and ensure no “cliff-edge” of lost care and support by moving away from a system based on referrals, arbitrary thresholds, in supported transitions and discharge to little or no support. Instead, move towards a flexible system that proactively responds to ongoing care needs…”

The Community Mental Health Framework for Adults and Older Adults…and-older-adults.pdf

“The new NHS England Framework marks the end of the Care Programme Approach, a system which has been in use for almost 30 years.”

Image from article below – markus-spiske-vrbZVyX2k4I-unsplash.jpg

See a detailed explanation and analysis of the framework by Andy Bell of the Centre for Mental Health here:

NHS England’s new framework for community mental health services

Helping us to learn/research that digital “….literacies are as much about understanding the how as they are about understanding the why. …”

Jimmy Young shared some of his research on schools of social work and how they are using social media at the Council of Social Work Educators conference on his blog.   He is taking a practical approach to both learning and researching the topic; kind of an open, appreciative learning approach, I find refreshing.

…. The challenge with digital literacies in social work education is that the concept is too broadly defined, and it has not been thoroughly developed, discussed, or researched enough to provide specific guidance on what conceptual framework of digital literacies is suited to the development of professional social work skills. Teaching digital literacies needs to move beyond the skills of critical analysis to building the capacity for engaging, understanding, and communicating with others in a genuine, authentic, and ethically appropriate manner.  Digitally literacies are as much about understanding the how as they are about understanding the why. …

See the post here: