PSHSA Takes On Workplace Violence in Education

THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2018 KIM LITCHFIELD   Violence against workers is a real and complex issue in Ontario schools.   Based on WSIB long-term disability claims, workers in education represent 25% of all public sector workplace violence related claims. The majority of these claims are made by teachers and education assistants (EAs), however all workers…

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Mental Health What's the Issue

5 Ways to #GetLoud for Mental Health

FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2018   It’s time to #GetLoud about Mental Health.   Every May for the last 67 years, Canadian workplaces, schools and communities have come together for mental health week. Since 1951, CMHA Mental Health Week has been working to raise awareness and funds to help end the stigma associated with mental illness.  …

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7 Reasons Why We Love Nurses

WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 2018   National Nursing Week is May 7-13, 2018. In recognition of this important occasion, we wanted to share a list of the top reasons we appreciate the nursing profession and all those motivated individuals that dedicate their careers to the care of others!   1. Nurses are pretty darn smart. It…

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What Are You Doing to Address Counterproductive Behaviours?

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2018   In 2017, the Government of Canada surveyed Canadians to determine the prevalence of harassment in the workplace. According to the results, 50% of respondents experienced harassment from an individual with authority over them and 44% experienced harassment from a co-worker.   Incivility, harassment, bullying and violence are known as counterproductive…

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Day of Mourning 2018

SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2018   Every year on April 28, Canada comes together to remember those who have died, been injured or suffered illness in the workplace. The National Day of Mourning serves as an annual reminder that all workplaces should be safe, healthy environments. In this area, we know there is still a lot…

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Partner Spotlight: ORFA

THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2018   With the start of both the baseball season and the NHL playoffs, it seemed only fitting to highlight one of PSHSA’s current partners: the Ontario Recreation Facilities Association (ORFA).  ORFA is a provincially-recognized not-for-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to the benefit of the recreation facility profession in municipalities, educational institutions, First…

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Dealing with the Unthinkable

TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2018 KIM SLADE   I was sitting in a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) workshop in Kingston yesterday with the WSIB and Fire Service representatives from Vaughn, Kitchener and Kingston when the news came across my BlackBerry. It was actually an announcement from our office building saying that Yonge Street was closed due…

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