CA Workshop Three-Part Webinar Series

The Conservation Areas Workshop Planning Committee and the Regulations Compliance Committee are proud to offer a collaborative three-part virtual workshop series this June.

This webinar series features the perspectives of various Conservation Authorities, municipal partners, public health agencies and law enforcement on the issues of homelessness and hazardous site remediation on CA lands. We will also focus on officer and field staff mental health awareness, and the current state of homelessness, addiction and mental health in Ontario.

As we cannot be together in person this year, please join our special guest presenters as we share and discuss the challenges, collaborative efforts, lessons learned, and potential solutions for a multi-dimensional issue that affects us all.

    WEBINAR #1 - Understanding the Challenge: Mental Health and Homelessness in Ontario, and an Introduction to the Regulations Compliance Committee

    Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 1-3 p.m.
    RECORDING

    Presentations:

    • Regulations Compliance Committee, Dan Hope, Land Management Supervisor, Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority
    • Understanding the Challenge: Mental Health, Addiction and Homelessness in Ontario (City of Hamilton)
      PRESENTERS:
      Cole Gately
      Diversity & Inclusion Facilitator
      City of Hamilton | Human Resources Division

      Michelle Semonovitch
      Street Outreach Coordinator
      Encampment Response Team
      Housing Services/City of Hamilton

    WEBINAR #2 - Homelessness and Encampments on Conservation Area Lands: Case Studies and Conflict Management Training Part 1

    Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 1-3 p.m.
    RECORDING


    Presentations:

    • Case Study, Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority
    • Case Study, Otonabee Region Conservation Authority
    • Conflict Management Tactics Training Part 1, Angela McKenna, Capstone Development and Training
      • Communication strategies when dealing with emotionally disturbed persons
      • Officer safety and awareness when approaching hazardous situations involving potential drug use or vulnerable persons camping on CA lands
      • De-escalation techniques in challenging or dangerous situations

    WEBINAR #3 - Homelessness and Encampments on Conservation Area Lands: Case Studies and Conflict Management Training Part 2

    Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 1-3 p.m.
    RECORDING


    Presentations:

    • Case Study 1, Grand River Conservation Authority
    • Case Study 2, Social Navigator Program Coordinator, Hamilton Police Service
    • Conflict Management Tactics Training Part 2, Angela McKenna, Capstone Development and Training
    • Scenario training – approaching encampments
    • Reinforcing TPA
    • Engaging with local Law Enforcement
    • Site remediation and health safety when responding to incidents of homelessness

    A link to join the Microsoft Teams Meeting will be emailed to you before the event. Don’t forget to register for each webinar in our three-part series.

    If you have any additional questions, please contact: caworkshop@cvc.ca

    We look forward to being together again!

    Stay safe and be well, on behalf of the CA Workshop Planning Committee,

    Tori Fisher
    Administrator, Conservation Parks
    Co-chair, Conservation Areas Workshop

    David Orr
    Superintendent, Conservation Parks
    Co-chair, Conservation Areas Workshop

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