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Ford government to cap pay raises for public servants in bid to control spending

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

TheStar.com – Politics June 5, 2019.   By Robert Benzie, Rob Ferguson, Kristin Rushowy, Queen’s Park Bureau In a bid to rein in spending, Premier Doug Ford is threatening to impose a cap on pay hikes for 1 million public servants. Ford’s Progressive Conservatives on Wednesday tabled legislation that would limit annual wage increases to 1 per cent when […]

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New Ontario Health agency would overhaul ‘disconnected’ medical system, minister says

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

The promise to make a complicated system easier for patients to navigate came with the acknowledgement from Elliott and senior officials that the “transformation” will take at least three years — coinciding with the next provincial election — and with many details yet to be worked out… she announced between 30 and 50 “Ontario Health Teams” will form across the province to better co-ordinate all levels of care. Each will serve about 300,000 people in a geographic area or a specific group of patients across the province, such as children with fragile medical conditions.

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Ontario’s looming health care reforms are being rushed through to limit public scrutiny, critics say

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

TheStar.com Politics/Provincial Politics Feb. 11, 2019.   By ROB FERGUSON, Queen’s Park Bureau The Ford government’s looming health-care system “transformation” is being rushed through with little explanation to limit scrutiny by the public, the Ontario Health Coalition charges. Citing confidential draft legislation and other documents leaked to the New Democrats indicating elements of the plan — […]

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Liberals warn teachers, doctors over pay

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Apr 12 2012
Mired in debt and at risk of an election by late May, Ontario’s minority Liberal government took dead aim at teachers and doctors Thursday in a bid for public support to keep their wage hike demands to zero. Education Minister Laurel Broten warned elementary teachers of 10,000 layoffs unless they accept a pay freeze while Health Minister Deb Matthews told physicians “I am here to stand up for taxpayers.”

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Help coming for those on home-care waiting list

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Feb 10 2012
Facing continued criticisms about 10,000 people on waiting lists for home care, Health Minister Deb Matthews says changes are coming to get help to more people…. Money from home care filters down from the health ministry to local health integration networks and then community-care access centres that handle requests for care from the public before funding gets to agencies with nurses, personal support workers and other staff providing services to patients… administrative and case management costs totalled 30 per cent of the home-care budget…

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ORNGE air ambulance service now run by Ontario deputy minister

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Jan 11 2012
… top executives at ORNGE, which gets $150 million in taxpayers money a year, had set up a warren of for-profit companies in what they described as an attempt to “leverage” the public assets of a service that was created to fly sick and injured Ontario residents to hospital. Meanwhile… ORNGE was late to some emergency calls and failed to provide proper coverage in certain parts of the province… executives of the for-profit companies were called into boardrooms and told their services would no longer be needed.

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Affordable housing deal between Ottawa and Queen’s Park finally signed

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Nov 08 2011
A new $481 million program to bring new or renovated affordable housing units to about 7,000 Ontario families will only put a dent in the problem, but is nonetheless welcome, a Toronto city councillor said Tuesday… Housing advocates say about 152,000 Ontario households are on waiting lists for affordable housing and an estimated 20 per cent of tenants are paying more than 50 per cent of their income on shelter.

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Liberals promise ‘summer school’ for primary grades

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Sep 01 2011
Children in Grades 1 to 3 who are struggling with reading, writing and math could go to summer school next year if the Liberal government is re-elected… The voluntary $9 million program would create spaces in 250 schools across Ontario for 7,500 pupils who rank below the provincial average in their test scores. The tutoring would last two weeks and be offered free of charge. Teachers will help get kids “over the hump” with more solid skills on the basics as they move to higher grades.

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More Ontario JK students will get eye exams, free glasses

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

June 20, 2011
In partnership with optometrists and makers of eyeglasses, a program that waives about $300 in fees to get glasses on junior kindergarten pupils needing them will expand… the program that started in 2009 [is expected to be] rolled out province-wide by 2015. The problem is that although eye exams by optometrists are covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan for children 19 and under, about 80 per cent of kids starting school have never had their eyes tested — and statistics suggest up to one-quarter of them will have vision problems that can be corrected

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Ontario mental health system faces overhaul

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

December 29, 2010
Ontario is going to change the way its “fractured” $3 billion mental health system works so that people get steered to the help they need… follow(ing) a report from an expert advisory panel slamming the bureaucratic maze of agencies and government ministries offering a patchwork of services that often reach people too late — after they’ve had a breakdown or ended up in jail. The result is that the justice system and hospital emergency rooms get swamped with cases that could have been dealt with more effectively — and at less cost to taxpayers — in community programs.

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