« Older Entries |

Ontario government earmarks $40M for more mental health workers in high schools

Friday, October 11th, 2019

The $40 million doubles what the provincial government spent on student mental health two years ago and should “better prepare those people on the front lines” such as teachers and principals into handling troublesome situations and speed “early intervention and assessment,” Lecce said… 70 per cent of mental health and addiction problems begin in the teen years.

Tags: , , ,
Posted in Health Debates | No Comments »


Non-profit groups get five-year freeze on WSIB premiums

Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

… non-profit organizations are getting a financial break with a five-year freeze on their Workplace Safety and Insurance Board premiums as the Ontario government agency lowers its average premium rate for all employers by 17 per cent. The freeze will help almost 2,700 non-profits while another 1,600 will see premiums drop…

Tags: , , , ,
Posted in Inclusion Policy Context | No Comments »


Ontario boosts money for home and community care to alleviate hospital overcrowding

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

Ontario’s government is putting $11 million more than planned into home and community care this year in a bid to lower the number of patients being treated in the hallways of overcrowded hospitals, says Health Minister Christine Elliott. The money is on top of $144 million announced in the spring budget and includes $45 million aimed at “high need” areas where problems are most severe…

Tags: , ,
Posted in Health Debates | No Comments »


PC MPP who referees Ontario’s legislature wants to see better behaviour

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

Speaker Ted Arnott singles out “repeated and contrived standing ovations” in the legislature’s daily question period, noting they “do not lead us to a higher standard of parliamentary decorum.” … “No question is enhanced by a gratuitous personal insult, and no response is elevated by the dismissive avoidance of a legitimate issue raised…

Tags: ,
Posted in Governance Debates | No Comments »


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 […]

Tags: , , , ,
Posted in Governance Debates | No Comments »


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.

Tags: , , ,
Posted in Health Delivery System | No Comments »


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 — […]

Tags: , , , , , ,
Posted in Health Debates | No Comments »


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.”

Tags: , ,
Posted in Debates | No Comments »


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…

Tags: , , ,
Posted in Health Delivery System | No Comments »


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.

Tags: , ,
Posted in Health Delivery System | 2 Comments »


« Older Entries |