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Some of Ontario’s biggest hospitals are filled beyond capacity nearly every day, new data reveals

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

On any day, one out of six hospital beds is occupied by a patient who doesn’t need to be in hospital, but cannot be safely discharged home. This is a long-running phenomenon in health systems across Canada known as “alternate level of care” (ALC). Lengthy waits for long-term care spaces are the chief cause, but a lack of available home care and other forms of continuing care also contributes.

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Ontario to spend $90M yearly on free dental care for low-income seniors

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

The Doug Ford government says it will spend $90 million annually to provide free routine dental care to low-income seniors in Ontario…about 100,000 seniors will benefit from the program when it is fully implemented… the program aims to reduce emergency room visits by seniors suffering from dental problems and it is a part of a comprehensive provincial plan to end “hallway health care.”

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Rape crisis centres call on attorney general to reverse cuts

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

… the province phased out the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, which helped assault victims access services including psychotherapy… Under this program, brought in Oct. 1, an applicant must have visited a “victim service agency” within six months of the crime against them, or within six months of disclosing that crime to authorities.  The new system, called the Victim Quick Response Program + (VQRP+), isn’t available to victims of historical crimes.

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Home-care agencies seek key role in Doug Ford’s health reforms

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

… the government’s restructuring of the health system and the creation of the Ontario Health Teams (OHTs) can make it easier for people to be cared for at home and can shift the burden of care away from hospitals when patients truly don’t need to be hospitalized… “Many of the solutions to hospital overcrowding lie outside hospital walls,”

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Ford government’s rapid changes causing upheaval for non-profits, survey finds

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

Nearly 30 per cent of non-profits surveyed said their budgets decreased as a result of provincial changes, and another 11 per cent were still uncertain whether their budgets would be cut several months after the budget was tabled.  Some agencies surveyed raised concerns about the upheaval caused by the province abruptly changing funding commitments part-way through a non-profit’s financial year.

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Poverty costs Ontario up to $33B annually, new report says

Friday, October 4th, 2019

The study, entitled The Cost of Poverty in Ontario, examines the relationship between poverty, poor health, the justice system and lost productivity. It makes the economic case that investing in people by reducing poverty is not only socially responsible but financially sound. The loss of what’s known as “opportunity income” accounts for the largest chunk of the cost of poverty — $19.4 to $25 billion — followed by health care with $3.9 billion.

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Critics call it ‘shortsighted’ and ‘wrong’, but Ontario government moving forward with municipal funding cuts

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

Ford said some of this year’s planned cuts — to public health, child care and land ambulance funding — will take effect Jan. 1… The new plan will see all municipalities — including Toronto — pay 30 per cent of public health care costs… municipalities will also have to pay 20 per cent of the cost of creating new child-care spaces, which the province previously fully funded.

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Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax is revenue neutral… for now

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

… higher-income Canadians will only be refunded a fraction of the carbon taxes they’ll pay, while low-income Canadians, in general, will get back more than the tax costs them… It punishes people who use more energy, usually those with higher incomes, who tend to have bigger houses and more luxurious cars, or boats, or cottages, and it rewards people who use less… In general, conservatives aren’t keen on wealth redistribution. Liberals are.

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40% of Ontario full-time post-secondary students granted free tuition, CBC analysis shows

Monday, February 4th, 2019

“How many of them were able to quit a part-time job and focus solely on their studies because of this grant? How many of them didn’t need to access mental health resources this year because they weren’t worried about making ends meet?” … although 24 per cent more university students and 27 per cent more college students were issued financial aid in the 2017-18 academic year, the total number of students accessing higher education for the first time stayed virtually the same.

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‘Wealth equals health,’ Canadian doctors say

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

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Canadians earning less than $30,000 a year and have less than a high school education were more likely to describe their health as fair or poor, 16 per cent, compared with those earning $60,000 or more, six per cent, and those with a university degree or higher, seven per cent… 45 per cent, said there is too much to know about healthy eating… The same was true for physical activity levels and income… More than one in five Canadians… said they’d delayed or cancelled a dentist appointment because of financial concerns.

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