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Ready, fire, aim: the Ford’s reckless approach on cutting costs

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

Whether it be kids with autism, students in high school music programs, people who rely on public health services, medical researchers or Toronto subway riders, the pattern is the same. The government announces a spending cut that takes everyone by surprise and then stands back as those directly involved scramble to puzzle out what just happened.Ontarians deserve better… At the bare minimum they deserve a government that figures out the effects of its actions before it pulls the trigger.

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Health units worried about province’s plans to consolidate 35 agencies into 10

Monday, May 20th, 2019

The planned transformation comes as the government lowers its public health spending, requiring municipalities to contribute millions more to their health budgets than anticipated. By 2021-2022, the provincial cut is expected to be $200 million annually… The consolidation will nonetheless mean that health units will have to serve larger geographic regions, which include communities with different needs.

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How Ontario’s cuts to public health will hurt our patients

Sunday, May 19th, 2019

We are a group of resident physicians – doctors training to be family physicians and specialists – in Ontario… we have been taught the importance of disease prevention as one of the most important tools to keep people well and out of hospital… If your government truly is committed to ending “hallway medicine” and providing the possibility of healthier lives, we urge you to reconsider the proposed significant budget cuts to Public Health.

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Ford still doesn’t understand the difference between charity and government

Saturday, May 18th, 2019

Almost a year into the job, Ford still doesn’t seem to understand the difference between an act of personal charity and the necessary role of government. If Ford is a decent citizen who spends his personal time doing good deeds in the community, that’s really great. But it doesn’t absolve him, as premier, of leading a government with policies that help people, rather than hurt them.

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Toronto, Ontario and Ottawa need to close election spending loopholes

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Premier Doug Ford exposed a vulnerability in Ontario’s laws by using his long-finished and debt-free leadership campaign to continue to raise money… Ford has also exposed the inadequacies of federal campaign advertising laws with his anti-carbon tax TV commercials… Ford also says he’s doing nothing but following “the rules.”… These rule-skirting, self-serving moves do nothing but contribute to voter cynicism about politics and politicians.

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Students will suffer the real impact of Ford’s education cuts

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

These cuts will hurt struggling students, gifted students and generally make school a lot less interesting for all students. That’s because fewer teachers doesn’t just mean fewer classes. It also means fewer coaches for sports teams and fewer people to run everything from chess club to the school yearbook… Cutting teachers and increasing class sizes means fewer options and positive experiences for high school students across the province.

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Tories slash $17M from services for victims of violence

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government has cut the budget for financial supports to help victims of violence by more than $17 million… At $163.4 billion, Finance Minister Vic Fedeli’s budget is the largest in Ontario history. But MacLeod’s department took the biggest hit, down $892 million from last year’s estimate of $17.5 billion. That was due mostly due to changes Ontario’s social assistance programs, Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program.

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Ford’s deficit hype conceals Ontario’s dirty secret

Thursday, May 9th, 2019

… Ontario already has the lowest program spending (per capita) among Canada’s 10 provinces — before Ford’s spending cuts click in… While the provincial average for revenue (per capita) is $12,373, Ontario only collects $10,415 (per capita) — a significantly smaller amount… And Ford is making the problem worse by cutting taxes a further $3.6 billion a year… Ford’s measures — despite his claim to be acting “for the people” — redirect resources from ordinary people to corporations and the rich.

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Ontario’s budget based on math, not ideology

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

People in this province understand that Ontario must either right its fiscal ship or risk becoming a fiscal failed state. The interest on debt accumulated by the previous Liberal government is the single largest cut to frontline services in Ontario’s history.This is what responsibility, fiscal balance, and protecting what matters most looks like… This is what Premier Ford and our Progressive Conservative team were elected to do.

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If you don’t have a plan for the environment, you don’t have a plan for the economy

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

Tackling climate change is a marathon, not a sprint. It requires transforming our economy, our workforce, and our communities though new thinking, smart technologies and an all-hands-on-deck effort led by youth, Indigenous peoples, farmers, entrepreneurs, investors, new Canadians and others… Our climate is changing. We can too.

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