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Premier Ford cries poor but subsidizes $700 million for fossil fuel consumption

Monday, August 5th, 2019

In the last year alone, Ontario provided nearly $700 million in subsidies for fossil fuel consumption… No one wants to see public dollars wasted, least of all the Government of Ontario. If it takes the opportunity to buckle down on fossil fuel subsidies and reinvest those millions wisely, not only will it set the province on a path to a more sustainable future, it will also prove itself to be Canada’s vanguard for smart, fiscal efficiency.

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Ontario must fund the fixes to long-term care homes

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

Ford’s administration has pumped up the provincial deficit and fears of it to such heights that it makes spending money seem like a failure of government rather than a proper and necessary response to public need… there’s no excuse for the Ford government to delay concrete improvement by claiming the whole system needs to be revamped… Changes designed to prevent another healthcare serial killer also provide a path to improve the quality of life in these homes.

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Ottawa finally challenging Ford government’s plan to cancel out-of-country medical coverage

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

The federal health minister noted correctly that the Ontario government’s decision, which is due to take effect Oct. 1, was “inconsistent” with the Canada Health Act, the law governing medicare. That law sets out the criteria that provinces must meet to be eligible for federal medicare funding. One criterion is portability — the requirement that provincial medicare plans cover residents who are temporarily travelling elsewhere in Canada or abroad.

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Money has never been cheaper. Should Ottawa be borrowing more?

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

Ultralow interest rates are a problem, but also an opportunity. Borrowing has never been cheaper. If the federal government were to increase borrowing, only for a short period and only to fund one-off items such as new education facilities or transit infrastructure, it could finance that at very low costs, locked in for decades.

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Ontario government apologizes for autism program changes; needs-based model won’t launch until next April

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

Todd Smith, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, acknowledged for the first time on Monday that changes to the autism program announced earlier this year were poorly conceived. “It’s clear to me that we didn’t get the redesign right the first time. I’m here to tell you we will now”… He added: “We are certainly sorry for the anxiety this has caused parents across Ontario.”

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Cuts to legal clinics a sinister plan to harm the most vulnerable

Monday, July 29th, 2019

Band-aid solutions are not the answer to address systemic issues, so the clinics saw their work as demolishing systemic barriers. Changes in ODSP, housing, employment insurance, and employment equity are directly correlated to the significance of legal clinic organizers building power… Legal clinic boards are not stewards of austerity or executioners of their already pared-down budgets: they should pride themselves of their role as defenders of the public good and of the welfare of their communities.

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Ontario must not leave accused people high and dry

Monday, July 29th, 2019

In yet another display of indifference by the Ford government towards those who can’t afford a lawyer, the province has failed to close a legal loophole so that paralegals and student-staffed legal clinics can continue to serve clients in certain criminal cases… The Ford government has already stripped funds from legal aid… there’s no reason to further restrict access to the current level of affordable or free legal representation

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Ontarians pay their doctors $12 billion a year. So why can’t they know where their taxpayer money is going?

Sunday, July 28th, 2019

“We have a great shortage of doctors in needed areas like geriatrics, rehabilitation medicine and family medicine, at least in part because those doctors are underpaid relative to other specialties,” Glazier said. “Having the right mix of specialties to serve the population matters to everyone who cares about our health system and population health.”

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Mental health reform in Ontario is no easy matter

Friday, July 26th, 2019

Without innovative new approaches to treatment, the rising cost curve will place unprecedented pressure on already soaring health budgets… Experience shows that CBT yields impressive results with far shorter treatments, and can be delivered by other regulated health care practitioners, not just psychiatrists.

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Here’s why the Liberals won’t brag about closing tax loopholes

Friday, July 26th, 2019

Morneau learned the hard way that raising taxes (or closing loopholes), unless in a manner that targets only a small number of extremely rich people, is a tricky business. However unfair or ineffective the loopholes, there will always be vociferous opposition to their closing, not least when those who have benefited most can well afford the best lobbyists.

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