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Mind Bending Politics: Ontario To Axe CCAC In $50 Billion Health Care Overhaul

(Nothing to see here: Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins Announces The Closure of Community Care Access Centres) The horror stories continue for the people of Ontario. Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins announced today that the government will be closing all Community Care Access Centres (CCAC) in favor of cost cutting measures, and moving the home […] . . . → Read More: Mind Bending Politics: Ontario To Axe CCAC In $50 Billion Health Care Overhaul

Defend Public Healthcare: Financial Accountability Office finds health care funding is falling short

A new report from the Financial Accountability Office (FAO) confirms the difficulties government cuts are placing on public health care in Ontario.  The FAO is a government-funded but somewhat independent office that reviews Ontario governmen… . . . → Read More: Defend Public Healthcare: Financial Accountability Office finds health care funding is falling short

Mind Bending Politics: Behaviour Experts Call Wynne’s Autism Policy Destructive

Toronto, April 20, 2016 – The Ministry of Children and Youth Services has declared that as of May 1, Ontario will no longer provide Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) to children of five years and older. A group of nine Board Certified Behavior Analysts™ (BCBAs), who are practitioners and advocates for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder […] . . . → Read More: Mind Bending Politics: Behaviour Experts Call Wynne’s Autism Policy Destructive

Mind Bending Politics: Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals With Special Needs Weighs In On Ontario’s New Autism Policy

  The Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals With Special Needs (OASIS) has just weighed in on the new Ontario Autism Policy. In a media release David Barber, President at OASIS stated: This new policy, if implemented the way it stands, sets children and their families back Barber went on to stay: Early intervention is crucial for […] . . . → Read More: Mind Bending Politics: Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals With Special Needs Weighs In On Ontario’s New Autism Policy

Mind Bending Politics: Annoyed Ontario Liberals and Wynne’s Autism Echo Chamber:

This blog will be dedicated moving forward to following the conversations and policy discussions about Ontario’s new autism policy. The discussions going on right now are a national ethical and moral issue and those across Canada should be kept up to date as much as possible. On Tuesday there was a very emotional rally at our provincial legislature […] . . . → Read More: Mind Bending Politics: Annoyed Ontario Liberals and Wynne’s Autism Echo Chamber:

Defend Public Healthcare: Ontario to cut funding for hospital infrastructure in half. Austerity bites

The Ontario government recently put out a release bragging that they will fund $50 million per year to renew existing hospital facilities. However, in her September report the Auditor General reported that Ontario hospital funding is les… . . . → Read More: Defend Public Healthcare: Ontario to cut funding for hospital infrastructure in half. Austerity bites

Mind Bending Politics: Experts Question Ontario’s New Autism Policy In Scathing Letter

(Ontario’s Minister of Children and Youth Services Tracy MacCharles Feeling The Heat On New Autism Policy) The Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA) issued a scathing letter to Tracy MacCharles who is Ontario’s Minister of Children and Youth Services over the latest policy to strip intensive behavioural therapy from thousands of Ontario kids over 5. […] . . . → Read More: Mind Bending Politics: Experts Question Ontario’s New Autism Policy In Scathing Letter

Mind Bending Politics: Kathleen Wynne’s Spouse Could Be Benefiting From Recent Changes to Autism Services In Ontario

(Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Spouse Jane Rounthwaite Worked as a Consultant in Autism Services While Parents Fought Government in Court in 2006) As the world celebrates Autism Awareness Day, parents in Ontario got extremely devastating news this past week that needed autism therapy would be no longer available after the age of 5. Back in […] . . . → Read More: Mind Bending Politics: Kathleen Wynne’s Spouse Could Be Benefiting From Recent Changes to Autism Services In Ontario

Defend Public Healthcare: Ontario loses 19,000 public sector workers while rest of Canada gains 73,000

There has been a general trend downwards in public sector employment in Ontario according to Statistics Canada. In the last two years, Ontario has lost 19,000 public sector workers, with most of the loss occurring in the last year.The downwards trend i… . . . → Read More: Defend Public Healthcare: Ontario loses 19,000 public sector workers while rest of Canada gains 73,000

Defend Public Healthcare: 37 health care findings by the Auditor General: Performance Problems

The litany of health care problems identified by the Auditor General is frightening. Here’s thirty-seven of them.Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs): Problems, Problems, ProblemsLHINs have not met performance expectations. “Most LHINs performed … . . . → Read More: Defend Public Healthcare: 37 health care findings by the Auditor General: Performance Problems

Defend Public Healthcare: Revenue up $1.2 B: Ontario overestimates deficit — for the sixth year

The Ontario government is forecasting that it will beat the deficit forecast for the sixth year in a row according to the province’s Fall Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review.The deficit for this year is forecast to be $1 billion less than forecast … . . . → Read More: Defend Public Healthcare: Revenue up $1.2 B: Ontario overestimates deficit — for the sixth year

Eh Types: Teach Your Children Well

A national newspaper referred to the “Sex-Ed problem”, regarding the ongoing curriculum dispute between the province and some parents. There is no Sex-Ed problem, there is an irresponsible parent problem. These parents are abdicating a responsibility to their children, to others as well, and it needs to stop. To parents who plan on opting their kids […]

Defend Public Healthcare: Public sector employment in Ontario is far below the rest of Canada

The suggestion that Ontario has a deficit because its public sector is too large does not bear scrutiny. Consider the following. Public sector employment has fallen in the last three quarters in Ontario.  Since 2011, public sector employment has been pretty flat, with employment up less than 4 tenths of one percent in the first half of 2015 compared with the first half of 2011.

This contrasts with public sector employment outside of Ontario which has gone up pretty consistently and is now 4.7% higher than it was in the first half of 2011.

Private sector employment has (Read more…)

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Defend Public Healthcare: Lowest health care funding increase ever?

Funding increase hits new low: The Ontario government plans health sector spending growth of 1.2% this year compared with the interim spending estimate for 2014/15.   This deepens the trend to cut health care funding increases.

($000s) 2005-6 2006-7 2007-8 2008-9 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012–13 Actual 2013–14 Interim 2014–15 Plan 2015–16 Health and Long-Term Care 32,947 35,655 38,118 40,734 43,054 44,414 46,491 47,571 48,933 50,173 50,771 % Increase 4.0% 8.2% 6.9% 6.9% 5.7% 3.2% 4.7% 2.3% 2.9% 2.5% 1.2% The average increase over the last four years is (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Defend Public Healthcare: Lowest health care funding increase ever?

350 or bust: After the hottest year on record, here’s to 2015 being a year of radical climate action.

Happy New Year! * It’s now official – 2014 was the hottest year on record for this blue planet of ours. * * This is the year that science and good climate policy will trump denial and fossil fool intransigence. I’m lucky to live in the largest Canadian province, Ontario, where last summer the newly-re-elected […]

Defending Public Healthcare: Ontario’s answer to the deficit: 35 years of revenue cuts

In a recent long-term report on the economy, the Ontario government recognized that own-source Ontario government revenue as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) has declined over the last fifteen years.  The decline is equal to 2 percentage points of the province’s GDP. That is more than $14 billion.  With that revenue, the deficit would be gone and we would have money to spare.But the government also forecasts that own-source revenue  as a percentage of GDP will continue to decline over the next twenty years as well.   

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Defending Public Healthcare: Deficit? Public spending ain’t the cause. Revenue, however…

With the election over, pressure to cut public programs has become quite intense. In almost all of the corporate owned media someone is barking on about it. Another option — increasing revenue from the wealthy is not mentioned.  However, data clearly indicates that Ontario does not have an overspending problem compared to the other provinces. But the data also indicates Ontario has very low revenue   Ontario has the lowest public spending of all the provinces on a per capita basis (see the chart from the 2014 Ontario Budget below).  So there is little reason to suspect that we have (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Defending Public Healthcare: Deficit? Public spending ain’t the cause. Revenue, however…

Defending Public Healthcare: Rest of Canada spends 23% more on hospitals than Ontario

Provincial government hospital expenditure per person in Ontario compared to the rest of Canada based on CIHI data.

A large gap has grown between what the Ontario provincial government spends on hospitals and what other Canadian provinces spend. Since 2004/5 the gap has grown from a mere $9.43 per person to $316.50 per person in 2012/13. Nine years ago, the difference was 1%. Now, the other provinces and territories (as a whole) spend  23% more per person on hospitals than Ontario does.   That is an astonishing difference. Or at least the size of (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Defending Public Healthcare: Rest of Canada spends 23% more on hospitals than Ontario

Eh Types: Why Do We Vote?

In a democracy there are almost as many reasons to vote as their are voters. Some vote out a sense of civic obligation, others vote so they can still feel entitled to complain about the results. For some one issue not only dictates why they vote but how they vote. Others still will vote out […]

somecanuckchick dot com: Dear Ontario: Section 53 is not the answer!

If you go to your polling station on June 12th and decline your ballot, you have not voted for anyone, or anything.

In fact, you have forfeited your right to vote and your vote has been suppressed.

REMEMBER: Voter suppression is a strategy to influence the outcome of an election by discouraging, or preventing people from exercising the right to vote.

The Decline Your Vote web site was launched by a Conservative and it promotes Section 53 of the Ontario Elections Act.

Section 53 of the Ontario Elections Act states:

An elector who has received a ballot and returns (Read more…)

Defending Public Healthcare: PCs health care policy: cuts, privatization, mergers, and cuts

The PCs have developed two papers on health care policy, one dated September 2012 and another (which “builds on that foundation”) dated February 2013.  Here are some key excerpts, with some commentary, starting with the 2012 paper, “Patient CentredHealth Care”. Terminate the LHINs and CCACs and turn their powers over to 30-40 “hospital hubs”:  “Build off of the existing high performing health infrastructure in 30 to 40 Ontario hospitals to create health hubs. Hubs will organize, plan and commission services for the patients in their respective regions.”  “The health hub is a simple concept. Hubs (Read more…)

Defending Public Healthcare: The lowdown on the PC plan for the public sector

Below are excerpts from the Progressive Conservative policy paper, “A New Deal for the Public Sector”.  It contains some very radical ideas that go far beyond even what former PC premier Mike Harris implemented.   Cut public spending: “To balance the budget, government spending must be cut. Just slowing the rate at which spending increases will leave a balanced  budget as a distant hope, not a real goal. Ontario does not have the luxury of time to address the problem.” Comment: Even the Mike Harris PC government increased public sector spending in its first term (by their (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Defending Public Healthcare: The lowdown on the PC plan for the public sector

Illuminated By Street Lamps: Supervised Injection In Toronto: Why The Discussion Has Screeched To A Halt

By Joe Fantauzzi @jjfantauzzi

Drug use is a multifaceted issue in urban life. Addiction can take an enormous toll on individuals and can leave the municipalities in which those people live struggling to adequately service their needs as well as the needs of the community. Supervised injection facilities, in which users consume drugs in a safe, clean space aided by sterile equipment and attendant medical professionals, have emerged as a new field of Canadian urban policy. I contend that despite medical evidence and the recommendations of medical professionals across Canada who advocate supervised injection as a harm-reducing approach to drug (Read more…)

Illuminated By Street Lamps: Temporary Foreign Workers: What Canada Must Do To Protect A Vulnerable Labour Class

By Joe Fantauzzi @jjfantauzziKey Findings and Recommendations:- Between 2003 and 2012, the number of temporary foreign workers admitted to Canada jumped from 102,932 to 213,573 — a difference of 107.5%.- Inquests are mandatory in Ontario when an on-the-job accident kills a worker employed at “a construction project, mining plant or mine, including a pit or quarry”[19] — but not in the course of agricultural work.- Effective collective bargaining must be extended to migrant workers by Parliament.- Public health benefits must be extended to workers injured in the course of their work even after (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Illuminated By Street Lamps: Temporary Foreign Workers: What Canada Must Do To Protect A Vulnerable Labour Class

Defending Public Healthcare: How Ontario public sector health care funding lags behind

The Ontario public sector spends less than almost all other provinces on health care.  And it’s falling further behind.  Over the most recent four years per capita spending increased 9.7% across Canada, but only 5.2% in Ontario.  With this, the Ontario public sector spends less per person than any other province except Quebec. Ontario public sector spending equaled $3,952 per person in 2013, but the all-Canada average was 6.3% (or $248) higher, at $4,200 per person, according to a new report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). Heading for the bottom: Quebec, (Read more…)

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