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Mind Bending Politics: Follow up with Ontario’s Ministry of Children And Youth Services on Autism Services

  I’ve received a follow up from the Ministry of Children and Youth Services in Ontario regarding my son’s position after insisting on it regarding what we were told during the last conversation. What I received back looked like a canned response. So here it is in full. I’ll dissect the response. Dear Mr. Koblovsky: […] . . . → Read More: Mind Bending Politics: Follow up with Ontario’s Ministry of Children And Youth Services on Autism Services

Mind Bending Politics: Ministry Staffer Claims His Boss Mislead Public On Restoring Autism Funding in Ontario

  (Ontario’s Minister Of Child and Youth Services Michael Coteau (above) And Premier Kathleen Wynne called out on false statements regarding Autism funding by Ministry staffer) A few months ago, the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services announced plans to “restore” autism funding for intensive therapy. On the Ministry’s own website and press releases […] . . . → Read More: Mind Bending Politics: Ministry Staffer Claims His Boss Mislead Public On Restoring Autism Funding in Ontario

Mind Bending Politics: China’s Economic Espionage Against Canada Refuses To Be Dealt With By Government

(China’s Artificially Created Housing Bubble In Canada Set To Burst Warnings Suggest) It’s been no surprise that Canada has long been in a housing bubble. Foreign investors from China have been buying up property in Canadian cities for years, and reselling them to Canadians for way more than the property is worth. China seems to […] . . . → Read More: Mind Bending Politics: China’s Economic Espionage Against Canada Refuses To Be Dealt With By Government

Mind Bending Politics: Ontario’s New Autism Policy Not Going Over Well With Parents

(Ontario’s new autism policy lipstick on a pig, rather than implementing needed changes) With the Ontario Government announcing major funding initiatives over the past few months, it looks like autism services are not high on its priority list. Back in March, the Ontario government announced that it was going to do away with much needed […] . . . → Read More: Mind Bending Politics: Ontario’s New Autism Policy Not Going Over Well With Parents

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.   

The plan is to cut Ontario government revenue (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Defending Public Healthcare: Ontario’s answer to the deficit: 35 years of revenue cuts

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…)