Author Archives: Andrea Horwath

PSWs are overworked and underpaid

On Thursday, Doug Ford acknowledged for the first time that personal support workers (PSWs) in Ontario are overworked and underpaid — a problem that governments have caused, that everyone in Ontario has known about for ages, and that Ford could fix right now.   Despite Ford’s claims that he can’t take action now, he’s the only one that can mandate ...

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Response to Doug Ford’s commitment to keeping class sizes big in September

Andrea Horwath, Leader of the Official Opposition New Democrats, released the following statement in response to Premier Doug Ford’s news conference Wednesday, in which he defended his decision to send kids back to school with regular, large class sizes for all primary school students and many high school students. “Like many parents, teachers, educators and health experts, I was horrified ...

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NDP calls for independent Preparedness Review as preparation for second wave

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is calling on the government to conduct an independent Preparedness Review of the government response to the COVID-19 pandemic and Ontario’s readiness for a potential second wave.   “People and small businesses are doing their part to avoid a resurgence of COVID-19, but is the government doing everything it can to shield us against the health ...

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LTC announcement shows Ford’s renewed commitment to private LTC

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath released the following statement in response to Doug Ford’s long-term care announcement, in which he commits to altering the funding formula for long-term care construction:   “The announcement by Premier Doug Ford means the for-profit corporations that have failed seniors for years could get even more public money. Today feels like a re-run of years of ...

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Stage 3 plans must not take Ontario one step forward, two steps back

Official Opposition NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said safely moving into Stage 3 should come with help and support from the government.   “Ontarians have worked hard to flatten the curve. It’s because of the collective effort and sacrifice of individuals and businesses that we’ve seen a steady decline in new COVID-19 infections,” said Horwath.   “There is no question that ...

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COVID-19 recovery bill doesn’t include anything for COVID recovery

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath released the following statement in response to a Ford government omnibus bill tabled Wednesday:   “The omnibus bill the Ford Conservatives introduced today does nothing at all to help families, devastated long-term care homes, small businesses, schools and day cares, First Nations, or municipalities to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.   This bill doesn’t include a ...

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Horwath calls on Ford to address sweltering conditions in long-term care

A day after Doug Ford made the dubious claim that he didn’t know about the sweltering conditions in long-term care, Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath is calling on his government to introduce a bill requiring air conditioning in all residents’ rooms. Horwath added that the NDP would provide unanimous consent to pass such legislation today.   But in question period, ...

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Ontario NDP shares vision for better long-term care with virtual summit

Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath and the New Democrats have begun laying the foundation for a better long-term care and home care system that truly supports and enables seniors, after a successful virtual summit last night.   The summit, which had over 3,000 viewers streaming from home, brought together participants from across Ontario – from advocates and family members to ...

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Families deserve answers after fighting to get loved ones into hospital

  Family after family with a loved one in long-term care has reported being urged not to transfer a sick loved one to a hospital during the pandemic — and they deserve to know why, and that it will never happen to another family again, said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath. “We have heard from anguished daughters and sons who say ...

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Horwath and rallying families call for Ford to reverse plans to protect long-term care corps

  Official Opposition NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is joining the loved ones of those who experienced long-term care’s COVID-19 disaster to demand that Premier Doug Ford scrap his plans to protect long-term care corporations from liability. “For Doug Ford to even consider protecting the for-profit corporations that failed to protect their residents is wrong,” said Horwath. “Ontario should be standing ...

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Province must take over second Sienna long-term care home in Woodbridge: NDP

After another disastrous outbreak of COVID-19 at Vista Care Community, a Sienna-owned home in Woodbridge, the NDP is joining the frontline staff in calling for the government to take over management of the home immediately. Staff represented by SEIU Healthcare says staffing levels at the home are so dangerously low that the private manager can’t properly oversee the crisis and ...

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Horwath calls for takeover of many more than two care homes

Weeks late, the government has stepped in to take over two private for-profit long-term care facilities that are failing to protect their residents against COVID-19 — but NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says many more need to come under the direct management of the province. “For weeks, we have all heard horror stories about long-term care homes leaving residents with COVID-19 ...

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