Editorials, Letters & Political Commentary

MPP Jamie West urges removal of cost-prohibitive barriers to accessing Northern health care

In the final Question Period of the legislative session (June 8, 2023), NDP MPP for Sudbury, Jamie West, called on the Ford Government to remove the cost-prohibitive barriers blocking Northern Ontarians from accessing proper care through the Northern Health Travel Grant. The current system places an undue burden on individuals who must travel long distances to receive specialized health care, ...

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NDP MP Angus urges the Liberal government to start respecting First Nations children

  On Tuesday, NDP MP Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay) called on the government to start respecting Jordan’s Principle and reimburse health-care providers for their care to First Nations children. Under Jordan’s Principle, the government is legally obligated to ensure all First Nation children have access to health care, no matter where they live or the cost. Due to the Liberal ...

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NDP: Miners deserve better safety from harmful particulates at work

Jamie West (Sudbury), the NDP Critic for Labour, and Health Critic France Gélinas (Nickel Belt) issued the following statement in response to the government’s announcement today that underground Diesel Particulate Matter (DPM) in mines will be lowered from 400 to 120 mcg/mg. United Steelworkers (USW) has been asking Ford’s Conservatives to reduce this number to 20 mcg/g for years, as ...

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NDP, Truckers for Safer Highways Unify in Call for Action

NDP MPP Lise Vaugeois (Thunder Bay-Superior North) and strong advocate for safer roads in Northern Ontario, is once again urging the Ford government to take immediate action following another week of tragic accidents involving truckers in Northern Ontario. This week, a 47-year-old woman lost her life after a crash with a tanker on MR55 in the Greater Sudbury community. Vaugeois ...

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MPP Taylor keeps up fight to create new emergency alert for vulnerable persons

Monique Taylor (Hamilton Mountain), NDP critic for Children, Community, and Social Services, is fighting to pass a bill that would create a new alert for missing vulnerable persons. “This bill is an important, common-sense way to fill a gap in our existing system,” said Taylor. “In an emergency situation, when a family is frantically looking for a vulnerable loved one, ...

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Stiles: Ford’s budget fails to meet the moment

Official Opposition NDP Leader, Marit Stiles took Ford’s Conservatives to task on a budget that fails to meet the moment. Stiles has a vision of an Ontario with more opportunity and prosperity for everyone – not just for Ford’s well-connected insiders. “Ford’s Conservatives want you to think that this is the new normal – that this is as good as ...

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MPP Gates disappointed government refuses to support OHIP coverage for life saving prostate cancer test

NDP MPP Wayne Gates (Niagara Falls) has been a long-time champion of a solution to provide OHIP coverage for prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing for prostate cancer when referred by a healthcare provider. Today his important legislation failed to move forward after conservative members voted against it. “Frankly I’m disappointed, but not surprised—this has consistently been the tone of this ...

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Fiscal update shows deliberate underspending on vital services

Ontario’s third quarter fiscal update shows that Ford is deliberately starving health care and education of critical resources. NDP Finance critic, MPP Catherine Fife (Waterloo), released the following statement: “Budgets are about priorities. It’s clear from today’s fiscal update that the government has the resources and ability to invest in Ontarians and is deliberately and callously choosing not to. Over ...

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Northern Ontario NDP MPs are disappointed with changes to electoral boundaries

The Ontario Federal Electoral Boundary Commission has submitted their final report on electoral boundaries today to the House of Commons which reduces representation in Northern Ontario, according to Carol Hughes, MP for Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing, and Charlie Angus, MP for Timmins-James Bay. “With the final report, the number of ridings representing Northern Ontario are being reduced from ten to nine,” said Hughes. ...

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Empty nursing jobs in Ontario surge to 9,230

The number of vacant nursing jobs in Ontario has skyrocketed to 9,230. In the midst of health funding negotiations, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says that’s evidence that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau must build up the public health care system — not make it worse by letting Doug Ford poach nurses and doctors to work in for-profit clinics. According to Statistics ...

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