Ontario Liberals

The Unlikely Solution To Ontario's Child-Care Crisis

Regnard Raquedan | Posted 05.10.2017 | Canada Politics
Regnard Raquedan

As a parent in Toronto, I honestly find it a welcome development that the Ontario government is committing $200 million to create child-care spaces in its budget. Really refreshing. But it's hardly a solution to the child-care crisis that has given parents of young children additional sleepless nights.

Ontario Liberals Think Doctors Are Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Nadia Alam | Posted 04.19.2017 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

Bill 87 will make ordinary physicians afraid. Any clinical exam, any touch can be interpreted as sexual abuse. Tell me: how will I examine a breast lump? A groin hernia? A heart murmur? If Bill 87 passes unchanged, its intrusive, scorched-earth philosophy will create a paralyzing culture of fear in medicine.

How Media Shapes Government Priorities

Nadia Alam | Posted 02.24.2017 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

More than anything, I want this government to get real about managing health care. Media has a key role to play in that. Like it or not, media informs our perception of reality. Media shapes how and what the public talk about. That influences government priority. And that is why balanced journalism must be protected.

Liberals Say They Want To Talk With Ontario Doctors. Do They Mean It?

Nadia Alam | Posted 02.17.2017 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

When Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Health Minister Eric Hoskins released a joint statement promising to look at binding arbitration to the Ontario Medical Association (OMA), physicians across Ontario were shocked - and more than a little wary.

Jim Is Every Patient Ontario's Health-Care System Has Failed

Nadia Alam | Posted 01.09.2017 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

Jim's is not that uncommon a story. Each day I work, I see the reality people face: patients and family caregivers breaking under the pressure of waitlists. Ontario's "world-class" health-care system is failing the very people who paid a lifetime of taxes to prop it up.

Ontario Doctors Are Fed Up With The Province's Sham Negotiations

Nadia Alam | Posted 12.15.2016 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

Two weeks before Christmas and just as Queen's Park Legislature stops all business until February 2017, Ontario's minister of health lobbed an explosive proposal at doctors in the province. Though Ontario's physicians have been working without a contract since March 2014, the government's latest PR stunt was met with widespread fury.

Ontario Doctors Like Me Won't Play Along With Patients First Act

Nadia Alam | Posted 12.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

Ontario needs genuine health-system reform. Instead we get the Patients First Act. Doctors are hopping mad. So we are turning our backs on those who willfully ignore our warnings and our advice. They will now stand alone as their committees waste more time and taxpayer money on a sketchy health-care "transformation."

Kathleen Wynne Wants To Throw Your Money Away On Cap And Trade

Christine Van Geyn | Posted 12.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Christine Van Geyn

Based on the Auditor General's analysis, Ontario businesses are expected to send $466 million to California and Quebec under cap and trade by 2020. And by 2030, businesses will have sent about $2.2 billion. That's all money leaving the Ontario economy to achieve almost nothing. Sadly, it's just the beginning.

Ontario Liberals Propose Banning Top Staff From Fundraisers

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.09.2016 | Canada Politics

"Cash for access" concerns in Ontario.

Ontario Has Too Many Patients And Too Few Resources

Nadia Alam | Posted 12.08.2016 | Canada Living
Nadia Alam

We simply do not have enough to give everyone the care they need right when they need it. In an ideal world, we would. That is the definition of timely, universal health care. But in real-world Ontario, we are forced to triage patients and ration health care. Too many people, too few publicly-funded resources.

Bringing Social Assistance Into This Decade Can Fix Poverty Gap

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 10.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Ontario Association of Food Banks

In 1993, a single person on social assistance would receive $962 in today's dollars. The poverty gap (the difference between total income and the low-income measure) was 20 per cent. Today, that single person on Ontario Works (OW) only receives $681 and experiences a poverty gap of a startling 59 per cent.

Ontario Liberals In Public Spat With Auditor General

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.04.2016 | Canada Politics

"There has been no change to the relevant accounting standard>"

This Is The Price Of Waiting For The Ontario Liberals

Nadia Alam | Posted 09.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

The reason I care what my provincial government does is simple: health care in Ontario is in a downward spiral -- I see it everywhere, even in my small town family medicine practice. At this point, the government must step up and stabilize the situation. I've been in independent practice for seven years. In that short time, I have watched resources dwindle.

Ontario Health Minister Attempts To Sow Discord Amongst Doctors

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 08.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

It was another tumultuous week in Ontario, as the province's seemingly never-ending battle with its physicians continued. The grand Hoskins scheme now seems to be to sow discord amongst physicians so they fight amongst themselves. He knows that if physicians unite against Bill 210, as they did against the tPSA, he will never be able to succeed in implementing his plans.

Unity Is Key For Ontario Doctors To Move Toward An Agreement

Kaif Pardhan | Posted 08.22.2016 | Canada Politics
Kaif Pardhan

By rejecting the PSA, physicians have turned their backs on the proposed system of co-management. Physicians have clearly identified that they can see the failings of the system and it is critical that those perspectives are heard by government to ensure that the solutions implemented are effective.

Ontario Doctors Reject Liberals' Latest Fee Deal

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.15.2016 | Canada Politics

Health Minister Eric Hoskins said he's disappointed by the decision.

Stop The Spin And Let Ontario Doctors Vote Their Conscience

Nadia Alam | Posted 08.03.2016 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

The OMA ramped up their aggressive endorsement: ads appeared on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Calls for a balanced discussion were met with threats from the OMA: "it's either the PSA or more cuts." Rules govern how such votes occur. The OMA's methods rigged the votes towards a "yes," seemingly breaching them all.

Ontario Physicians Agreement Isn't A Good Deal, But I'm Still Voting Yes

Dr. Brenna Velker | Posted 07.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Dr. Brenna Velker

Lets be honest. The tentative Physician Services Agreement negotiated between the OMA and the Ministry is not a good deal. Anyone with any experience in negotiation, law, or with any common sense can realize that this barely qualifies as a contract. But I'm voting yes, and I strongly encourage my colleagues to do the same.

Get Mad About The Ontario Liberals' Controversial Doctor Deal

Nadia Alam | Posted 07.26.2016 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

They outsource services to the U.S. -- services that now cost more than they would if provided here. They waste much-needed health-care dollars on bureaucracy and failed ventures. They ignore ordinary people as they die on ballooning wait lists. They offer Band-Aid solutions to complex problems. This is not acceptable.

Pressure Is Needed To Make Sure Climate Action Actually Happens

Mike Schreiner | Posted 06.16.2016 | Canada Politics
Mike Schreiner

Climate change is the biggest challenge of our generation. We are running out of time to address it, as the risks and costs of the crisis grow. For far too long Queen's Park has failed to muster the political will to tackle it. The good news is that Ontario finally has a climate action plan. The not-so-good news is that many aspects of the Liberal plan are intentions to develop a plan for future actions -- a bit fuzzy, given the scale and immediacy of the problem. The even worse news is that the plan is weakest in the area that it needs to be the strongest to be effective: its carbon price.

Wynne Ridiculed By Wildrose Party During Visit To Alberta Legislature

CP | Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada Politics

"Invite Premier Wall here! Invite Premier Wall."

Canadians Need A Better Public Pension Plan Not Empty Promises

Susan Eng | Posted 05.21.2017 | Canada Politics
Susan Eng

The Trudeau government's first budget offered hope but little change on increasing the CPP in our lifetime. After extolling the virtues of the Canada Pension Plan, we're told that the finance ministers talked about enhancing the CPP last December and set a goal of making a collective decision before the end of 2016.

Ontario Liberals Must Repay Secret Funds Funneled To Unions

Christine Van Geyn | Posted 05.20.2017 | Canada Politics
Christine Van Geyn

If someone gave you $80.5 million dollars, you'd probably feel pretty good about them. You may want to shout it from the rooftops that you think they're great -- and you may even be willing to pay a million dollars or two to shout it, especially if it meant the money would keep rolling in. In essence, that's what auditor general Bonnie Lysyk found was happening in Ontario with the Wynne government's secret payments to teachers' unions. The total amounts paid by the government to teachers union organizations is astounding: since 2000, $80.5 million in taxpayer money has been funneled to teachers' organizations.

The Death Of Political Fundraising In Ontario (And My Social Life)

Peter Landry | Posted 05.19.2017 | Canada Politics
Peter Landry

The Ontario Liberal government has introduced legislation that will ban corporate, union and association political contributions and impose lower limits on those made by individuals. I am agnostic about this fundraising issue. In many ways, Ontario's current system works. All donations are made public. There are limits to how much each organization can give. Lobby rules require advocates to disclose their activities on a public registry. It is far less underground than people think.

Dewitt Lee Aims To Deliver 'Remarkable Change' To Scarborough-Rouge River

Samuel Getachew | Posted 05.19.2017 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

The two-time mayoral candidate, who capitalized on the few opportunities to debate the front runners in the Toronto mayoral races of 2010 and 2014, raised awareness of the city's social responsibility to support its most vulnerable citizens. He is now more than ever determined to galvanize his support which has grown over his two mayoral campaigns in a specific part of the city.