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CanadaThis Is The Actual Damage That Ford's Massive Public Health Cuts Are Doing To Ontario

20:51  20 august  2019
20:51  20 august  2019 Source:   narcity.com

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This Is The Actual Damage That Ford's Massive Public Health Cuts Are Doing To Ontario© Doug Ford | Instagram

Ontario is expected to be facing some major repercussions after yesterday's official announcement of Doug Ford's health cuts. Ontario is Canada's only province that doesn't fund 100 per cent of health programs. Now, Doug Ford is putting responsibility on already underfunded local municipalities to pay for Ontario's Public Health Units, which cover several different public health needs.

So what does that mean, exactly? Well, it means that Ontario will see cuts to vaccination programs, disease prevention initiatives, student breakfast programs, water quality testing and food inspection. Toronto Board of Health Chair Joe Cressy has called this an attack on Ontarians.

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At the moment, Ontario funds 100 per cent of some health programs, and 75 per cent of others. With yesterday's announcement, only 70 per cent of public health costs will be the province of Ontario's responsibility.

Starting in January, local municipalities will be expected to cover 30 per cent of their community's public health costs, shifting the responsibility away from the province. Toronto municipalities were originally proposed to pay 50 per cent of costs but that was revised because there was too much backlash.

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On top of that, research has shown that for ever dollar invested into public health, the health care system saves $16. Ford's strategy doesn't seem to have made its decisions based off of this research, though.

"If these cuts go ahead, many of our critical programs are at risk," Joe Cressy said to the CBC. "As is too often the case with this provincial government, they make announcements first and provide details later."

Tangible consequences to the cuts have not yet been conceivable because there are so few details about how all this is going to pan out. We know the sectors that are going to be hit, but the details of the future remain unclear.

For example, how many food inspection agents will we lose in Toronto? Will this make restaurants less safe to dine in? Will there be a declining number of daycares?  Narcity has reached out to Toronto Public Health to answer these questions and will update the story once we hear back.

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Ontario moving ahead with municipal funding cuts in 2020: Doug Ford Ontario will move ahead with some of its controversial municipal funding cuts for public health and child care next year, Premier Doug Ford is expected announce Monday at a gathering of municipal leaders in Ottawa. The Progressive Conservative government tried to force retroactive funding cuts this year but had to cancel them after municipal leaders complained their annual budgets had already passed. After Ford paused this year's planned cuts — to public health, child care and land ambulance funding — it was unclear whether they would go ahead next year. His office now says Ford will announce that some of those changes will take effect Jan. 1.

In the meantime, here are some public reactions:

"It's time for Mr. Ford to stop blaming his destructive decisions on Ontario's deficit and the previous government," said OPSEU First Vice-President Eduardo Almeida in a news release. "If Ontario's finances are so bad, this government wouldn't be giving $3.8 billion in tax handouts to the wealthy and largest corporations. That's fiscal mismanagement 101."

"They've offered 'transitional funding' to quell the backlash," said Almeida. "But it doesn't change the fact that they're ploughing through with their destructive cuts agenda and that people will suffer."

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A new Constitution for Ontario and new hope for Doug Ford.
In just over one year as Ontario Premier Doug Ford has already left a trail of cuts that would make Edward Scissorhands proud. 

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