NDP call for emergency debate following layoff announcements from Alberta Health Services
On Saturday, the official Opposition says these job losses will be a direct violation of a promise that Kenney made on the campaign trail. "The premier stood in front of the TV cameras this past spring and signed a giant placard saying that he would not endanger healthcare in the province of Alberta."Jason Kenney lied to Albertans, he's breaking his promise," Shepherd said. READ MORE: UCP Leader Jason Kenney wants to explore private health-care options Shepherd is referencing a promise that has been circulating on social media that Premier Kenney made during the provincial election campaign.
“ These are political choices , not necessities, and they can be changed,” Mehra said. Ottawa public health nurse Christa Poirier was one of the several hundred people who attended Saturday’s rally . She said the provincial government’s plan to scale back its public health funding and amalgamate 35
David Cameron, you wanted to create the 'big society' – this is the big society. The big society united against what your government is doing to our country. Hundreds of thousands rally at TUC protest march. More than 250,000 people marched to Hyde Park to protest against government spending cuts .
From public health to paramedics, calls for more — not less — funding from the provincial government for a range of health-care services dominated a Saturday rally at TD Place arena.
It was the last in a series of rallies organized across the province by the Ontario Health Coalition, an umbrella group comprising more than 400 member organizations. Natalie Mehra, the coalition’s executive director, said they were primarily protesting measures they believed the province was planning to implement or had already implemented: public health funding cuts and health unit amalgamation; funding cuts to hospitals and long-term care; and eliminating some local ambulance services.
Premier accused of 'arrogance' over possible health-care job cuts
Alberta NDP Opposition Leader Rachel Notley accused Premier Jason Kenney of arrogance Monday after public sector unions were put on notice last week that thousands of workers may lose their jobs over the next three years. At a joint Edmonton news conference with the United Nurses of Alberta (UNA) and the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA), Notley said the job losses could affect 8,000 paramedics, lab technicians, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and other health-care workers.
+ WINNIPEG — Hundreds of nurses from across the province gathered in the Manitoba legislature protesting cuts to health services Wednesday afternoon. The’Putting Patients First’ rally is protesting the recent closures to emergency room departments and other healthcare cuts .
Gatineau fire services File photo / Postmedia. Share Adjust Comment Print. Five people were displaced by an intense fire at a Gatineau home on Saturday ' These are political choices :' Rally against health - care cuts draws hundreds Historic Rideau Hall skating rink opens for the season.
“These are political choices, not necessities, and they can be changed,” Mehra said. “We cannot cut our way to prosperity.”
Ottawa public health nurse Christa Poirier was one of the several hundred people who attended Saturday’s rally. She said the provincial government’s plan to scale back its public health funding and amalgamate 35 health units into 10 was “very frustrating,” for the health workers affected and for the public.
From vaccinations to health inspections to support for growing children and parents, “As a public health nurse, we do prevention,” Poirier said. “It prevents people from getting injuries, it prevents people from being sick, it prevents people from going to hospitals. And then we see that Doug Ford is also deciding to cut hospital staff … I don’t understand what the plan is for Canadians. How can you do this?”
Rachel Notley calls for one-on-one debate with Kenney on healthcare cuts
The leader of the Official Opposition is calling on Jason Kenney to a one-on-one debate, following what the NDP call "devastating" public health care cuts."We know the UCP want to hide from the serious consequences of their health care to Alberta families. That’s why these cuts came out after the budget debate," Rachel Notley said in a Facebook post.
Hundreds of nurses and other front-line workers rallied at the Manitoba Legislature Wednesday about planned government cuts they say could "compromise safe patient care" in the province. About 600 nurses protested outside the Manitoba Legislature Wednesday about cuts to health care .
Workers, students and health care providers discuss the impact of the destruction of health care on their communities. The World Socialist Web Site spoke with workers and young people who attended the Pittsburgh rally against the cuts to health care being pushed by the Trump administration.
It was a question also on the minds of Rachael Moutoussidis and Catherine Larocque, nurses at the Queensway Carleton Hospital and The Ottawa Hospital’s General Campus, respectively,
Ford’s current plan “is not going to work, it’s not realistic,” Moutoussidis said.
“We’ve seen over the past few years increases in our ratios, unsafe care. Sometimes we can have 10 to 12 patients and we can’t even provide the basic levels of care,” Larocque said. “Professionally we worry about our licenses, we worry about our patients’ well-being, and it causes incredible amounts of stress.”
While the province has increased hospital funding, it hasn’t matched the rate of inflation, forcing institutions to do more with less.
Public high schools in Ontario closed today as teachers hold one-day strike
TORONTO — Hundreds of thousands of high school students will be out of class Wednesday as their teachers hold a one-day strike to protest the lack of progress in contract talks between their union and Premier Doug Ford's government. The Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation, which represents about 60,000 public high school teachers and support workers, said the government had not put forward any constructive proposals during theThe Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation, which represents about 60,000 public high school teachers and support workers, said the government had not put forward any constructive proposals during the negotiation process.
Cuts to health care funding would mean a devastating loss of jobs and services . While these programs face uncertainty, in 2017, President Trump led The tax cut will likely be funded by cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, which assist hundreds of thousands in West Virginia’s Third
The Moscow health department this week held round table discussions with medical professionals, while Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin offered the doctors a one-off severance A petition adopted at the end of Sunday’s rally called for the resignation of Mayor Sobyanin and top Moscow health officials.
“People recognize that money’s a scarce resource these days, especially for services. I think we’ve come to a place where it’s gotten so incredibly bad that people are in this fight-or-flight mode, where if it’s like, ‘If I don’t advocate for myself, I will lose my job,'” Larocque said.
Such advocacy continued from different players in the health care sector throughout Saturday’s rally. One speaker, paramedic Norm Robillard, emphasized problems with offload delays and “Level Zero,” meaning when a paramedic service had no ability to transport patients. “Paramedics are kept hostage in hospital corridors,” Robillard said, making the case for increased funding.
Calls to stop cuts and better resource services aren’t just coming from the health care sector.
This past week, Ontario teachers and school support staff conducting a one-day strike expressed many of the same concerns about increasing professional demands while resources and compensation lag behind or get cut. A parent of children with autism also spoke Saturday, urging a quicker transition to a needs-based program 10 months after the province announced now-infamous changes to the Ontario Autism Program that would have significantly reduced funding for some families.
Liberals move to deliver tax cut they say will help 20 million Canadians
The Liberal government is taking steps to deliver on its campaign promise to lower taxes for Canadians as its top priority for the parliamentary agenda. Today, Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled a notice of a motion in the House of Commons that proposes to amend the Income Tax Act to boost the Basic Personal Amount (BPA) exemption — the amount you can earn before you start paying taxes — by almost $2,000, which means the first $15,000 earned will be tax free.The tax cuts will be phased in over four years beginning in 2020.
Hundreds of Manitoba nurses rally against health - care cuts . NDP health critic Matt Wiebe called the choice the government is giving Manitobans "an absolutely terrible situation." He said the government's proposal " is essentially holding a gun to the heads of Manitobans and telling them to
The Ontario Health Coalition is calling on the Ontario Government to not make cuts to health care after its fall economic update. But the coalition fears it could lead to health care cuts . “ This review should not be privatizing our services or restricting our access or merging and consolidating hospitals
“We stand in solidarity with people fighting the education cuts, the autism cuts … all of the cuts,” Mehra said. “We’re suffering from the decline in our public services that benefit everybody.”
As for where she’d like to see the money come from to reverse cuts and boost funding for services, Mehra said the government had fiscal mechanisms at its disposal and needed to make choices about where it was choosing to spend taxpayer dollars: from government advertising to corporate tax cuts.
“Taxes are the price of civilization, and we’re saying everyone should pay their fair share.”
With files from Joanne Laucius and Elizabeth Payne
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