“The Liberals need to know that they can’t expect to get votes on empty promises. They need to put patients first, not just say they’re going to.” — OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas
“I can’t believe that after the recent million dollar decision of the McNeil government not to privatize the motor vehicles, land and joint stock registries that [it] would even consider allowing the private sector anywhere near our health care system,” says Danny Cavanagh, NSFL President
"The result of the historic gamble on the market price of a single commodity won't be fixed in one year, given the stubbornness of the downturn, and that's what this budget acknowledges." — Elisabeth Ballermann, HSAA President
"We need more funding from the provincial government to these facilities to increase their staffing levels, and we need more monitoring in place to ensure that employers are maintaining the minimum staffing set out in the guidelines." — Sherry Ogasawara, VP in Health Services, BCGEU
"We will do all that we can to counter this court challenge that would create barriers to accessing our health care system.” — Dr. Monika Dutt, Chair of the Canadian Doctors for Medicare
Canadian Health Professionals Secretariat supports BloodWatch in its call for federal and all provincial and territorial governments to prohibit paid blood and plasma donations.
Every piece of legislation has a story and we are here to support the Government of Alberta in writing the proper ending to our three decade tragedy by banning the sale of blood and plasma.” — Bloodwatch.org
BBQ to be held to celebrate keeping mental health facility in Abbotsford open.
"We are disappointed that the Chamber came out with this report which is neither in the interests of Ontarians nor in the interests of many of the Chamber’s members.” — Natalie Mehra, executive director of the OHC
The ink is barely dry on last week’s Ontario budget and already Premier Kathleen Wynne is conceding the possibility that her government didn’t “get it right” on the sensitive issue of prescription drugs for seniors.
She’s correct: making most seniors pay more for their prescriptions is a wrong-headed approach and the sooner the government backs away from it, the better.
It’s the biggest flaw in what was generally a well-crafted budget, considering Ontario’s difficult financial situation.