NDP demands to know how many students forced to quit college

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Ontario NDP Advanced Education Critic Peggy Sattler is demanding that the Wynne government come clean about the number of college students forced to drop out in order to receive a tuition refund for the semester damaged by Kathleen Wynne’s decision to allow a strike at Ontario’s colleges to drag out for five weeks. 

The NDP is also calling for a plan to ensure those students can get back into college and get their lives on track.

“Thanks to the length of the strike, students will need to cram five weeks of missed lessons, lab work and placement hours into just two weeks,” said Sattler. “But under the Wynne Liberals, students anxious about managing the condensed workload in one or more of their classes were forced to drop out of college entirely in order to get a refund. I think that’s wrong.

“We need to know how many students have had their lives derailed by forcing them to withdraw to get a refund, and we need plans in place now to help those students get back on track.”

During question period on Monday, Sattler called on the Wynne government to stop delaying and finally release the number of students forced to seek a tuition refund.

“Students across Ontario will forever remember 2017 as the year they gave up their dreams of a college education because of the premier’s refusal to use her influence and legislative authority to facilitate college collective bargaining,” said Sattler. “The media is reporting that thousands of college students have asked for their money back and are dropping out altogether. We don’t know exactly how many because the government is stalling on releasing the tuition refund numbers, nearly a week after the deadline.”

Wynne’s minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development committed to release the total number of students seeking a tuition refund by Dec. 7, but the Wynne government missed the deadline. Media has reported 1,232 withdrawals at St. Clair College, nearly 2,000 from Fanshawe and almost 1,200 from the five northern Ontario colleges.

“There’s likely to be another wave of withdrawals before semester two, from students who attempted the first semester but struggled with the compressed content,” said Sattler. Think of the huge loss of talent this represents.”

“Does this Liberal government have a plan to support these students to return to college?” said Sattler.

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Ontario NDP Advanced Education Critic Peggy Sattler is demanding that the Wynne government come clean about the number of college students forced to drop out in order to receive a tuition refund for the semester damaged by Kathleen Wynne’s decision to allow a strike at Ontario’s colleges to drag out for five weeks. 

The NDP is also calling for a plan to ensure those students can get back into college and get their lives on track.

“Thanks to the length of the strike, students will need to cram five weeks of missed lessons, lab work and placement hours into just two weeks,” said Sattler. “But under the Wynne Liberals, students anxious about managing the condensed workload in one or more of their classes were forced to drop out of college entirely in order to get a refund. I think that’s wrong.

“We need to know how many students have had their lives derailed by forcing them to withdraw to get a refund, and we need plans in place now to help those students get back on track.”

During question period on Monday, Sattler called on the Wynne government to stop delaying and finally release the number of students forced to seek a tuition refund.

“Students across Ontario will forever remember 2017 as the year they gave up their dreams of a college education because of the premier’s refusal to use her influence and legislative authority to facilitate college collective bargaining,” said Sattler. “The media is reporting that thousands of college students have asked for their money back and are dropping out altogether. We don’t know exactly how many because the government is stalling on releasing the tuition refund numbers, nearly a week after the deadline.”

Wynne’s minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development committed to release the total number of students seeking a tuition refund by Dec. 7, but the Wynne government missed the deadline. Media has reported 1,232 withdrawals at St. Clair College, nearly 2,000 from Fanshawe and almost 1,200 from the five northern Ontario colleges.

“There’s likely to be another wave of withdrawals before semester two, from students who attempted the first semester but struggled with the compressed content,” said Sattler. Think of the huge loss of talent this represents.”

“Does this Liberal government have a plan to support these students to return to college?” said Sattler.

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Wynne letting patients down, hospitals overcrowded heading into flu season

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In question period Monday, NDP Health critic France Gélinas said Kathleen Wynne’s continued failure to address the hospital overcrowding crisis is letting down patients and health care professionals who are bracing for flu season.

Even at Brampton Civic Hospital, where information and patient experiences keep pointing to a desperate situation, Gélinas said that the Liberals continue to break their promise to address gridlock and hallway medicine.

“Last week, Holly Pothiah went to Brampton Civic Hospital — she was diagnosed with pneumonia,” said Gélinas. “And at that scary moment, when she needed a hospital bed, she was also told that Brampton Civic was too overcrowded, and that they could not take on any more patients. Just imagine having pneumonia and being told you can’t get a hospital bed. And being told the hospital is so overcrowded, it can’t help you.

“Holly was sent by ambulance to the emergency department at Etobicoke General Hospital. That’s where she spent two days and a night in a crowded hallway with many other patients and a warning-sign rather than an isolation room.”

After revealing that 4,352 patients were treated in the hallways of Brampton Civic Hospital last year, New Democrats tabled a motion calling for an additional $30.2 million to address immediate hospital overcrowding and open two mothballed operating rooms in Brampton. While this motion passed unanimously in the legislature in November, Kathleen Wynne quickly disappointed Brampton families by backtracking on the vote. The NDP has also revealed shocking overcrowding and overcapacity statistics at hospitals throughout Ontario, showing the extent and severity of the overcrowding crisis.

“The premier’s temporary beds are not a real solution,” said Gélinas. “Holly knows that. And now respected health care experts are saying the same thing. Dr. Paul Pageau, President of the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians, says funding for the temporary beds, quote, ‘doesn’t seem to match up with what a normal hospital bed would be funded at.’

“And Dr. Doris Grinspun, CEO of RNAO, says ‘We will not succeed to staff those surge capacity beds because people want permanent full-time work’ – not part-time positions that only last a few months.”

“Why is this premier letting down people like Holly, by failing to stop the crisis of hallway medicine inside Ontario’s overcrowded hospitals?” asked Gélinas.

New Democrats have a plan that offers hope to families struggling to get the hospital care that they deserve. The NDP has pledged to fund hospitals, at a minimum, to the rate of inflation, population growth and to meet the unique needs of communities like Brampton. New Democrats have also committed to a moratorium on the firing of frontline hospital staff.

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In question period Monday, NDP Health critic France Gélinas said Kathleen Wynne’s continued failure to address the hospital overcrowding crisis is letting down patients and health care professionals who are bracing for flu season.

Even at Brampton Civic Hospital, where information and patient experiences keep pointing to a desperate situation, Gélinas said that the Liberals continue to break their promise to address gridlock and hallway medicine.

“Last week, Holly Pothiah went to Brampton Civic Hospital — she was diagnosed with pneumonia,” said Gélinas. “And at that scary moment, when she needed a hospital bed, she was also told that Brampton Civic was too overcrowded, and that they could not take on any more patients. Just imagine having pneumonia and being told you can’t get a hospital bed. And being told the hospital is so overcrowded, it can’t help you.

“Holly was sent by ambulance to the emergency department at Etobicoke General Hospital. That’s where she spent two days and a night in a crowded hallway with many other patients and a warning-sign rather than an isolation room.”

After revealing that 4,352 patients were treated in the hallways of Brampton Civic Hospital last year, New Democrats tabled a motion calling for an additional $30.2 million to address immediate hospital overcrowding and open two mothballed operating rooms in Brampton. While this motion passed unanimously in the legislature in November, Kathleen Wynne quickly disappointed Brampton families by backtracking on the vote. The NDP has also revealed shocking overcrowding and overcapacity statistics at hospitals throughout Ontario, showing the extent and severity of the overcrowding crisis.

“The premier’s temporary beds are not a real solution,” said Gélinas. “Holly knows that. And now respected health care experts are saying the same thing. Dr. Paul Pageau, President of the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians, says funding for the temporary beds, quote, ‘doesn’t seem to match up with what a normal hospital bed would be funded at.’

“And Dr. Doris Grinspun, CEO of RNAO, says ‘We will not succeed to staff those surge capacity beds because people want permanent full-time work’ – not part-time positions that only last a few months.”

“Why is this premier letting down people like Holly, by failing to stop the crisis of hallway medicine inside Ontario’s overcrowded hospitals?” asked Gélinas.

New Democrats have a plan that offers hope to families struggling to get the hospital care that they deserve. The NDP has pledged to fund hospitals, at a minimum, to the rate of inflation, population growth and to meet the unique needs of communities like Brampton. New Democrats have also committed to a moratorium on the firing of frontline hospital staff.

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Under Wynne, ‘powder keg’ conditions persist in TB jail: NDP

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Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says the Wynne Liberals are leaving staff and inmates at risk by allowing dangerous overcrowding and understaffing conditions to continue at the Thunder Bay District Jail.

“Two years ago, in 2015, a riot resulted in a hostage taking of a correctional officer at the Thunder Bay jail,” said Horwath Monday morning during question period.

“When I was in Thunder Bay last week, I learned that all of the conditions that led to the riot, the hostage taking, and the years-long isolation of Adam Capay still exist at the Thunder Bay jail.”

Staff and community members have been raising alarm bells about the 100-year old facility for years, including ongoing concerns about overcrowding, staff shortages, and inmate treatment. The facility made headlines in 2016 when it was revealed that Adam Capay, an inmate with a history of mental health issues, had been held in solitary confinement for over four years.

“The hundred year old Thunder Bay jail is not designed for the number of inmates that it houses. There are staff shortages, inadequate equipment, and no sign that this Liberal government is doing anything but pushing the problem down the road,” said Horwath.

“How much longer do the correctional officers, staff, and inmates have to continue to struggle in a jail that’s considered a powder keg? When can the people of Thunder Bay expect shovels in the ground on their new facility?”

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Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says the Wynne Liberals are leaving staff and inmates at risk by allowing dangerous overcrowding and understaffing conditions to continue at the Thunder Bay District Jail.

“Two years ago, in 2015, a riot resulted in a hostage taking of a correctional officer at the Thunder Bay jail,” said Horwath Monday morning during question period.

“When I was in Thunder Bay last week, I learned that all of the conditions that led to the riot, the hostage taking, and the years-long isolation of Adam Capay still exist at the Thunder Bay jail.”

Staff and community members have been raising alarm bells about the 100-year old facility for years, including ongoing concerns about overcrowding, staff shortages, and inmate treatment. The facility made headlines in 2016 when it was revealed that Adam Capay, an inmate with a history of mental health issues, had been held in solitary confinement for over four years.

“The hundred year old Thunder Bay jail is not designed for the number of inmates that it houses. There are staff shortages, inadequate equipment, and no sign that this Liberal government is doing anything but pushing the problem down the road,” said Horwath.

“How much longer do the correctional officers, staff, and inmates have to continue to struggle in a jail that’s considered a powder keg? When can the people of Thunder Bay expect shovels in the ground on their new facility?”

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Horwath tables bill to protect families from pre-pay hydro meters

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Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is introducing a new law to ban pre-pay hydro meters, protecting people from having the electricity cut off if they don’t feed the meter.

“When it comes to hydro bills, Kathleen Wynne has brought us one disappointment after another, from the sell-off of Hydro One to her $40-billion borrowing scheme that will send hydro bills soaring after the election,” said Horwath. “Now, the privatized Hydro One has applied for the power to install pre-pay hydro meters on people’s homes and small businesses.

“That means that families, seniors and businesses will have to keep the meter fed, or lose their power automatically.”

That plan was quietly inserted into Hydro One’s distribution rate application for 2018 to 2022. It would give the company power to replace smart meters with pre-pay meters. The Liberal government has been defending that move, despite the experience of other countries like the United Kingdom, which banned pre-pay water meters 20 years ago.

“This is what privatization looks like,” said Horwath. “Seniors living on small pensions resorting to candles and blankets when they can’t afford more credits. Parents telling their kids they can’t afford to keep the lights on. It has to be stopped.”

Horwath is concerned that the new meters would skirt the ban on winter-time disconnections, since they cut off electricity automatically if the meter isn’t fed by buying credits at a corner shop or online.

“Kathleen Wynne and Hydro One’s solution for high hydro bills is to make folks pay up-front to ensure the company comes out on top. My solution is to lower hydro bills so families can actually afford them.”

The NDP’s Protecting Hydro Consumers Act, prohibiting distributors from installing pre-pay meters anywhere in Ontario, is in addition to Horwath’s plan to cut hydro bills down by about 30 per cent for all homes and businesses, ending mandatory time of use pricing and bringing Hydro One back into public hands.

Patrick Brown and the Conservatives are offering no change for hydro. According to Brown’s platform, the Conservatives will keep Kathleen Wynne’s privatization, and her $40 billion dollar borrowing scheme, and send hydro costs soaring after the election. On Nov. 30, Brown’s Conservatives voted with the Wynne government to block an NDP motion to start bringing Hydro One back into public ownership.

 

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