NDP: End discriminatory immigration policy against people with disabilities

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In order to repeal an existing law in Canada’s Immigration Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), NDP Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Critic, Jenny Kwan, is tabling a private member’s bill to remove the discriminatory clause. As it stands, Section 38(1) (c) of the Act discriminates against people with disabilities by allowing for the rejection of an entire family of applicants if one individual has a disability or medical condition.

Toronto area hospitals still in crisis mode, NDP says more needs to be done

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Horwath releases new data showing Scarborough, Toronto East hospitals are dangerously overcrowded

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath released new documents Wednesday showing that the overcrowding and hallway medicine crisis in Toronto area hospitals continues to get worse, with hospitals as full as 147 per cent in December and January.

Yet, under Kathleen Wynne, some actually had beds cut over the last year.

From Dec. 15, 2017 to Jan. 15, 2018, hospitals in both Scarborough and East Toronto were shockingly overcrowded.

“Laying on gurneys in make-shift spaces like waiting rooms or hallways is becoming the norm for Ontarians who need to go to the hospital,” said Horwath. “It’s tragic that a world-class health care system like the one we have in Ontario is struggling just to keep up. Overcrowding means painfully long waits, less patient privacy, uncomfortable conditions and concerns about infection control. This is not how care should be delivered in Ontario.”

In January, the Scarborough Hospital’s Birchmount site’s medical beds reached an alarmingly high occupancy of 147 per cent, but had 25 fewer budgeted beds for patients than this time last year – meaning the space is there, but the province no longer provides funding for operating those beds – money that’s needed to pay for things like doctors, nurses and supplies.

Toronto East Michael Garron Hospital was also well over safe capacity, hitting 119 per cent occupancy.

And Scarborough’s Centenary hospital was forced to operate its surgical beds at 115 per cent occupancy in January.

Experts say the safe occupancy limit in hospitals is 85 per cent.

“Occupancy is going up while funded beds in some hospitals are being cut,” said Horwath.

“We have to stop choosing between bad and worse. People should have a premier that shares their priorities – one that will make fixing this overcrowding crisis a priority, so that when you need to go to the emergency room, you’ll know you’re going to get the help you need right away.”

Horwath has released dozens of internal documents obtained through Freedom of Information requests since May 2016 revealing the extent of the overcrowding and hallway medicine crisis in Ontario. The last Conservative government closed 28 hospitals and fired 6,000 nurses, and Wynne’s Liberals continued down the same path – shortchanging hospitals in the current budget by at least $300 million.

Horwath has committed to hospital funding that, at a minimum, meets the rate of inflation plus population growth, and includes funding to meet the unique needs of the hospital’s community – things like aging populations.

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Toronto area hospitals still in crisis mode, NDP says more needs to be done

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Toronto area hospitals still in crisis mode, NDP says more needs to be done

Horwath releases new data showing Scarborough, Toronto East hospitals are dangerously overcrowded

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath released new documents Wednesday showing that the overcrowding and hallway medicine crisis in Toronto area hospitals continues to get worse, with hospitals as full as 147 per cent in December and January.

Yet, under Kathleen Wynne, some actually had beds cut over the last year.

From Dec. 15, 2017 to Jan. 15, 2018, hospitals in both Scarborough and East Toronto were shockingly overcrowded.

“Laying on gurneys in make-shift spaces like waiting rooms or hallways is becoming the norm for Ontarians who need to go to the hospital,” said Horwath. “It’s tragic that a world-class health care system like the one we have in Ontario is struggling just to keep up. Overcrowding means painfully long waits, less patient privacy, uncomfortable conditions and concerns about infection control. This is not how care should be delivered in Ontario.”

In January, the Scarborough Hospital’s Birchmount site’s medical beds reached an alarmingly high occupancy of 147 per cent, but had 25 fewer budgeted beds for patients than this time last year – meaning the space is there, but the province no longer provides funding for operating those beds – money that’s needed to pay for things like doctors, nurses and supplies.

Toronto East Michael Garron Hospital was also well over safe capacity, hitting 119 per cent occupancy.

And Scarborough’s Centenary hospital was forced to operate its surgical beds at 115 per cent occupancy in January.

Experts say the safe occupancy limit in hospitals is 85 per cent.

“Occupancy is going up while funded beds in some hospitals are being cut,” said Horwath.

“We have to stop choosing between bad and worse. People should have a premier that shares their priorities – one that will make fixing this overcrowding crisis a priority, so that when you need to go to the emergency room, you’ll know you’re going to get the help you need right away.”

Horwath has released dozens of internal documents obtained through Freedom of Information requests since May 2016 revealing the extent of the overcrowding and hallway medicine crisis in Ontario. The last Conservative government closed 28 hospitals and fired 6,000 nurses, and Wynne’s Liberals continued down the same path – shortchanging hospitals in the current budget by at least $300 million.

Horwath has committed to hospital funding that, at a minimum, meets the rate of inflation plus population growth, and includes funding to meet the unique needs of the hospital’s community – things like aging populations.

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Liberal rental loopholes see families pushed out of their homes

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On Tuesday, Toronto-Danforth NDP MPP Peter Tabuns issued a statement following tenant advocates calling on the Wynne Liberals to end unaffordable rent increases:

“Kathleen Wynne is letting down families who are at risk of being priced out of their own neighbourhoods. Tenants across the GTHA are now resorting to rent strikes to push back against corporate landlords who are effectively forcing lower income renters to finance their own evictions by saddling them with unaffordable costs whose main purpose is to squeeze them out, so the landlord can then raise the rent to whatever they wish.

The Wynne government voted against NDP amendments to Bill 124 that would have protected tenants from unreasonable above-guideline increases. Her government also voted against an NDP amendment that would have stopped landlords from seeking an above-guideline increase while there are outstanding repair orders. This would have stopped landlords from using unethical tactics to put pressure on tenants to move out. 

Tenants should not have to resort to rent strikes in order to be treated fairly by their landlords or their government. It’s time for a government that understands how hard it is to make rent each month and has a plan to do something about it. Andrea Horwath and the NDP will put families at the centre of affordable housing and close loopholes that allow unreasonable rent increases. We’ll fix inclusionary zoning and repair our crumbling social housing units so that all families have a place to call home. It’s time to restore hope for families struggling to afford to stay in their community and re-ignite the dream of one day owning their own home.”

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Liberal rental loopholes see families pushed out of their homes

On Tuesday, Toronto-Danforth NDP MPP Peter Tabuns issued a statement following tenant advocates calling on the Wynne Liberals to end unaffordable rent increases:

“Kathleen Wynne is letting down families who are at risk of being priced out of their own neighbourhoods. Tenants across the GTHA are now resorting to rent strikes to push back against corporate landlords who are effectively forcing lower income renters to finance their own evictions by saddling them with unaffordable costs whose main purpose is to squeeze them out, so the landlord can then raise the rent to whatever they wish.

The Wynne government voted against NDP amendments to Bill 124 that would have protected tenants from unreasonable above-guideline increases. Her government also voted against an NDP amendment that would have stopped landlords from seeking an above-guideline increase while there are outstanding repair orders. This would have stopped landlords from using unethical tactics to put pressure on tenants to move out. 

Tenants should not have to resort to rent strikes in order to be treated fairly by their landlords or their government. It’s time for a government that understands how hard it is to make rent each month and has a plan to do something about it. Andrea Horwath and the NDP will put families at the centre of affordable housing and close loopholes that allow unreasonable rent increases. We’ll fix inclusionary zoning and repair our crumbling social housing units so that all families have a place to call home. It’s time to restore hope for families struggling to afford to stay in their community and re-ignite the dream of one day owning their own home.”

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