GUELPH POLITICAST #360 – When Ambulances Are the Emergency

The story is familiar at this point: A Code Red is called, and there are no ambulances available to respond to an emergency. It’s a piece of the healthcare puzzle that doesn’t get a lot of attention; we sit up when we hear the words “Code Red”, or when we see those line-ups of ambulances on social media, but the problems are ongoing, and in many ways they’re the same problems affecting other aspects of our healthcare system. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #360 – When Ambulances Are the Emergency”

Schreiner Wants Action on Healthcare and Climate at Legislature Returns

Ontario’s legislators are back at Queen’s Park for the first time since the June election, and there’s a lot of work to do. That was the impression left by Guelph MPP and Green Party of Ontario leader Mike Schreiner at his inaugural press conference for this term. Going into the new session, Schreiner wants to focus on affordability, climate action, and, obviously, the healthcare staffing crisis. Continue reading “Schreiner Wants Action on Healthcare and Climate at Legislature Returns”

Healthcare Workers are “Crying Out for a Life Raft”

Another weekend in Ontario means another weekend of hospital closures as healthcare workers struggle again to cover widening gaps in the system, and they’re crying out for help. This was the message from representatives of healthcare worker unions and advocacy groups at a media availability on Friday as they laid out a five-point plan the Provincial government could take to turn the issue around right now. Continue reading “Healthcare Workers are “Crying Out for a Life Raft””

Pressure Increases on Provincial Government to Act on Healthcare Issues

After white-knuckling through a long weekend where at least 14 Ontario hospitals experienced closures or capacity issues, all eyes have turned to the Provincial government as demands get louder for immediate action. Even after a series of media interviews by the new health minister, plus a rare mid-summer appearance of the premier at an event this morning, there’s still no sign that the government is getting in a crisis mode. Continue reading “Pressure Increases on Provincial Government to Act on Healthcare Issues”

ONA Head Hoy Tells Open Sources That Ontario’s Nurses Are Fed Up

“Burnt out, tired, defeated, disrespected, not heard.” These are some of the words and terms that Cathryn Hoy used when describing the current emotional state of the people in her profession: nurses. In advance of what looked like another hard weekend at Ontario’s hospitals, we were joined by Coy, the president of the Ontario Nurses Association, on Open Sources Guelph to talking about nursing, as a political issue. Continue reading “ONA Head Hoy Tells Open Sources That Ontario’s Nurses Are Fed Up”

GUELPH POLITICAST #326 – Healthcare: A Pre-Election Podcast

Affordability has kind of hijacked the priorities this election, but once it would have been possible to see healthcare being the number one issue of the 2022 campaign. From more funding for our overburdened hospitals, getting for-profit companies out of long-term care, and expanding coverage to mental, dental and pharma coverage, nothing throws issues of healthcare under a microscope like a global pandemic! Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #326 – Healthcare: A Pre-Election Podcast”

Public Health Canada Confirms Monkeypox in Canada

Monkeypox has officially landed. It had been suspected in the Montreal area along with other locations in the U.S. and Europe, but late Thursday night, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) confirmed that there are definitely two cases of the virus in the region. Although this virus is only fatal in a very small portion of cases, the idea that this could be another public health crisis on the coat tails of a global pandemic has people concerned. Continue reading “Public Health Canada Confirms Monkeypox in Canada”

GUELPH POLITICAST #324 – Remember Autism?

Back in the early days of the Ontario government under Doug Ford it looked like their autism policy might sink them. Their initial approach to funding and support for kids with autism had the effect of uniting the entire autism lobby against them, and then the pandemic happened, and all of healthcare – from emergency to long-term care – was thrown under the microscope. So where are we on the autism file? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #324 – Remember Autism?”

RECAP: #ONelxn Candidates Face Off in Virtual Discussion on Social Justice

In the fourth local debate of this election, five of the seven Guelph candidates faced off to discuss matters of economic equality, environmental protection, and the improvement of healthcare and education. Hosted by the Guelph Coalition for Social Justice, and its member groups and agencies, it was a blockbuster 120 minutes of ideas and discussion, but don’t call it a debate. Check out the Twitter recap and the video below. Continue reading “RECAP: #ONelxn Candidates Face Off in Virtual Discussion on Social Justice”

Calandra Says His Party is Dedicated to Best Possible Long-Term Care

The pressure on Ontario’s long-term care homes has been enormous since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, which is maybe why it’s understandable that there’s been three long-term care ministers in Ontario during that time period. The province’s latest Long-Term Care Minister, Markham-Stouffville MPP Paul Calandra, was in Guelph Friday night to answer some tough questions about his recently acquired portfolio. Continue reading “Calandra Says His Party is Dedicated to Best Possible Long-Term Care”