As Ontario Crosses 10K COVID Deaths, New Report Shows Bigger Medical Impact

More than 4,000 people in Canada have died because of the effects of the pandemic on the normal delivery of healthcare in Canada. This grim news comes on the same day that Ontario has crossed the dark milestone of 10,000 deaths due to COVID-19, and in the background of the growing concern about the Omicron variant. Even without a new variant though, the Canadian Medical Association is making it clear we’ve got healthcare issues. Continue reading “As Ontario Crosses 10K COVID Deaths, New Report Shows Bigger Medical Impact”

Schreiner Demands Action on Government Impasse with Optometrists

Been to an eye doctor lately? If you’re eye care is covered by OHIP then probably not. For over a month now, the young and the old, whose eye heath is covered by government health insurance, have been stuck between that government and eye doctors, as Ontario’s optometrists demand a new deal to get their services completely covered by Queen’s Park. Guelph MPP Mike Schreiner says that enough is enough on this fight. Continue reading “Schreiner Demands Action on Government Impasse with Optometrists”

Schreiner Wants Some Action on Ontario’s Nursing Shortage

On Monday, the Ontario Legislature will get back to work after an extended summer break thanks to the fact that Premier Doug Ford prorogued the session just as the Federal Election got underway. When Members of Provincial Parliament return to Queen’s Park there will be a lot of business for them to tackle, and one of the issues that Guelph MPP Mike Schreiner wants to make a priority is nursing. Continue reading “Schreiner Wants Some Action on Ontario’s Nursing Shortage”

GUELPH POLITICAST REPEAT – The Family Health Team Story

For the second part of our two-week break here on the Guelph Politicast, we’re going to reach back to this past spring. Since the start of the pandemic, the local medical officer of health has been regular guest on the podcast with six different appearances, but there has been someone else whose contributions to the local COVID fight needs to be acknowledged, and he appeared on the podcast in March. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST REPEAT – The Family Health Team Story”

GUELPH POLITICAST #265 – COVID-19: One Year Later…

Outside of the City of Guelph or Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, it’s hard to think of a group that’s been more entwined with the day-in/day-out issues of COVID-19 than the Guelph Family Health Team. From testing to vaccination, the Family Health Team has been in the thick of it through the pandemic, and one year later it seems timely to get some insight from behind the scenes. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #265 – COVID-19: One Year Later…”

Commission Says Long-Term Care Homes Need More People, More Time

It’s one of the worst kept secrets of the pandemic that it has disproportionately affected long-term care homes and the elderly. According to the people charged with investigating those effects, 55 per cent of long-term care homes have experienced COVID-19 outbreaks, and 75 per cent of all COVID fatalities were in long-term care, and as we enter the second wave, those investigators have come forward with some immediate advice. Continue reading “Commission Says Long-Term Care Homes Need More People, More Time”

GUELPH POLITICAST #220 – Supporting Our PSWs

There are 130,000 Personal Support Workers (PSWs) in Ontario alone. They are a vital link in the healthcare chain for people that need assistance at home, or in long-term care. They assist people who are seriously ill, and the elderly, and they perform a variety of functions including help with healthcare needs, personal assistance, palliative care, supportive care, and work around the house like cooking and housekeeping. So why do we know so little about them? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #220 – Supporting Our PSWs”

Health Minister Has Vaping Concerns as London Confirms Illness

In an act of cosmic irony, Ontario’s Minister of Health issue official concerns about vaping-related illnesses Wednesday morning just hours before officials at the Middlesex-London Health Unit announced that they may have the first case of severe pulmonary illness linked to vaping in Canada. Continue reading “Health Minister Has Vaping Concerns as London Confirms Illness”

GUELPH POLITICAST #128 – Guelph Wellington Oral Health Action Committee

The saying goes, “let a smile be your umbrella,” but there are a whole lot of people out there for whom their smile is a source of grief, and not a source of relief. Before we go into Election Day, let’s hear from some people talking about one of the election issues that has not gotten a lot of press, but is nonetheless factored into every major party platform in someway: dental care. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #128 – Guelph Wellington Oral Health Action Committee”