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Ontario Trillium Foundation Backs Down From Reducing Grant Review Teams

Earlier this year, I wrote letters to residents of Dufferin-Caledon and wrote in our local papers on my concerns about the proposed changes to Grant Review Teams (GRTs) at the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). GRT volunteer members are responsible for working with local organizations as they application […]

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Government Legislation Further Risks the State of Ontario’s Health Care System

Last year Ontario’s Auditor General uncovered a number issues with the province’s 14 Community Care Access Centres (CCAC) which help arrange home and community care for patients across the province. Some of the major findings include: inconsistent levels of care across the province and 41 per cent […]

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Ontario Budget Watchdog Disagrees with Government’s Fiscal Outlook

On November 14th, the Ontario government presented the Fall Economic Statement which provides an update regarding Ontario’s finances since the 2016 Budget. In their update, the government continues to claim they will be eliminating the province’s deficit by 2017-18 and remain balanced in 2018-19. However, Ontario’s Financial […]

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Let’s Stop Genetic Discrimination

Genetic testing allows individuals and families to understand if they have a genetic marker(s) that may lead to developing certain health conditions. As well it provides a chance to participate in research studies to better understand certain health conditions and create better treatments. With approximately 33,485 genetic […]

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Local Service Programs

Local service programs offer important support for individuals in our community. One local initiative I want to recognize is the work taking place at COPE Service Dogs. In 2001 COPE Service Dogs was founded in Barrie to “provide a remarkable education program that engages communities and empowers […]

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