Month: November 2016

AUDITOR GENERAL SLAMS GOVERNMENT FOR LACK OF OVERSIGHT FOR CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

(Queen’s Park) –Today, Ontario’s Auditor General released her annual report for 2016 and found that after 13 years and three reports, the Ministry of Children and Youth Services is still not ensuring children and youth receive the mental health services they need. One major concern the Auditor General found is the Ministry is inadequately addressing …

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JONES CALLS ON MINISTER OF HEALTH TO FUND LIFE-CHANGING MEDICATION FOR RARE BRAIN DISEASE

(Queen’s Park) –Today, Sylvia Jones, MPP Dufferin-Caledon called on the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care to publicly-fund medication for the treatment of phenylketonuria (PKU). PKU is a rare, inherited, brain threatening metabolic disorder. For decades the only treatment for this brain-threatening condition has been a lifelong adherence to a severely restive diet. However, in …

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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 of spending by all CCACs went to administrative …

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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 Accountability Officer (FAO) says otherwise. On November 3rd, …

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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 tests available it’s important we ensure individuals are …

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JONES’ LEGISLATION TO END GENETIC DISCRIMINATION PASSES KEY VOTE

(Queen’s Park) –Today, Bill 30 – the Human Rights Code Amendment Act (Genetic Characteristics), 2016 co-sponsored by Sylvia Jones, MPP Dufferin-Caledon passed second reading in the Legislature, bringing it one step closer to becoming law. “I am happy to see Bill 30 receive the necessary support so we can protect a person’s rights including their …

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JONES CO-SPONSORS LEGISLATION TO END GENETIC DISCRIMINATION

(Queen’s Park) – On November 3rd the Ontario Legislature will be debating important legislation co-sponsored by Sylvia Jones, MPP Dufferin-Caledon that will end genetic discrimination in Ontario. “Individuals who undergo genetic testing can be compelled by insurance companies and employers to disclose their results and may be denied employment or insurance because of their genetic …

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