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Ontario Hansard - 18-May2021

PETITIONS

OPTOMETRY SERVICES


Ms. Laura Mae Lindo: I have a petition from Clear Vision Eye Care optometry practice and Grand River Eye Care entitled “Petition to Save Eye Care in Ontario.

“To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

“Whereas the Ontario government has underfunded optometric eye care for 30 years; and

“Whereas the government only covers an average of 55% of the cost of an OHIP-insured visit, the lowest rate in Canada; and

“Whereas optometrists must absorb the other 45% for the over four million services delivered annually under OHIP; and

“Whereas optometrists have never been given a formal negotiation process with the government; and

“Whereas the government’s continued neglect resulted in 96% of Ontario optometrists voting to withdraw OHIP services beginning September 1, 2021;

“We, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows:

“To instruct the Ontario government to immediately commit to legally binding, formal negotiations to ensure any future OHIP-insured optometry services are, at a minimum, funded at the cost of delivery.”

I fully support this petition. I will affix my signature to it and send it to the Clerk.

COVID-19 RESPONSE


Mr. Jim McDonell: “To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

“Whereas new mutations of COVID-19—known as variants of concern (VOC)—originating in other parts of the world are the main drivers of the devastating third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, and are currently entering both Canada and the province of Ontario by way of international travel; and

“Whereas the provincial government has taken decisive action to stop the spread of new COVID-19 variants by closing interprovincial land and water borders and by instituting a first-in-Canada program of mandatory on-arrival COVID-19 testing for international flights; and

“Whereas further action is needed from the federal government to restrict international travellers who are at heightened risk of spreading COVID-19 and variants of concern from entering the province of Ontario; and

“Whereas the United Kingdom has placed restrictions on 43 countries versus our federal government’s list of just two countries; and

“Whereas since February, over 50,000 travellers have tested positive at Canadian airports;

“Whereas during the first two weeks of April, more than 150,000 travellers crossed our land borders; and

“Whereas the Premier has repeatedly requested from the federal government increased measures, travel restrictions and the closure of international travel loopholes;

“We, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows:

“To immediately, through all means at the disposal of the government, petition the federal government to take swift and decisive action to curb all non-essential international travel to protect Ontario’s public health care system from the unprecedented strains currently facing it if current trends are left unchecked.”

I agree with this petition and will pass it to the usher.

INJURED WORKERS


Ms. Peggy Sattler: I have a petition to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario entitled “Workers’ Comp is a Right.” It reads:

“Whereas about 200,000 to 300,000 people in Ontario are injured on the job every year; and

“Whereas over a century ago, workers in Ontario who were injured on the job gave up the right to sue their employers, in exchange for a system that would provide them with just compensation; and

“Whereas decades of cost-cutting have pushed injured workers into poverty and onto publicly funded social assistance programs, and have gradually curtailed the rights of injured workers; and

“Whereas injured workers have the right to quality and timely medical care, compensation for lost wages and protection from discrimination;

“We, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to change the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act to accomplish the following for injured workers in Ontario:

“(1) Eliminate the practice of ‘deeming’ or ‘determining,’ which bases compensation on phantom jobs that injured workers do not actually have;

“(2) Ensure that the WSIB prioritizes and respects the medical opinions of the health care providers who treat the injured worker directly;

“(3) Prevent compensation from being reduced or denied based on ‘pre-existing conditions’ that never affected the worker’s ability to function prior to the work injury.”

I fully support this petition. I will affix my signature and send it to the Clerks.

SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY


Mr. Dave Smith: I have a petition entitled “Christopher’s Law Amendment Act, 2020.

“To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

“Whereas the government of Ontario’s top priority always has been and will continue to be the safety of its citizens; and

“Whereas our neighbourhoods, schools and charities that work with vulnerable people deserve the resources to be safe; and

“Whereas we need to strengthen the tools available in order to keep our children safe; and

“Whereas our government has zero tolerance for sexual abuse of Ontario’s students and children, and we will continue to take any and all measures possible to protect Ontario’s most vulnerable;

“Whereas, if passed, Christopher’s Law Amendment Act, 2020, would require the ministry to make the information recorded on the Sex Offender Registry available to the public in accordance with the regulations;

“Therefore we, the undersigned petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows: That the Legislative Assembly of Ontario vote on and pass the Christopher’s Law Amendment Act, 2020, immediately.”

I endorse this entirely. I will affix my name to it and pass it down to the table.

GOVERNMENT ANTI-RACISM PROGRAMS


Ms. Jennifer K. French: I have an important petition entitled “Ontario Needs an Anti-Racism Secretariat.

“To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

“Whereas for more than 30 years, government reports have uniformly concluded that a concrete and detailed strategy is needed to combat racism in Ontario;

“Whereas anti-racism reports consistently recommend the collection of race-based data to ensure accountability in racial equity programming;

“Whereas the three-year strategic plan on anti-racism has been shelved and there is currently no minister responsible for anti-racism;

“We, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to create and fully resource an anti-racism secretariat to pursue the anti-racism work that is urgently needed across Ontario.”

I wholeheartedly support this. I will affix my signature and send it to the Clerks.

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ANTI-RACISM ACTIVITIES


Mr. John Fraser: I have a petition here from Holly Harold, who is a student in Madame Françoise’s grade 5 class from the southeast elementary virtual campus in Ottawa. “Kindness petition

“To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

“Whereas there have been several religious institutions in Ottawa targeted by racist and anti-Semitic graffiti; and

“Whereas many of our friends are feeling frightened and alone because of these hateful words; and

“Whereas we want to show the world that the hate seen in Ottawa does not reflect the people of our city; and

“Whereas we believe that everyone is welcome in our community; it is the diversity of our city that makes it so wonderful;

“We, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly as follows:

“That all members of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario stand up and speak out against all forms of hate and discrimination and stand together in love and kindness.”

I agree with this petition, Speaker. I’m signing it and sending it over to you.

ROAD SAFETY


Mr. Dave Smith: I have a petition to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.

“Whereas Ontario’s roads and highways are among the safest in North America; and

“Whereas section 172 of the Highway Traffic Act prohibits acts of dangerous stunt driving and street racing actions on our public roads; and

“Whereas, since 2015, stunt driving and street racing offences have been trending upward, putting other road users at risk; and

“Whereas from summer 2020 to the present, Ontario has seen a sharp spike in the number of section 172 offences committed on our roadways;

“Therefore, we petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows:

“To call on the government of Ontario to increase the penalties associated with offences committed under section 172 of the Highway Traffic Act by passing Bill 282, Moving Ontarians More Safely Act, 2021.”

I endorse this petition. I will sign my name to it and send it to the table.

GOVERNMENT ANTI-RACISM PROGRAMS


Ms. Suze Morrison: I have a petition entitled “Ontario Needs an Anti-Racism Secretariat.

“To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

“Whereas for more than 30 years, government reports have uniformly concluded that a concrete and detailed strategy is needed to combat racism in Ontario;

“Whereas anti-racism reports consistently recommend the collection of race-based data to ensure accountability in racial equity programming;

“Whereas the three-year strategic plan on anti-racism has been shelved and there is currently no minister responsible for anti-racism;

“We, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to create and fully resource an anti-racism secretariat to pursue the anti-racism work that is urgently needed across Ontario.”

I fully endorse the petition. I will affix my name to it and provide it to the table.

OPTOMETRY SERVICES


Mr. John Fraser: “Petition to Save Eye Care in Ontario.

“To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

“Whereas the Ontario government has underfunded optometric eye care for 30 years; and

“Whereas optometrists now subsidize the delivery of OHIP-covered eye care by $173 million a year; and

“Whereas COVID-19 forced optometrists to close their doors, resulting in a 75%-plus drop in revenue; and

“Whereas optometrists will see patient volumes reduced between 40% and 60%, resulting in more than two million comprehensive eye exams being wiped out over the next 12 months; and

“Whereas communities across Ontario are in danger of losing access to optometric care;

“We, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows:

“To instruct the Ontario government to immediately establish a timetable and a process for renewed negotiations concerning optometry fees.”

I agree with this petition, Speaker. I’m signing it and sending it over your way.

GOVERNMENT ANTI-RACISM PROGRAMS


Ms. Laura Mae Lindo: I have a petition entitled “Ontario Needs an Anti-Racism Secretariat.

“To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

“Whereas for more than 30 years, government reports have uniformly concluded that a concrete and detailed strategy is needed to combat racism in Ontario;

“Whereas anti-racism reports consistently recommend the collection of race-based data to ensure accountability in racial equity programming;

“Whereas the three-year strategic plan on anti-racism has been shelved and there is currently no minister responsible for anti-racism;

“We, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to create and fully resource an anti-racism secretariat to pursue the anti-racism work that is urgently needed across Ontario.”

I fully support this petition. I will affix my signature to it and send it to the Clerk.

ROAD SAFETY


Mr. Norman Miller: I have a petition regarding stunt driving.

“To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

“Whereas Ontario’s roads and highways are among the safest in North America; and

“Whereas section 172 of the Highway Traffic Act prohibits acts of dangerous stunt driving and street racing actions on our public roads; and

“Whereas, since 2015, stunt driving and street racing offences have been trending upward, putting other road users at risk; and

“Whereas from summer 2020 to the present, Ontario has seen a sharp spike in the number of section 172 offences committed on our roadways;

“Therefore, we petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows:

“To call on the government of Ontario to increase the penalties associated with offences committed under section 172 of the Highway Traffic Act by passing Bill 282, Moving Ontarians More Safely Act, 2021.”


The Speaker (Hon. Ted Arnott): Are there any further petitions this afternoon?

Point of order to the member for Barrie–Innisfil.


Ms. Andrea Khanjin: I just wanted to announce that there will be no night sittings this evening.
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