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Ontario Hansard - 06-July2020

PETITIONS

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT


Ms. Jennifer K. French: I have a significant petition to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario entitled “Ask the Government to Ensure N95 Masks and Needed Medical Supplies are Manufactured in Ontario.

“Whereas COVID-19 is recognized as a global pandemic; and

“Whereas the medical community and public health authorities recognize that transmission of the COVID-19 virus is inhibited by precautionary use of personal protective equipment (PPE), and respirator masks known as KN95 or N95 masks are recommended for front-line health care and first responders interfacing with people in the community or care; and

“Whereas front-line health care and emergency workers including hospital workers, nurses, paramedics, police and fire services throughout the pandemic have reported N95 mask shortages, quality concerns, fit challenges, and are all finding it difficult to procure their own supplies of reliable and appropriate PPE, and the ongoing shortage of necessary medical equipment and PPE—especially N95 masks—is endangering patients and front-line workers in the community; and

“Whereas the Canadian government has reported a shortage as high as 150 million N95 masks, and has been unsuccessful in procuring N95 masks and is still unable to find reliable American or international suppliers; and

“Whereas the Premier of Ontario has publicly acknowledged the need for provincial manufacturing and self-reliance, but to date has not taken direct action to ensure N95 masks are manufactured here; and

“Whereas community advocates, the MPP of Oshawa and Green Jobs Oshawa have called on General Motors to manufacture PPE at the nearly empty GM facility in Oshawa, where there are thousands of laid-off GM and supplier workers available to manufacture equipment and supplies to keep Canadians healthy and protected, and there are millions of square feet available at the Oshawa assembly complex; and

“Whereas General Motors converted their operations and restarted manufacturing in Warren, Michigan, to make protective masks—including N95 masks—but have only committed to manufacturing level 1 masks in Oshawa; and

“Whereas the government of Ontario has given itself the authority to exercise emergency powers, but has not yet secured manufacturing, despite the fact we have seen that American government involvement has been effective in securing contracts with GM to make N95 masks for Americans; and

“Whereas relying on private and corporate partners does not guarantee the continuation or sustainability of supply, and planning for a future of government- and publicly owned manufacturing is in the best interest of all Canadians; and

“Whereas, despite the seemingly unabating need for a reliable domestic supply of PPE and N95 masks there is not yet any significant manufacturing of N95 masks in Ontario or in Canada;

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

“To increase the permanent manufacturing capacity in Canada and secure a supply of medical equipment, personal protective equipment and socially beneficial products during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, and use their powers and influence to ensure GM increase production of PPE in Oshawa to meet the needs of Canadians, and to ensure that—as they do in Warren, Michigan—General Motors will manufacture N95 masks and needed PPE at their complex in Oshawa.”

Speaker, I wholeheartedly support this petition. I will affix my signature and send it to the table.

BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE


Mr. Daryl Kramp: I have a petition today regarding broadband access for all Ontarians.

“To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

“Whereas now more than ever, people across Ontario need reliable broadband to work, learn and connect with friends and family; and

“Whereas too many people in our province lack reliable Internet or cellular access—or don’t have any connectivity at all; and

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“Whereas the digital divide has been made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically for rural and northern Ontarians, as we’ve heard about their frustrations as they work and study from home; and

“Whereas northern and rural businesses continue to face inequitable challenges to transitioning to touchless payment options, which represents a serious disadvantage when following the advice of health officials; and

“Whereas as we carefully restart the economic engine of” Ontario, “every region and every community must play a role in bringing jobs and prosperity back to our province; and

“Whereas by investing in reliable broadband and cellular service, we are helping to create greater opportunity for our families,” our friends “and small business owners in rural and remote areas of this great province; and

“Whereas last year our government announced Up to Speed, our province’s first broadband and cellular action plan, to improve broadband and cellular service in communities across Ontario; and

“Whereas Ontario is investing $150 million in a new program that, when leveraged with partner funding, has the potential to result in a total investment of $500 million to improve broadband and cellular coverage in underserved and unserved communities;

“Therefore we, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly as follows:

“Urge the federal Ministry of Infrastructure, in addition to the Ministry of Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, to do the right thing and step up and help the province of Ontario expand connectivity to everyone across this province so that:

“(1) All Ontarians can have access to the opportunity to join the economy of the 21st century;

“(2) Our rural and northern communities are provided the same opportunities as urban Ontario.”

I affix my signature, and I’ll forward to the desk.

LONG-TERM CARE


Mme France Gélinas: I would like to thank Mrs. Krista Trafford, a good friend of mine, who collected this petition. It goes as follows:

“Whereas quality care for the 78,000 residents of (LTC) homes is a priority for many Ontario families; and

“Whereas the provincial government does not provide adequate funding to ensure care and staffing levels in LTC homes to keep pace with residents’ increasing acuity and the growing number of residents with complex behaviours; and

“Whereas several Ontario coroner’s inquests into LTC homes deaths have recommended an increase in direct hands-on care for residents and staffing levels, and the most reputable studies on this topic recommend 4.1 hours of direct care per day;”

They petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows:

“To amend the LTC Homes Act (2007) for a legislated minimum care standard of four hours” of hands-on care “per resident per day, adjusted for acuity level and case mix.”

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

ACCESS TO JUSTICE


Mrs. Nina Tangri: “To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

“Whereas after 15 years of neglect under successive Liberal governments the justice system grew outdated and unnecessarily complex;

“Whereas Ontario’s class action legislation has not been significantly updated in more than 25 years. The current system is outdated, slow and doesn’t always put people at the centre of class actions in Ontario;

“Whereas lives can be—and have been—destroyed by serious crimes like sharing intimate images without consent. Cyberbullies can communicate broadly and quickly, making targets feel like they have no escape and often causing enduring mental and emotional harm;

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

“Proceed as effectively as possible to stand up for victims and law-abiding citizens, provide better, more affordable justice for families and consumers, and simplify a complex and outdated justice system to better serve the people of Ontario by immediately passing Bill 161, An Act to enact the Legal Aid Services Act, 2019 and to make various amendments to other Acts dealing with the courts and other justice matters, so that:

“(1) A flexible, sustainable and accountable legal aid system is built (Legal Aid Services Act);

“(2) Ontario’s outdated class action legislation is updated (Class Proceedings Act);

“(3) Criminals don’t profit from crimes (Civil Remedies Act);

“(4) How a small estate is handled is simplified (Estates Act);

“(5) Notary and commissioner services are modernized (Notaries Act, Commissioners for taking Affidavits Act);

“(6) It is made easier for cyberbullying victims to sue their offender (Victims’ Bill of Rights);

“(7) In the tragic death of a loved one families are given closure (Vital Statistics Act);

“(8) Who can perform marriage ceremonies is expanded (Marriage Act);

“(9) Lawyers and paralegals are held to the highest ethical standards (Law Society Act);

“(10) Juror privacy and security is protected (Juries Act);

“(11) Reappointing case management masters is more efficient (Courts of Justice Act);

“(12) Taxpayer dollars are no longer used to pay legal fees for judicial officials removed from office (Courts of Justice Act and Justices of the Peace Act).”

I support this petition and will sign it and pass it over to the desk.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING


Mr. Faisal Hassan: I have a petition entitled “Affordable Housing.

“To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

“Whereas for families throughout much of Ontario, owning a home they can afford remains a dream, while renting is painfully expensive;

“Whereas consecutive Conservative and Liberal governments have sat idle, while housing costs spiralled out of control, speculators made fortunes, and too many families had to put their hopes on hold;

“Whereas every Ontarian should have access to safe, affordable housing. Whether a family wants to rent or own, live in a house, an apartment, a condominium or a co-op, they should have affordable options;

“We, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to immediately prioritize the repair of Ontario’s social housing stock, commit to building new affordable homes, crack down on housing speculators, and make rentals more affordable through rent controls and updated legislation.”

I fully support this petition, Mr. Speaker. I will be affixing my signature to it and providing it to the usher to deliver to the table.

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT


Mr. Deepak Anand: “To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

“Whereas the global competition to secure critical personal protective equipment and medical supplies is fierce; and

“Whereas in the face of a global shortage of medical equipment, Ontario-based companies have stepped up in a big way to produce these items in order to ensure our front-line workers are protected against COVID-19; and

“Whereas Ontario is making considerable progress in procuring critical supplies and equipment, while the global supply chain remains constrained; and

“Whereas nothing is more important than protecting the health and safety of patients and the workers caring for them, as well as our first responders;

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

“Proceed as expediently as possible to continue to ensure that patients, front-line health care workers and first responders have the critical equipment and supplies they need to protect themselves during the COVID-19, so that:

“(1) Ontario continues to procure vital supplies and personal protective equipment through its traditional suppliers and donations, as well as working in collaboration with the federal government, other provinces, and Ontario’s manufacturers;

“(2) Maintaining Ontario’s same-day deliveries to hospitals, long-term-care and retirement homes and other facilities to support essential workers in all settings and ensuring supplies and equipment are expedited to those most in need;

“(3) The province continues to collectively explore how to overcome supply chain challenges, including through domestic production opportunities and the safe reprocessing of supplies.”

I wholeheartedly support this petition and I’m going to pass it on to the table.

LONG-TERM CARE


Ms. Teresa J. Armstrong: I’d like to thank the Family Council Network 4 Advocacy for collecting these signatures on the petition.

“Time to Care Act—Bill 13.

“To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

“Whereas quality care for the 78,000 residents of (LTC) homes is a priority for many Ontario families; and

“Whereas the provincial government does not provide adequate funding to ensure care and staffing levels in LTC homes to keep pace with residents’ increasing needs and the growing number of residents with complex behaviours; and

“Whereas several Ontario coroner’s inquests into LTC homes deaths have recommended an increase in direct hands-on care for residents and staffing levels and the most reputable studies on this topic recommends 4.1 hours of direct care per day;

“We, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to amend the LTC Homes Act (2007) for a legislated minimum care standard to provide an average of four hours per resident per day, adjusted for acuity level and case mix.”

I fully support this petition, sign it and give it to the usher to deliver to the table.

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MUNICIPAL DEVELOPMENT


Ms. Natalia Kusendova: “To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

“Whereas the Greater Golden Horseshoe is one of the fastest-growing and most important regions in North America. In the next 20 years, the region will accommodate up to 85% of Ontario’s population growth. The region is also the economic engine for Ontario and the country and generates up to 25% of Canada’s gross domestic product; and

“Whereas because of this we need to manage growth in the region’s communities in a way that offers homes people can afford, attract jobs and investments, allow people to get around quickly and conveniently, and preserves and protects farmland, green spaces and ecologically sensitive lands and waters; and

“Whereas Ontario must begin laying the groundwork now so that our municipal and sector partners are ready to hit the ground running on our road to economic recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; and

“Whereas the changes being proposed to A Place to Grow effectively balance a commitment to protecting the environment, including the greenbelt; and

“Whereas the aggregate industry is critical to building the schools, homes, hospitals and bridges that are so incredibly crucial to the well-being of my constituents;

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

“Continue as expediently as possible to implement the new land needs assessment methodology for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, which supports the implementation of A Place to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe area so that:

“(1) Municipalities plan for growth through to 2051 instead of 2041;

“(2) Population and employment growth forecasts are updated and changed to give municipalities flexibility to set higher forecasts;

“(3) Quarries ... are able to be located closer to areas where they are needed for construction purposes; and

“(4) Municipalities ensure that current work they’re doing conforms with A Place to Grow by July 1, 2022.”

I support this petition and affix my signature to it.

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