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Ontario Hansard - 14-September2020

PETITIONS

LONG-TERM CARE


Mrs. Lisa Gretzky: I have a petition here about essential caregivers, “More Than ... a Visitor.” It’s been signed by over 2,300 people.

“To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

“Whereas the Ontario government’s guidelines restricting essential caregivers and support persons has increased social isolation, and negatively impacted the mental, emotional, physical health and well-being of residents in congregate care settings; and

“Whereas essential caregivers (often family members and support persons) are more than just visitors, and individuals have the right to access their essential caregivers in their agreed upon, preferred manner; and

“Whereas the provincial government should not unilaterally develop policies regarding access to essential caregivers, and must consult residents, patients, families, experts and workers when developing new policies; and

“Whereas individuals should not be prevented from accessing their essential caregiver(s), including during the state of emergency or the pandemic (COVID-19), while congregate settings should receive the resources they need to safely implement caregiver access;

“Therefore we, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to immediately implement a COVID-19 essential caregiver strategy.”

Speaker, I fully support this petition. I will sign it and hand it to the Clerks.

BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE


Mr. Dave Smith: “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

“Whereas the digital divide has been made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically for rural and northern Ontarians;

“Whereas rural and northern Ontario businesses continue to face challenges accessing the 21st century digital economy which creates a serious economic disadvantage when following the advice of health officials during the COVID-19 pandemic; and

“Whereas as Ontario carefully reopens the economy, every region and every community must play a role in attracting jobs and investments to restore economic prosperity to the province; and

“Whereas investing in reliable broadband and cellular service creates greater opportunity for families, farmers and small business owners in rural and remote areas not only during the COVID-19 pandemic but after the pandemic ends;

“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 service in underserved and unserved communities;

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

“Urge the federal Minister of Infrastructure, the federal Minister of Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development and the federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry to provide Ontario with its fair share of funding through the Universal Broadband Fund and to commit additional funding to the province so that:

“(1) All of Ontario’s underserved and unserved communities can access reliable broadband service;

“(2) Ontario’s rural and northern communities can have the same opportunities for economic growth, recovery and participation in the 21st century digital economy as urban municipalities;

“(3) Ontarians in rural and northern communities can access government services, conduct business and connect with loved ones especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

I fully endorse this petition, will sign my name to it and give it to a page.

FALSTAFF COMMUNITY


Mr. Faisal Hassan: I would like to present this petition by the members of the community of Falstaff, Amina Hagi and Jamad Jama.

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“To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

“Falstaff community is comprised of residents who have strong ambitions. They have aspirations for systemic change. However, the community has been dealing with increased level of gun violence which has left the community to live in constant fear and are unable to deal with their day-to-day activities due to the ongoing shootings. The residents of Falstaff are left to deal with these traumatic events on their own. The community is constantly stormed with presence of media always covering the worst of the neighbourhood, leaving many to discriminate against the community.

“Aside from the increased level of violence, the residents struggle with challenges including underemployment, lack of adequate services and social infrastructure. As a community, we put our safety at the hands of all levels of government, however these issues time and time again are not only being addressed but no actions are being taken.

“As a community, we had enough and are demanding immediate changes starting with our number one priority which is our safety.

“We, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to create the following:

“—24-hour surveillance security with a gated community;

“—secure employment opportunities and employ residents to work in the community;

“—involve the decision-making of the community with residents;

“—show the budget breakdown in regards to the Falstaff community;

“—accessible spaces for residents to create programs led by the residents;

“—TCH needs to take more accountability for repairs and maintenance;

“—increase resources for better education by providing more teachers, special education and smaller class sizes for the neighbouring schools in the community;

—access to better quality food both in the schools and food banks;

—increase doctors and” times to work.

I support this petition, add my signature and send it to the page to deliver to the table.

ROAD SAFETY


Mrs. Gila Martow: I have a petition to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, which reads as follows:

“Whereas tow truck operators provide an important service across Ontario’s road network; and

“Whereas motorists deserve reliable, timely service from their provider of choice across Ontario; and

“Whereas towing operators deserve a safe place to work in urban and rural communities across Ontario without being subjected to repetitive and punitive costs; and

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

“To protect motorists and towing companies providing important services by addressing issues around highway incident management;

“To include incident scene management in regulations to address the potential for improper actions on scene;

“To support the towing industry and reduce costs to motorists and third parties by mandating a single provincial towing licence;

“To introduce regulations that ensure long-term vitality of the towing industry; and

“To implement a towing mobile rideshare application.”

Of course, I support this petition, affix my signature and give it to the page.

LONG-TERM CARE


Ms. Catherine Fife: This petition is entitled, “Support Bill 153, the Till Death Do Us Part Act.

“To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

“Whereas there are 35,000 people on the wait-list for long-term care; and

“Whereas the median wait time for a long-term-care bed has risen from 99 days in 2011-12 to 152 days in 2018-19; and

“Whereas according to Home Care Ontario, the cost of a hospital bed is $842 a day, while the cost of a long-term-care bed is $126 a day; and

“Whereas couples should have the right to live together as they age; and

“Whereas Ontario seniors have worked hard to build this province and deserve dignity in care; and

“Whereas Bill 153 amends the Residents’ Bill of Rights in the Long-Term Care Homes Act to provide the resident with the right upon admission to continue to live with their spouse or partner;

“Therefore we, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to direct the Minister of Long-Term Care to pass Bill 153 and provide seniors with the right to live together as they age.”

It’s my pleasure to affix my signature to this amazing petition and pass it on to the page.

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT


Mr. Michael Parsa: “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” producing “critical supplies and equipment, while the global supply chains remain 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 support this petition, will add my name to it and hand it over to the page.

LONG-TERM CARE


Ms. Judith Monteith-Farrell: This petition is “Temperatures in LTC Homes.”

“To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

“Whereas the province of Ontario requires a minimum but no maximum temperature in long-term-care homes;

“Whereas temperatures that are too hot can cause emotional and physical distress that may contribute to a decline in a frail senior’s health;

“Whereas front-line staff in long-term-care homes also suffer when trying to provide care under these conditions with headaches, tiredness, signs of hyperthermia, which directly impacts resident/patient care;

“Whereas Ontario’s bill of rights for residents of Ontario nursing homes states ‘every resident has the right to be properly sheltered ... in a manner consistent with his or her needs’;

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

“Direct the Lieutenant Governor in Council to make regulations amending O. Reg. 79/10 in the Long-Term Care Homes Act to establish a maximum temperature in Ontario’s long-term-care homes.”

BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE


Ms. Donna Skelly: “Equitable Broadband Access for All Ontario Businesses and Residents.

“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

“Whereas the digital divide has been made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically for rural and northern Ontarians;

“Whereas rural and northern Ontario businesses continue to face challenges accessing the 21st century digital economy which creates a serious economic disadvantage when following the advice of health officials during the COVID-19 pandemic; and

“Whereas as Ontario carefully reopens the economy, every region and every community must play a role in attracting jobs and investments to restore economic prosperity to the province; and

“Whereas investing in reliable broadband and cellular service creates greater opportunity for families, farmers and small business owners in rural and remote areas not only during the COVID-19 pandemic but after the pandemic ends;

“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 service in underserved and unserved communities;

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

“Urge the federal Minister of Infrastructure, the federal Minister of Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development and the federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry to provide Ontario with its fair share of funding through the Universal Broadband Fund and to commit additional funding to the province so that:

“(1) All of Ontario’s underserved and unserved communities can access reliable broadband service;

“(2) Ontario’s rural and northern communities can have the same opportunities for economic growth, recovery and participation in the 21st century digital economy as urban municipalities;

“(3) Ontarians in rural and northern communities can access government services, conduct business and connect with loved ones especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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I support this petition and will assign my signature and give it to one of the ushers.

EDUCATION FUNDING


Ms. Suze Morrison: “To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

“Whereas” the Premier and the Minister of Education “have failed to provide the funding or the plan needed to ensure that kids can return to schools and child care centres in a safe and supportive way;

“Therefore we, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to implement an immediate action plan that includes:

“—paid sick leave and parental leave in any modified return;

“—immediate funding to stabilize the child care sector to prevent fee increases and layoffs;

“—increased funding for teacher hiring, busing, school repairs and cleaning;

“—expanded funding for child care and schools and for ... smaller classes;

“—real collaboration with front-line education workers, students, parents and school boards through a COVID-19 recovery advisory group.”

I fully endorse the petition and will affix my signature to it and deliver it to the Clerks.

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