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Ontario Hansard - 17-September2020

PETITIONS

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS


Ms. Bhutila Karpoche: On behalf of my constituents of Parkdale–High Park, I’d like to table a petition titled, “Hands Off Our Paid Sick Days

“To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

“Whereas” Premier Ford rolled “back workers’ rights by eliminating two (2) paid sick days and by allowing employers to request a doctor’s note, by eliminating equal pay for equal work, and by freezing the minimum wage at $14 per hour;

“Whereas 1.6 million Ontarians will be forced to choose between getting paid and getting well, and risk losing their job for taking an unpaid sick day;

“Whereas the absence of paid sick days places further burden on already overcrowded doctors’ offices and emergency departments, worsening hallway medicine, and puts the public’s health at risk;

“Whereas the decision to eliminate two paid sick days was made without evidence and is contrary to guidelines from the Public Health Agency of Canada, the World Health Organization and the Ontario Medical Association;

“Whereas access to paid sick days reduces the duration of illness, reduces the worsening of minor conditions and is correlated with a higher return to work ... and an overall lower burden on health care resources;

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

“Immediately reverse” the decision “to roll back employment standards that will undoubtedly hurt millions of Ontarians, and drag Ontario backwards when it comes to workers’ rights and employment standards.”

I think this petition is particularly important, given COVID-19, and I fully support it.

MAGNA CARTA DAY


Ms. Christine Hogarth: “Whereas the Magna Carta is a revolutionary document that influenced the English system of common law and was a precursor in the development of England’s—and later, Canada’s—constitutional monarchy; and

“Whereas the Magna Carta was instrumental in placing limits on the monarch’s power to overrule the law and protected the rights of ordinary people; and

“Whereas the document introduced key principles that hold true in democratic societies today, including equal justice for everyone, freedom from unlawful detention, the right to a trial by jury, and rights for women; and

“Whereas it is important for the Magna Carta to be honoured and remembered as a document that changed the course of history. The fundamental traditions of equality and freedom that characterize our democratic society—particularly that nobody, not even the crown, is above the law—originated in this important document;

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

“Acknowledge the importance of this revolutionary document by proclaiming June 15 each year as Magna Carta Day in the province of Ontario.”

I agree with this petition and I will sign it.

SERVICES FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES


Mr. Percy Hatfield: “To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

“Whereas when children with developmental disabilities turn 18, support from the Ontario government drastically changes; and

“Whereas families in Windsor-Essex and across Ontario are met with continuous waiting lists and other challenges when trying to access support under the Passport Program; and

“Whereas waiting lists place enormous stress on caregivers, parents, children and entire families; and

“Whereas it is difficult to access safe and affordable housing, adequate supports and respite services without immediate access to Passport funding;

“Whereas all Ontarians living with developmental disabilities are entitled to a seamless transition of services from childhood to adulthood;

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

“To take immediate action to eliminate the current waiting lists for Passport funding so that people living with developmental disabilities and their families can access the support they deserve.”

I fully support this petition. I will sign it and make sure it gets to the officers at the table.

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT


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

“Whereas personal protective equipment ... is integral to the ability of the province to collectively curb the spread against the COVID-19 virus and all future viral pandemics;

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“PPE is particularly important for ensuring a greater degree of health and safety for front-line workers, who are routinely at greater risk of being exposed to COVID-19. Front-line workers are less able to practise social distancing and other public health measure,s and thus must rely more heavily on PPE than Ontarians who do not work on the front lines;

“Whereas personal protective equipment has typically been sourced via international supply chains where production is centred in volatile and unstable countries, leaving provincial supply in jeopardy during the COVID-19 pandemic as a result of international instability and geopolitical maneuvering;

“A similar scenario to the one Ontario found itself in at the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic must not be allowed to happen again.

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

“To immediately, through all means at the disposal of the government, work toward making the province of Ontario self-sufficient with regards to the production and sourcing of all necessary personal protective equipment for use in the fight against COVID-19 and all future pandemics this province may come to experience;

“To continue building upon the actions undertaken by the government early in this pandemic, in order to continue positive trends taking place. Building upon the success of countless Ontario manufacturers from a number of diverse industries shifting production configurations in order to produce much-needed PPE for front-line workers will ensure that Ontario is more self-reliant in being able to protect itself in case of emergency;

“To continue to support manufacturers to address pitfalls in PPE supply in a centralized approach, as has been done by the government of Ontario under the Ontario Made/Fabriqué en Ontario campaign. Through undoubtedly much good will come out of this initiative, more work and collaboration between the government and industry partners will be crucial in ensuring the worrying shortages experienced at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic will be avoided in future emergency scenarios.”

I fully support this petition and sign my name under it.

WATER QUALITY


Mr. Michael Mantha: I want to begin by thanking the good people of Bruce Mines, Bruce Station, Richards Landing, Dubreuilville, Wawa, Hawk Junction, Espanola, Algoma Mills, Meldrum Bay, Sheshegwaning First Nation, Silver Water, Thessalon and Blind River.

The petition reads, “Clean Water for Indigenous Communities.

“To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

“Whereas in 2019, 70 Ontario communities, almost exclusively Indigenous, do not have access to clean running water;

“Whereas more than 40 Indigenous communities in Ontario remain under long-term boil-water advisories, with some lasting longer than 20 years;

“Whereas every Ontarian has the right to access clean water, and Ontario has a responsibility to keep its water clean;

“We, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to ensure that Ontario meets its responsibilities to the environment and under the treaties by keeping Ontario’s water clean and ensuring reliable access to clean running water in Indigenous communities.”

I wholeheartedly support this petition, affix my name and present it to the Clerks’ table.

MAGNA CARTA DAY


Mrs. Nina Tangri: My petition is titled, “Magna Carta day in Ontario

“Whereas the Magna Carta is a revolutionary document that influenced the English system of common law and was a precursor in the development of England’s—and later, Canada’s—constitutional monarchy; and

“Whereas the Magna Carta was instrumental in placing limits on the monarch’s power to overrule the law and protected the rights of ordinary people; and

“Whereas the document introduced key principles that hold true in democratic societies today, including equal justice for everyone, freedom from unlawful detention, the right to a trial by jury, and rights for women; and

“Whereas it is important for the Magna Carta to be honoured and remembered as a document that changed the course of history. The fundamental traditions of equality and freedom that characterize our democratic society—particularly that nobody, not even the crown, is above the law—originated in this important document;

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

“Acknowledge the importance of this revolutionary document by proclaiming June 15 each year as Magna Carta Day in the province of Ontario.”

I support this petition, and I add my name to it.

LONG-TERM CARE


Ms. Teresa J. Armstrong: I want to extend my gratitude to Esther Ann Davies for her hard work in collecting all these signatures on the petition.

“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.”

I fully support this petition and deliver it to the table.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING


Ms. Bhutila Karpoche: This petition is titled “Make Affordable Housing a Priority.

“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.”

ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE


Mr. Percy Hatfield: “To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

“Whereas Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are progressive, degenerative diseases of the brain that cause thinking, memory and physical functioning to become seriously impaired; and

“Whereas there is no known cause or cure for this devastating illness; and

“Whereas Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias also take their toll on hundreds of thousands of families and care partners; and

“Whereas Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias affect more than 200,000 Ontarians today, with an annual total economic burden” now “rising to $15.7 billion...; and

“Whereas the cost related to the health care system is in the billions and only going to increase, at a time when our health care system is already facing enormous financial challenges; and

“Whereas there is work under way to address the need, but no coordinated or comprehensive approach to tackling the issues; and

“Whereas there is an urgent need to plan and raise awareness and understanding about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias for the sake of improving the quality of life of the people it touches;

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

“To approve the development of a comprehensive Ontario dementia plan that would include the development of strategies in primary health care, in health promotion and prevention of illness, in community development, in building community capacity and care partner engagement, in caregiver support and investments in research.”

I fully agree. I’ll sign it and make sure it gets down to the table officers.

MAGNA CARTA DAY


Mr. Deepak Anand: My petition is on Magna Carta day in Ontario.

“Whereas the Magna Carta is a revolutionary document ...;

“Whereas the Magna Carta was instrumental in placing limits on the monarch’s power to overrule the law and protected the rights of ordinary people; and

“Whereas the document introduced key principles that hold true in democratic societies today, including equal justice for everyone, freedom from unlawful detention, the right to a trial by jury, and rights for women; and

“Whereas it is important for the Magna Carta to be honoured and remembered as a document that changed the course of history. The fundamental traditions of equality and freedom that characterize our democratic society—particularly that nobody, not even the crown, is above the law—originated in this important document;

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

“Acknowledge the importance of this revolutionary document by proclaiming June 15 each year as Magna Carta Day in the province of Ontario.”

I fully support this petition.

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NORTHERN HEALTH TRAVEL GRANT


Mr. Michael Mantha: I want to start by thanking the good people of Kagawong, Gore Bay, Tehkummah and Spring Bay for presenting me with this petition.

“Fix the Northern Health Travel Grant.

“To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

“Whereas the Northern Health Travel Grant is supposed to even the playing field so all Ontarians can get the medical care they need, but is failing too many northern families;

“Whereas successive Conservative and Liberal governments have let northerners down by failing to make health care accessible in the north;

“Whereas not all costs are covered, and reimbursement amounts are small compared to the actual costs, northern families are forced to pay out of pocket to access health care, which is a barrier for seniors and low-income working families;

“We, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to fix the Northern Health Travel Grant so we can ensure more people get the care they need, when they need it.”

I wholeheartedly agree with this petition, affix my signature and present it to the Clerks’ table.


The Acting Speaker (Ms. Jennifer K. French): The time for petitions has expired.
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