view entire issue | new search


Ontario Hansard - 24-September2020

PETITIONS

LONG-TERM CARE


Ms. Bhutila Karpoche: I have a petition here titled “Demand a Public Inquiry into Ontario’s Long-Term-Care Homes.” This has been signed by hundreds of my constituents of Parkdale–High Park.

“To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

“Whereas the details from the Canadian Armed Forces report on Ontario’s nursing homes are horrifying;

“Whereas the number of deaths in Ontario’s long-term-care homes far exceed Walkerton, the SARS epidemic and the Elizabeth Wettlaufer killings, all of which had public inquiries;

“Whereas Ontario’s seniors have shouldered the heaviest burden throughout this pandemic while problems in long-term care started well before this crisis hit;

“We, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to act to: launch an independent, transparent and public inquiry into the COVID-19 crisis in our long-term-care system.”

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

LONG-TERM CARE


Ms. Jill Andrew: I present this on behalf of our residents of Toronto–St. Paul’s. The petition is titled “More Than a Visitor.

“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;

“We, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to immediately implement a COVID-19 essential caregiver plan which would:

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

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

“Ensure that individuals cannot be prevented from accessing their essential caregiver(s), including during the state of emergency or the pandemic (COVID-19), while giving congregate settings the resources they need to safely implement this;

“Include a strategy that stabilizes staffing in congregate care settings and ensures the role of essential caregivers is to supplement care and support.”

I couldn’t support this petition more, Mr. Speaker, and I affix my signature.

CLIMATE CHANGE


Mr. Mike Schreiner: I have a petition from a number of people across Ontario, and it reads as follows:

“Whereas our planet is undergoing significant warming with adverse consequences for health, for agriculture, for infrastructure and for our children’s future;

“Whereas the costs of inaction are severe, such as extreme weather events causing flooding and drought;

“Whereas Canada has signed the Paris accord which commits us to acting to keep temperature rise under 1.5 degrees Celsius;

“We, the undersigned, call upon the government of Ontario to develop GHG reduction targets based on science that will meet our Paris commitment, an action plan to meet those targets and annual reporting on progress on meeting the targets. We call on the government to commit to providing funding through carbon pricing mechanisms for actions that must be taken to meet these targets.”

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

WOMEN’S ISSUES


Mr. Percy Hatfield: Good afternoon, Speaker. I have a petition entitled “Fighting for Ontario’s Women.

“To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

“Whereas years of Liberal inaction on the things that matter, like child care and closing the gender pay gap, has made life harder and more expensive for women and families in Ontario;

“Whereas Conservative cuts to shelters, transitional housing and supports for women fleeing violence, the rollback of the minimum wage and the firing of thousands of teachers and nurses overwhelmingly hurts Ontario women;

“Whereas Ontario women and families deserve better than a government that takes things from bad to worse. They deserve a government that’s fighting for them and is on their side;

“Therefore we, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to call on the government to reverse their cuts to the services that women and families rely on and start putting women at the centre of every decision they make.”

I fully agree, Speaker, and I’m going to sign it and make sure it gets down to the table.

LONG-TERM CARE


Ms. Teresa J. Armstrong: I want to thank Reshel Bantilan for sending in this 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 will have it delivered to the table.

EDUCATION FUNDING


Ms. Bhutila Karpoche: I have a petition here, titled “A Safe Plan to Reopen Schools and Child Care,” signed by my constituents of Parkdale–High Park. It reads:

“To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

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

1310

“Whereas we need an immediate action plan;

“Therefore we, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to create a 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 for more smaller classes;

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

I support this petition and will affix my signature to it.

SOCIAL ASSISTANCE


Ms. Jill Andrew: This petition is entitled “Raise ODSP/OW Shelter and Basic Needs Allowances Now.

“To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

“Whereas the COVID-19 crisis means that more people than ever are relying on support from the government to help” us “pay rent and keep food on the table;

“Whereas most people in Ontario who receive social assistance aren’t eligible for the new, $2,000-a-month Canada Emergency Response Benefit—they’re expected to get by on as little as $650 a month; and

“Whereas affordable, subsidized, rent-geared-to-income housing is unavailable at this time and may be unavailable for the next” two decades, “due to a huge waiting list and zero vacancies; and

“Whereas clients need to eat, as well as pay rent, and since clients would still have to dip into their basic needs allowances to cover rent because even doubling the shelter allowance still won’t cover all of the rent at today’s prices, needed meds and other things not covered by the MSN forms have to be paid for out of basic needs, and some of these items are very expensive, including medical cannabis;

“Whereas Bill 47 erased many of the legislative gains achieved through Bill 148, the fair labour laws and working conditions that had a particularly positive impact on women and other marginalized people;

“Whereas statistics show that women, particularly women of colour, are most likely to be employed in precarious work, and the Bill 47 amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000, and Labour Relations Act, 1995, create conditions that lead to a growth in precarious employment while also eliminating protections for millions of Ontario workers;

“Whereas Bill 66 further erodes women and marginalized people’s social and economic rights;

“Whereas the Ford government continues to remove, cancel or freeze funding for other support programs and regulations that would increase women’s equality in the workforce and beyond;

“We, the undersigned,” petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to “double Ontario disability support, ODSP, or Ontario Works rates to bring them in line with the CERB, because if laid-off workers need $2,000 a month to get by, so do people who receive ODSP and OW.”

I firmly support the petition, affix my signature and hand it to the table.

ECONOMIC RECOVERY


Mr. Mike Schreiner: I have a petition:

“Whereas the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on Ontario’s economy and workers; and

“Whereas a province-wide retrofit program initiated by the government of Ontario to enhance and improve public sector buildings, homes and businesses would stimulate the economy; and

“Whereas such a program would be an opportunity to create jobs for thousands of workers, including those who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19; and

“Whereas such a program would provide extensive job training to build Ontario’s skilled workforce, with a focus on creating more opportunities for women and people of colour in the trades; and

“Whereas such a program would include home and building retrofits that improve energy performance to save on energy bills, reduce climate pollution and address and implement public health measures, such as improving indoor air quality and/or improve accessibility for elders and people with disabilities;

“Therefore, we the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to implement and fund a province-wide building retrofit program as part of Ontario’s COVID-19 recovery plan.”

I wholeheartedly support this petition, will sign it and deliver it to the table.

EDUCATION FUNDING


Mr. Percy Hatfield: I have a petition entitled “A Safe Plan to Reopen Schools and Child Care.

“To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

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

“Whereas we need an immediate action plan;

“Therefore we, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to create a 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 more smaller classes;

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

I agree 100%. I’m going to sign it and make sure it gets down to the table.

EDUCATION FUNDING


Ms. Jill Andrew: This petition is entitled “A Safe Plan to Reopen Schools and Child Care.

“To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

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

“Whereas we need an immediate action plan” now;

“Therefore we, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to create a 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 for more smaller classes;

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

I absolutely agree with this petition and affix my signature.

HEALTH CARE


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

“Whereas the ... government has passed omnibus legislation to drastically overhaul our health care system with no commitment to publicly delivered health services ... ; and

“Whereas every night hundreds of Ontario’s patients wait for care in hospital hallways, showers and TV rooms; and

“Whereas Ontario sits near the bottom of developed countries for hospital beds per patient and has the fewest registered nurses per patient in Canada;

“Therefore we, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to ensure the Ontario government protect and invest in a robust, publicly funded and publicly delivered health care system and reject any further private delivery of health services.”

Speaker, I certainly agree. I’m going to sign it and give it to the usher to bring down to the table.

POLICE SERVICES


Ms. Jill Andrew: This petition is entitled “End carding now.

“To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

“Whereas the Honourable Michael H. Tulloch’s recent Independent Street Checks Review report found that carding/random street checks to obtain identifying information has had a disproportionate impact on Black, racialized and Indigenous communities and that the practice has been ineffective in reducing violent crime;

“Whereas random stops based on arbitrary views of suspicious activity is systemically racist, resulting in people of African descent being 17 times more likely to be carded in downtown Toronto and three times more likely in Brampton and Mississauga;

“Whereas carding is not and should not be viewed as a community engagement tool. It must be recognized as an approach rooted in past and present experiences of police aggression ... ;

“Whereas this oppressive practice has no place in Ontario, failing to reflect core values of inclusivity, political justice and social freedom;

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

“Direct police service boards and police chiefs to immediately end the practice of carding; and

“Direct police service boards and police chiefs to immediately delete all data collected through street checks.”

I absolutely agree and affix my signature.

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE


The Speaker (Hon. Ted Arnott): I understand the government House leader has a point of order.

Hon. Paul Calandra: In accordance with standing order 59, I’d just like to introduce the business for the coming week. We will be dealing with Bill 204, standing in the name of Minister Clark; Bill 180, Somalia heritage, standing in the name of Mr. Hassan; and a new bill, which was just introduced in question period, standing in the name of the Attorney General.

1320

top | new search