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Ontario Hansard - 29-April2021

PETITIONS

LONG-TERM CARE


Mme France Gélinas: I would like to thank Terry Trottier, who went around to all of the residents of Red Oak Villa to collect names on this petition. It reads as follows:

“Ban Retirement Home PPE Charges.

“To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

“Whereas Ontario’s retirement homes are largely privately owned corporations; and

“Whereas these businesses have a responsibility to provide personal protective equipment”—better known as PPE—“to their employees; and

“Whereas many retirement homes are adding PPE charges to the residents’ monthly bill, but the PPE is not for the residents but for the employees of the retirement home; and

“Whereas residents of some Sudbury retirement homes have effectively organized letter-writing campaigns and actions to have the PPE charges to residents cancelled and recognized as a retirement home’s cost of doing business;”

They petition the Legislative Assembly as follows:

“Treat our province’s seniors with respect and ban any additional COVID-related fees, including PPE, to retirement home residents.”

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

POLICE SERVICES


Ms. Mitzie Hunter: I have a petition to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.

“Roll Back Emergency Police Powers

“To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

“Whereas in Ontario the COVID-19 infection rate is out of control, ICU beds are full, patients are being transferred around the province and field tent health facilities are being set up;

“Whereas the Ford government’s response to the pandemic in Ontario has been to authorize police to stop, question and potentially fine residents;

“Whereas it has been established that the use of police powers has a disproportionately negative impact on” Black, Indigenous, people of colour “communities in Ontario;

“Whereas these BIPOC community members make up a large portion of essential workers who need to leave their homes to work in our hospitals, LTC homes, grocery stores and other essential service workplaces;

“We, the undersigned, demand the emergency police powers to be rescinded.”

I will sign this petition and submit it to the table.

HEALTH CARE FUNDING


Mme France Gélinas: I would like to thank Mike Larocque from Val Caron in my riding for these petitions.

“Neurological Movement Disorder Clinic in Sudbury.

“To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

“Whereas northeastern Ontario has a high rate of neurological movement disorders; and

“Whereas specialized neurological movement disorder clinics provide essential health care services to those living with diseases such as Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, dystonia, Tourette’s and others; and

“Whereas the city of Greater Sudbury is recognized as a hub for health care in northeastern Ontario;”

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They petition the Legislative Assembly as follows:

“Immediately set up a neurological movement disorder clinic in ... Sudbury ... that is staffed by a neurologist who specializes in the treatment of movement disorders, a physiotherapist and a social worker, at a minimum.”

I support these petitions. I will affix my name to it and send it to the Clerk.

COVID-19 RESPONSE


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

“Whereas new mutations of COVID-19—known colloquially as variants of concern (VOC)—originating in other parts of the world are the main drivers of the devastating, 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;

“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’ll sign this and pass it on to the ushers.

ADDICTION SERVICES


Mme France Gélinas: I would like to thank people from Sudbury and Nickel Belt for these petitions.

“Northern Ontario’s Opioid Overdose Crisis is a Public Health Emergency.

“To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

“Whereas Greater Sudbury first responders attended to 268 suspected opioid overdoses, including 83 deaths in 2020 and 46 deaths from January to April 2021;

“Whereas Greater Sudbury’s per capita overdose death rate is almost three times the Ontario average; and

“Whereas Greater Sudbury and surrounding communities need urgent action from the provincial government to save lives;”

They petition the Legislative Assembly as follows: “To declare the opioid overdose crisis in northern Ontario a public health emergency, and commit to funding for comprehensive, evidence-based local health and community initiatives and infrastructure, such as a supervised consumption site and a residential treatment facility.”

I support these petitions. I will affix my name to it and send it to the Clerk.

COVID-19 RESPONSE


Mr. Kaleed Rasheed: “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, 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 ... 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;

“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 wholeheartedly sign this petition and I will send it to the table.

DOCUMENTS GOUVERNEMENTAUX


Mme France Gélinas: J’aimerais remercier Mme Solange Boudreau de Hanmer dans mon comté pour ces pétitions.

« Accents en français sur les cartes de santé de l’Ontario....

« Alors qu’il est important d’avoir le nom exact des personnes sur les cartes émises par le gouvernement, » telle la « carte santé...;

« Alors que plusieurs personnes francophones ont des accents dans l’épellation de leur nom;

« Alors que ... le ministère de la Santé » a « confirmé que le système informatique de l’Ontario ne permet pas l’enregistrement des lettres avec des accents; »

Ils pétitionnent « l’Assemblée législative de l’Ontario pour qu’elle s’assure que les accents de la langue française soient inclus sur tous les documents ... émis par le gouvernement de l’Ontario, » et ce, incluant la carte santé.

J’appuie cette pétition. Je vais la signer et je l’envoie à la table des greffiers.

COVID-19 RESPONSE


Ms. Christine Hogarth: Petition “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” disease “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;

“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 wholeheartedly agree with this petition. I’m happy to sign it and send it to the table.

ANTI-SMOKING INITIATIVES FOR YOUTH


Mme France Gélinas: I would like to thank all the youths from all over Ontario who sent me these petitions.

“Whereas:

“—In the past 10 years in Ontario, 86% of all movies with on-screen smoking were rated for youth;

“—The tobacco industry has a long, well-documented history of promoting tobacco use on screen;

“—A scientific report released by the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit estimated that 185,000 children in Ontario today will be recruited to smoking by exposure to on-screen smoking;

“—More than 59,000 will eventually die from tobacco-related cancers, strokes, heart disease and emphysema, incurring at least $1.1 billion in health care costs; and whereas an adult rating (18A) for movies that promote on-screen tobacco in Ontario would save at least 30,000 lives and half a billion health care dollars;

“—The Ontario government has a stated goal” of achieving “the lowest smoking rates in Canada;

“—79% of Ontarians support not allowing smoking in movies rated” for youth;

“—The Minister of Government and Consumer Services has the authority to amend the regulations of the Film Classification Act...;”

They “petition the Legislative Assembly ... as follows:

“—To request the Standing Committee on Government Agencies examine the ways in which the regulations of the Film Classification Act could be amended to reduce smoking in youth-rated films released in Ontario;

“—That the committee report back on its findings to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, and that the Minister of Government and Consumer Services prepare a response.”

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

COVID-19 RESPONSE


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

“Whereas new mutations of COVID-19—known colloquially as variants of concern (VOC)—originating in other parts of the world are the main drivers of the devastating” disease “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

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

“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....”

I agree with this petition and I affix my signature to it.

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