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Episode 5: Healthcare

Listen to episode 5 here.

Kate and Tara chat with two nurses who help explain the benefits & limitations of our healthcare system and what they will be looking for in election platforms in June.


News from this week – “Teacher’s Unions File Complaint Against the Ontario Government” (…rd-complaint.html) and “March Home Sales Plunge” (…ast-march-2)



  • Doug Ford publicly stated that no nurses would lose their jobs under his government
  • committed to creating 15,000 new hospital beds within five years, and 30,000 over the next 10 years to end hallway medecine
  • committed $1.9 billion over ten years for mental health


  • free pharmacare and dental care for individuals under the age of 25 and over the age of 65
  • increasing spending by $5 billion over three years
  • will cover pharmacare (covers a list of 4,400 drugs) and dental care for individuals in between the ages of 25 and 65 who are not covered through their work
  • $822 million in hospital funding
  • $17.1 billion for mental health care over four years


  • immediately increase hospital funding by 5.3% ($30 million) and introduce 2,000 new hospital beds
  • create 35 new Community Health Centres by 2025
  • fully cover the costs of transition drugs for trans individuals
  • universal pharmacare (covers a list of 125 essential drugs) and dental care



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