Listen to the episode here.
Tara and Kate go through the (kinda depressing sry) news items from this week, which include:
Ford government sitting on $1B in cap-and-trade money:
environmental commissioner says by law it can only be spent on reducing greenhouse gases, but Ford is attempting to pass legislation to circumvent this: www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/doug-ford-cap-and-trade-fund-revenue-1.4841483
PCs invest 90 million into healthcare before flu season (compared to 100 million last year by Libs): toronto.ctvnews.ca/ontario-hospitals-to-get-90-million-to-tackle-hallway-medicine-health-minister-1.4118535
Doug Ford vows to scrap key Liberal labour reform legislation: www.theglobeandmail.com/business/article-doug-ford-vows-to-scrap-key-liberal-labour-reform-legislation/
Tara also sits down with Samiya Abdi, candidate for TDSB Trustee in Scarborogh-Guildwood, who helps to explain what the heck a School Board Trustee is and her vision for her ward.
If you were looking for the name of the organization our friend Saad helps run, you can find it here: www.maxgala.com/
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” (www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2…rd-complaint.html) and “March Home Sales Plunge” (business.financialpost.com/real-estate…ast-march-2)
PARTY PLATFORM BREAKDOWN
- 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