La Petite Saison: Where Do We Go From Here?

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Tara and Kate discuss the impact of the Ontario election and give a sneak peak of what’s to come for the pod.

Though what we’re seeing with the Ford government so far is concerning to say the least, there are opportunities to make your voice heard and to make change. The first opportunity is the upcoming municipal elections across Ontario. By voting in your municipality for a city councillor, mayor, and schoolboard trustee that are championing the issues you care about, you can stand up to Doug Ford’s regressive and hurtful policies. This season, we’re talking about what municipal elections are, how to vote in them, and how to figure out who to vote for.

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Episode 5: Healthcare

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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.

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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

PCs:

  • 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

Liberals:

  • 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

NDP:

  • 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