Thursday, April 2, 2009

Major Cuts to Niagara's Hospitals Threaten our Health

Niagara’s Hospitals are Particularly Hard Hit

The NHS has to find cuts to eliminate a budget deficit of approx. $16 million this year and $15 million next year, even though all experts agree that the hospital system is grossly underfunded.

The Niagara Health System has already announced major cuts to staff and services, including:
Closing the Emergency Rooms and surgical beds – and ultimately the entire hospitals in Port Colborne and Fort Erie. These ERs saw more than 40,000 patients last year -- patients who will now have to travel into St. Catharines, Welland and Niagara Falls. This is threatening to overwhelm our already overstretched ERs and hospital beds.

Closing birthing and mental health services across the peninsula – all patients will have to travel into St. Catharines further overcrowding the hospital here.

Cuts to hospital beds and other services

The hospital cuts and restructuring plan for Niagara will result in a net loss of hospital services for our whole region. We should be very concerned that our hospital cannot take the influx of patients from all across the Niagara peninsula as services are cut and closed down.

What We Can Do: Take Our Fight to Jim Bradley

Did You Know?
Ontario’s hospitals are funded $100 less per person than hospitals in other provinces. This equals $1.2 billion in total less than other provinces. McGuinty is forcing these cuts by funding the NHS at less than the rate of inflation. It is very important that our local Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) Jim Bradley, hears from us in St. Catharines, that we are concerned and want him to stop the cuts.

April 4 : Mass leafleting day.
Join us at the market square at 8:00 am or at the CAW Hall, 124 Bunting
St. Catharines at Noon . We will be leafleting for two hours.

April 8: Planning Meeting Niagara Health Coalition
CAW Hall , 124 Bunting RD, 7:00 pm

April 18: Join in the Cross Province Protest at
Jim Bradley’s office at noon. Unit 2, 2 Secord Drive, St. Catharines,

Write/call/email Jim Bradley our local MPP:
Unit 2, 2 Secord Drive, St. Catharines, ON, L2N 1K8
T: 905-935-0018 F: 905-935-0191 E:
Write/call/email Premier Dalton McGuinty:
Room 281, Main Legislative Building, Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON, M7A 1A4
T: 416-325-1941 F: 416-325-3745 E:

Volunteer with the Niagara Health Coalition: 905-932-1646

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Quebec Election : Interesting Tidbits

Quebec Solidaire co-leader Amir Khadir won the party's first ever seat in Mercier.

Former Quebec Green Party leader Scott McKay was elected as a PQ member in l'Assomption.

Former CSQ President Monique Richard was elected as a PQ member from Marguerite D'Youville.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Canada's First Federal NDP Cabinet Ministers

1. Jack Layton (ON)
2. Tom Mulcair (QC)
3. Libby Davies (BC)
4. Judy Wasylycia-Leis (MB)
5. David Christopherson (ON)
6. Linda Duncan (AB)

Of course, it's just a prediction in the event that this coalition falls into place. The MSM is reporting that the NDP will get 6 cabinet seats. The NDP contingent will surely be regionally balanced and conform to the principle of gender parity.

Layton is a no-brainer. Davies has been a loyal Layton foot soldier and a solid performer. Wasylycia-Leis is also one of the party's shining stars in the House. Mulcair is in because he has cabinet experience and is from Quebec. Christopherson also has cabinet experience in the Rae government. My last pick was Duncan - admittedly, she's a rookie, but she'd make a wonderful Environment Minister. If not Duncan, expect Godin or Jack Harris to get the nod to give Atlantic Canada some representation in the NDP mini cabinet.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Hey Bob Rae, Fire Your Editor

Check this out. Front and centre on his leadership campaign website:

“I have the judgment, the character, the values and the experience to lead at very difficult time in the life of our country.”

And they said Dion had a poor command of the English language...

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Party Questions for Blogging Dippers

Calling all Blogging Dippers... I need your help gathering info (that should be readily accessible, but is not) concerning leadership selection methods in NDP provincial sections.

I know Ontario mimics the federal leadership selction process and that Manitoba recently reverted to the delegated convention from a system of One Member One Vote. But what about the other provinces? Any idea... delegated convention, OMOV, or some other method?

Also, I'm wondering which provincial sections have spaces reserved for Labour representatives in the executive structure.

Leaving a comment with any insight would be greatly appreciated...

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

This Blog is on Extended Hiatus

I have no idea when I will start blogging again. In the meantime, check out the archives.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Jack Layton and Malcolm Allen Talk About the Economy in Niagara

Layton was the first leader to visit the Niagara Region during the campaign.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Meanwhile, in Provincial Politics....

The NDP is still leading the polls in Nova Scotia. The most recent numbers from CRA were published yesterday.

Nova Scotia
NDP 36%
Tories 33%
Liberals 28%

Newfoundland and Labrador
Tories 78%
Liberals 14%
NDP 7%

New Brunswick
Liberals 49%
Tories 34%
NDP 14%

Friday, July 18, 2008

Michael Prue and Separate School Funding in Ontario

NDP leadership candidate Michael Prue made his campaign relevant for five seconds before promptly withdrawing his comments on separate school funding... sigh.

But he quickly ran into a bit of hot water by suggesting the NDP's policy supporting public funding of Catholic schools should be reviewed.

Prue says he thinks "it is time" that the party takes a look at the issue.

As handlers tried to stop the news conference, Prue insisted he wasn't trying to re-open the debate about religion and schools that caused so much trouble for Conservative Leader John Tory in last year's election.

And he insisted it would be up to someone else to bring forward the idea of changing the policy on school funding at the NDP's leadership convention next March.

Any candidate who is willing to champion this issue will carve out a pretty decent chunk of support. Do any of them have the political will?

Michael Prue to Run for NDP Leadership

First Bisson, now Prue. This NDP leadership camapign is shaping up to be the most boring contest in Ontario political history. We can expect announcements from Peter Tabuns and Andrea Horwath shortly, but that won't help much in my view. Among the four, Tabuns should be considered the front-runner.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Why Gilles Bisson's Campaign for the NDP Leadership Will Falter

Gilles Bisson, NDP MPP for Timmins-James Bay is the first candidate to announce his intention to replace Howard Hampton as Ontario NDP leader. He has little chance of winning. He should be considered a token candidate from the North. Why can't he win?

1. He's too much like Howard Hampton (male, tied to the Rae government, and from Northern Ontario).
2. Despite being at Queen's Park since 1990, he has little name recognition. This won't help in a OMOV election.
3. He voted against the Endangered Species Act.
4. I can't imagine he will muster much, if any, support from the party's tiny caucus.