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Walker2016Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker says it was callous of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to dismiss the troubling testimony from Ontario's frontline health workers as "rhetoric" in Tuesday's Question Period at Queen's Park.

MPP Walker shared with the Premier some of the testimony heard during the pre-budget hearings, including the call from frontline staff for safer staffing levels in long-term care homes, a move also supported by the Ontario Long-Term Care Association, which represents some 440 nursing homes in Ontario.

"Hank Beekhuis of the Christian Labour Association, representing workers in long-term-care homes, told us that they 'had a resident die at the hand of another resident who was not, and could not, based on staffing levels, be adequately supervised,'" said MPP Walker. "Beekhuis also said they 'have had residents neglected...

emancipationToday, Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker delivered the following Statement in the Legislature in recognition of Black History Month.

"Speaker, I rise today to recognize February as Black History Month.

Black History Month is a special occasion for all of us to show our appreciation for the many achievements of people with African heritage in Ontario.

As you know, my riding of Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound commemorates black history with Emancipation Day, which we celebrate every August 1st in Owen Sound and have done so since 1862, making it the longest-running event on this continent.

 Larry-Miller-MP-picToday, Larry Miller, Member of Parliament for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, was elected as the Vice-Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security. Furthermore, Miller was also appointed as the Conservative Party Deputy Critic for Parks Canada, Wildlife and Conservation.

The Public Safety and National Security Committee met this morning for the election of the Chair and Vice-Chairs of the committee. As Vice-Chair, Miller will ...

LarryMiller-featureLarry Miller, Member of Parliament for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, was recently named as a member of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security.

This committee has a mandate to review the policies, programs and expenditure plans of government departments and agencies responsible for public safety and national security, policing and law enforcement, corrections and conditional release of federal offenders, emergency management, crime prevention, and the

 

BWalker-headshot-feature-by Bill Walker, MPP Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound

The year 2015 kicked off with less optimism than expected as the Liberal government was buffeted by growing labour unrest, OPP investigations and ever-increasing hydro rates.

By late January, care coordinators at ten of the 14 Community Care Access Centres (CCACs) across Ontario had gone on strike, including those in Bruce and Grey counties. It was troubling to see this government allow itself to rack up a behemoth $12.5-billion deficit and then force a squeeze on the health care services and programs. At the close of 2015, health care remains on uneasy terms with the government with the lay-offs of 1,700 nurses, hundreds of hospital bed closures around the province, and the axing of medical residency spaces at a time when 800,000 Ontarians continue to go without access to a family doctor.

As someone who holds public health care near and dear to my heart, I find the ongoing fight between the government and our health care professionals very troubling. Where was the government's wherewithal

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