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    LETTER TO THE EDITOR Dear Editor: A historic health care rally occurred at Queen’s Park this Saturday, with hundreds of doctors, patients, and other health care professionals joining together to protest the Liberal Government’s gutting of Ontario’s health care system. We’ve seen the Wynne Liberals cut $815-million from physician services, $50-million from seniors’ physiotherapy services, $20-million from the assistive devices program, and 50 medical residency positions. We’ve also seen the Government cut more than 2,000 children with autism from the Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) therapy waitlist, the only treatment that is statistically effective at improving the development of autistic children. But this is not the first time this Government has forced Ontarians to pay out of their own pocket for much-needed health-care services. Delisting has been extensive under this Government, beginning in 2004 with eye exams, physiotherapy, chiropractic care, and most recently, they quietly cut funding for test strips that diabetics use to monitor their blood sugar levels. The reality is that the government’s continuing cuts are a result of their scandal, waste, and mismanagement. This is a government that wasted $1-billion on the e-Health scandal and another $1.2 billion on the Gas Plant fiasco. This is a government that has let 39 per cent of every dollar for home care go toward administration and bureaucracy rather than frontline care. They are in fact so desperate to spin these cuts that Health Minister Eric Hoskins tried to blame their mismanagement on Ontario’s physicians. In fact, they’ve tried to blame it on everyone except themselves: hospitals, nurses, and even patients. For Ontario’s patients, life is getting harder under the Liberals. Each cut translates into extra days waiting to see their doctor, an extra month waiting for an essential surgery, or months of waiting for a nursing bed. Bottom line, with a reported 1,343 constituents looking for a doctor in Bruce-Grey and 800,000 people across Ontario without a family physician today, these cuts are making physician shortages even worse in Ontario. I believe Ontarians deserve a government that invests in frontline health care workers and makes the health of patients a top priority. It’s time to tell Premier Wynne that enough is enough. Our most vulnerable people shouldn’t be paying for this government’s mistakes. My colleagues and I will continue to hold the government to account for how their mismanagement is taking money out of health care. We will not stop fighting until we have a government and a Health Minister that values frontline workers, and unequivocally puts patients first and puts the money back where it belongs so that Ontarians can get the care they need and deserve. Bill Walker, MPP Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound
    Apr 26, 2016 1:39 pm | Ontario, Bruce
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    Apr 25, 2016 11:29 am | Ontario, Bruce
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    For Immediate Release - April 22, 2016 MPP WALKER WANTS GOVERNMENT TO REINSTATE TRILLUM’S CAPITAL PROGRAM: Local groups to lose out after sudden suspension of critical fund QUEEN’S PARK – Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker says the Liberal government’s surprise move to withdraw the $25 million capital funding program will set back community projects and put local volunteer groups in jeopardy. “This money helps hard-working volunteers to do good things in our communities and to essentially fill gaps that need to be covered. The cancellation of the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s capital program is a big blow to service clubs and community groups across my riding that have very few options for raising capital funds elsewhere.” MPP Walker says it’s insulting that the Government pulled the plug on the program just two weeks before the deadline for intakes, meaning that any completed application or those in process are now worthless. “The government has dumped the spring-round of applications and disregarded the thousands of volunteer hours that it took to complete them,” he explains. “This will also have negative spin-offs on the local economy as many of these grants employ local contractors and locally-sourced supplies.” According to the Ontario Trillium Foundation newsletter, the charity organization funded through proceeds from lotteries in Ontario, is going through budget changes. A replacement program has been promised, but no further details have been provided. Without any details, MPP Walker has doubts about the future of the capital program. He said the $25 million set aside for the program has instead been transferred to the Ontario 150 fund to support events for Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017. In the past, Trillium has doled out funds to help purchase equipment for a new cooperative daycare in the riding, to increase accessibility at local Lions Clubs and Legion Halls, to support the delivery of children's mental health services, and has directly helped out the Billy Bishop Museum, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Palliative Care-Hospice Association, Seniors Centres and countless non-profits across the region. “This is a sad day,” he MPP explains. “As a former Grant Team volunteer on the Trillium Foundation for our region, I saw first-hand how effective this funding was. This is one of the most successful and valuable grant programs the government has administered with a definite return on investment. “Community volunteers invested their time and effort to causes that are dependent on volunteers, tax money was invested back into the local community, jobs were created and many organizations were able to sustain access to, in many cases, community hub facilities which play a key role in our small, rural communities. It was win-win-win all around. “There is simply no other provincial capital programs out there to meet this type of need,” says MPP Walker, adding that his party has called on the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport to immediately reinstate the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s capital grants program. “The fact that the government can’t fund a program that represents a speckle, a mere 0.02 per cent of the province’s budget shows how mismanaged the Liberal government is,” MPP Walker says. “It’s a sad day in Ontario when the government – mired in waste, scandal and mismanagement - is trying to balance the budget on the backs of volunteers and non-profit organizations. My colleagues and I will continue to push for the re-instatement of this very valuable program.” Photo: Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker back in 2012 at an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant announcement with Habitat For Humanity Grey Bruce
    Apr 22, 2016 9:45 am | Ontario, Bruce
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    Public events that Bill is planning to attend Apr 22 - 24, 2016 Friday April 22 >12:30pm - Bill will be attending the Alzheimer Society Trillium Launch Announcement for the Minds & Motions Program taking place at the Owen Sound Family Y at the Julie McArthur Recreational Centre in Owen Sound Saturday April 23 >7:30am - Bill will be attending the Opening Ceremony of the Bruce County Mutual Aid Fire Association School at Bruce Power >10:00am - Bill will be attending and bringing greetings to the District 10 Spring Meeting of the Agricultural Society at the Euphrasia Memorial Rocklyn Community Centre in Rocklyn >7:00pm - Bill will be attending the Crush Cancer Fundraiser for the Bruce Peninsula Health Services Foundation at the Wiarton Curling Club Sunday April 24 >5:00pm - Bill will be attending the Allenford Curling Club BBQ Beef Dinner at the Curling Club, 10 Alice Street in Allenford Tuesday April 26 >3:30pm - Bill will be attending the Community Foundation Grey Bruce Farewell Party for Aly Boltman at the Milk Maid, 947 2nd Avenue East, Owen Sound >6:00pm - Bill will be attending the Hepworth Mens Club April Dinner Meeting at the Hepworth Legion BILL WILL ALSO BE ATTENDING SEVERAL BIRTHDAY AND ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS OVER THE WEEKEND
    Apr 20, 2016 6:06 pm | Ontario, Bruce
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    For Immediate Release - April 20, 2016 MPP Walker calls on Health Minister to wipe out backlog in medical aids QUEEN’S PARK – Today, Bill Walker, the MPP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, challenged the Health Minister to deliver an action plan to wipe out the backlog in the Assistive Devices program that’s leaving our most vulnerable people waiting too long to get their wheelchairs, walkers and other mobility aids. “The backlog consists of some of Ontario’s most vulnerable, severely disabled citizens, people in need, and you have left them waiting far too long. Clearly the Assistive Device program’s approval process, set up by this government, is not working,” MPP Walker said in Question Period. “I ask the Minister to consider a recommendation from the Canadian Assistive Devices Association (CADA) to wipe out the backlog by bringing in product approval timelines that take into account prior testing and ensure oversight of the new process.” MPP Walker said he was disappointed the Minister has not yet brought forward an action plan to reduce processing time and, most importantly, ensure people receive service as quickly as possible. “I reminded the Minister that back in 2009, the Liberal government had a backlog of 3,200 clients and a 16-week delay, which they said was unacceptable. Today, we’re hearing about a 50-week delay, and in another client’s case, 60 weeks,” MPP Walker said. “The Minister needs to commit today to wiping out the backlog and fixing the inefficient approvals process.” MPP Walker said he has written the Minister about two egregious examples of this backlog – one involving Jeff Preston of London, who waited one year for just an assessment of his wheelchair, and another involving Morris Caby of Toronto, who waited one year and two months to get his motorized wheelchair. “AD clients and the AD Association need action from this Minister and this Government to ensure that those who have been left waiting by this ineffective approvals process will get access to the medical devices they need and deserve in a timely way,” said MPP Walker. Late last year, MPP Walker questioned the Liberal government’s decision to cut $20 million in funding from the Assistive Devices program in the 2015 budget. “This is what happens as a result of continuous over-spending, mismanagement and scandals like the gas plants that wasted $1billion dollars. Shame on the Liberals for rationing care and for attempting to balance the books on the backs of vulnerable Ontarians,” concluded MPP Walker.
    Apr 20, 2016 2:18 pm | Ontario, Bruce
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    Discussing backlog & faster access to medical aids with the Canadian Assistive Devices Association (CADA) today at Queen's Park. Keen to see better accessibility.
    Apr 20, 2016 1:57 pm | Ontario, Bruce
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    April 20 2016 - Statement on Duncan Hawthorne, Retiring from Bruce Power
    Apr 20, 2016 12:51 pm | Ontario, Bruce
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    April 20 2016 - Question to Health Minister on Assistive Devices Backlog
    Apr 20, 2016 9:12 am | Ontario, Bruce
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    Apr 19, 2016 4:04 pm | Ontario, Bruce
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    April 19 2016 - Debate on Political Financing Reform
    Apr 19, 2016 2:35 pm | Ontario, Bruce
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    Proud of Melanie Pledger who was recently awarded the Youth Achievement Award and Young Leaders Scholarship from the Lieutenant Governor at Queen's Park on February the 26th. Congratulations Melanie and best of continued success!
    Apr 19, 2016 8:55 am | Ontario, Bruce
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    Bill and MP Larry Miller visited West Hill Secondary School to award four senior skiers with Certificates of Recognition for their skiing achievements at OFSAA. Together as a team of four, James Beck, Rod Bottrell, Simon Smith and Aiden Tullio earned a silver medal for their combined results after skiing 7.5 km at Highlands Nordic on Feb 25th. They then went on to earn a gold medal in the relay event on Feb 26th, 2016. Congratulations! (L-R) Aiden Tullio, Rod Bottrell, MP Larry Miller, MPP Bill Walker, James Beck and Simon Smith.
    Apr 15, 2016 3:38 pm | Ontario, Bruce
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    Apr 14, 2016 12:55 pm | Ontario, Bruce
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    Public events that Bill is planning to attend Apr 15-16, 2016 Friday April 15 >5:30pm - Bill will be attending the South Bruce Grey Health Centre Volunteer Appreciation Dinner at the Walkerton Knights of Columbus, Highway 9, 1658 Mildmay Saturday April 16 >10:00am - Bill will be attending and presenting congratulations at the Meaford UCW 25th Annual Quilt Show at the Meaford United Church, 7 Boucher Street East in Meaford (Corner of Boucher and Sykes Streets) >1:00pm - Bill will be attending the Christ Church Tea Party celebrating the Queen Elizabeth’s 90th Birthday at 34 Boucher Street East, in Meaford BILL WILL ALSO BE ATTENDING SEVERAL BIRTHDAY AND ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS OVER THE WEEKEND
    Apr 14, 2016 12:41 pm | Ontario, Bruce
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    Bill, Jim McDonell MPP and MPP Lorne Coe join parents on the front lawn of Queen’s Park to protest cuts to special education and potential closure of schools for deaf, blind and severely learning-disabled students.
    Apr 14, 2016 12:36 pm | Ontario, Bruce
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    April 14 2016 - Question to Education Minister, Demonstration School Closures
    Apr 14, 2016 9:54 am | Ontario, Bruce
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    Apr 14, 2016 4:58 am | Ontario, Bruce
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    Paramedics at Queen's Park today
    Apr 13, 2016 7:13 pm | Ontario, Bruce
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    Supporting nurses & advocating for better management of #Diabetes with Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario #bestpractices
    Apr 13, 2016 7:06 pm | Ontario, Bruce
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    With PC Caucus, Pakistani High Commissioner, Consul General & community leaders at Queen's Park
    Apr 13, 2016 6:58 pm | Ontario, Bruce
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    Apr 11 2016 - Bill 181, Municipal Elections Modernization Act
    Apr 11, 2016 4:10 pm | Ontario, Bruce
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    Pleased to support Parkinson Canada and recognize #WorldParkinsonsDay #ParkinsonsDisease
    Apr 11, 2016 1:49 pm | Ontario, Bruce
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    Enjoyed a great chat about access to #LongTermCare with @Ontario Medical Student Association Executive for #OMSALobby day at Queen's Park today
    Apr 11, 2016 1:47 pm | Ontario, Bruce
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    April 11, 2016 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MPP Lorne Coe questions the Premier on post-stroke care QUEEN'S PARK – Today, during Question Period, Lorne Coe, MPP for Whitby-Oshawa, called on the Premier to explain the Liberal Government’s apparent inability to satisfy a commitment made in the House over a year ago. Mr. Coe spoke to the issue of the failure of the Liberal Government to provide adequate funding for the treatment of adult post-stroke victims who are under the age of sixty-five. He cited the case of local resident Jim McEwen, who has been a champion of changes to the current legislation and regulations. One year ago, the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Eric Hoskins, was asked by then Whitby-Oshawa MPP, Christine Elliott, to expand the post-stroke recovery services for individuals between the ages of twenty and sixty-four years. At the time, the Minister responded by saying “My ministry, for some time, has been working on the precise issue that she has raised.” But Mr. Coe reported that over the past year, nothing further has been done and asked, “When will the Premier and her government start to satisfy not only the expectations of Ontario residents, but its actual commitments?” He concluded by asking the Premier if her failure to implement the improvements was a direct result of her government’s inability to properly manage the health care system. The video is available at https://youtu.be/P0mYlqIRDxg
    Apr 11, 2016 12:23 pm | Ontario, Bruce
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    Apr 08, 2016 8:55 pm | Ontario, Bruce
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    For Immediate Release - April 8, 2016 Walker joins Leader’s call on Government to Clean Up Fundraising Mess in Ontario QUEEN’S PARK – This morning, Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker joined his party Leader Patrick Brown to present a six-point plan to clean up political financing in Ontario. The proposal includes calling a Public Inquiry into the awarding of government contracts, grants and contributions to corporations and other entities who made donations to the governing party. It also includes establishing an all-party select committee, limiting third-party advertising, banning corporate and union donations, ending ministerial targets and fundraising, and strengthening lobbying restrictions. “Serious allegations have been raised in the media as to the conduct of this government, and the perception is growing that it may have turned doing government business into a money-making machine for the Ontario Liberal Party,” said Brown. “Integrity is the foundation of trust with the people of Ontario. The people of Ontario have lost trust in this government.” MPP Walker said while the Liberal Government has promised to reform the current system, it`s failed to do so because it`s looking out for its own political survival. “The only reason the government is now talking about changing the rules is because it looks like they got caught,” MPP Walker explained. “They rejected these changes three times over the past few years. They rejected it in October 2015 when they voted down my Private Member’s Bill, they rejected it in 2013 when they voted against a bill by my colleague Rick Nicholls (MPP for Chatham-Kent-Essex), and they rejected it in 2011 when they voted down a bill introduced my colleague Ted Arnott (MPP for Wellington-Halton Hills). “If they were sincere about making the system fair and transparent, they have had plenty of time and opportunity to do it,” he said. MPP Walker said the public and the opposition parties have been asking the government questions, and the Premier has refused to answer. “They`re looking out for themselves, but we believe the people of Ontario deserve to know nothing less than the truth.” In addition to the Inquiry, the PC Caucus is also asking for the creation of a Special Select Committee with equal representation from all parties to provide input from across the province, limits to third-party special interest advertising, a complete phase-out of union and corporate donations, an end to Ministerial fundraising targets, and a strengthening of Lobbying restrictions. MPP Bill Walker who has previously pushed for limits to third-party advertising added, “In the last election special interests purchased almost $9-million in political advertising. Ontario is the wild west of election financing. We believe that elections must be fair, where everyone gets a fair shot. As a result changes to election financing rules must include limits to this unaccountable spending that level the playing field for Ontarians.” The full language of the Ontario PC Caucus’ plan can be found below: - Immediately call a Public Inquiry into the allegations of government contracts, grants, and contributions being awarded to corporations and other entities who made donations to the governing party. - Creation of a Special Select Committee with equal representation from all parties that will take public input at Queen’s Park and across the province. This committee would also include the Integrity Commissioner, the Conflict of Interest Commissioner and the Chief Electoral Officer. - Limit Third Party Advertising in line with other Canadian jurisdictions prior to the next election. - Completely phase out donations from corporations, unions, and associations from provincial politics (both for general and leadership elections) prior to the next election. - Put an immediate end to fundraising targets by ministers and solicitation of funds from stakeholders within a Minister’s portfolio. - Strengthen Lobbying restrictions for ministers and their staff, including in-service rules and post-service cooling off periods.
    Apr 08, 2016 12:58 pm | Ontario, Bruce
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    Apr 7 2016 - Bill 180, An Act to Proclaim Workers Day of Mourning
    Apr 07, 2016 6:53 pm | Ontario, Bruce
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    Congratulations to Catherine Stratton, recipient of a Leading Women Building Communities Award
    Apr 07, 2016 6:37 pm | Ontario, Bruce
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    Proud to support my friend @PercyHatfield on his Private Member's Bill, Bill 180 An Act to Proclaim a Workers Day of Mourning and to sign the #JerseyOfCourage
    Apr 07, 2016 6:28 pm | Ontario, Bruce
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    Apr 06, 2016 5:45 pm | Ontario, Bruce
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    Apr 6 2016 - Opposition Day Motion
    Apr 06, 2016 1:55 pm | Ontario, Bruce
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    April 6 2016 - Statement - Tartan Day
    Apr 06, 2016 12:21 pm | Ontario, Bruce
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    Public events that Bill is planning to attend Apr 9-10, 2016 Saturday, April 9 9:00 am - Bill will be attending the Grey County Black History Event being held at Grey Roots Museum located at 102599 Grey Road 18. 10:30 am - Bill will be attending the Owen Sound Family History Centre’s Open House located at 490 2nd Avenue East in Owen Sound. 12:00 pm - Bill will attend the Georgian College Open House located at 1450 8th Street East in Owen Sound. 1:30 pm - Bill will be attending “A History in Plain Sight” Freemasonry Event being held at the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre located at 33 Victoria Street North in Southampton. 5:30 pm - Bill will be attending the 18th Annual Community Awards being held at the Meaford and St. Vincent Community Centre located at 151 Collingwood Street West in Meaford. Sunday, April 10 9:00 am - Bill will be attending the Owen Sound Royal Canadian Legion Branch 6 “C” Convention being held at the Owen Sound Legion located at 1450 2nd Avenue West in Owen Sound. BILL WILL ALSO BE ATTENDING SEVERAL BIRTHDAY AND ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS OVER THE WEEKEND
    Apr 06, 2016 9:12 am | Ontario, Bruce
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    Apr 5 2016 - Statement - Ontario Bioscience Innovation Organization, MPP Health Science Caucus
    Apr 05, 2016 12:15 pm | Ontario, Bruce
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    Apr 4 2016 - Debate on Bill 100 - Ontario Trails Act
    Apr 04, 2016 2:06 pm | Ontario, Bruce
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    Apr 4 2016 - Question Period - Walker Questions Premier on Political Fundraising
    Apr 04, 2016 11:10 am | Ontario, Bruce
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    Thank you Owen Sound Rotary for 20 years of community service!
    Apr 02, 2016 2:48 pm | Ontario, Bruce
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    Toured Medical Pharmacies this past week located in the Grey Granite Building in the City of Owen Sound
    Apr 02, 2016 2:32 pm | Ontario, Bruce
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    The The Dementia Play, Grey Bruce funded by Ontario Seniors' Secretariat to raise awareness of Alzheimers Alzheimer Society of Grey-Bruce
    Apr 02, 2016 2:23 pm | Ontario, Bruce
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    With Greta Gilbert Miss Teen Bruce-Grey County, Wiarton Willie and Purple Valley Bunny mascots at the Purple Valley Maple Syrup Festival Explore The Bruce
    Apr 02, 2016 2:13 pm | Ontario, Bruce
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    For Immediate Release - April 1, 2016 MPP Walker launches a petition to stop the hike on seniors’ drugs QUEEN’S PARK – Local MPP Bill Walker has penned a new petition to call on the Government to stop its planned hike on seniors’ drug costs. MPP Walker will present petitions in the Legislature as soon as signed petitions come into his office. “I’m hearing from a lot of concerned senior citizens in my riding and across Ontario who don’t want to be slapped with higher medical drug costs,” MPP Walker said. “I launched this petition to give them a voice and to support them in their fight against these unaffordable and egregious policy changes to health care in Ontario.” MPP Walker said he expects the petition to get a lot of traction. “Most seniors are on a fixed income and live in medically underserviced and rural areas. Hiking the cost of their medical drugs would be detrimental to their health and wellness. It’s just unconscionable,” he said. The government’s changes as proposed in the 2016 Budget to raise the annual deductible to $170 from $100 and to increase the co-payment or fee paid per prescription will hurt the vast majority of Ontario’s seniors by nearly doubling the cost of their prescription drugs, explained MPP Walker. “It will reduce access, contributing to poor health over time and causing potentially much higher costs to the system. Instead of hiking, the Government should be ensuring our seniors have affordable access to medical drugs,” said MPP Walker. The petition points out that prescription drugs make up the largest portion — almost 30 per cent — of out-of-pocket spending for seniors, and that the average senior household spends about $500 a year on regular prescription drugs. “Seniors on fixed incomes cannot afford to pay more for prescription drugs — and should not be forced to skip medications that they can no longer afford and put their health at risk, potentially sending them to emergency departments or forcing them to be hospitalized, the most costly form of health care utilization,” said MPP Walker said. People interested in adding their signature can print off a copy from MPP Walker’s website at www.billwalkermpp.com or contact his constituency office at 519-371-2421 or bill.walker@pc.ola.org.
    Apr 01, 2016 10:03 am | Ontario, Bruce

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    Buy a daffodil pin and wear it in April to show your support for Canadians living with #cancer. @cancersociety #jointhefight
    Mar 31, 2016 3:24 pm | Ontario, Bruce
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    Mar 27, 2016 12:48 pm | Ontario, Bruce
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    Mar 24, 2016 2:10 pm | Ontario, Bruce
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    Proud to support #EpilepsyAwareness in honour of #PurpleDay on March 26 Epilepsy Ontario with MPPs @Bob Bailey, Tim Hudak, @Lisa Thompson, Gila Martow, @Jim McDonnell, Jeff Yurek MPP Elgin-Middlesex-London, Laurie Scott
    Mar 24, 2016 2:09 pm | Ontario, Bruce
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    For Immediate Release - March 23, 2016 MPP Walker appalled Liberals ready to throw more money on shady contracts rather than put it toward seniors’ drug care and needed nursing beds QUEEN’S PARK – Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker repeated his demand on the Liberal government to cancel its plan to hike seniors’ drug coverage. Today, he challenged the government to stop squandering more money on shady contracts and start putting dollars where they are needed the most: making our seniors’ drug care affordable and increasing access to long-term care beds. “This government is prepared to repeat its track record of wasteful spending as Ornge signs yet another lease with AugustaWestland - the same company under criminal investigation by the OPP anti-rackets branch,” MPP Walker said during Question Period. “I would just like to know how does the Minister Responsible for Long-Term Care feel about this continued waste and mismanagement at a time when her government is looking to double the cost of seniors’ drugs, when 24,000 seniors are without access to a nursing bed, and when she has yet to find money to rebuild 30,000 outdated beds?” MPP Walker was joined last week at Queen’s Park by seniors advocacy groups, including CARP, United Senior Citizens of Ontario and the Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes & Services for Seniors, when he called on the government to halt drug hikes and commit to putting money into building long-term care beds. “It’s time to put honesty into this debate and prove to Ontarians that you're prepared to put a stop to waste and put the health care needs of people first,” Walker added. “If you denounced the waste and the billions spent on failed programs like eHealth, Ornge and SAMS, if you started managing the budget properly and didn’t spend $12 Billion a year on interest payments, then you would have the money for our seniors’ drug care plan, and money to build the needed nursing beds and eliminate the shameful long-term care waitlist.” “The take away is this government can`t be trusted to get seniors policies right nor to stand up for Ontario`s frail and vulnerable seniors,” Walker concluded.
    Mar 23, 2016 3:32 pm | Ontario, Bruce
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    March 23 2016 - Question to Health Minister on Seniors and Long-Term Care
    Mar 23, 2016 10:17 am | Ontario, Bruce
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    Proud to stand with Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound farmer Noa Mullin and fellow members of the Beef Farmers of Ontario at Queen's Park today with Lisa Thompson, MPP
    Mar 22, 2016 2:35 pm | Ontario, Bruce
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    For Immediate Release - March 22, 2016 MPP Walker pushes Health Minister to restore high-doctor-need designation for local community QUEEN’S PARK – There is a high need for new doctors in the Town of South Bruce Peninsula, according to the province – but that designation wasn’t sitting well with Health Minister Eric Hoskins and so he scrapped it last fall. Today, MPP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound challenged the Minister to reinstate that designation so that local families can get access to primary care. “You have cut off a community in need, one with a significant burden of poverty, a high proportion of vulnerable, frail seniors, an at-risk First Nations population and a community identified by your own ministry as underserviced,” MPP Walker said during Question Period. “The doctor shortage is critical and it’s only going to get worse. Given the evidence, the people of South Bruce Peninsula expect you to reinstate their High Physician Need Designation. Will you do that today, Minister?” challenged MPP Walker. More than 300 communities across Ontario have been identified as having a high need for doctors. Two are in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, which are South Bruce Peninsula and Owen Sound. “The reality that the residents of Owen Sound and South Bruce Peninsula remain in high need of physicians and that they have not had access to family doctors is simply inexcusable,” he said. “This Liberal government has been in charge for 13 years, yet 300 communities remain underserviced, and the list is only going to grow. This is a deplorable and indefensible record.” Despite the Minister promising to make it easier to match patients with doctors, as many as 800,000 Ontarians remain without one today. “This government just doesn’t get it,” MPP Walker concluded. “It’s alarming that this government and this Minister continue to ignore the warning signs that their cuts to health care are further undermining doctor recruitment and retention, and seriously challenging the ability of doctors to meet the needs of our growing and aging population.”
    Mar 22, 2016 11:20 am | Ontario, Bruce
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    March 22 2016 - Question to Health Minister on the shortage of family doctors in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound
    Mar 22, 2016 9:41 am | Ontario, Bruce

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