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April

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    Ministry of Energy Ignoring the Voice of Dutton Dunwich
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    Liberals Rationing Life-Saving Cancer Treatments
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    Statement on World Hemophilia Day
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    MPP Yurek Questions the Minister of Education on the Closing of Demonstration Schools in London. @saveprovschools #saveprovincialschools
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    Statement on Parkinson's Awareness Month
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    Statement on Heeman’s Winning the 2016 Agri-Business Award
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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 7, 2016 Statement from the Ontario PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek on World Health Day The following statement is from Ontario PC Health Critic MPP Jeff Yurek (Elgin-Middlesex-London) on World Health Day: “Today marks World Health Day 2016. The theme this year is ‘Beat Diabetes,’ with the goal of limiting the spread and impact of diabetes by increasing awareness, scaling up prevention, strengthening care and enhancing surveillance. There are two main types of diabetes. Individuals with type 1 diabetes are unable to produce their own insulin while individuals with type 2 diabetes, the most common form, do not produce enough insulin. Untreated, diabetes can cause serious health effects such as heart attacks, nerve damage, strokes, kidney failure, blindness and infections that lead to amputations. Roughly 422 million people worldwide have diabetes, a number that has quadrupled since 1980. In Ontario alone, almost 1.5 million people have diabetes. Diabetes complications can be prevented by following a healthy diet, regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy body weight and avoiding the use of tobacco. On World Health Day, I encourage Ontarians to learn more about diabetes and the steps we can take to halt its rise and lead healthier lives. I also want to thank all of the dedicated health care professionals that work day-in and day-out to help diagnose, treat and prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes.”
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    Statement on Daffodil Days - Cancer Awareness
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    Minister Hoskins attempts Liberal spin that falls short on the truth. PC party caucus has brought forth legislation many times to change the rules.
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    Minister Hoskins attempts Liberal spin that falls short on the truth. PC party caucus has brought forth legislation many times to change the rules.
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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 1, 2016 Statement from the Ontario PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek on National Oral Health Month The following statement is from Ontario PC Health Critic, MPP Jeff Yurek (Elgin-Middlesex-London) on National Oral Health Month: “The month of April marks National Oral Health Month. The focus is to raise awareness on the importance of oral health. Oral health care directly affects quality of life, including a person’s ability to eat, speak and socialize. Every year approximately 3,200 Canadians are diagnosed with oral cancer and 1,050 deaths from oral cancer occur. What’s more, oral health can be linked to chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. As a result, good oral health and regular dental appointments can not only keep your mouth healthy, but play a role in overall health as well. As part of the National Oral Health Month the Canadian Health Association has published 5 steps to Oral Health. The 5 steps included visiting your dentist on a regular basis, keeping your mouth clean by brushing and flossing, making healthy food choices, regularly checking your mouth and last but not least avoiding tobacco. I commend the many health care professionals that work to improve oral health in our province.”

March

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 29, 2016 WITTY TRAVELLER WINS SPECIALTY AWARD QUEEN’S PARK – On Monday, March 21st Railway City Brewing won the “speciality” award for the Witty Traveller Wheat Ale beer at the Ontario Legislature. “It is great to see Railway City Brewing win again at the Legislature for one of their outstanding craft beers. This past summer the “Witty Traveller” received a national gold medal at the Canadian Brewing Awards in Niagara.” stated local MPP, Jeff Yurek (Elgin-Middlesex-London). On Monday, March 21st the Ontario Legislature held the 11th annual Ontario Craft Brewers reception. They hosted 32 brewers representing 26 ridings in Ontario with over 90 different craft beers to sample. “The Witty Traveller will be highlighted in the Legislative Dining Room and at other Queen’s Park venues over the next year. It is an honour to represent an area that is home to one of the best craft beer companies in Ontario” said Yurek.
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    Yurek Questions Minister on Attack to Doctors
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    National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Statement
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    Yurek Questions Minister on Elgin Wind Projects

February

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    Statement from Ontario PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek on National Eating Disorders Awareness Week: “This week marks the national Hands Up for Eating Disorder Awareness Week. This week is an opportunity for Ontarians to learn, support and discuss the needs of those struggling with an eating disorder. It is a time to shed light on dangerous myths and promote prevention. Eating disorders can develop in anyone regardless of age, race, socioeconomic status, gender or ability and has the highest mortality rate among all psychiatric illnesses. Unfortunately, since Ontario does not have a system for tracking those suffering from eating disorders, there is no information as to the number of sufferers or the times people wait for treatment. Too many people are unable to access the treatment they need. Ontario can do better. I commend the National Initiative for Eating Disorders, all of the organizations, volunteers and healthcare professionals for their advocacy on increasing awareness of the seriousness of this awful disease.” -30-
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    Statement from Ontario PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek on World Cancer Day: “Today on World Cancer Day 2016, we draw attention to the disease that does not discriminate. A disease that affects all ages and kills more that 8 million people worldwide each year. This day reminds us to never end the fight against cancer. This year’s theme, We Can, I Can, highlights how we can do our part to reduce the burden of cancer. I encourage everyone to take action to help prevent and fight cancer. I want to commend all the organizations, researchers, volunteers and health care professionals who work tirelessly every day in the fight against cancer. They raise awareness and funds while providing support and treatment to those suffering from cancer. Together we can make a difference and defeat cancer.”

January

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    MPP Jeff Yurek 2016 Provincial Budget Consultations On Wednesday, February 10th, MPP Jeff Yurek will be hosting budget consultations for the 2016 provincial budget. The consultations will be held in 3 parts of the riding (Dutton/Dunwich, Dorchester & St. Thomas) and will be open to the public. Anyone that would like to present their ideas to MPP Jeff Yurek will be allotted 10 minutes to make a one on one presentation. All submissions will be shared with the PC Critic of Finance – Vic Fedeli and the Minister of Finance – Charles Sousa. Please contact Whitney to book a presentation time at 519-631-0666. We would also ask that all participants provide us with a copy of their presentation. Budget Consultation Information: Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 Time & Locations: 9:30am-11am – Dutton/Dunwich Municipal Office – Council Chambers 199 Currie Road Dutton, ON N0L 1J0 1pm-2:30pm – Municipality of Thames Centre – Council Chambers 4305 Hamilton Rd, Dorchester, ON, N0L 1G3 3:30pm-5:30pm – Jeff Yurek’s Constituency Office 750 Talbot Street, Suite 201 St. Thomas, ON, N5P 1E2 Host: Jeff Yurek RSVP: Whitney McWilliam| 519-631-0666 | whitney.mcwilliam@pc.ola.org
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    Great to participate in Senior Healthcare roundtable hosted bt Whitby-Oshawa PC candidate Lorne Coe. Great support for Lorne in canvassing after roundtable

December

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 2, 2015 AUDITOR GENERAL REPORT CONFIRMS THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT’S INABILITY TO MANAGE HEALTH CARE QUEEN’S PARK – Today the Auditor General released a scathing report highlighting the devastating effects of 12 years of Liberal waste and mismanagement. The report details how Ontarians are bearing the brunt of the Liberal Government’s inability to manage health care. Ontario PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek noted “we have seen a complete lack of oversight, planning and accountability which is having a negative impact on our health care system.” The report details that since 2007, when Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) were created, the Ministry of Health has not clearly determined what would constitute a fully integrated health care system, timelines for implementation on how that vision would be achieved, or how performance would be measured. “How can the Ministry critique the LHINs’ performance without clear definitions and goals?” questioned MPP Yurek. The Auditor General also reported that the Liberal Government must take urgent action to address the poor state of the home and community health care sector. Since 2009, the Ministry of Health increased spending on home care services by 42%, up to $2.52 billion, while the number of clients served only increased by 22%. “Vulnerable patients continue to languish on wait lists because the government has never ensured value for money and the highest quality of care. This is simply unacceptable,” added Yurek. “The government has not corrected the problems highlighted in the 2010 audit,” noted Yurek. “I am concerned they are not competent enough to fix the system. In general, this report highlights the inability of the Liberal Government to manage the province’s finances and essential public services.” “Ontario has some of the best doctors, nurses and frontline caregivers who work hard every day for their patients. The Wynne Liberals must take an approach that puts patients - not waste or a lack of accountability - at the centre of decision-making,” concluded Jeff Yurek. A copy of the report can be viewed at: http://www.auditor.on.ca/en/reports_2015_en.htm

November

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    Liberal's Plan to Further Tax Ontarians
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    For Immediate Release: November 12, 2015 Statement from PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek on Family Doctor Week 2015 “On behalf of the Ontario PC Caucus, I would like to commend Ontario’s family doctors for their dedication to their patients and the delivery of quality health care services throughout all parts of the province. Family physicians are a critical component of the health care system. They are frequently the first touchpoint for patients needing care and are the gatekeeper to access for many other health care services, working hard throughout to do what’s in the best interest of their patients. Celebrating Family Doctor Week is a good reminder of the importance of having a family doctor. Unfortunately, 800,000 Ontarians are currently without a family doctor, meaning many are not having their health care needs appropriately met. Ontario is blessed with dedicated and selfless family doctors, but they are fighting an uphill battle; physician resources are tapped and they are facing the growing burden of an aging population requiring more complex care – an additional 140,000 patients enter into our health care system every year. As a result, less than half of Ontarians are able to see their primary care provider within 24 hours of getting sick, and close to a quarter of Ontarians are unable to speak with someone on the phone on the same day they call their providers’ office. Ontario’s physicians deserve a government which invests in health care services, not one that cuts physician services by more than $800 million in 2015 alone. The Ontario PC Caucus values the important work of Ontario’s family doctors, and is committed to continuing our advocacy on their behalf. We wish all family physicians a wonderful Family Doctor Week, and thank them once again for their dedication in putting patients first.”
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    In recognition of Family Doctor Week I want to thank all Family Doctors across Canada for your hard work and dedication to your patients
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    On behalf of our leader Patrick Brown and our entire PC Caucus, we would like to express our deepest gratitude to the men and women who have and continue to serve our great country https://www.facebook.com/ontariopc/videos/10153372719279107/
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    Meeting with Windsor Doctors discussing Liberal Gov't $800 million cut to patient care with PC leader Patrick Brown
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    Presentation to Jerry Barycki - Celebrating 50yrs of Community Service to Polonia, Canada & Poland in Windsor today
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