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    We're committed to combatting violence against women – including sex trafficking. That's why we put $180M in preven… https://t.co/BEI7iOjhFR
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    Ontario’s government is continuing to listen to families of children with autism and the Autism Advisory Panel with… https://t.co/zifmejoRV5
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    We’re taking action to improve public safety by strengthening fire protection rules in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound and ac… https://t.co/S8uwGlT6xL
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    Through extensive consultations we have heard your concerns and ideas. As a result, we're putting $600 M/yr into a… https://t.co/pu3JqBN0Yd
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    Ontario has seen 202,900 net new jobs year-over-year! Here in Bruce and Grey, my constituents are seeing new jobs &… https://t.co/LgadeF
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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