© District 3 RTO/ERO Legal Notice Human Rights Statement

Committees

RTO/ERO Report for the Telephone Committee

Thank you so much for the work you do for RTO/ERO. You are part of

a vital committee for our organization! Welcome to new members:

Lesley Hammond and Maria Tassa who will begin helping in

January.

Remember calls are made the week before meetings. Please let your

caller know if you plan to attend. If you change your phone number or

email, please let me know so that I can keep lists updated.

Enjoy time with family and friends.

See you at the meeting February 25, 11 am!

Carmelina

We thank our wonderful Telephone

Committee! Your are indispensible!!

Geraldine Yeo Ruby Buck Monika Marshall Marilyn Rouleau Carmen Charsley Sandy Fulcher Mary Coulas Brenda Wilson Leone Hamilton Delmer Weber Loretta McKay Sandra Gordon Janet Morris Ida MacKinnon Diane Marshall Marg and Bob Cole Ann Blake Carol McFarlane Kathryn Greening Carol Kirkland-Boissineau Merrilyn Webb Linda Iiola Rita Wagner Moyra O’Pallie Rose-Marie Valade Jean Kniahnicki Joan Smith Maureen Gooderham Mirian Birkinshaw Bernice Whalen Blair Sterling Laurian Montgomery Judith Pratt Jean Campbell Mary Eaton Marny Pollard Carol Rossetto Alice Ward Linda MacDonald Barbara Jarvis

Thank you to all our callers!

Remember, if you can’t make a meeting, please call Carmelina

ASAP to cancel!

Carmelina Spry,

Telephone Committee Chair

Telephone Committee
Ontario Embarking on Massive Overhaul of Our Public Health System Under Premier Doug Ford, healthcare in Ontario is beginning a huge transition from the health services and health delivery systems that we know to an as yet obscure mega system that will take many years to unfold. With the promise of millions of dollars in savings, the province’s 14 LHINs (Local Health Integration Networks) and six health agencies including Cancer Care Ontario and eHealth are being consolidated into a new super agency called Ontario Health. Trillium Gift of Life Network, which is responsible for organ and tissue donation and transplantation services, will be transferred later. The community and home care work of the LHINs will eventually be done by Ontario Health Teams, local care co-ordination organizations being set up with an aim of helping patients better navigate the system. Despite the PC campaign promise that no one would lose their job under their government, many job losses have already been documented along with numerous cuts to health care services and delivery that are steadily growing. Some of the proposals of the Doug Ford government are to: - Cut funding for and eliminate 25 out of 35 local public health units across Ontario. The government plans to group the Algoma Health Unit with other northeastern health units, as well as Muskoka, into a very huge area. How that will affect us locally has not been revealed. Eliminate 49 out of 59 local paramedic & ambulance services, and eliminate 12 of 22 local dispatch units. Our area will undoubtedly belong to one of ten giant dispatch regions. How will that affect our service level? - Impose more real-dollar cuts to local hospitals. Ontario already has the fewest hospital beds left per person of any province in Canada. Ontario has a crisis of hospital overcrowding, to which many of us can attest. Will more funding cuts result in more cuts to services and staff and even longer wait times? - Impose real-dollar cuts to long-term care homes. People have long been clamouring for more funding for long- term care in order to provide the necessary daily hands- on care that residents require. The many documented instances of aggression and neglect in Ontario’s long- term care homes have been largely attributed to a lack of sufficient and appropriate staffing. In Sault Ste. Marie several long-term care homes have had to be closed to new admissions due to serious non-compliance with requirements under the Term Care Homes Act. How will cuts to funding affect the care given to residents of long-term care homes? The many changes our government intends for health care will take a lot of time. There is concern that this lengthy time of flux will be one of confusion for people as they try to determine how to navigate the new system. The premier’s priority seems to be reducing the size of the government and government expenditure. Many cuts to public services have been already been made and many more are proposed for the next few years. However, while some other governments with similar objectives have spared healthcare, it appears that the Ford government will not do so. To reduce government spending at the expense of our health care is of concern to many people. On October 22, Martha Foster, Chair of RTO-ERO’s Board of Directors, wrote a letter on behalf of the members of RTO-ERO to Christine Elliott, Ontario’s Minister of Health expressing “deep concern with the proposal by the government to restructure, centralize, reduce and possibly privatize the health services for all Ontarians and particularly how it will affect older adults.” Our RTO-ERO Chair requested a meeting with the Minister at her earliest convenience, “to explore strategies that can help build the health care system for the future to offer our assistance where possible, and focus on much needed services to our growing senior population.” As of the date of writing this article, that request has neither been acknowledged nor answered. -Submitted by Marie DellaVedova, member at large
Click the letter, above, to read RTO-ERO’s letter to the Minister of Heath and Long Term Care, Oct 22, 2019 regarding the Ford Government’s Cuts to Health.
© RTO / ERO District 3 Legal Notice Human Rights Statement

Committees

District 3 - Current Events

2017 Fall Senate - Resolutions Passed

Bill 21- An Act to Regulate Retirement Homes

Health & Wind Turbines (Political Advocacy)

A Misuse of Public Funds (Political Advocacy)

"Wind Turbines in Algoma" -- Visit SOAR (Save Ontario’s Algoma

Region)

RTO/ERO Provincial Report on CETA

Responses to CETA from the Prime Minister and Provincial Premiers

(Canada & EU Free Trade)

Telephone Committee
Our Telephone Team is indispensible!

RTO/ERO Report for the Telephone Committee

Hope everyone had a great summer! Thank you to all members

who will continue to be part of this important committee! Special

welcome to new members Patricia and George Pateman and

Marion and Bruce Avery. Also, welcome to Barbara Jarvis who will

take over the reins from Linda Lola as our representative in Wawa.

Please remember to let your caller know when you will attend a

meeting and if you are bringing a guest. If your friend received a

call, they should report their wish to attend to their caller, that way

we will not be counting members twice. Our attendance number

needs to be as accurate as possible for seating arrangement and

food preparation. Looking forward to seeing many of you at the

Legion on Tuesday, October 16!

We thank these new members along with the rest of the Committee,

Geraldine Yeo

Ruby Buck

Monika Marshall

Marilyn Rouleau

Carmen Charsley

Sandy Fulcher

Mary Coulas

Brenda Wilson

Leone Hamilton

Delmer Weber

Loretta McKay

Sandra Gordon

Janet Morris

Ida MacKinnon

Diane Marshall Marg and Bob Cole

Ann Blake

Carol McFarlane

Kathryn Greening Merrilyn Webb

Maureen Gooderham Rita Wagner

Moyra O’Pallie Rose-Marie Valade

Jean Kniahnicki

Joan Smith

Mirian Birkinshaw Bernice Whalen

Blair Sterling

Jean Campbell

Mary Eaton

Marny Pollard

Carol Rossetto

Alice Ward

Linda MacDonald Linda Liola

Judith Pratt

Carol Kirkland-Boissineau

Laurian Montgomery

Barbara Jarvis

Thank you to all our callers!

Remember, if you can’t make a meeting, please call Carmelina ASAP to

cancel!

Carmelina Spry,

Telephone Committee Chair

Ontario Embarking on Massive Overhaul of Our Public Health System Under Premier Doug Ford, healthcare in Ontario is beginning a huge transition from the health services and health delivery systems that we know to an as yet obscure mega system that will take many years to unfold. With the promise of millions of dollars in savings, the province’s 14 LHINs (Local Health Integration Networks) and six health agencies including Cancer Care Ontario and eHealth are being consolidated into a new super agency called Ontario Health. Trillium Gift of Life Network, which is responsible for organ and tissue donation and transplantation services, will be transferred later. The community and home care work of the LHINs will eventually be done by Ontario Health Teams, local care co-ordination organizations being set up with an aim of helping patients better navigate the system. Despite the PC campaign promise that no one would lose their job under their government, many job losses have already been documented along with numerous cuts to health care services and delivery that are steadily growing. Some of the proposals of the Doug Ford government are to: - Cut funding for and eliminate 25 out of 35 local public health units across Ontario. The government plans to group the Algoma Health Unit with other northeastern health units, as well as Muskoka, into a very huge area. How that will affect us locally has not been revealed. Eliminate 49 out of 59 local paramedic & ambulance services, and eliminate 12 of 22 local dispatch units. Our area will undoubtedly belong to one of ten giant dispatch regions. How will that affect our service level? - Impose more real-dollar cuts to local hospitals. Ontario already has the fewest hospital beds left per person of any province in Canada. Ontario has a crisis of hospital overcrowding, to which many of us can attest. Will more funding cuts result in more cuts to services and staff and even longer wait times? - Impose real-dollar cuts to long-term care homes. People have long been clamouring for more funding for long-term care in order to provide the necessary daily hands-on care that residents require. The many documented instances of aggression and neglect in Ontario’s long-term care homes have been largely attributed to a lack of sufficient and appropriate staffing. In Sault Ste. Marie several long-term care homes have had to be closed to new admissions due to serious non-compliance with requirements under the Term Care Homes Act. How will cuts to funding affect the care given to residents of long-term care homes? The many changes our government intends for health care will take a lot of time. There is concern that this lengthy time of flux will be one of confusion for people as they try to determine how to navigate the new system. The premier’s priority seems to be reducing the size of the government and government expenditure. Many cuts to public services have been already been made and many more are proposed for the next few years. However, while some other governments with similar objectives have spared healthcare, it appears that the Ford government will not do so. To reduce government spending at the expense of our health care is of concern to many people. On October 22, Martha Foster, Chair of RTO-ERO’s Board of Directors, wrote a letter on behalf of the members of RTO-ERO to Christine Elliott, Ontario’s Minister of Health expressing “deep concern with the proposal by the government to restructure, centralize, reduce and possibly privatize the health services for all Ontarians and particularly how it will affect older adults.” Our RTO-ERO Chair requested a meeting with the Minister at her earliest convenience, “to explore strategies that can help build the health care system for the future to offer our assistance where possible, and focus on much needed services to our growing senior population.” As of the date of writing this article, that request has neither been acknowledged nor answered. -Submitted by Marie DellaVedova, member at large