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PAC Report For General Meeting -- April 11, 2017 1. Sault Ste. Marie Ontario By-election:  The by-election must be called by the end of June   2. Health Accord:  Federal government walked away from Health Accord negotiations in December. One by one, the provinces have signed on to bilateral health funding deals with the federal government, basically accepting what they had rejected as inadequate in December. Only Manitoba has still not signed. Liberal government has basically adopted the Harper government’s funding cuts plan. Bilateral deals link funding to economic growth (GDP) with a base of 3 % per year, well below the 5.2% deemed necessary. Additional funding targeted for mental health & home care. Text of the deals not been made public. Canada still does not have a national Health Accord. Concern about the future of our universal, single-tier public health care system. Bilateral agreements can lead to a patchwork system where some health services are public in some provinces or territories but not in others. 3. Ontario’s Hydro Rates:  New plan - residential & small business hydro bills drop by 17% on average this summer. Residential electricity costs were already exempted last January from the 8% provincial portion of the GST. Electricity rates will be kept at or below the rate of inflation over next four years but the government not predicting increases will be after that. Soaring costs of electricity are largely due to long-term contracts paying private power producers guaranteed prices for their electricity. Billions being spent on building new power plants and refurbishing old ones including nuclear, hydro, natural gas, wind and solar plants. Costs will now be spread over coming generations. 50% increase in a rebate program for low-income households who heat with electricity will cost taxpayers $2.5 billion over the next three years. 4. Algoma Passenger Train: Carol Hughes, MP for Algoma--Manitoulin—Kapuskasing, presented online petition to Minister of Transport Marc Garneau in the House of Commons on February 22. Government response to the petition must be provided and tabled in the House within 45 calendar days. A fundraiser for the Algoma passenger train campaign was held on April 6, 2017 at the Algoma Water Tower Inn. 5. CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement)                 Government of Canada:  “The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) will create jobs, strengthen economic relations and boost Canada's trade with the world’s second-largest market.” February 2017, the House of Commons passed the EU- Canada trade deal. The European Parliament also passed it. To be fully implemented, CETA still has to pass our Senate as well as 38 different national and regional European parliaments. Trudeau government preparing to provisionally apply CETA by July 1 Legal challenges, referendums, and other obstacles still stand in the way of CETA becoming fully enforced. In Canada concerns about CETA include an increase in drug costs that could rise by $1.65 billion a year, the loss of 27,000 jobs and the right of multinational corporations to sue Canada for millions over any law that affects their profits. If full ratification of CETA is blocked it is not known if Canada’s provisional application will remain or be undone. 6. Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP):  Finalized proposal signed on February 4, 2016 in Auckland,            New Zealand, after seven years of negotiations. TPP contains measures to lower barriers to trade and           establish an investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS)           mechanism. Concerns are that the TPP would have negative impacts on the availability of life-saving drugs, protections of the environment and natural resources, jobs, labour standards and human rights. TPP would allow corporations to sue governments. Canada’s Liberal government signed the agreement in principle but has not brought it to Parliament for ratification. President Trump signed a Presidential memorandum to withdraw the U.S. from the TPP on January 23, 2017. TPP's future is uncertain given the U.S. withdrawal. Canada preparing for a renegotiation of NAFTA with the U.S. 7. Health Care: Ontario hospitals continue ongoing overcrowding issues. Long-term care wait lists could hit 50,000 in the next six years –now at about 26,000. Demands for home care and long term care will increase as Canada’s population continues to age. By 2036, one in every four Canadians will be a senior citizen. As a result of the Patients First Act of 2016, the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) are taking over the Community Care Access Centres. Sub LHINs are charged with addressing patient needs at the local level and making home and community care more effective than it has been. The LHINs are the front line organizations for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The Ontario Auditor General has repeatedly called for improvements in long-term care homes. Cedarwood Lodge long-term care facility in SSM has been closed to admissions as of March 28, 2017 due to its continued failure to comply with regulations under the Long- Term Care Homes Act as ordered by the Director of Long- Term Care Inspections Branch. –Patients’ health and safety have been endangered   On April 12 at 7:00 p.m., at the Moose Lodge, there was an opportunity for people to share their concerns and ideas for health care in our community. The Sault Ste. Marie and Area Health Coalition is planning to hold an all-candidates meeting focused on health care.  Details TBA!

RTO/ERO Report for the Telephone Committee

Happy New Year to everyone and their families.  Thank you to all the callers, a special

welcome to new caller, Toni Nanne-Little.  Thank you also to Donna Rahn for helping

out this month.   Please remember to let me know if phone numbers or emails change!!

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  Carol Kirkland-Boissineau Merrilyn Webb Marilyn Patterson  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 Linda  Iiola        

Thank you to all our callers!

A special thank you to Rita Rawn for taking care of the list for

Bruce Mines.

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

ASAP to cancel!

Carmelina Spry,

Telephone Committee Chair

Telephone Committee
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RTO/ERO Report for the Telephone Committee

Happy New Year to everyone and their families.  Thank you to all the callers, a

special welcome to new caller, Toni Nanne-Little.  Thank you also to Donna Rahn

for helping out this month.   Please remember to let me know if phone numbers or

emails change!!

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   

Marilyn Patterson

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  Iiola     

Judith Pratt

Carol Kirkland-Boissineau

    

Laurian Montgomery

Maureen Gooderham

Thank you to all our callers!

A special thank you to Rita Rawn for taking care of the list for Bruce

Mines.

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

cancel!

Carmelina Spry,

Telephone Committee Chair

PAC Report For General Meeting -- April 11, 2017 1. Sault Ste. Marie Ontario By-election:  The by-election must be called by the end of June   2. Health Accord:  Federal government walked away from Health Accord negotiations in December. One by one, the provinces have signed on to bilateral health funding deals with the federal government, basically accepting what they had rejected as inadequate in December. Only Manitoba has still not signed. Liberal government has basically adopted the Harper government’s funding cuts plan. Bilateral deals link funding to economic growth (GDP) with a base of 3 % per year, well below the 5.2% deemed necessary. Additional funding targeted for mental health & home care. Text of the deals not been made public. Canada still does not have a national Health Accord. Concern about the future of our universal, single-tier public health care system. Bilateral agreements can lead to a patchwork system where some health services are public in some provinces or territories but not in others. 3. Ontario’s Hydro Rates:  New plan - residential & small business hydro bills drop by 17% on average this summer. Residential electricity costs were already exempted last January from the 8% provincial portion of the GST. Electricity rates will be kept at or below the rate of inflation over next four years but the government not predicting increases will be after that. Soaring costs of electricity are largely due to long-term contracts paying private power producers guaranteed prices for their electricity. Billions being spent on building new power plants and refurbishing old ones including nuclear, hydro, natural gas, wind and solar plants. Costs will now be spread over coming generations. 50% increase in a rebate program for low-income households who heat with electricity will cost taxpayers $2.5 billion over the next three years. 4. Algoma Passenger Train: Carol Hughes, MP for Algoma--Manitoulin—Kapuskasing, presented online petition to Minister of Transport Marc Garneau in the House of Commons on February 22. Government response to the petition must be provided and tabled in the House within 45 calendar days. A fundraiser for the Algoma passenger train campaign was held on April 6, 2017 at the Algoma Water Tower Inn. 5. CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement)                 Government of Canada:  “The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) will create jobs, strengthen economic relations and boost Canada's trade with the world’s second-largest market.” February 2017, the House of Commons passed the EU-Canada trade deal. The European Parliament also passed it. To be fully implemented, CETA still has to pass our Senate as well as 38 different national and regional European parliaments. Trudeau government preparing to provisionally apply CETA by July 1 Legal challenges, referendums, and other obstacles still stand in the way of CETA becoming fully enforced. In Canada concerns about CETA include an increase in drug costs that could rise by $1.65 billion a year, the loss of 27,000 jobs and the right of multinational corporations to sue Canada for millions over any law that affects their profits. If full ratification of CETA is blocked it is not known if Canada’s provisional application will remain or be undone. 6. Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP):  Finalized proposal signed on February 4, 2016 in Auckland,            New Zealand, after seven years of negotiations. TPP contains measures to lower barriers to trade and           establish an investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS)           mechanism. Concerns are that the TPP would have negative impacts on the availability of life-saving drugs, protections of the environment and natural resources, jobs, labour standards and human rights. TPP would allow corporations to sue governments. Canada’s Liberal government signed the agreement in principle but has not brought it to Parliament for ratification. President Trump signed a Presidential memorandum to withdraw the U.S. from the TPP on January 23, 2017. TPP's future is uncertain given the U.S. withdrawal. Canada preparing for a renegotiation of NAFTA with the U.S. 7. Health Care: Ontario hospitals continue ongoing overcrowding issues. Long-term care wait lists could hit 50,000 in the next six years –now at about 26,000. Demands for home care and long term care will increase as Canada’s population continues to age. By 2036, one in every four Canadians will be a senior citizen. As a result of the Patients First Act of 2016, the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) are taking over the Community Care Access Centres. Sub LHINs are charged with addressing patient needs at the local level and making home and community care more effective than it has been. The LHINs are the front line organizations for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The Ontario Auditor General has repeatedly called for improvements in long-term care homes. Cedarwood Lodge long-term care facility in SSM has been closed to admissions as of March 28, 2017 due to its continued failure to comply with regulations under the Long-Term Care Homes Act as ordered by the Director of Long-Term Care Inspections Branch. –Patients’ health and safety have been endangered   On April 12 at 7:00 p.m., at the Moose Lodge, there was an opportunity for people to share their concerns and ideas for health care in our community. The Sault Ste. Marie and Area Health Coalition is planning to hold an all-candidates meeting focused on health care.  Details TBA!