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May 4, 2020 5 tweets 4 min read Read on X
I’m watching an extraordinary Virtual Town Hall on How to Meet Urgent Needs of Students with #Disabilities during #COVID19 Crisis organized by @aodaalliance and @OntAutism.

👉Province needs to listen to these frontline folks....

#DisabilityUrgent #accessibility #AODA 1/3
Clear message repeated over & over re supporting students w disabilities now & when school returns, however it returns:

Requires provincial leadership! province can’t rely on boards to make this up on their own

Many note this has not been experience thus far.

2/4 #onted
The townhall organizers had an outside expert review the materials & online tools provided to families/students across Ontario ...

Many, many shortcomings.

Also a call for boards to use more accessible meeting platforms (note: they recommend Zoom)

3/4 #onted #aoda
Glad to see #Onted Acting-ADM Jeff Butler joining

Organizers of this virtual townhall would like Ministry of Ed to take up the challenge & hold similar townhalls...

Again, so many issues to grapple with. Please @Sflecce bring in the voices/expertise of frontline.

#onted 4/4
Final note:

School re-opening challenges will be substantial, especially for students w special needs.

Much, much specialty training will be needed. Govt must gather good ideas from those on the front line.
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You deserve healthcare that’s there when you need it. Access shouldn’t depend on how much $$$ you have in the bank.

That’s why Tommy Douglas’ NDP created the framework for public universal health care.

But where did it go wrong? Let's take a trip down memory lane. ⬇️

1996: Conservative Premier Mike Harris, infamous for his austerity measures, opened competitive bidding for home care, which allowed for-profit companies to take over home care delivery.

Today, we have a home care system that is beyond broken.
1997: Conservatives pushed hospitals to restrict in-house lab testing for hospitals, opening the market for private labs.
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Oct 4, 2023
The Official Opposition @OntarioNDP has obtained an internal government briefing note on amendments that the Conservatives unilaterally made to municipal official plans in Waterloo Region, Wellington County, Guelph, Barrie, Belleville & Peterborough in April 2023.


The memo shows that the government KNEW its decisions to force sprawl by paving over farmland and greenspace was WRONG... that it was based on input from “third party”, and not on evidence.
Changes to many of these forced changes were not assessed by municipal staff. In one case in Wellington County, the government was expanding the urban boundaries PRIOR to the County even completing its Land Needs Assessment.
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Jul 20, 2023
I’m really concerned about the state of public health care in Ontario right now.

Ford's deep cuts are failing Ontario and this latest announcement is a tiny drop in the bucket.

Here's why. 🏥🧵⬇️
We’re seeing closure after closure of our emergency rooms across the province.

One local ER in the Ottawa region has already closed FIVE times in a matter of months due to staffing shortages.

Ford’s Conservatives are leaving communities without access to life-saving health services & its only getting worse.

This weekend alone, Chesley ER, Durham ER in South Bruce Grey, Walkerton ER & Nipigon Urgent Care will all have closures.
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Apr 2, 2021
Yesterday I spent the last 45 mins in the Legislature listening to all the reasons the Conservatives wouldn’t support a bill brought forward by @MTaylorNDP to provide presumptive WSIB mental health coverage for all essential workers. I won’t lie, the tears started.
This week has been especially grim for so many in our province. From education workers & students living w uncertainty, to small businesses opening then closing, to the many who are sick or caring for the sick. It’s also been a hugely frustrating time...
Everyday in the Ontario Legislature the Ford Conservatives applaud themselves for their great successes in fighting #COVID19 . They want to pretend everything is A-OK and if not it’s YOUR FAULT ONTARIO. #onpoli
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Mar 31, 2021
New bill alert! @SuzeMorrison & I just tabled a bill in the Legislature to formally recognize March as #EndometriosisAwarenessMonth in Ontario.
Read on to learn why it's so important. 🧵1/4 Image
Endometriosis is very common but rarely discussed.
1 in 10 women, Trans, non-binary and gender diverse menstruators of reproductive age have endometriosis.
It causes terrible symptoms such as extreme pelvic pain and nausea. 2/4
But because of stigma associated with talking about what is a normal period and what is not, many menstruators suffer for years without diagnosis or treatment. And even if they do seek help, they can find their concerns ignored. We need this to change, now! 3/4
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Jan 9, 2021
Watching the Minister of Ed now. Expressing lots of concern. Where’s the commitment to comprehensive asymptomatic testing? To smaller class sizes? It’s not enough to close schools. There must be a plan to re-open safely. They know what needs to be done and continue to refuse.
Over two weeks he says they will “build up their plan”. Are you kidding me? What have you been doing for the last almost year @Sflecce. NOW they are scrambling?! Are you kidding me.
Lecce is “doing everything we can”. This is utter nonsense. We parents know that this work takes time and instead you chose to save $$ and take a wait-and-see-approach.

Don’t feign surprise at the outcome, Minister. We warned you.
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