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April 17, 2019 Latest News

Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government is looking at merging ambulance services, but local Chief of Paramedics Randy Mellow said on Tuesday there’s no evidence it will mean any decrease of ambulances on the road or fewer paramedics working.

Peterborough County-City Paramedics has 140 “incredibly talented” paramedics, Mellow said, and when local people call 911 they will respond.

“That won’t change,” he said.

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April 17, 2019 Latest News

Peterborough Public Health representatives are upset by the Ontario government’s plans to consolidate 35 public health units into 10 regional boards of health with one common governance model by the end of 2021.

The plan was announced in Ontario’s 2019 budget last Thursday as part of its plan to modernize Ontario’s public health units, resulting in an annual savings of $200 million for the province.

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April 11, 2019 Latest News

Victims from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean were reminded Monday they are not alone in the battle against occupational hazards as Peterborough hosted a delegation from a small Italian city rocked by asbestos.

The group of six from Casale Monferrato shared their knowledge about asbestos exposure, including medical innovations, educational programs, environmental programs and community efforts at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 52 hall.

Thousands of Casale residents have died from mesothelioma — a fatal disease caused by breathing asbestos — caused by the Eternit cement factory that closed in 1988. The city banned the substance 27 years before Canada, in 1992.

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April 11, 2019 Latest News

A new poll has found that 88 per cent of long-term-care staff across Ontario — including some polled in Peterborough — experience violence in the workplace at the hands of elderly residents.

“It’s obviously a degrading work environment,” said Michael Hurley, president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU). “It should be very concerning to everyone.”

A total of 1,223 long-term care workers were consulted for a recent telephone poll, which was commissioned by both OCHU and the Ontario division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

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April 8, 2019 Latest News

Community and Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod gave a speech at a private event at the Best Western hotel in Peterborough on Saturday morning while a dozen parents of children with autism protested outside.

The speech was barred to all but ticket-holding Conservatives; reporters weren’t allowed inside, and although MPP Dave Smith was there, he had no comment for the Examiner.

On the sidewalk outside the hotel, Christiana Ripley protested with her son Alex, 5, who has autism and needs intensive therapy.

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March 27, 2019 Latest News

Students at Trent University in Peterborough told the NDP’s colleges and universities critic on Tuesday they’re concerned about the lack of affordable apartments in Peterborough — and they’re worried it will soon get worse.

Chris Glover, the NDP member of provincial parliament for Spadina-Fort York, is the colleges and universities critic.

He’s been touring campuses asking students about their greatest concerns.

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March 27, 2019 Latest News

It might be David versus Goliath, but participants in the basic income pilot program who say the cancellation of the program has pushed them back into poverty continued a peaceful protest outside MPP Laurie Scott’s constituency office on Tuesday as they wait for an apology from the Ontario government.

And they don’t plan to leave until they get a response.

Lawyer and social advocate Mike Perry said it is “a peaceful, respectful exercise of freedom of expression and protest.”

Staff at Scott’s office told the group on Monday, March 25, they would try to help them connect with Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod’s office, which oversees the basic income program.

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March 27, 2019 Latest News

Organized labour groups in Ontario hope to derail some of Premier Doug Ford’s plans by trying to make backbench Progressive Conservatives worry about losing the support of their constituents.

Union leaders will urge their members in PC-held ridings to call and write to their MPPs in an attempt to put pressure on Ford to abandon policies that they say would would hurt working people.

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