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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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March 21, 2019 Latest News

 

NDP Deputy Leader John Vanthof, the MPP for Temiskaming Shores, spoke during an Ontario Health Coalition town hall in Peterborough on Wednesday night.

The meeting was held to discuss Premier Doug Ford’s government’s plan to create an Ontario Health super agency that will replace 20 smaller agencies, including Ontario’s 14 local health integration networks, Cancer Care Ontario, eHealth Ontario and several other agencies.

The Ford government has said the consolidation aims to streamline management-level jobs, rather than front-line jobs.

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