OPSEU Diablogue: ONA Strike: Home Care critical to Ontario’s health care strategy – just tell that to the CCACs

About 3,000 professional staff at nine of the 14 Ontario Community Care Access Centres started walking a picket line Friday. Represented by the Ontario Nurses’ Association, it’s the latest labour disruption in a sector the government considers to be critical … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Phase II of mental health plan serves up crumbs from the health care table

Above: Arthur Gallant — one of the more inspired choices for the Mental Health and Addictions Leadership Advisory Council. Ontario Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins has been doing a lot of tweeting this week about the second phase of Ontario’s … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: New minister, same tired denials about cuts

Dr. Eric Hoskins may be signing his name, but the latest Toronto Star letter-to-the-editor from the Health Minister sounds as tired and exasperated as those served up by his predecessor. Given Ministers seldom pen their own letters, we conclude it … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Video: OPSEU at Friday’s big health care rally

In this new video Anna Jover and Emily Visser highlight the voices of several OPSEU activists during Friday’s health care rally at Queen’s Park, including President Warren (Smokey) Thomas. About 5,000 Ontarians came from all corners of the province to … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Hoskins unveils Health Plan v. 2.0 at OHA HealthAchieve

Ontario’s health minister has what he calls Health Plan version 2.0. Speaking at the closing of the Ontario Hospital Association’s annual HealthAchieve conference, Dr. Eric Hoskins revealed his top four priorities after less than five months on the job. Few … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Champlain CCAC in freefall as patients get dropped from home care

“It’s a question of how we can do work more efficiently and maybe less people.” – Patrice Connolly, vice-president of people and stakeholder engagement, Champlain CCAC. The Ottawa Sun is reporting the Champlain CCAC has cut services to a patient … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Problems at clinics should prompt rethink on competitions for hospital services

The media is applauding Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins this week for promising greater transparency around private clinic inspections that had previously been kept secret by Toronto Public Health and The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (TCPSO). Tom … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Pro-rating funding for PSW wages creates unintended consequences

In 2010 a provincial coalition of experts was assembled to look an integrated hospice palliative care system in Ontario. Hospices are a specialized residential facility for palliative care patients. As the coalition’s report states, “hospice palliative care is a philosophy … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Home Care: Giving and taking away

The government gives, the home care agencies take away. Many of OPSEU’s home care agencies are presently at the bargaining table. You’d think this would be the best of times for the professional and support staff that conducts the often … Continue reading →

The Equivocator: Toronto Pride with the Queer Liberals

“There is no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation.” – Pierre Trudeau While at university I made appoint of watching the Toronto Pride Parade a a member of the crowd. This year, thanks to my friends in the Queer Liberals, I was able to participate in the Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo Pride Festival, the ...