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Why Kathleen Wynne might tackle hydro delivery charges to cut electricity bills

Date: January 24, 2017 Author: ocsco@ocsco.ca Categories: OCSCO News

Premier hinting that next relief on electricity prices will help those who are struggling the most By Mike Crawley, CBC News Posted: Jan 24, 2017 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Jan 24, 2017 9:26 AM ET Premier Kathleen Wynne is signalling she may soon try to tackle the sky-high delivery charges that many Ontarians see on their hydro bills.  With her government bogged down by complaints about soaring electricity prices, Wynne and her advisers are scrambling to find ways to bring bills down. ...

Canada Summer Jobs Extension of Deadline

Date: January 24, 2017 Author: ocsco@ocsco.ca Categories: OCSCO News

Please see the below message from MP Michael Levitt Canada Summer Jobs Extension of Deadline Dear local employer and nor-profit, It is my pleasure to contact you again to inform you that the newly appointed Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, the Honourable Patty Hajdu has announced that the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) application period has been extended to February 3, 2017. As you know, each year, the CSJ program helps employers like you create valuable summer job...

Snapd News covers OSSCO Celebration in December

Date: January 19, 2017 Author: ocsco@ocsco.ca Categories: OCSCO News

Snapd North York covered  OSSCO's Open House Meet and Greet. The Ontario Society of Senior Citizens Organizations (OSSCO) is a provincial organization and a registered charity. Their tag line "Seniors transforming Ontario through wisdom, insight and experience" expresses their mission and membership. Founded in 1986, their mission is to improve the quality of life for Ontario's seniors through educational programs, research, public awareness, information, referral, counseling, community...

Ontario supporting 93 community projects across the province

Date: January 17, 2017 Author: ocsco@ocsco.ca Categories: OCSCO News

 By Andrea Cohen Barrack CEO, Ontario Trillium Foundation Chef de la direction, Fondation Trillium de l'Ontario  Today, OTF and the Government of Ontario announced that they are investing more than $5 million in 93 non-profit initiatives that will help build strong social and cultural communities across the province. The Honourable Jeff Leal made the announcement in Peterborough, celebrating a collaborative grant led by GreenUP. The environmental organization is receiving...

Closing arguments underway at trial of Toronto senior charged with murder

Date: January 17, 2017 Author: ocsco@ocsco.ca Categories: OCSCO News

Peter Brooks, 76, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, attempted murder By The Canadian Press Posted: Nov 29, 2016 6:32 AM ET Last Updated: Nov 29, 2016 2:10 PM ET A lawyer for a Toronto senior charged with murder is urging jurors at the man's trial to find him not criminally responsible due to a mental disorder. Charn Gill is telling the jury in closing arguments at Peter Brooks' trial that they must try to understand the senior's state of mind. Seventy-six-year-old Brooks has...

Fire that killed four people last February deliberately set, report says

Date: January 17, 2017 Author: ocsco@ocsco.ca Categories: OCSCO News

By MEGAN DOLSKIStaff Reporter Thu., Jan. 5, 2017   Almost a year after a Scarborough seniors’ apartment fire that killed four people, investigators have determined that the blaze was set on purpose. Fire officials said an investigation shows the blaze started in combustible chairs where two halls intersect on the fifth floor of the building at 1315 Neilson Rd. Family members of the victims and others hurt in the blaze were updated in a meeting Thursday. Three people died in the fire...

Ontario Health Coalition Supporters and Friends of Medicare

Date: January 17, 2017 Author: ocsco@ocsco.ca Categories: OCSCO News

As you may know, there are media stories across Ontario about emergency department overloads. Hospitals are reporting that the flu and/or other viruses have created a surge. Some are saying that the increase in volumes has been happening over months/years. In December hospitals were reporting occupancy levels well over 100 per cent in many areas -- far above internationally-accepted benchmarks for safe patient care. Lakeridge Health has reported that all four of its hospitals are in surge....

Vultures are circling Canada's health care. Are we prepared to pay the price?

Date: January 12, 2017 Author: ocsco@ocsco.ca Categories: OCSCO News

By  Murray Dobbin, Columnist,  www.rabble.ca   June 12, 2015 There's been lots of attention paid recently to the Canada Pension Plan and how to extend it, alongside news stories and commentary about how adequate or otherwise Canadians' retirement situation will be. The sunshine boys over at the C.D. Howe Institute (a.k.a. the Isn't Capitalism Wonderful Institute -- ICWI) reassure us that everything is just fine and we should just shut up and ignore all the warnings. The author of an ICWI...

Creeping privatization is putting medicare at risk

Date: January 12, 2017 Author: ocsco@ocsco.ca Categories: OCSCO News

By Linda McQuaig, Columnist, The Toronto Star,  Wed. Dec. 21, 2016 'It will require determination to preserve our medicare system, a bastion of equality sharply at odds with the heartless corporate world we inhabit.'  (Dreamstime)   Creeping privatization is putting medicare at risk   Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is wrong to want to reduce the federal contribution to health care. If we want to control health care costs, we should extend the publicly funded portion, not open more...

Ontario Government Responsible for Overwhelmed Hospital Emergency Departments: Critical Bed Shortages “Systemic and Pervasive”

Date: January 12, 2017 Author: ocsco@ocsco.ca Categories: OCSCO News

Release & backgrounder by Ontario Health Coalition on January 10, 2017 Toronto – Reports of critical and pervasive hospital bed shortages are streaming in from across Ontario. In Brantford, hospital officials recently reported the “emergency department is overwhelmed”. At Lakeridge Health, all four hospitals across Durham are so full that hospital managers set up an emergency “command centre”. In Ottawa and London health coalition members who work in the hospitals recently told...


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