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Northern Ontario mental health crisis showcased at Sudbury committee hearing

SUDBURY - This morning, at a pre-budget committee hearing in Sudbury, Ontario’s growing mental health crisis was highlighted by a couple of presenters who urged the government to take immediate action. 

The Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs heard from the Sudbury/Manitoulin branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association, and the Child and Family Centre. Both of these presentations highlighted funding gaps and the need for increased funding and supports.
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Open Letter to the Minister Responsible for Early Years & Child Care

Dear Minister Naidoo-Harris,

Ontario’s child care costs are a huge challenge for parents, and it’s no surprise that we are seeing very concerning media stories about parents feeling the pinch. The fact is, your political decision-making is making life more unaffordable for families.

Last fall, I spoke about the average price of child care in Toronto being $20,000, and $15,000 in Ottawa. It is expensive across the province. Some families can’t afford the expense at all. It’s getting worse. Recent fee hikes at daycares are happening province-wide.

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Thunder Bay budget hearing shows life is harder under the Wynne Liberals

THUNDER BAY - This morning, the Wynne Liberal record of making life harder and more unaffordable for Northern Ontario families and businesses was on display at a Pre-Budget Hearing in Thunder Bay. The Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs heard from a variety of presenters, including the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, local municipalities and forestry companies. 

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Statement from Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown on the nomination of Dr. Dionne Duncan

“I congratulate Dionne on her nomination as the Ontario PC candidate for Hamilton Centre.
 
“Dionne brings incredible experience to our Ontario PC team. She is currently a Vice President at the Rosa’s Centre, which provides services to adults with physical, intellectual and developmental disabilities. She is also a facilitator at Peel Halton Dufferin Acquired Brain Injury Services, where she supports patients with brain injuries.
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Statement from Ontario PC Finance critic Vic Fedeli on auto insurance rates

“Auto insurance figures released today by the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) show rates increased 1.03% in the fourth quarter of 2017 under the Wynne Liberals. This is more proof that their failed auto insurance promise was nothing but another stretch goal from an untrustworthy government that will say anything to get re-elected. 
 
“Ontario’s auto insurance rates are the highest in Canada despite having some of the lowest levels of accidents and fatalities.  In 2013, in an attempt to pass their budget while a minority government, the Wynne Liberals promised to reduce auto insurance rates by 15% by August 2015. Instead, almost three years later, they’ve only achieved a 5.5% reduction in prices and Ontario drivers still pay too much.

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