Ford government backs off changes to autism funding plan

The Ford government announced Monday that it was backing off its controversial autism plan. In a release, the Ontario government said it is instead charging its autism expert panel to consider what a “new needs-based and sustainable autism program would look like.” “Our government is committed to a needs-based program that provides children and youth with the supports they need […]

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Fairhaven long-term care facility in Peterborough to lose $204,000 in provincial funding

The Fairhaven long-term care home is facing a $204,000 loss in funding, the facility’s executive director told Global News on Thursday. Lionel Towns says the funding loss will likely affect staffing and nursing at the 256-bed Peterborough home. The facility is jointly owned by the City and County of Peterborough. The city is paying $1.1 million this year to operate […]

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Ontario health minister announces hospital, EMS funding for transport of sick newborns

The Progressive Conservative government announced funding on Thursday to support ambulance transport for Ontario newborns in need of specialized care. During a stop in London, Health Minister Christine Elliott announced the government has earmarked a total of $6.8 million for five specially equipped ambulances and a team of paramedics in “key regions across the province.” “Dedicated ambulances will be standardized […]

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Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath visits Peterborough to discuss opioid crisis

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is making the rounds in the province to discuss issues facing municipalities during the legislature’s lengthy summer break. On Monday, she paid a visit to Peterborough to meet with Mayor Diane Therrien as well as Peterborough Public Health, first responders and other community groups. The topic at hand was the opioid crisis. “It is not […]

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College of Midwives says Ontario government has cut funding after 25 years

The organization that regulates midwives in Ontario says the provincial government has axed its funding, forcing it to consider cost-cutting measures of its own. In a statement posted on its website, the College of Midwives of Ontario says it was recently advised that the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care would no longer provide it with operational grants. The college […]

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