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September 28, 2018     

Re: Supervised Injection Site/Overdose Prevention Site Announcement

Dear Minister Elliott,

Your government’s decision today to extend the class exemption for the eight overdose prevention sites will allow them to operate legally for only one more month. 

The Alliance for Healthier Communities is disappointed in the provincial government’s last-minute decision not to allow approved Overdose Prevention Sites across Ontario to open as scheduled. The site at NorWest Community Health Centre in Thunder Bay had been scheduled to open next week (Monday August 20) and the site at Parkdale-Queen West Community Health Centre in Toronto had been scheduled to open today (Monday August 13).

The Alliance for Healthier Communities congratulates the Ontario PC Party on their election win and looks forward to working with them to implement their healthcare platform.

TORONTO, June 4, 2018 – Ontario’s voice for community-governed comprehensive primary health care has a new name, and it’s official as of today: Alliance for Healthier Communities.

On December 6, the Auditor General released her audit of Community Health Centres (CHCs) in Ontario. The report also contains several mentions of other models of team-based primary health care including Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics (NPLCs), Family Health Teams (FHTs) and Aboriginal Health Access Centres (AHACs).

There is much to support in this report, and there are also areas for improvement. The Auditor General demonstrates a thorough understanding of our Model of Health and Wellbeing (p. 184) and states that:

On May 30th Premier Wynne announced a number of changes to Ontario labour laws which aim to better protect part time and contract workers. These changes will be part of new draft legislation,The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, which will be introduced in the Fall. The legislation responds to the recommendations of the Changing Workplaces Review report which held consultations with stakeholders over the past two years.

Toronto, ON – The Decent Work and Health Network, an advocacy group of health providers in Ontario, is disappointed that the final report of the Changing Workplaces Review, released on Tuesday (May 23), has not recommended paid sick day legislation that would improve the health of Ontario workers and families.

Today, the Ontario government announced new investments in interprofessional primary care. In the 2017 Ontario Budget, the Wynne government committed $145 million in addition to the $85 million announced last year.

Building on the positive momentum of successfully advocating for the inclusion of new objects for health equity and health promotion, AOHC has submitted a response to the New Standards for Public Health.

The attack on the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Centre this past weekend left us shocked and saddened, and our thoughts and hearts go out to the families and friends of the victims of this horrific hate crime.

Unfortunately, the shooting in Quebec City is not an isolated incident but rather an extreme manifestation of the growing Islamophobia and the rise in anti-immigrant and anti-refugee rhetoric both in Canada and around the world.

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