Peggy Sattler MPP, London West

Government of Ontario
 

Dear Neighbour,

The week that started with snow is ending with glorious sunshine, which is a welcome lift to our spirits as winter approaches. 

On Thursday, the government tabled its 2020-21 budget, which unfortunately falls far short of what is needed to see us through the challenges we are facing. A new pandemic response scheme was also announced this week, which some health experts warn could worsen and prolong the impact of COVID-19 on people and small businesses. And the government continues to face intense scrutiny for its decision to use COVID recovery legislation to give Canada Christian College the status of a university, with the ability to grant degrees in Arts and Sciences. The college is owned by Charles McVety, a man notorious for his hateful anti-Muslim, anti-LGBTQ+ and racist views, who is also a friend and donor to the Premier.  

Alongside my colleagues at Queen's Park and locally, I will continue to push for more direct relief to help people, especially those who are most vulnerable, and struggling small businesses get through this pandemic. Last week I was pleased to join with my colleagues MPP Terence Kernaghan and MPP Teresa Armstrong to support London's call for direct aid for local businesses.

I have heard from many London West residents who are concerned about recent legislative and regulatory changes introduced in the Ontario Legislature. These include liability protection for for-profit long-term care operators and a prohibition on municipal ranked ballot voting, as well as proposed changes to the delivery of licenced child care that will place younger children in larger groups with fewer qualified staff. We are also seeing increased use of Ministerial Zoning Orders (MZO) that allow the province to override local governments, community voices and local planning and pave over provincially significant wetlands and endangered species habitat, most recently the Lower Duffins Creek Wetland Complex in Pickering.  

I have been raising your concerns during debates and in question period, and I am always proud to be your voice at Queen's Park. I encourage you to continue to share your thoughts with me, and to reach out if you need help.

Stay safe and take care,

 


In this newsletter:
 

Caring for Seniors

As seniors across our community struggle to get the support and services they need, I continue to hear from people in London West that taking care of seniors should be a top priority. 

An effective home care system is crucial to enable seniors to live independently. Recently, I stood in the Ontario Legislature to share Londoner George White's unacceptable home care experience, which shows the consequences of a chronically understaffed, unreliable and unaccountable privatized home care system. You can watch the video below. Two days after I asked my question, George's home care provider was changed. While I am hopeful that this will improve his quality of care, I am worried about all the other Londoners who are being failed by our system and do not get the care they deserve. You can read coverage of George's story in CBC London.  

In response to almost 2,000 Covid-related deaths in Ontario's long-term care homes, the government introduced legislation to protect for-profit owners from being held accountable for their own negligence related to Covid-19. I am appalled that even in the midst of a pandemic, this government puts profits over people. You can read my remarks during debate on this horribly misguided bill online and watch some of my speech below. As I noted on Facebook, it is shameful that there is no way for the public to participate in "public" hearings on this reprehensible bill, since the meetings were scheduled in a committee room that does not have livestreaming or webcast capability. 

There was some positive news at Queen's Park, however, with the unanimous second reading passage of London-Fanshawe MPP Teresa Armstrong's Time to Care ActThe bill requires that every resident in long-term care gets four hours of hands-on care each day, something experts have been urging for years, and that the recent Long-term Care COVID-19 Commission Interim Report recommends. Just days after the debate on MPP Armstrong's bill, the government pledged to implement four hours of daily hands-on care by 2025. Not only is that far too late for many current residents, but the government did not include any new funding in its 2020-2021 budget to meet these targets. Instead, the budget actually cut long-term care funding at a time when investments are desperately needed.

Overhauling home care and fixing our broken long-term care system are part of a comprehensive plan that my colleagues and I have put forward to make life better for Ontario seniors. To find out more, please reach out to my office at psattler-co@ndp.on.ca
 

Around London

Remembrance Day will look very different in London this year. As MPP for London West, it is my honour to participate in a small, safe, outdoor service at the Byron-Springbank Legion on Saturday November 7 and at a small Service of Remembrance at the Manor and Highland Park Cenotaph on November 11.

The City of London’s Remembrance Day Ceremony at Victoria Park on November 11 is not open to the public, and there will be no parade. However, the public is invited to lay a wreath at the cenotaph at other designated times.

You can watch the City of London Remembrance Day Ceremony live on Rogers TV and CTV London. The Queen's Park Ceremony of Remembrance will also be streamed online, beginning at 10:45am on November 11.

I was proud to highlight the contributions of the Byron Legion to our community during second reading debate on Bill 202, Soldier's Aid Commission Act. The bill passed third and final reading this week and, when it comes into force, will enable veterans of modern conflicts to access commission funding.   

 

Although the pandemic has kept us from gathering for much of this year, we can still work together to help others through the Canadian Blood Services' Days of Giving. Please join me to give the gift of life this holiday season!

  • December 16, 2020
  • Spots available 11am - 7pm
  • At Canadian Blood Services (820 Wharncliffe Rd S)

To donate blood or plasma with my group, you must book a spot by contacting my community office at psattler-co@ndp.on.ca or 519-657-3120.

 

Your Voice at Queen's Park

In addition to removing legal liability for long-term care homes, Bill 218 will also prohibit municipalities from using ranked ballots to elect local councils. London is the only municipality in Ontario and Canada to use ranked ballot voting, and has been recognized nationally for its leadership. I rose in the legislature twice to ask the Premier why he is undermining local democracy this way.
 
 
I raised the importance of ensuring every worker has paid sick days, and never has to choose between paying bills and protecting their coworkers and customers.
I have been hearing from hundreds of London West constituents about ful vaccine shortages, and called on the government to ensure everyone has access to the flu shot.
100 years after Banting's life-saving idea for insulin, let’s honour his legacy with a diabetes strategy that addresses poverty and food insecurity, includes pharmacare, and guarantees access to essential supplies.
The government is only meeting about half of its 50,000 daily COVID testing target, and is blaming Ontarians for not getting tested. But some Londoners who want COVID tests are frustrated by mixed messages and barriers to testing.   
 

COVID-19 Developments

Ontario will move to a new tiered system for for COVID-19 restrictions that will see each public health unit region placed in one of five categories: Green-Prevent, Yellow-Protect, Orange-Restrict, Red-Control, and Lockdown, being a measure of last and urgent resort. Each level outlines the types of public health and workplace safety measures for businesses and organizations. These include targeted measures for specific sectors, institutions and other settings. Starting November 7, London is set to be in the 'Green-Prevent' category, although the Middlesex-London Health Unit has said that the region is hovering around a case level that could move us into the 'Yellow-Protect' category.
The validation period for provincial identification and other products that expired on or after March 1, 2020, has been extended again until further notice. You will be notified when it is time to renew. This includes your licence plate sticker, drivers' licence, health card, Ontario Photo Card, accessible parking permit, and many more products. If you have difficulty reaching a provincial government office, contact my office at 519-657-3120.
The following London pharmacies are now offering Covid-19 tests by appointment only to individuals who are not experiencing Covid-19 symptoms:
  • Shoppers Drug Mart locations at 1155 Commissioners Rd, 395 Southdale Rd E, 3090 Colonel Talbot Rd, 603 Fanshawe Park Rd W
  • Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy - 279 Wharncliffe Rd N
  • London Medical Plex Pharmacy - 1807 Wonderland Rd N
  • Medpoint Pharmacy - Citi Plaza
  • TMC Pharmacy - 990 Gainsborough Rd

The London Employment Health Centre's Social Benefits Navigator can help you figure out what supports are available to you if you have been affected by -19. Call 519-914-1737 for assistance.
The Middlesex-London Health Unit has issued three new Section 22 Class Orders effecting food or drink establishments; indoor sports, recreation and fitness facilities; and personal service settings
The Ontario government extended most orders currently in force under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020. This extension will be in effect until November 21, 2020.
The response to COVID-19 is evolving rapidly, so please refer to linked sources and the following websites for the most up-to-date information: 
Canada.ca/coronavirus 

You can also find a range of helpful resources on my website at peggysattler.ca/covid19resources.
 
 
Community Office
240 Commissioners Rd W, Unit 106
London, ON N6J 1Y1
Tel: 519-657-3120
Queen's Park Office
Room 359, Main Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto, ON M7A 1A5
Tel: 416-325-6908
Email: psattler-qp@ndp.on.ca
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