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Ontario’s doctors united in their fight against provincial government

Posted on 29 January 2017 by TSL

TORONTO, Jan. 29, 2017 /CNW/ – Today, at a Special Meeting of Council, doctors in Ontario affirmed their confidence in the elected leaders of the Ontario Medical Association (OMA). Physicians are united in their goal of sending a strong message to government; and, planning is now underway for job action. This is the direct result of the province's on-going refusal to grant binding arbitration, a fair process, which is afforded to all other health-care workers. 

"Ontario's doctors are on the verge of job action because the government has shown itself to be completely unwilling to work with us in a productive, professional, and respectful manner," said Dr. Virginia Walley, President of the OMA. "It is with profound disappointment that we must consider job action in order to achieve binding arbitration, which is necessary to right the current power imbalance with the government. This unfair and unreasonable situation allows the government to impose a health-care agenda on Ontario patients that is being developed without the input of the people that Ontarians trust – their physicians."

Over the last three years, Ontario's doctors have seen the government impose multiple, unilateral cuts to the Physician Services Budget, which funds all of the medical care patients need. Under the current government, sweeping and short-sighted changes to health-care legislation have been pushed through–ignoring input from those who treat patients in the community every day.  

A recent survey by the OMA shows that members are more engaged than ever, with a substantial majority endorsing the need for job action if the current government approach continues.

It is a fact that more health-care funding is needed to meet the requirements of our aging and growing population. A recent report from the Financial Accountability Office (FAO), an independent branch of the government, shows a substantial gap between what the province is willing to fund for health care and what it will actually cost to provide Ontarians with the care they need. Ontario's population is growing and aging, yet the FAO clearly points out that that the government is funding less than half of the growth in demand for the necessary care that physicians provide. At the same time, the government is cutting the funds available for front-line physician services and creating vast new, expensive bureaucracies with Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) and the new sub-LHINs.

"Physicians cannot, on behalf of our patients and the integrity of the system, allow the government to attack health care any longer," said Dr. Walley. "The government is knowingly underfunding the medically necessary care that patients need and have forced the creation of long wait-lists for tests and treatments."

No further public comment on the Special Meeting of OMA Council will be made at this time.

The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) represents more than 42,000 physicians and medical students across the province. Ontario's doctors work closely with patients to encourage healthy living practices and illness prevention. In addition to delivering front-line services to patients, Ontario's doctors play a significant role in helping shape health care policy, as well as implementing initiatives that strengthen and enhance Ontario's health care system.

SOURCE Ontario Medical Association 

 

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FAMILIES NOW RECEIVING NEW CANADA CHILD BENEFIT

Posted on 26 July 2016 by TSL

 

Canadian families are now receiving the new Canada Child Benefit

Canadian families are now receiving the new Canada Child Benefit.

Gatineau, Quebec

20 July 2016

Building an economy that works for middle-class Canadians and their families is the Government of Canada’s top priority.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that the first payments have now been made under the new Canada Child Benefit (CCB). The CCB puts more money in the pockets of nine out of ten families, and helps them with the high costs of raising their children.

The CCB replaces the Canada Child Tax Benefit, the National Child Benefit Supplement, and the Universal Child Care Benefit. Starting today, it will be issued monthly to eligible families. The CCB is simpler, tax-free, and better targeted to those who need it most. More support means more opportunities for middle-class Canadians to save, invest, and grow the Canadian economy.

Parents who have received a previous child benefit and who filed their income tax and benefit return for 2015 are automatically assessed for eligibility for the CCB. Parents of newborn children can apply for the CCB using the Automated Benefits Application (ABA) service.

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“Too many middle-class families struggle with the high costs of raising their children. The new Canada Child Benefit means more money for healthier groceries, kids’ summer programs, and back-to-school clothes. This new child benefit is much more generous, and will help the Canadian economy grow for years to come.”
-The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Quick Facts

  • With the new CCB, families:

     

    • will receive a single payment every month;
    • will not have to pay taxes on CCB payments received when they file their tax returns;
    • with low- and middle-incomes will receive more benefits, and those with the highest incomes (generally over $150,000) will receive lower benefits than under the previous system; and
    • who are eligible will see an average increase in child benefits of almost $2,300 in the 2016-17 benefit year.
  • The new CCB will provide a maximum annual benefit of up to $6,400 per child under the age of 6 and up to $5,400, per child, aged 6 through 17. Families with less than $30,000 in net income will receive the maximum benefit.
  • Families whose children qualify for the Disability Tax Credit can receive an additional amount as part of their Canada Child Benefit, up to a maximum annual benefit of $2,730 per eligible child.


 

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Canada and Quebec join forces to promote trade with Europe

Posted on 25 July 2016 by TSL

 Press Release

July 19, 2016 – Ottawa, Ontario, and Québec, Quebec – Global Affairs Canada.

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Trade, and Dominique Anglade, Quebec’s Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation, today issued the following statement:

“Canada and Quebec are joining efforts to promote a progressive trade agenda in Europe. We are demonstrating to European business and government leaders, and to the general public, that Canada and Quebec are committed to implementing the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement [CETA] as soon as possible. This agreement will benefit all our citizens and we are working together for its swift ratification and entry into force in 2017.”

Minister Freeland met with seven European counterparts on the margins of the G20 trade ministers meeting in Shanghai and while in London to discuss next steps on the signature and implementation of CETA.

Minister Anglade was in Germany with Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard to meet with business representatives and political leaders to discuss the benefits of CETA for all regions. The EU is already Quebec’s second-largest trading partner and export destination, and Quebecers stand to benefit significantly from this preferred access to the EU market.

“We both recognize that the improved access to European products, components and services will offer our citizens and companies major advantages,” said Minister Freeland and Minister Anglade. “Canada and Quebec are committed to working together, in Europe, to ensure this gold-standard agreement is signed and ratified as soon as possible.”

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NEW CANADA CHILD CARE BENEFIT

Posted on 20 July 2016 by TSL

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Families now receiving new Canada Child Benefit.


July 20, 2016
Gatineau, Quebec

 

Building an economy that works for middle-class Canadians and their families is the Government of Canada’s top priority.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that the first payments have now been made under the new Canada Child Benefit (CCB). The CCB puts more money in the pockets of nine out of ten families, and helps them with the high costs of raising their children.

The CCB replaces the Canada Child Tax Benefit, the National Child Benefit Supplement, and the Universal Child Care Benefit. Starting today, it will be issued monthly to eligible families. The CCB is simpler, tax-free, and better targeted to those who need it most. More support means more opportunities for middle-class Canadians to save, invest, and grow the Canadian economy.

Parents who have received a previous child benefit and who filed their income tax and benefit return for 2015 are automatically assessed for eligibility for the CCB. Parents of newborn children can apply for the CCB using the Automated Benefits Application (ABA) service.

Quote

“Too many middle-class families struggle with the high costs of raising their children. The new Canada Child Benefit means more money for healthier groceries, kids’ summer programs, and back-to-school clothes. This new child benefit is much more generous, and will help the Canadian economy grow for years to come.”
-The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Quick Facts

  • With the new CCB, families:

    • will receive a single payment every month;
    • will not have to pay taxes on CCB payments received when they file their tax returns;
    • with low- and middle-incomes will receive more benefits, and those with the highest incomes (generally over $150,000) will receive lower benefits than under the previous system; and
    • who are eligible will see an average increase in child benefits of almost $2,300 in the 2016-17 benefit year.
  • The new CCB will provide a maximum annual benefit of up to $6,400 per child under the age of 6 and up to $5,400, per child, aged 6 through 17. Families with less than $30,000 in net income will receive the maximum benefit.
  • Families whose children qualify for the Disability Tax Credit can receive an additional amount as part of their Canada Child Benefit, up to a maximum annual benefit of $2,730 per eligible child.

 

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau congratulates Prime Minister Theresa May of the U.K.

Posted on 18 July 2016 by TSL

 

Ottawa, Ontario – 18 July 2016.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland today to offer his congratulations on her appointment.

The two leaders reaffirmed the rich and diverse bilateral relationship that exists between Canada and the United Kingdom, which is built and maintained through a deep shared history, strong people-to-people ties, and common values. They also discussed the decision of UK citizens to leave the European Union.

Prime Minister Trudeau emphasized that he looked forward to working closely with Prime Minister May to ensure the ongoing  prosperity for citizens of both countries.

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CANADA DAY MESSAGE

Posted on 30 June 2016 by TSL

CANADA DAY MESSAGE.

Category : MEDIA RELEASES Date : 30 June 2016

A Message from the High Commissioner of Canada
on the Occasion of Canada Day.

 

Hello! Bonjour! Ayubowan! Vanakkam!

Canada Day, for Canadians at home and abroad, brings forth an occasion to celebrate our achievements, history, heritage and natural beauty. It also gives us the opportunity to be proud of the diverse and pluralistic nature of all Canadians and their contribution to Canada’s prosperity. We have just one more year to Canada’s birthday and celebrations have already begun!

From early days when Aboriginals, French and British, came together to form Canada, our national identity has been shaped by our diversity. Today, Canadians believe in a tolerant peaceful pluralism; in protecting human rights; in gender equality; in internationalism; in a democratic society that supports middle class values; and in helping those in need around the world.

We are tackling climate change. We are reaching out to our First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples in an honest and open way to forge new relationships based on understanding and reconciliation. We are consulting with Canadians to make the best decisions in many areas, including international assistance, trade and investment, defence and innovation. We have invigorated our work on the world stage. We are on a quest for peace, security, sustainable development, respect for diversity and human rights and justice for all. And, we continue to reach out across the world to support vulnerable populations and those in crisis.

Canada is a country offering many opportunities in trade and investment. We also seek new markets, such as those in Sri Lanka and Maldives, while endeavouring to further the longstanding and cordial bilateral ties. It also gives us the opportunity to promote our values and principles in the business we conduct.

Canada offers world class education and we seek to strengthen ties with global educational institutions. Research and development opportunities in Canada continue to attract the world’s best and brightest, including those from Sri Lanka, to pursue their studies in Canada.

Advancing Canada’s values and interests through leadership and constructive engagement on key global issues with strategic partners, including at the UN and other multilateral institutions are among the key priorities for Canada. It is in this spirit that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced Canada’s candidacy for election to the United Nations Security Council as a non-permanent member for a two-year term that begins in 2021.

The new Office of Human Rights, Freedoms and Inclusion has been created to bring the efforts of the former Office of Religious Freedom together under a more comprehensive vision that includes all human rights. As High Commissioner, I have been encouraged to make the promotion of “human rights, freedoms and inclusion” part of my core objectives.

As Canada embarks on a foreign policy that focuses on constructive engagement with key international partners, I cannot help but reflect on the long standing partnership between Canada and Sri Lanka, which dates back to before Sri Lanka’s own independence.

Canada and Sri Lanka have a long-standing bilateral partnership, a shared commitment to fundamental values and deep people-to-people ties. Canadian interest in Sri Lanka is driven by a foreign policy commitment to the principles of freedom of expression, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.

Canada has welcomed the Sri Lankan government’s commitments to reconciliation and the government’s efforts to mend relations among communities so that all Sri Lankans can live in peace and dignity, free from discrimination based on ethnic, religious or linguistic identities. We strongly believe that Sri Lanka’s commitments on reconciliation will usher in peace, security and stability for all Sri Lankans. Canada remains committed to working with the Government of Sri Lanka toward building this lasting peace, reconciliation and prosperity in Sri Lanka.

Canada continues to encourage the Sri Lankan government’s efforts to advance reconciliation and accountability in the country as well as present a viable political solution in order to satisfy the legitimate aspirations of all Sri Lankan citizens, regardless of language, religion, or ethnicity.

In Sri Lanka, Canada has been a longstanding development partner and our assistance continues to focus on sustainable economic growth, improving skills for employment and livelihoods, and on advancing democracy through the promotion of language rights. Assistance has also been provided for de-mining in support of post-war reconciliation efforts by the Sri Lankan government. Our Canadian volunteer program enhances technical cooperation, fosters friendship and interactions between communities.

The Canada – Sri Lanka trade relationship is going strong. Trade volumes have grown by 25% in 2015! I look forward to continued growth and enhance trade ties, particularly in priority sectors, such as agrifood, infrastructure, aviation, clean tech and education.

With just a year remaining for 150th anniversary celebrations, let’s take some time today, and in the next few months in the lead up to 2017, to truly reflect on how far we have come as a country and how far Canada and Sri Lanka have come in our bilateral relationship.  Canada Day is a day to savour and celebrate the achievements of Canada and its people, and share the celebration with our partners and friends around the world.

Happy Canada Day! Bonne fête du Canada!

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Shelley Whiting
High Commissioner of Canada / Haut-commissaire du Canada
High Commission of Canada to Sri Lanka and Maldives / Le Haut-commissariat du Canada au Sri Lanka et aux Maldives

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