Archive for Health Care
Social Assistance Review Commission Report:
“Brighter Prospects” or Another Dull Dead-End?
At its meeting November 3-4, 2013, the Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of Canada (Ontario) expressed its deep concern over inadequacies in the recently released Report of the Social Assistance Review Commission (SARC). Four years into the deepest economic crisis in recent memory, the official provincial unemployment rate is over 8%, youth unemployment is at 20%, and nearly one million Ontarians relying on social assistance. The federal government’s attacks on pensions and Employment Insurance benefits add to this “perfect storm against the poor”. People would be justified in expecting radical proposals and real action from the SARC. Unfortunately, the recommendations fall far short of what is needed to reduce and eliminate poverty in Ontario. Worse, the provincial Minister of Community and Social Services, John Milloy, has already indicated that the report’s meagre improvements, such as increasing assistance payments by $100 per month, will not be implemented because they are out of step with its pro-corporate, anti-people austerity program. Read more
Misnamed ‘Protecting Public Services Act’ Will Privatize Public Services, Slash Jobs and Wages, Suspend Free Collective Bargaining and the Right to Strike
The misnamed ‘Protecting Public Services Act’, if passed, will privatize public services, slash jobs, wages, and pensions, and suspend free collective bargaining and the right to strike in Ontario. This Bill must be shelved now, or defeated if it comes to a vote, says the Executive Committee of the Communist Party (Ontario).
The legislation is illegal, unconstitutional, and very likely to be struck down by the courts; just as similar legislation – also introduced by a Liberal government – was struck down by the courts, ending with the BC government paying hefty costs and settlements to its unionized employees. Read more