John Tory’s Response to the Shelter Crisis Inadequate

OCAP’s response to John Tory;
Please Keep up the Calls & Emails to the Mayor’s Office!
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December 15, 2014

Mayor John Tory,
Toronto City Hall,
Delivered by Hand

Mayor Tory:

Thank you for your December 12th letter. Unfortunately, we can’t consider it a sufficient response. You stress the importance of adequate shelter but offer only some indications of potential improvements at some point in 2015. What we sought to convey to you was the fact that you have taken over the Mayor’s job in a situation of acute crisis for homeless people in this City. We demand immediate action.

Due to a complete failure to implement binding policies with regard to shelter occupancy, the system is operating at intolerable and life threatening levels of overcrowding. This remains so even with the privately run “Out of the Cold” programs absorbing significant numbers. The failure to follow through on a drop-in space for women and trans people, puts lives at risk right now. At a time when gender-based violence and sexual assault has gripped National attention, you have it in your power to implement a service that would greatly reduce the likelihood of violence done to women and trans people in this city. It is simply not enough to say that the Deputy Mayor will be looking into this, or that the January meeting of Council will be considering options for next year. Lives are on the line. This is an emergency situation and should be treated as such.

As a new Mayor who has spoken of the need for a ‘unified City’, we are calling on you to give the question of adequate shelter and safe space full and immediate attention. With all due respect to Councillor McConnell, we repeat our call for you to personally meet with a community delegation and ensure that a fitting response to this crisis be rapidly developed. It really seems very little to ask that, while this City enjoys the Holiday period, its homeless residents should have their basic dignity and safety taken care of. At the very minimum, shelters ought to be operating at or below 90% occupancy.

Thank you for your attention to this matter

The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty

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BCGEU says immediate action is required as WCB imposes $75,000 fine on Forensic Psychiatric Hospital

“I want to thank the BCGEU/NUPGE members on the joint occupational health and safety committee at FPH for the important work they have done to make their workplace safer.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President.

Vancouver (15 Dec. 2014) — The B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) is renewing its call for immediate action to ensure the safety of workers at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital (FPH) in Port Coquitlam. This comes following the imposition on December 4 of an administrative penalty of ,000 by the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) for repeated health and safety violations at the hospital.

Fine for repeated health and safety violations further demonstrates major problems at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital

“Our members have a legislated right to a violence-free workplace; however, they continue to have their lives threatened,” says Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President. “It should not take a ,000 fine to make this employer do the right thing. They need to work immediately with the joint health and safety committee at FPH, comply with the orders WCB officers have written, and address quickly and fully the repeated violations of health and safety regulations.

“I want to thank the BCGEU/NUPGE members on the joint occupational health and safety committee at FPH for the important work they have done to make their workplace safer,” says Smith. “I also want to thank the WCB officers for their work to bring this employer into compliance with health and safety regulations that would make our members safer.”

NUPGE

The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada’s largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE

NUPGE Components: 

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Source: NUPGE
BCGEU says immediate action is required as WCB imposes ,000 fine on Forensic Psychiatric Hospital

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Toronto actions planned to back provincial negotiations on wages and jobs for Developmental Services

“High staff turnover is bad for workers, bad for the people they support, and ultimately bad for employers because constant recruitment and training are costly.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.

Toronto (12 Dec. 2014) — Workers who provide care and support for people with developmental disabilities say unstable conditions in the sector must change, and employers have an opportunity to make that happen in discussions this week with unions in the sector. 

Developmental services workers send message to employers that major changes are necessary for sector

Members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE) have planned actions in towns and cities across Ontario to show employers they are watching developments closely and expect significant changes to show up in a provincial framework agreement that local unions can adopt. 

In Toronto, the location of several developmental services agencies, OPSEU/NUPGE members will hold an information picket on December 12 between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m., outside 1132 Broadview Ave., south of Cosburn. 

“Employers can’t recruit or retain skilled, professional workers because of the low pay and unstable hours they offer. They’ve addressed this in their own survey of employers across Ontario.  They’re even turning to high school volunteers, who are hardly equipped to care for and support people with autism, fetal alcohol syndrome and other intellectual disabilities,” said Patti Markland, Chair of OPSEU developmental services.

More than two-thirds of developmental services workers are part-time, temporary, or on contract.  Many earn less than an hour.

“No matter how much they love their jobs, they can’t stay if they can’t make ends meet,” said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas. “Our union has been in the forefront of the push for stable earnings for the workers and stable services for the people they support and their families. High staff turnover is bad for workers, bad for the people they support, and ultimately bad for employers because constant recruitment and training are costly.”

OPSEU/NUPGE represents some 12,000 developmental services workers, many of whom have planned actions this week to make it clear to employers they expect significant improvements as a result of talks taking place this week with employers.

The provincial talks resulted from earlier discussions facilitated by the Ministry of Community and Social Services, which is responsible for developmental services.  The Ontario government has allocated 0 million for front-line workers over the next three years. 

NUPGE

The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada’s largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE

NUPGE Components: 

Occupational Groups: 

Source: NUPGE
Toronto actions planned to back provincial negotiations on wages and jobs for Developmental Services

Health Professionals meet to discuss future of Medicare

Health professionals from across the country meet to coordinate efforts to campaign for a progressive health care agenda for Canada.

Ottawa (15 Dec. 2014) — Delegates from unions that represent health professionals are meeting in Ottawa to discuss efforts to defend and expand Canada’s Medicare system. The Canadian Health Professionals Secretariat (CHPS), an initiative of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE), is holding its last meeting of 2014 and is using the opportunity to look at ways to move the debate about the future of Canada’s health care system forward.

Federal election in 2015

“We know that there will be a federal election in 2015,” said NUPGE’s National President James Clancy. “Elections offer the opportunity for the public to discuss the issues that matter most to them. We know that Canadians care deeply about their health care system and expect that the issue will come up during the campaign.”

The first day of the meeting will have a variety of speakers addressing important health care policy issues. Among the topics and speakers are

  • The Case for a National Pharmacare Program with guest speaker, Marc-André Gagnon, Assistant Professor, Carleton University
  • National Health Care Election Campaign with guest speaker, Adrienne Silnicki, National Coordinator, Canadian Health Coalition
  • Enforcing the Canada Health Act and Opposing Privatization with guest speaker, Dr. Danyaal Raza, Treasurer, Canadian Doctors for Medicare
  • Home and Long-Term Care in Canada with guest speake,r Pat Armstrong, Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology, York University
  • Improving Access to Oral Health Care with guest speaker, Dr. Paul Allison, Director, McGill Faculty of Dentistry.

Numerous challenges confronting health professionals across the country

“There is no shortage of issues faced by health professionals in Canada,” said Clancy. “From preparing for the possibility of patients with Ebola, to provinces reorganizing the delivery of services, there is never a lack of topics to discuss.”

CHPS is a national advocacy body that represents 70,000 unionized health professionals who deliver the diagnostic, clinical, rehabilitative and preventative services that are essential to timely and quality health care.

Some of the highly trained professionals represented by CHPS include medical laboratory technologists, physiotherapists, social workers, pharmacists, occupational therapists, dieticians and psychologists. These professionals work in hospitals, long-term care facilities, mental health services, laboratories, home care services and public health agencies.

More information:

Canadian Health Professionals Secretariat

NUPGE

The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada’s largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE

Occupational Groups: 

Issues and Campaigns: 

Source: NUPGE
Health Professionals meet to discuss future of Medicare

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JAM THE LINES! Demand Safe Space NOW! Decent Affordable, & Accessible Shelter For All!

This Monday, Dec. 15th, let John Tory and your local city councillors know that you demand action on improving housing and shelter conditions in Toronto. Call or email your local councillor or contact Tory himself!

We believe that all people are entitled to decent, safe, accessible and affordable shelter regardless of immigration status. We demand that the city quit stalling, and do something to advance the health and safety of people living in poverty in this city. Call in to express your support for the immediate opening of the 24-hour drop in space for women and trans people in Toronto. Voice your concern for the increasing numbers of people turned away from shelters each night. More lives are at risk every day. In avoiding these issues, the city is failing to prevent avoidable incidents of violence and death. We believe that this is utterly and completely unacceptable.

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What you can do:

On Monday Dec. 15th, from 1pm until 5 pm, call or email your local councillor’s office and express your concern for the lack of attention to the homelessness crisis in the city.

+Express your support for the immediate opening of the 24-hour drop in space

+Demand that the city fulfill it’s own promise to keep shelter rates at 90%.

+Demand action now!

Below you will find a complete list of Toronto city councillors and their contact information.

Call or email your councillor. Call or email Tory. Then call or email another councillor!

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