Thursday, May 3, 2012
The Ontario Medical Association is calling on the Provincial Government to head back to the bargaining table with the help of a third party concilliator. President and Thunder Bay Doctor Stewart Kennedy says talks are stalled over the Province's proposed cuts to the fees doctors charge patients. Kennedy says cutting fees will hurt Northwestern Ontario's chances of retaining doctors.
Thunder Bay's Injured Workers Advocate Steve Mantis is the latest to disagree with the Premier's appointment of former Tory MPP Elizabeth Witmer to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. Mantis says the Premier should never have appointed the former Minister of Labour that was responsible for opening up the board to include the interests of both workers and employers. He suggests Dalton McGuinty saw the opportunity for a by-election with the appointment and jumped at the chance of getting a majority.
More opposition in the House of Commons to the federal government decision to trim FEDNOR's budget. MP John Rafferty wonders about making cuts to a program he says can help strengthen the economy of a struggling region.