Doug Ford's lockdown.

News and views on the Doug Ford lockdown.

Began mid march so it's been about six weeks.

Ford fights back tears after revealing elderly mother-in-law tested positive for COVID-19.

He gets it.
A list of Doug Ford's accomplishment's on the healthcare file to date:

● Cut OHIP+ so families with sick children will have to seek private coverage first and pay deductibles and co-payments. (June 201

● Cut planned mental health funding by more than $330 million. (July 201

● Canceled all new planned overdose prevention sites. (Autumn 201. Cut funding for six overdose prevention sites (April 2019)

● Cut funding to the College of Midwives of Ontario. (December 201

● Cut funding for the dementia strategy.

● Let surge funding run out for hospital overcrowding. Surge beds are now closed without replacement, despite overcrowding crisis. (Fall-Winter 2018/19)

● Cut and restructured autism funding, in addition closed waitlists. (Winter 2018/19) There were major problems rolling out the current autism plan with the capped funding levels per family. The newest plan will not be rolled out until April 2020.

● Set overall health funding at less than the rate of inflation and population growth, let alone aging. This means service levels cannot keep up with population need. (2019 Budget)

● Set public hospital funding at less than the rate of inflation. This means real dollar (inflation adjusted dollar) funding cuts and serious service cuts. (2019 Budget)

● Introduced Bill 74, which gives sweeping new powers to the minster and Super Agency to force restructuring of virtually the entire health system. (February/March 2019)

● Municipalities revealed Ford government plan to cut and restructure ambulance services, down from 59 to 10. (April 2019)

● Leaked document reveals plans to cut half a billion dollars in OHIP services. On the chopping block are sedation for colonoscopies, chronic pain management services and others. Plans will be made this spring/summer. (April 2019)

● Cut OHIP funding for residents travelling out of Canada. (May 2019)

● Cut 44 positions at the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) — provider of video medical services — which previously employed 265 people. In other words, 1 in every 6 telemedicine staff positions are being cut. The official dollar figure has not yet been released, but, OTN received $42 million in provincial funding 2017-18, nearly all came from the Ministry of Health. (May 2019)

● Set 2019 land ambulance grant funding at less than the rate of inflation. This means real dollar cuts to ambulance services. The City of Toronto has calculated the value of these cuts to amount to $4 million for Toronto alone. (April 2019)

● Plans to reduce the number of Public Health Units from 35 to 10. Cut 27%, or $200 million, of provincial funding for public health. Toronto Public Health has been particularly hard-hit. The city of Toronto has calculated the cuts to amount will amount to $1 billion over a 5-year period. Ford government disputes these figures. (April 2019) In late May the government announced it will delay these cuts by one year but still plans to move forward with them next year.

● Cut more than $70 million from eHealth’s budget. (May 2019)

● Cut almost $53 million from the Health System Research Fund, a fund dedicated to research relevant to provincial policy and health-care system restructuring. (May 2019)

● Cut $5 million in annual funding for stem-cell research at the Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine. (May 2019)

● Cut $22 million from cancer screening programs (May 2019)

● Cut $24 million in funding for artificial intelligence research from the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence as well as the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. (May 2019)

● Cut $1 million in funding to Leave the Pack Behind a free program designed to help young adults quit smoking. (May 2019)

●Eliminated more than 800 full-time equivalent postions in the LHINs (Local Health Integration Network) and in the six health care agencies (including Cancer Care Ontario, Health Quality Ontario, Trillium Gift of Life, Health ForceOntario and others) (June 2019)

● Cut 291 staff at autism centre for children, ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development. (June 2019)

● Cut all Nurse Practitioner services and 15% of nursing positions at Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit. Resulting in cuts to nurses providing school health programs, community health, infectious diseases, sexual health and vaccine-preventable diseases. (June 2019)

● Eliminated 170 Cancer Care Ontario FTE positions. Many of the positions eliminated were directly responsible for measuring and comparing quality in cancer care. (June 2019)

● Cancelled the Quality Management Partnership (QMP) that ensured quality and consistency in cancer care. The QMP program was started in response to women undergoing unnecessary mastectomies for mistaken diagnoses of breast cancer. QMP developed quality standards for cancer screening and quality improvement for pathologists. (June 2019)

● Cut and cancelled two long-term care home funds that amount to a $34 million dollar cut to long-term care home programs, services, equipment and facility maintenance. (June 2019)

● Eliminated forensic pathology services in Hamilton (July 2019)

● Cut $634,689 used to run the Mobile Cancer Screening Coach that screened for breast cervical and colorectal cancers in Hamilton, Burlington and Niagara. The bus will go off the road in April. (July 2019)

● Cut 9 child development staff who worked with children with autism at KidsAbility Child Development Centre locations in Fergus, Guelph, Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo (March 2019). Will eliminate another 20 – 25 FTE staff in January 2020 due to massive cuts to autism services.

List of local hospital and health services cuts/mergers/privatization:

Cut over 120 full time equivalent staff including nurses, health professionals and patient support staff from Sudbury’s Health Sciences North. After protests by the public and the Health Coalition some of the cuts were rolled back but significant cuts continued nonetheless. (November 201
Privatized lab service, transcription, and patient transportation; outsourced microbiology testing at South Bruce Grey Health Centre; Cut acute care hospital beds up to 40% across all sites. Downgraded acute beds to reactivation beds at a lower staffing level, centralized them to Chesley Site and renamed them “Seniors Centre of Care”. (January 2019)
Cut 40 nursing positions from Grand River Hospital in Kitchener – Waterloo. (February 2019) 15 more nursing positions cut which is more than 27,000 hours annually of patient care. (June 2019). The hospital cut 100,000 hours of registered nursing care this year.
Cut 80 staff from Windsor Regional Hospital (WRH) mostly in housekeeping and food services departments. (April 2019)
Privatized outpatient lab services to private for-profit LifeLabs laboratories at two North Wellington Health Care hospitals – Louise Marshall Hospital and Palmerston and District Hospitals. (April 2019)
Privatized routine outpatient blood tests and lab tests at St. Michael’s hospital to for-profit laboratories. (April 2019)
Cut the pediatric ABC Clinic at Michael Garron Hospital. (May 2019)
Cut 14 full-time registered nurses, which equals a cut of over 25,000 hours of patient care, at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital. (May 2019)
Cut at least 50 clerical staff at St. Michael’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s and Providence Health Centre in Toronto. (May 2019)
Cut 165 full-time equivalent staff positions from London Health Sciences Centre (June 2019)
Cut 60 positions from Addiction and Mental Health Services – Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (AMHS-KLFS). (June 2019)
Closed the Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinic at Windsor Regional Hospital. (June 2019)
Privatized outpatient lab services at Clinton Public Hospital and Seaforth Community Hospital (June 2019)
Service closures that may be cuts

Cut obstetrical care on weekends at West Lincoln Memorial. Women are forced to travel to Hamilton or St. Catharines if they go into labour on weekends. (February 2019)
Board passed a motion to close inpatient pediatrics and obstetrics-gynecology from the Birchmount Campus of Scarborough Health Network, formerly the Scarborough Grace General Hospital which serves 200,000 residents. (January 2019) Working group is figuring out the process of restructuring and they are open while they plan logistics.
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Public Health cuts/restructuring
Serious Threat of Health Privatization
Ambulance cuts/restructuring
Overall cuts/restructuring
Bill 74 – Most Radical Restructuring in our Province’s History
Who’s Who: A primer on Ford’s insiders and the pro-privatization forces in government
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Public Health cuts/restructuring
Doug Ford announced that he will delay them by one year, severe cuts amounting to almost one-third of provincial funding for public health threaten vital local services including food and water safety, infectious disease tracking and prevention, immunizations, prenatal training and safety, overdose prevention, safe needle and biohazard programs and many others.

In the 2019 Provincial Budget it was revealed that the Ford government plans to cut provincial funding for Public Health by 27 per cent and cut the number of local Public Health Units from 35 to 10. In early May, the government made public their plans for the closures/takeovers/mergers of local public health units. There has been no public consultation on this major change even though municipalities match provincial funding for public health, thereby providing half of public health funding. Municipalities were not consulted, public health experts including nurses and doctors who specialize in public health were not consulted, nor were affected communities or Ontarians who fund and rely on Public Health services. The plans that have been revealed to date follow here. In response to pressure, the Ford government is now saying that these are not finalized. However, there is no public process, no written plan that measures or mitigates the impact on the people of Ontario, no plan for consultation, no clear timeline. In fact, no normal processes for public health care planning are being followed whatsoever.

The following will be the results of the planned takeover/mergers/closures of Public Health Units if they are forced through by the Ford government:

Middlesex London Health Unit, Southwestern Public Health Unit, Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit and Lambton Public Health Unit will be forced into a single regional Public Health Unit covering 1.3 million people.
Bruce Grey Health Unit, Huron County Health Unit and Perth District Health Unit will be forced into a single regional Public Health Unit covering 300,000 people.
Public Health Sudbury and Districts, Algoma Public Health, North Bay-Parry Sound District Health Unit, Timiskaming Health Unit, Porcupine Health Unit, and Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit will be forced into a single regional Public Health Unit covering 625,000 people.
Thunder Bay District Health Unit and Northwestern Health Unit will will be forced into a single regional Public Health Unit covering 228,000 people.
Waterloo Public Health Unit, Halton Public Heath Unit, Peel Public Health Unit, and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health Units will be forced into a single regional Public Health Unit covering 2.94 million people.
Hamilton Public Health Services, Niagara Region Public Health Unit, Brant County Health Unit, and Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit will be forced into a single regional Public Health Unit covering 1.4 million people.
Ottawa Public Health Unit, Eastern Ontario Health Unit (Prescott-Russel, Cornwall), Smith Falls Health Unit, and Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health will be forced into a single regional Public Health Unit covering 1.6 million people.
Peterborough Public Health, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge (HKPR) District Health Unit, Hastings Prince Edward Health Unit, and Durham Region Health Unit will be forced into a single regional Public Health Unit covering 1.2 million people.
York Region Public Health and Simcoe County District Health Unit will be forced into a single regional Public Health Unit covering 1.7 million people.
Toronto Public Health will serve 2.9 million people.
Serious Threat of Health Privatization
In Bill 74 the Minister of Health has given herself and the Super Agency vast new powers to order and otherwise force the privatization of most of our health care services. Opposition parties have asked direct questions about private surgery clinics bidding to take over and close down our public hospital services and neither Premier nor Health Minister will say that they will not privatize. In documents being circulated from municipalities, Ford’s plans include privatization of parts of ambulance services. In the leaked documents from the Ontario civil service in February, plans were revealed to privatize eHealth, laboratories, air ambulance, long-term care inspections and other services. At no time, under questioning by media and opposition parties, will this government clearly promise not to transfer ownership of our public non-profit health services to private for-profit corporations. The signs of impending privatization are serious.

Ambulance cuts/restructuring
Ford’s plans, revealed by municipalities, include cutting the number of local paramedic ambulance services from 59 to 10 as well as the number of local dispatch services. These cuts will be particularly devastating to rural and smaller communities which are already suffering from a shortage of services. The Ford government’s restructuring plan does not address any of the causes of too-long ambulance response times; it does not ameliorate services even where there is evidence of significant need. The current paramedic services system in Ontario was created by Mike Harris’ restructuring in the 1990s. The evidence from that round of restructuring is that costs grew dramatically post-restructuring. Ford’s plans for further centralization of paramedic ambulance services and cuts also threaten to deepen inequalities between rural and urban communities: “Cutting and centralizing the ambulance services down to ten giant regions means that smaller rural and northern communities will be lesser priorities and risks their service levels,” warned OHC executive director Natalie Mehra.

An EMS vision-Ontario 2050 Report came out after the 2018 provincial election, penned by owners of a private, for-profit, ambulance company. The report set out a map towards privatization of land ambulance services. It suggested Ontario could “save” $200 million by consolidating over 50 provincial paramedic services into only 10, run by a single Commission. The fact that the government announced that 59 provincial paramedic services will indeed be consolidated into 10 as the report suggested has led to concerns that the privatization of ambulance services is part of Ford’s agenda. The report has also mentioned a plan to reduce the number of Public Health Units from 35 to 10 – a plan that is being implemented by the Ford government.

Overall cuts/restructuring
The Ford government is now clearly embarking on the most aggressive and radical health care restructuring that Ontario has ever seen. Previous large-scale restructuring in Ontario undertaken by the Mike Harris government involved province-wide hospital restructuring, including mergers and closures of dozens of local hospitals. It ultimately did not reduce administrative costs as was promised. In fact, it cost $3.9 billion. That is $3.9 billion, according to the Provincial Auditor General, to cut $800 million from public hospitals. The restructuring costs were made up of laying off staff, moving buildings, renovating and rebuilding, re-hiring staff, renaming services, re-doing letterheads and communications systems and so on. The evidence is indisputable that those cost were lost to health care and were never recouped. Moreover, restructuring led to for-profit privatization and new user fees for an array of services. The costs were never recovered and many of the current problems that we face in health care can be traced back to the last two rounds of restructuring.

Bill 74 – Most Radical Restructuring in our Province’s History
With the way the Ford government chose to write this legislation, and given all the public interest protections they chose to strip out of it, there is no longer any shadow of doubt. The fight to protect public non-profit health care is on. The fight to protect local services from centralization and mega-mergers is on. The fight to stop billions of public dollars from being wasted in restructuring and turmoil is on. Without exaggeration, it is the most dangerous health care legislation in terms of privatization and risks to local services we have ever read, and it has the fewest public protections ever. ~ Natalie Mehra, executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition
In the last few months plans have been revealed that expose the Ford government’s intent to undertake the most radical health care restructuring in our history. Bill 74, the so-called “People’s Health Care Act” has been forced through the Legislature, passed by Ford’s majority against a groundswell of opposition. It does not improve a single health care service. What it does is create one mega-merger of 20 agencies into a Super Agency and give extraordinary restructuring powers to the government. This new law launches restructuring for hospitals, long-term care, home care, community mental health and addictions, community care, cancer care, palliative care, labs, eHealth, air ambulance, community health centres, home care, non-profit primary care and more. The Health Minister has revealed her plan is to restructure 1,800 health service providers down to 30 – 50 conglomerates. That’s not all though. In the Provincial Budget, plans to cut Public Health by almost 1/3 of provincial funding (27%) and reduce Health Units from 35 to 10 were revealed. Then, municipalities revealed the Ford government’s plans to restructure ambulance services from 59 down to 10.

Sweeping new powers to force through mega-mergers, transfer services from one community to another, close services, privatize services

The new law gives sweeping powers to the Minister and the government appointees in their new Super Agency to force through mergers, mega-mergers, amalgamations, transfers of services, closures of local services, and entire closures of service providers. In five separate areas in the legislation these restructuring powers enable the government, its appointees, and health service providers to transfer our public and non-profit health care services to for-profit companies. Already for-profit hospital companies are making bids to take over surgeries in London Ontario.

Unfettered powers to force health care providers to restructure, close, privatize

The legislation allows the Minister and the government appointees that run their new Super Agency the power to order, direct and coerce (using their funding power) local providers of service to comply with these restructuring edicts and pressures. It does this in multiple sections of the legislation. In most of these sections there is no fetter on these extraordinary powers and no public process. It takes away any last vestiges of local control over health care. They can close a hospital with the stroke of a pen, move a service to another town or close it entirely, order the privatization of all labs or all surgeries, for example. It is truly shocking.

No public interest protections, no appeals, no access to information, no clear rulings: worst ever

There are no public interest protections in the legislation. There is no public notice at all for most of the sections that give new restructuring powers. There is minimal public notice in one section. There is no right to appeal anywhere in the legislation. There is no public access to documents anywhere in the legislation. The new Super Agency is not subject even to the conflict of interest rules of the Ontario Public Service. There are no principles to guide restructuring. There is no requirement that any one, not the Minister, not the Super Agency, no one, actually measure and plan to meet population need for health care, protect any local health services at all, ensure that patients have access to care, worry about the workforce that will be subject to massive upheaval. There are no procedural protections whatsoever.

Who’s Who: A primer on Ford’s insiders and the pro-privatization forces in government
Charles Lammam, formerly of the extreme right wing Fraser Institute, is now the Director of Policy (2nd highest staff position) in the Health Minister’s office. The Fraser Institute has spent years trying to dismantle Canada’s social programs and one of their prime targets is health care. The Fraser Institute has been funded by the American Koch brothers (funders of the Tea Party) among others.

Shelly Jamieson, one of Ford’s appointed board members of the new Super Agency, is the former president of Extendicare, a for-profit long-term care home giant. She was on the Mike Harris government’s Restructuring Commission that ordered the closure of >40 hospitals and thousands of hospital beds. After this she moved to Extendicare which gained from the subsequent expansion of long-term care. Now she is on the new Super Agency, this government’s health restructuring board.

Elyse Allan is on the board of Brookfield Assets Management and the right-wing pro-privatization C.D. Howe institute and was recently on the pro-corporate Board of the Conference Board of Canada, the Chamber of Commerce and more.

Other board members include people from banks and private corporations including Real Estate Investment Trusts and others with direct interest in health care privatization.

In July, Doug Ford appointed Rueben Devlin, former president of the Ontario Conservative Party to be the Chair of a new Premier’s Council on Improving Health Care & Ending Hallway Medicine and Special Advisor on Ending Hallway Medicine. The positions come with a $348,000 per year salary for the Conservative stalwart who was president of the party during the Mike Harris era during which the government spent $3.9 billion closing and merging hospitals in an attempt to cut $800 million from their budgets. That was the most radical restructuring of public hospitals in the country’s history at time. Rueben Devlin is also the former CEO of Humber River Hospital where he presided over the closure of three hospitals. The three were replaced with one privatized P3 hospital at an eye-popping $1.76 billion due to the exorbitantly expensive P3 financing and privatization model. In so doing, Devlin closed down a hospital in one of the poorest neighbourhoods of the city. The new P3 hospital did not have enough capacity to serve its population and last fall the former Liberal government reopened one of the closed-down sites in order to deal with patients waiting on stretchers in hallways for care.

Gordon Campbell: Not only does he have an abysmal record on financial matters, but the former B.C. Premier, whom Doug Ford appointed to lead Ford’s fiscal inquiry in Ontario, is perhaps the biggest enemy of public health care in Canada. It is now apparent that Campbell’s model of health cuts and privatization may be the model that Ford is copying here. Campbell set the stage for the biggest growth in for-profit privatization of hospital care in Canada, private clinics in BC openly charge patients thousands of dollars in violation of the Canada Health Act as a direct result of his policies, he cut and closed local hospitals, systematically appointed pro-privatization health board people, fired thousands of hospital support staff, and privatized their services. He routinely supported private for-profit interests in pharmaceutical policy and health care against the public interest. The extreme right-wing Fraser Institute loves him, but his record on finances is terrible. Not only did he do all these terrible things in health care, he wiped out a $1.5 billion surplus he inherited when he took government, then went on to post the largest deficits in the B.C.’s history up to that time, and added $20 billion to the province’s debt.
What does any of that have to do with the lockdown?
It has to do with him "getting it"
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It has to do with him "getting it"

Go away.
Doug Ford to release framework to reopen the economy.

Slow and steady I expect.

Good on him.
"While our frontline workers are looking after us, we need to make sure we're looking after them and their families," Premier Doug Ford

Good on ya Doug and don’t listen to the yahoos.
I have been quite happy with Ford.
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I have been quite happy with Ford.

Yes I have had much luck with my last three Fords , they take a licking
He's following the science but the science has been spectacularly wrong on the Wuflu.
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He's following the science but the science has been spectacularly wrong on the Wuflu.

Walt thinks Rob Ford is a dumb rube.
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Yes I have had much luck with my last three Fords , they take a licking


They can't be that good if you needed three.

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[QUOTE=Hoid;2838146]A list of Doug Ford's accomplishment's on the healthcare file to date: ---------------------------------

And here is the hemerHOID accomplishment:: stringing together a poisonous collection of LIES, half truths, evasions of logic,

deliberately distorted flights of unsubstantiated fancy and generally miss-representing everything about the govt of a province


Here is an article illustrating the chaotic economic future orchestrated by civil service union HOGS - that we can expect after Wuhan Virus is controlled! With some comments of my own in brackets):

The Real Impact of Doug Ford's OSAP Cuts

Five students on how much tuition funding they're actually losing

(Yes - the Ford Haters are still active and NOT AT ALL CONCERNED about the massive debts we are adding to our already BANKRUPT society!)

By Michelle Bilodeau June 24, 2019

Students protest tuition funding cuts at University of Toronto

(How come students RARELY COMPLAIN about the PAY RAISES given to college and university HOG STAFF? Oh right - students do not want to annoy HOGS who they depend on for good marks and future jobs! IN addition - many of the students are the children of HOGS in other govt departments! HOGS and their kids are actively campaigning to loot and pillage the bankrupt general public!)

“OSAP” started trending on Twitter this month when students applying for their grants and loans realized the very real consequences of Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s widespread cuts to education—which so far have run the gamut from public school teaching positions to post-secondary tuition. On top of the fact that Ontario students already pay the highest tuition rates across the country, they now have to contend with how to close the gap on their funding with only two months before the start of the school year thanks to major cuts to the loan program.

(Our HOGS LIE about so called Ford “cuts” that actually GAVE MORE CASH in the 2020 education budget - but HOGS DEMAND MORE ANYWAY - on general principles! ETFO junior school teachers have reluctantly and wisely agreed to settle for the 1% wage increase and 4% benefit increase Ford offered!)

(Sadly OSSTF high school teachers are fighting on for major new money even as our economy melts down into Wuhan fueled disaster! The massive new debts will fuel MASSIVE NEW INFLATION and this means HOGS will be stridently demanding ever MORE from our bankrupt govts! In addition - the economic chaos will be hitting HOG revenue HARD - as HOGS have so much gravy invested in all manner of Biz that is now suffering badly! OSSTF owns a $55 billion dollar share of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment - that was its assessed value about 15 years ago when they tried to sell it - and what is it worth NOW with all professional sports shut down? HOGS will do without all that tv ad revenue since no games are being played! And of course the arenas are not being rented out for other sports teams or concerts etc - equalling more lost revenue!)

When these cuts were first announced in January, Ford tweeted they were for the benefit of low-income students, which doesn’t seem to be the case from the reactions on social media last week, when many students realized exactly how much they were losing.

(I recall speaking to a kid on our street who was VERY EXCITED about going to college - because he was going to BORROW a huge pile of cash from OSAP so he could rent his own apartment while going to post secondary education! The idea of being “Independent” while living large on borrowed gravy that he will have major trouble paying back later on is PROOF that OSAP should not be TOO GENEROUS in handing out gravy!)

(IN addition - the UGLY FACT that 25 percent of college and university grads end up DECLARING BANKRUPTCY after discovering the hard way that their new career DOES NOT pay enough to cover both living costs and debt repayment! Yes - a 25% bankruptcy rate in spite of govt laws that make it VERY DIFFICULT to escape OSAP debts! No wonder so many grads end up back in parental basements!)

I am receiving HALF the amount of #OSAP funding that I received last year. I'm nearly in tears, as I worry about being able to afford school this year. So thank you @fordnation for making it nearly impossible to go to school and shaping our future for the worse.

— Marianne (@Mariann84249936) June 18, 2019

(Stupid child - maybe you should consider HOW YOU WILL SURVIVE in our grossly indebted future world? With LIE-berals you get to pay some now - and PAY A LOT - plus interest LATER! Interest on debt is a PARASITE you will pray to be free of!)

As for whether schools themselves will make up any of the defecit via bursaries and financial aid, there haven’t been any clear statements or announcements. Elizabeth Church, a spokesperson for the University of Toronto, said, “We know how hard our students and their families work to get a university education. We continually monitor our aid programs to determine what adjustments might be necessary and we will continue to do so in the context of recent OSAP changes.” She did not elaborate on what those adjustments might be for the coming school year.

(Considering that teacher HOGS will be dealing with MASSIVE NEW inflation costs driven by Wuhan debt and considering that HOGS were INSANE ENOUGH to DEMAND an immediate FIFTY PERCENT RAISE from Wynne-bag LIE-berals just before the 2018 provincial election - it seems HIGHLY UNLIKELY that teacher HOGS will show any mercy to their captive CASH COW KIDS!)

Meg Peters, a PhD candidate and part-time professor in the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies at the University of Ottawa, has a stark outlook: “These cuts, alongside other cuts to virtually every other social program in Ontario, will make it so that many of my students will not be able to return in the fall.” Peters, who is also the bargaining committee chair and co-chief negotiator for the bargaining committee of CUPE2626 (the union of TAs and RAs at the University of Ottawa), says, “Even students who do not necessarily depend on OSAP, but have a bursary or scholarship, will be affected by Ford’s policy changes, as universities react to the 10 percent tuition decrease.” Peters sites the recent decision by the Board of Governors from the University of Ottawa to reduce bursaries and scholarships for the coming academic year as a result of the Conservative government’s tuition cuts, and she also notes the added stress and burden of these costs will mostly be felt by financially precarious students.

(OH YES- that`s what we need a whole new pile of radical feminazis all trained at great public expense - and all making huge new demands we cannot pay for! And best of all - Peters is a MILITANT CUPE HOG with NO regard for anybody not represented by HER union!)

Daniel Je, a content analyst from OneClass, an online resource for university and college students, believes that universities will start giving preference to international students with higher tuition rates. “International students pay 3.9 times more than domestic students for tuition, and the demand for an Ontario education has increased,” Je says. “[So universities] will look to increase international tuition and international enrolment in response to this.”

(Ah - Je ADMITS that HOGS are in it for the GRAVY only! And what makes Je think international students will still be able to afford Csdn education in the aftermath of the Wuhan economic apocalypse?)

So where does all of this actually leave Canadian students on the path to higher education? We spoke with five students on how these cuts to OSAP will affect this coming academic term.
Rebecca Gao

University of Toronto student

How much OSAP are you losing? Approximately $4,000

How will you pay for school this coming year? “I am going into my fourth year, so this is my last year. Because I am from a low-income family, I had enough grants that tuition was free. So, I would take the loans anyway and invest it and make interest off of it. Because of that I have a lot of savings, so I am going to dip into my savings to pay for tuition. With the loans and the grants combined, it’s less than tuition. I am going to have to dip into my savings further to cover the rest of tuition, books, cost of living, food and rent. School isn’t just tuition. I probably spend $1,000 on books each year.”

(The kid IS CLUELESS! It is impossible to borrow govt gravy and invest it and end up with MORE MONEY in this economic climate! Govt loan costs are MUCH HIGHER than bank interest rates! Govt NEEDS the extra interest paid on loans to COVER THAT TWENTY FIVE PERCENT BANKRUPTCY RATE!)

Camryn Morris, Georgian College

How much OSAP are you losing? “I am losing 100 percent of my OSAP funding, and this will require me to pay back my loans from last year, starting in July.”

How will you pay for school this coming year? “To cover school costs this year, I will be working a summer full-time job, followed by a part-time job. I am also hoping to get some bursaries but that’s not certain due to more students applying to them this year.”

(Ah- so this kid comes from a relatively wealthy family and she reminds me of a couple I knew some years back who routinely rolled over their mortgage debt in order to use whatever equity they had built up to pay for NICE holidays - because he was a govt HOG and she was working under the table providing day care services! The penny pinching of Toronto mayor Rob Ford resulted in a serious reduction in life style for the couple as steady pay raises failed to appear for them! And she was fiscally crippled when Wynne-bag LIE-berals implemented “all day kindergarten”! The couple faced a substantial loss of income and had a tough time meeting the new LIE-beral mortgage stress rules! HOGS always expect OTHERS to bail them out!)

Brianne Watkins, Ryerson University

How much OSAP are you losing? “Approximately $3,000—all of it coming from grants. I typically receive approximately $9,400 from OSAP ($6,000 in grants, $3,400 in loans). Now I will be receiving a total of $6,700 ($3,100 in grants, $3,600 in loans). Even with the 10 percent reduction of tuition, my tuition will still be approximately $7,000. That leaves me a bit short for tuition, but my bigger concern is there will be nothing left for books, TTC, food, etc.”

(Uh huh and as I have said - kids borrowing gravy to live in residence is NUTS! Tell the stupid kid to go back home and live with parents - rent free!)

(In related news - in summer 2019 - federal LIE-berals were BOASTING of the illegals they had accepted from United States - people who had lived in U.S.A. long enough to have decent English and thus be able to get along in Cdn college courses - with LIE-berals happily accepting such people and setting them up with OSAP ACCOUNTS and govt gravy - with NO GUARANTEE that these people will not skip back out of Canada with their new degree in hand - leaving behind a pile of debts!)

(LIE-berals DO NOT WORRY about unpaid debts - just so long as they get VOTES out of it all!)

How will you pay for school this coming year? “I live frugally so luckily I have some money saved up. It probably won’t be enough—definitely not enough for me to finish my undergraduate degree. A part-time job would be desirable, but difficult to maintain because I am a caretaker for my mother who has had a stroke. I have been in the works of starting an online business that will hopefully bring me some supplemental income during the school year. If not, I will have to sacrifice caretaking and/or grades to take up another job.”
Lana Lavoie

(Somebody should welcome this kid to the real world were there is NO handy pot of gold and debt is a killer!)

York University, Glendon

How much OSAP are you losing? $10,000

How will you pay for school this coming year? My partner is working six days a week (sometimes seven), as we can no longer afford daycare with the cut, which would have given me the opportunity to work, too.
Blythe Hunter

(Daycare is a LIE-beral fiscal TRAP! Too often the woman or couple cannot earn enough to pay for it and must rely on the standard LIE-beral habit of robbing Peter to pay Paul! Especially since Wynne-bag LIE-berals DELIBERATELY set up our new day care system IN THE MOST COSTLY possible way! By giving total control over to ETFO teacher HOGS! But hey - it WON lots of votes for LIE-berals and that is all that THEY COUNT!)

University of Toronto, St. George

How much OSAP are you losing? “I’m losing all of my grants and some off my loans. Last year, I got just under $11,000, with about $3,000 of that being grants. This year, I’m getting $6,900 in loans only. I’m lucky that [my cuts] aren’t as crazy as others I’ve heard about who are losing almost all their OSAP, but that’s still over a semester of rent gone.”

(Oh another one being “independent - living on BORROWED money to pay for rent in our VERY COSTLY housing MARKET!)

How will you pay for school this coming year? “I’m going to apply for a bigger grant from the university (and apply to scholarships as usual). I’ve applied for grants every year, but they were only around $1,500. The worst part is that I was already going to have to apply for a bigger grant because I stayed downtown this summer to work and therefore can’t save much of the money I make toward rent for the school year. I have no idea whether my application will be successful since it’ll be so massive (probably around $7,000 or $8,000), especially since I’m sure others will be applying for larger grants now as well. I desperately don’t want to, but if worse comes to worst I might have to ask family friends for assistance because my own family can’t help me financially.”

(Ah yes- another stupid kid paying rent in the most expensive city in Canada - and ignoring the parental home that would reduce costs! But no wonder the kid “stayed downtown” since commuting from a suburb on our ramshackle, crowded public transit is a bore!)

(But then being the most indebted province on the planet - as Ontari-owe IS - also carries a nasty price tag! We should pray that Ford is tough enough to clean up some of our mess!)

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