Cornwall Ontario City Council Votes to Initiate Meeting with Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews over Funding Shortages – June 23, 2010

Cornwall Ontario City Council Votes to Initiate Meeting with Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews over Funding Shortages – June 23, 2010

Cornwall ON – City Council got jiggy with the hospital funding issue in a special meeting Tuesday afternoon.   I can understand the anger of many of the councilors.  With Surgeries being cancelled due to funding issues; doctors leaving, threatening to leave, or just lower morale, Cornwall has done a lot to really shine when it comes to medical services.

From the funding of the new hospital to the city being proactive in their efforts to attract new doctors to Cornwall I can fully understand the feeling that we deserve better than what’s going on.

(We covered this story last week including video which we’ll repost right below.)

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKbSuMlcTHY

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXwBhO97TMg

Which will put the pressure on MPP Jim Brownell to bring further action to his riding’s largest hospital.   Earlier the province coughed up $5 Million dollars to help with deficits, but that’s short of what’s needed.

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“It’s not the hospital that has the problem,” said Coun. Denis Carr. “This problem rests with long-term care, it’s clogging up the hospital, it’s the wrong choice of words, but it’s not a municipal responsibility.”Our first step is with Queen’s Park.”

And that’s what council voted to do.   Mayor Bob Kilger will attempt via MPP Jim Brownell to initiate a meeting with minister Deb Matthews to get the job done and find some funding.

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37 Comments on "Cornwall Ontario City Council Votes to Initiate Meeting with Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews over Funding Shortages – June 23, 2010"

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Tammy A. Hart
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I will be the first to comment. Why on earth did Bob Kilger and council not get involved a long time ago? And yes it is a municipal responsibility. Its all about working for your constituents, looking out for their best interests, and hospitals are part of the infrastructure. When 52 surgeries have been canceled, a shortage of 42 beds, doctors are leaving the area and are fed up, then I would say Cornwall has a major problem on there hands and why isn’t someone screaming bloody murder? There are obviously serious issues that need to be resolved, mismanagement has… Read more »
Eric
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We can not afford to keep throwing money at the problem child, time for tough love and people smarter than me with a business mind better start being vocal, or the child will grow and start a family with even more needs.

smee
Guest

Well said Tammy
why would a motion be needed?
Also has anyone considered reviewing the management and infrastructure of how the hospiatl is functioning.

Right now it appears Kilger and friends will be doing nothing more then irritating the government because people in Cornwall cannot manage a business.
More money in this area is strictly throwing gasoline on a fire.

willie191
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I have only one question………………What took this council so long to stand up and do something?
Was it family member who had a canceled procedure? That’s the only way us peasants get any results.
I have been talking about this in every conversation I have had in the past year. And you wonder why people don’t vote. Every single resident of this city has to stop shrugging their shoulders and scream out to our MPP. The letter I received from Mr. Brownell was defensive.

Tammy A. Hart
Member

Willie191, Jim Brownell has been very disappointing to his constituents lately. He has become a puppet and is tiring out. He must realize that his government is failing him. McGuinty is so out of touch with the people, its definitely time for a change. Bring on Tim Hudak!

Tammy A. Hart
Member

willie191, its all political and there is no leadership

Furtz
Member

“Bring on Tim Hudak!”? I don’t think too many people want to return to the dark days of the “Common Sense Revolution”. The lingering stink of Mike Harris is still in the air.

willie191
Guest

Hudak isn’t the answer. I must vote NDP. Just look around. It was the conservatives that started all the cuts in Ontario hospitals. Dalton was elected and re-elected based on lies. How can a person vote logically when they hear a platform based on lies.

Eric
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Maybe it is too early to choose a party for the fall of 2011, however, looking at the NDP website does not fill me with hope. The issues section is just a holding tank for news, but they also have a seperate section for news.

Tammy A. Hart
Member
For Gods sakes people! Mike Harris did some bad moves yes I would agree, but he did alot of good moves as well. My main reason for liking Harris was that he did what he said he was going to do, unlike every politician today. Like it or not alot of his changes were necessary for the time. How are we ever going to bring this province back to a reasonable debt without cutting? A good leader must make tough choices. The key thing is to do it responsibly for example, instead of laying off, cut costs through attrition, and… Read more »
willie191
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He cut taxes by 30% and health care by 40%. He told us that everyone on welfare and ODSP were all stealing from the government. Only a small percentage was. He attacked the poorest of the poor. He sold the 407 toll highway to his buddies at SCN Lavelin for peanuts after tax dollars paid for it.. He passed a law stating the province could not run a deficit. Then reversed the law after telling us there is a 2 billion dollar deficit. Ernie Eves to over. The deficit was actually 6 billion dollars. And this just off the top… Read more »
smee
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willie
Conservatives cut spending to better control a system burning rampant. The whole failure of the system began under a liberal government. One which through money around and does not ask where it is spent. We may not like what he is doing but I think he is on the right track

smee
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As I have mentioned my career has provided my privilege to see many splendors of people’s character in many different scenarios. It is a shame that those with the most experience are not in the least bit impressive. The general attitude or beliefs in challenging situations can best be described by my senior associate “ I only have 5 more years to retirement” Or “hey if they ask me to do it this way I do it and if they ask me tomorrow to change it back I just do, there is no reason to challenge the validity as I… Read more »
smee
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. Tammy, you have my support 100% well said. I think many people only dislike Harris due to poor media. Sorry Jamie but it is a fact. Most media is a liberal owned and operated thus making other parties appear incapable. Can anyone recall the last Provincial debate; McGuinty was nothing more then slanderous mealy mouth snot. He never answered any questions but was quite capable of slandering his opponents more so then them. I mean McGuinty has no brains, Look at a decision made by he and then health minister smitherman. It was decided that transgender assignment surgery was… Read more »
Grimalot
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It is old. The Libs and the Con’s point the fingers at eachother. This has got to stop.

Eric
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While bad mouthing McGuinty, I have a relative in Ottawa that is diabetic. This person needs to buy needles, while the province steped in to pay for a needle exchange program that gives free needles to drug addicts, that Ottawa city council said no to.

I find that “we allow Conservatives equal space” kind of scary, however, it is your publication, and I for one enjoy it with the friendly banter from all sides.

Grimalot
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Too bad those pseudo-conservatives cannot come up with any material of their own to post in here instead of being gagged by the PMO!! Ahem, Guy? Or is that just an excuse? I mean either you are being gagged by the PMO, or you just don’t have any smart and personal opinion to say. One thing for sure, you certainly aren’t working for your constituents! And no wonder you have to run and hide behind papers that will print your incessant lies and propaganda from the PMO!

smee
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No Grits among you? Jamie you yourself have shown support and belief for Bernadette. Could it be denial, it is a huge liberal trait

smee
Guest

free needles started in vancouver in the late 80’s i beleive, and it quickly took off through the rest of Canada. That was an NDP initiative originally . I was made official here by Bob Rae, But Iron Mike Harris was wanting to end it and chastised for his decision

Tammy A. Hart
Member
The best thing about Harris is that in 1995 they passed a law called the Taxpayers Protection Act, a law which limited the ability of legislatures to raise taxes and run deficits without public approval through a referendum process. AND PREMIER DALTON MCGUINTY REVERSED IT. FANCY THAT! I am on municipal council I see first hand all the government programs down loaded to the municipality at a big cost. For example just in my first year there were over 700 changes to the Ontario Building Code… Then there’s the Species at Risk Act, where a farmer can no longer dig… Read more »
smee
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See folks, it’s not just me that sees the truth. If most of you could see through the media you would find the conservatives are doing a better job. As for the NDP, well Mr Rae placed all kinds of hidden fees; one comes to mind called the victims surcharge fee. It has something to do with additional charges things like traffic offenses and similar offences. Some of the legislation Tammy mentions comes into play in my work. Most of it is common sense that has now been legislated. The unique part is the people it is meant to protect… Read more »
Grimalot
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No, Harper needs to go. He’s not pulling the reigns back on spending. He just blew 1.2+ billion dollars on the dumbest idea of this year he’s had so far.

Just found an interesting group, click my name for the link 😀

smee
Guest

compared to what the liberals have done in the past this ispeanuts. Besides atleast he had it in Ontario which will keep some revenue in province.

Tammy A. Hart
Member
As I said Grimalot, Harper is not perfect by far but he is still the best one out there. Personally I really dont give a rats @*& about some Afghan detainee that got a shoe in his face. Our troops are out there fighting a war. War is war. The leftists are trying to bring down all the efforts and hard work that the Conservatives have done to rebuild our military in Canada. Let them do the job. And as far as the money spent on the G8 and G20, at least its in Ontario, not Quebec.
Stan
Member

Grimalot, wake up and smell the coffee. The money had to be spent because of the crazies out there. We should be proud that we can host a safe G8 and G20 meeting in Canada. The Rt.Hon. Stephen Harper made it possible! What a proud day for Canadians!

Grimalot
Guest
Absolutely not.. It did not have to be spent like that. Whatever way you look at it, DUMBEST PM EVER FOR THROWING IT IN TORONTO!!! I mean COME ON!! There are plenty of other suitable places it could have been thrown (not in Quebec), that would have been a lot less expensive. We are Canada, one of the largest and most sparse nations out there. Instead, we have a PM that preaches fiscal restraint and then does that???? What have you been smoking or smelling guys? Even if spent in Ontario, its just a make work, showboat of a G20.… Read more »
smee
Guest

thanx Tammy!

Tammy A. Hart
Member

I think I really did it this time smee!

Tammy A. Hart
Member

OK Grimalot you go to the big party bash held by Bernadette Clemence (lots of money) in Cornwall this Saturday night, she will be looking for your vote, there is talk of a fall Federal election…there is also talk that Igi will be paying Cornwall a visit in the near future. There’s your opportunity for change…
Not me Thank you very much.

Grimalot
Guest

What part don’t you understand?? Just because I don’t support Guy or Harper, doesn’t make me Liberal.. I just recently got into that debate with another person on another site. Seems like you all come out with the same retorts..

Stan
Member
Grimalot you sound like a leftist Canadian whether you think so or not! The reason it’s being held in Toronto is to accomodate everyone attending. Just the Chinese came with more than 150 people, imagine the total count for all attending nations and you’ll understand why a large city is being used (venues-hotels-accomodations-food) Contrary to popular belief Grimmy the other countries are not laughing at us, they are thankful to us that all of their leaders are safe and sound in Toronto. The “temporary” laws being changed to give the police more powers was instituted by Dalton McGuinty the leader… Read more »
Tammy A. Hart
Member

Heh, thanks for that Stan. Very interesting.

Reg
Guest

Everyone looks like a left wing Canadian compared to Harper and the retro Conservatives, just like when you are at the bottom of a well everything looks up.

How about the no-wing or common sense wing that make up the majority of Canadians who are undecided as far as political parties go. Today, if “The Undecided Party” was on the ballot for a federal election they would definitely win a majority.

smee
Guest

now we have gotten all off track, what does it have to do with local inept politicians looking at the health care system.

If these guys can’t so much as change their mind how do they expect to improve the services in Cornwall

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