Jill Dunlop, MPP Works Hard for North Simcoe – Submitted by office of Jill Dunlop, MPP

May 15, 2024 – As we welcome the nicer weather and as the legislature prepares to break for the summer, I am proud to continue to work hard for Simcoe North and share the following updates from Queen’s Park.

This past month, the province is making significant strides in safeguarding the rights and well-being of workers with the introduction of the fifth Working for Workers Act. This groundbreaking legislation, if passed, will mark another milestone in Canada’s efforts to ensure fair and transparent employment practices.

These proposed changes aim to modernize employment standards protections, adapting them to the changing landscape of work and workplaces which includes ways to enhance fairness and transparency in hiring and employment practices, benefiting employees across the province.

In addition to these significant advancements in labor rights, our government is also prioritizing accessible healthcare by expanding the scope of services provided by midwives. For the first time since 2010, midwives will be able to prescribe and administer a broader range of medications, improving patient access to essential treatments to include routine vaccinations, treatments for nausea, vomiting, and acid reflux, as well as services related to labor management, birth control, and pain management during labor in hospital settings. By empowering midwives to offer these services, Ontario is making it easier and more convenient for patients to access quality care when they need it most.

Lastly, our government is creating guardrails to safeguard your personal data and privacy in today’s increasingly digital world. This introduced legislation is a top priority and, if passed, will establish a foundation to provide the right tools to quickly respond to cyber attacks and emerging threats like the ones hitting our hospitals, and keep people safe from data and AI-related harms such as unauthorized use of personal data.  Being online has become vital to everyday life and we are committed to strengthening cyber security and keeping sensitive data protected so you can confidently and securely participate in today’s digital age.

As we welcome the warmer days and longer evenings, I extend my warmest wishes to the entire community for a joyful and safe start to summer.

Hosted by myself and MP Adam Chambers, I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to a free community BBQ on June 22nd from 1pm to 3pm at the Coldwater Curling Club.

Here’s to a summer filled with happiness, adventure, and prosperity for all!


MP Shipley Introduces Bill to Take the Tax Off Lifesaving AEDs

Submitted by the office of Doug Shipley, Member of Parliament Barrie – Springwater – Oro-Medonte

May 7, 2024 – Ottawa, ON – Doug Shipley, Member of Parliament for Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte, introduced Private Member’s Bill, C-389 (The Improving Accessibility to Automated External Defibrillators Act). Bill C-389 seeks to eliminate the application of the GST/HST from the sale of AEDs, as well as kits containing AEDs, and parts and services for AEDs. This will increase the accessibility and affordability of these lifesaving devices. ” We know that making defibrillators easily accessible in public buildings such as hockey arenas and airports has the potential to save thousands of lives,” said MP Shipley. “In my community alone, 51 lives have been saved in the past twenty years thanks to the County of Simcoe Paramedics Services’ public access defibrillators program.”

According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, as many as 45,000 Canadians experience a sudden cardiac arrest each year – and 80% occur outside of a hospital setting. With each passing minute of cardiac arrest, the probability of survival declines by up to 10%. Defibrillation improves survival rates significantly if delivered in the first few minutes. AEDs combined with CPR increases survival rates to 50% or more.

“We should be doing everything we can to get these lifesaving devices in as many places as possible,” said MP Shipley. “This legislation will be a game changer for individuals living in rural communities who may wish to purchase an AED for their home, farm, or cottage, who currently do not have access to an AED.”

For more information contact the office of MP Doug Shipley: Doug.Shipley@parl.gc.ca 705-728-2596

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