Plan to upgrade emergency radio system good for northern Ontario, minister says

The Public Safety Radio Network is used by more than 38,000 responders CBC News · Posted: Oct 12, 2018 4:47 PM ET | Last Updated: October 12 The Ontario government says it’s taking steps to replace the “crumbling” network frontline and first responders rely on during emergencies. The Public Safety Radio Network is used by more than […]

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Hunters applaud province for addressing disease that could devastate deer

Chronic wasting disease has already been found in Quebec deer Krystalle Ramlakhan · CBC News · Posted: Oct 08, 2018 4:00 AM ET  Ontario hunters concerned about a disease threatening the province’s deer population say they’re pleased to hear the government is taking steps to halt its spread. Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a progressive, fatal disease of the nervous system of […]

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Forestry meetings set for Kenora

Published: Friday, 05 October 2018 10:00              Written by Ryan Forbes The provincial government is planning to hold roundtable discussions and conferences regarding the forestry sector, and Kenora has been selected as one of the host communities. The discussions will begin in November, as the province plans to lay out a strategy to promote economic growth within […]

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Ontario Deploys Additional Crews to Address Chronic Wasting Disease

October 4, 2018 3:44 P.M.             Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Ontario’s Government for the People is enhancing surveillance measures to protect wildlife from the risk of chronic wasting disease. This comes following a confirmed case of the disease in Quebec. “We are taking immediate action to protect the health of deer in Ontario. Planned […]

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MNRF roundtable tour aims for economic growth in forestry

Representatives of the Government of Ontario will be touring the Northeast to develop a strategy for economic growth within the forestry sector. Joshua Santos Published on: October 2, 2018 | Last Updated: October 2, 2018 10:55 PM EDT Representatives of the Government of Ontario will be touring the Northeast to develop a strategy for economic […]

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Enhancing Security Measures and Improving Safety at Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre

September 28, 2018 10:22 A.M. Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services       LONDON – Today, Michael Tibollo, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, announced Ontario’s new plan to enhance security and improve safety at the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre (EMDC). Tibollo was joined by Minister Jeff Yurek, MPP for Elgin—Middlesex—London, and Rick […]

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Changes coming to hunting and fishing licensing system

TORONTO — The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry says it is “modernizing” Ontario’s hunting and fishing licensing system with changes that will be implemented starting later this fall. They include a new online licensing service that will launch in November. “On November 26, there will be a better way for hunters and anglers to get their Outdoors […]

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St. Thomas police detail biggest drug seizure in city history

LAURA BROADLEY Updated: September 25, 2018 St. Thomas police seized more than four kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, weapons and cash in a seven-month investigation that led to charges against 19 people, police Chief Chris Herridge announced at a news conference Tuesday. The accused, who range in age from 26 to 59, face nearly 100 criminal […]

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Modernizing the hunting and fishing licensing system

On November 26, 2018 there will be a better way for hunters and anglers across Ontario to get their Outdoors Cards and hunting and fishing licensing products. “The new fish and wildlife licensing service that we are launching in November will make getting outdoors easier for hunters and anglers. The service will be easy to […]

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Grey-Bruce conservation groups praised by MNRF Minister

Stu Paterson, The Wiarton Echo     Published on: August 30, 2018 | Last Updated: August 30, 2018 6:25 PM EDT Ontario’s new Minister of Natural Resources & Forestry, Jeff Yurek, MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London, had high praise for volunteer clubs that stock fish at a visit to Bruce Peninsula Sportsmen’s Association’s clubhouse on Aug. 24. During his […]

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Parry Sound 33 finally tamed, province says

Published on: August 22, 2018 | Last Updated: August 22, 2018 1:16 AM EDT The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has issued an update on the fire burning near Parry Sound and Killarney, and news it’s good. They said Tuesday that Parry Sound 33, one of the largest fires in northeastern Ontario, is being […]

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Fire situation improved to point where firefighters are returning home

by: BayToday Staff This progress would not have been possible without the help of firefighters and support staff from Ontario, other provinces and territories, Parks Canada, American states, and Mexico, who worked around the clock to ensure the safety and protection of the community It looks like there has been a dramatic turnaround in northeastern Ontario’s […]

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Battling one of the worst fire seasons, Ontario commits millions more to the fight

By KRISTIN RUSHOWYQueen’s Park Bureau Fri., Aug. 10, 2018 Dry conditions and frequent lightning have led to one of the province’s worst fire seasons, prompting the Ontario government to spend an extra $100 million to battle the blazes. “This is an additional amount of money to be injected into our fire system,” Minister of Natural Resources […]

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Parry Sound 33 forest fire now ‘being held’: ministry

By Hannah Jackson Local Online Journalist (Barrie)  Global News August 9, 2018 3:48 pm Updated: August 9, 2018 4:07 pm More than three weeks since it was first discovered, the enormous forest fire known as Parry Sound 33 is now ‘being held.’ The fire, now covering 11,326 hectares in the Ontario’s northeastern region, was first […]

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Some refugees from Parry Sound 33 fire return home

Stu Campaigne, staff Thursday, Aug. 9th, 2018 The tide is turning in the battle against wildfires in the Northeast Region. Wednesday, nearly 200 forest fire refugees from Henvey Inlet First Nation began returning to their homes. It has been three weeks since heavy smoke from the Parry Sound 33 fire forced residents to flee and […]

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MNRF Minister Jeff Yurek – Statement on Temagami Fires

Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry Jeff Yurek issued this statement today about the Ontario government’s response to the wildfire outside Temagami: “Our wildland fire and emergency response personnel are working closely with the Ontario Provincial Police, community leaders and other agencies to fight the fire near the Town of Temagami and make sure people […]

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Ontario Taking Action To Fight Wildfires

Former Wildfire Response Support Personnel Come Out Of Retirement To Help August 2, 2018 11:10 A.M. Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Ontario is prioritizing the safety of the public and emergency responders, and the protection of communities and private property during this year’s busy fire season. “We are doing everything we possibly can to […]

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Ontario calling in retired forest firefighters to help battle Parry Sound 33

Province says 13 structures destroyed CBC News · Posted: Aug 02, 2018 6:46 AM ET | Last Updated: August 2 Favourable weather conditions, notably a change in wind direction, are helping crews battle a massive forest fire in northeastern Ontario, but Parry Sound 33 is bigger than originally thought and smoke continues to be a […]

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Unprecedented year for forest fires

August 1, 2018 | 0 Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek was named as Ontario’s Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry only a few weeks ago, but he’s already been kept busy putting out fires. Real fires, not political ones. He spoke at an annual St. Thomas and District Chamber of Commerce luncheon for him and MP […]

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Wildfires put heat on rookie forestry minister from London area

Jennifer Bieman Updated: July 31, 2018 Call it a trial by fire for a cabinet rookie — the London-area minister in charge of Ontario’s forests — as more than 40 wildfires rage out of control in the province’s north, the worst forest fire season in years. Barely a month into the job, Natural Resources and […]

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Premier Visits Parry Sound 33 Fire With MP Norm Miller

Posted: 2018-07-31 06:55:33 By: hbr On Friday, Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Norm Miller, along with the Premier Doug Ford and Natural Resources and Forestry Minister Jeff Yurek visited the Britt Command Centre to see first-hand how Parry Sound 33 forest fire is being fought. Miller said “It is awful to see this fire devastate a large […]

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Province thanks fallen firefighter

Published: Sunday, 29 July 2018 13:04      Written by Mike Aiken The province is paying tribute to Jerry Gadwa. The fallen firefighter was from Kehewin First Nation in Alberta. Jeff Yurek is the Minister for Natural Resources and Forestry, and he thanked Gadwa for his service, in a letter issued yesterday: “I learned yesterday that an […]

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Physio clinic replaced, OHIP funding missing

Talbot Trail Physiotherapy is moving into the YMCA, taking over for the recently closed MobilityFit Physiotherapy — but not their OHIP-funded cases. The Ministry of Health and Long Term care has yet to reallocate so-called “episodes of care” in St. Thomas, frozen with the closure of MobilityFit. The episodes of care, funded through OHIP, were only […]

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Forest fires rage southwest of Temagami

Lightning strikes have caused dozens of forest fires across the province in recent weeks, tens of thousands of hectares in size. BY Andrew Reeves Jul 12 2018 | IN The Wild Side Forest fires are threatening the northern Ontario community of Temagami 100 kilometres north of North Bay, forcing the evacuation of 20 homes and […]

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Calling on gov’t to follow noise guidelines

By Ellwood Shreve, Postmedia Network Wednesday, May 2, 2018 9:07:59 EDT AM   Citizen groups continued their effort to convince the Ontario government to ensure wind farm developers abide by the latest noise modelling guidelines. Residents from Dutton-Dunwich in Elgin County, Wallaceburg and North Stormont in eastern Ontario enlisted the support of their Progressive Conservative […]

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Wind Turbine Noise Issue Heads To Queen’s Park

By Mark Brown  April 30, 2018 5:00am  @markbrownradio   Lawmakers at Queen’s Park will be asked to consider new regulations regarding noise testing for wind turbines. A delegation of residents from several southwestern Ontario communities will make the trip to Toronto Monday, to watch as several MPPs deliver a petition to the legislature calling for […]

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Petition to be presented at Queen’s Park on April 30

 April 29, 2018   Louise Sproule   Champlain, La Nation   Three MPPs will be presenting a peitition from Ontario residents in four ridings tomorrow (April 30) in the legislature at Queen’s Park in Toronto. Jeff Yurek, MPP Elgin-Middlesex London; Jim McDonell, MPP Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry (also representing Glengarry-Prescott-Russell for the purposes of this petition), Monte McNaughton, MPP […]

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OHIP-certified offices down to one in St. Thomas

Local LHIN still undecided on fallback plan OHIP-certified offices down to one in St. Thomas By Louis Pin, St. Thomas Times-Journal Monday, April 16, 2018 2:40:23 EDT PM   On May 31, MobilityFit Physiotherapy will close their doors in St. Thomas for good. It’s sobering news for some physiotherapy patients. Only two clinics in St. […]

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Cardiac Fitness Institute fight ends with partial victory: Protester

Protesters fighting the closing of a fitness centre for heart patients at Southwestern Ontario’s largest hospital are claiming a partial victory after they learned Thursday some of the centre’s functions will be transferred to another facility in London. Someone blinked. Protesters fighting the closing of a fitness centre for heart patients at Southwestern Ontario’s largest […]

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EDITORIAL: MNR uses camouflage in hunting fee fund

By Peter Epp, Postmedia Network Thursday, March 22, 2018 12:18:25 EDT PM   A lack of transparency in how provincial revenue is raised and how it is spent has been a consistent complaint from some Ontario residents. Collectively, they contribute millions of dollars in fees and other government “revenue tools” (as Premier Kathleen Wynne has […]

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$2.1 billion for mental health seen as re-election ploy, too late to be genuine

Local NDP, Conservative MPPs see Liberal promises for mental health funding too late to be genuine London MPPs say Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is trying to breathe life into her dying re-election chance by promising $2.1 billion for mental health care and addiction services that have withered under 15 years of Liberal rule. If Wynne […]

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Yurek plan would have tightened MNR spending rules

By Dale Carruthers, The London Free Press Tuesday, March 13, 2018 1:41:49 EDT PM MPP Jeff Yurek’s proposed bill to tighten rules about how the government spends money generated from hunting and licensing fees has been shot down at Queen’s Park. The Progressive Conservative on March 7 introduced a private members bill to beef up spending […]

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Local MPP’s bill to control Ontario hunting fund shot down

A London-area MPP’s proposed bill to tighten rules about how the government spends money generated from hunting and licensing fees has been shot down at Queen’s Park. Progressive Conservative MPP Jeff Yurek on Wednesday introduced a private members bill to beef up spending requirements surrounding the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s so-called special purpose […]

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Area MPPs, health coalition join foes of Cardiac Fitness Institute closing for Victoria Hospital demonstration

Dozens of patients and politicians disregarded gloomy weather and a mid-afternoon start time to gather Friday in front of London’s Victoria Hospital to protest the planned closing of the Cardiac Fitness Institute. Both hospital brass and Ontario’s ruling Liberals bore the brunt of the anger as patients and their families shared stories of the life-saving […]

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Patients make political push to save Cardiac Fitness Institute

With election looming, local MPPs from all 3 parties weigh in The fight to save the Cardiac Fitness Institute at Victoria Hospital is increasingly drawing attention from Queen’s Park politicians with a June 7 election looming. A group of patients gathered outside the grounds of Victoria Hospital Friday to oppose a plan to close down CFI, […]

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Fight to save cardiac rehab centre heads to hospital

By Jonathan Sher, The London Free Press Thursday, February 22, 2018 8:00:19 EST PM atients and politicians plan to gather Friday in front of London’s Victoria Hospital to protest the planned closing of the Cardiac Fitness Institute. The gathering planned for 2 p.m. outside the hospital entrance on Commissioners Road is being organized by the London Health […]

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MPP Jeff Yurek slams closing of London’s Cardiac Fitness Institute

Free Press staff Tuesday, February 20, 2018 6:49:28 EST PM   Ontario’s health minister came under fire Tuesday for doing nothing to stop plans to pull the plug on long-term cardiac rehabilitation services in London. With former health minister Deb Matthews not seeking re-election in her London North Centre riding, but backing a hospital plan […]

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Local MPP Jeff Yurek questions closure of Cardiac Fitness Institute

By Christian D’Avino Reporter  980 CFPL February 20, 2018 6:38 pm A local Progressive Conservative MPP made one final last-ditch attempt to save a long-running program for cardiac patients. During question period on Tuesday, Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek urged Health Minister Eric Hoskins to step in and stop the closure of the Cardiac Fitness Institute. “It serves […]

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Work still needed to secure barrier: Yurek

By Ellwood Shreve, Postmedia Network Wednesday, February 7, 2018 9:57:18 EST AM   A provincial commitment to install a concrete median barrier on a section of Highway 401 between London and Chatham-Kent has pleased an advocacy group, but their work isn’t done. Monday’s announcement from the Ministry of Transportation that is it committed to building the […]

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C-K mayor says cost to build 401 median could impact other infrastructure projects

By Ellwood Shreve, Chatham Daily News Tuesday, February 6, 2018 9:12:51 EST PM   A provincial commitment to install a concrete median barrier on the Highway 401 between London and Chatham-Kent has pleased a group that pushed hard for it, but its work isn’t done. The announcement from the Ministry of Transportation Monday that it’s committed […]

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Yurek Helps Win Victory For ‘Farmer’s Freeway’

BY SARAH COWANFEBRUARY 4, 2018 2:04PM@scowannews It looks like the rallying of London-area farmers has paid off now that the Ministry of Transportation announced it has new plans for a Hwy. 401 overpass. According to a news release, the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) unveiled updated designs for the Colonel Talbot Rd. interchange on Hwy. 4 at […]

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MPP Jeff Yurek has helped farmers fight to save a quiet overpass preferred for moving farm machinery

By Jennifer Bieman, The London Free Press Friday, February 2, 2018 9:45:44 EST PM   After a years-long battle to save a London Highway 401 overpass, pitting rural residents against provincial officials, there’s renewed hope the so-called “farmer’s freeway” might survive after all. In what’s shaping up as a hard-fought win for farmers, Ontario’s Transportation Ministry is […]

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Public resistance prompts redesign of Hwy 401 interchange

By Jacquelyn LeBel News Announcer  980 CFPL  February 2, 2018 6:56 pm   After successfully arguing that Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation failed to properly consult the community, the Glanworth Drive Bridge between London and St. Thomas appears to have been saved. The ministry released updated designs Thursday night for the interchange on Highway 4, or Colonel Talbot […]

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St. Thomas hospital facial surgeries moved after budget spent

By Laura Broadley, St. Thomas Times-Journal Monday, January 29, 2018 7:58:30 EST AM   ST. THOMAS – There will be no more major facial and jaw surgeries at the St. Thomas hospital until April, because the hospital already has spent its budget for the year doing so many. “We have moved some cases around . . . We haven’t cancelled […]

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Can’t track ambulances we lack, say paramedics

By Jonathan Sher, The London Free Press Thursday, January 18, 2018 9:15:46 EST PM   Ontario bureaucrats who oversee paramedics are using a broken tool to track when there aren’t enough ambulances on the road because they’re bogged down at swamped hospital emergency rooms, area officials say. Regulators have told London officials to ignore the very […]

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WALLACE: Liberals OHIP+ prescription drug election plan needs 911

James Wallace     Published: January 14, 2018   Updated: January 14, 2018 8:27 AM EST The Ontario Liberals “free” OHIP+ prescription drug plan for children and youth, it turns out, is yet another political con from a government notorious for disastrous, costly and outrageously self-serving public policy. Con as in to scam, hustle, bamboozle, misdirect, dupe and […]

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Health care: High-profile Londoners, MPPs rally to save Cardiac Fitness Institute

BY JONATHAN SHER Published on: January 3, 2018 | Last Updated: January 4, 2018 9:04 AM EST Two heavy hitters in London are fighting the closing of the city’s Cardiac Fitness Institute, one a former hospital board chair, the other a veteran politician who was instrumental in the centre’s creation. Orlando Zamprogna was long a […]

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Conservative MPP calls for independent audit of EMDC following Boxing Day death

By Jaclyn Carbone and Liny Lamberink 980 CFPL Updated: December 28, 2017 7:00 pm   A local Conservative MPP is calling for a third-party audit of the Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre (EMDC) following the facility’s latest death. After pushing for the Liberal government to address the ongoing issues at the troubled jail for the past six years, Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff […]

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Oxford County, Elgin-St. Thomas propose health board merger

Louis Pin, St. Thomas Times-Journal and Heather Rivers, Woodstock-Sentinel Review Fearing changes to Ontario’s health board system two — Elgin-St. Thomas and Oxford County — have proposed a preemptive merger. The proposed health board would service the roughly 200,000 people in Elgin County, Oxford County, and St. Thomas and would take effect in spring 2018. […]

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Oxford County, Elgin-St. Thomas propose health board merger

Louis Pin, St. Thomas Times-Journal and Heather Rivers, Woodstock-Sentinel Review Fearing changes to Ontario’s health board system two — Elgin-St. Thomas and Oxford County — have proposed a preemptive merger. The proposed health board would service the roughly 200,000 people in Elgin County, Oxford County, and St. Thomas and would take effect in spring 2018. […]

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At London’s DriveTest Centre, don’t count on being out by lunch

By Andrew Lupton, CBC News Ahmed Al Mousa is new to Ontario, but he’s become an expert when it comes to navigating the long wait times at London’s DriveTest Centre in the city’s south end. Al Mousa, a pharmacist and researcher at Western University, moved to London from Saskatchewan a year ago. He’s now helping his wife Majd Al-Hejoj — who’s driven for nine years in […]

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MPP Jeff Yurek says many unaware of human-trafficking realities

By Heather Rivers, Youth and young women under 18, who are survivors of human trafficking need a licensed, specialized, residential treatment facility to regain their lives, says one local expert. Kelly Franklin, executive director of Farmtown Canada, said that was an outcome of a meeting about the issue held last week at her Aylmer horse therapy […]

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This whole thing stinks’: PCs slam Liberal plan to deliver home care

Salma Ibrahim The Progressive Conservatives are criticizing the Liberal’s plan to quietly introduce a new government agency to deliver home care directly. This comes after an exclusive CBC story shed light on the agency, which could eventually serve hundreds of thousands of patients in Ontario and make personal support home care workers government employees. How Ontario’s home care plan […]

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London city hall resisting public-health mergers

By Megan Stacey The city is pushing back against a provincial proposal to dissolve local public health units and create mega-sized agencies instead, joining a wave of opposition across the province. A panel of experts appointed by Health Minister Eric Hoskins is recommending the province establish 14 health units to replace the current 36. The boundaries […]

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Liberals’ health-care funding of 102 local beds riles skeptical rival

By Jonathan Sher   After a summer of woe for Ontario patients waiting for days in ERs and hallways for a hospital bed, the Liberal government announced Monday it will spend enough cash to add 1,200 staffed beds, including 102 in and around London. The funding, which also includes cash for another 800 staffed spaces […]

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MPP Jeff Yurek pushes local health-spending agency to detail CEO exit

By Jonathan Sher The board of the South West Local Health Integration Network should stop hiding from tax­payers the reasons it parted ways with the official who oversaw health-care spending for much of Southwestern Ontario, an opposition health critic said. It’s wrong for the board to demand transparency of others while shielding the truth about […]

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MPP Jeff Yurek pushes local health-spending agency to detail CEO exit

By Jonathan Sher, The London Free Press The board of the South West Local Health Integration Network should stop hiding from tax­payers the reasons it parted ways with the official who oversaw health-care spending for much of Southwestern Ontario, an opposition health critic said. It’s wrong for the board to demand transparency of others while shielding […]

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Could concrete barriers on the 401 have saved her fiance?

  By Hala Ghonaim, CBC News   They were engaged to be married – but a London woman now carries her partner’s ashes with her after he died in a 401 crash she says could’ve been prevented. “My world has just been a nightmare,” said Kathleen Reed. “I loved him to pieces. I love him this very moment. I still carry his […]

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Trillium grant gives youth horse-guided learning

By Chris Abbott, Postmedia Network   On Friday, Sept. 15, Community Options for Justice (Oxford) hosted a recognition event at Spirit’s Whisper Ranch, south of Straffordville, to celebrate the completion of a one-year funding grant from Ontario Trillium Foundation that allowed youth in conflict with the law to participate in a Horse-Guided Learning program. Local MPPs […]

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Local MPP Jeff Yurek slams Ontario Liberals for hospital overcrowding

Free Press staff: With flu season approaching, a London MPP is taking aim at the Ontario Liberals for its foot-dragging on overcrowded hospitals. Ontario Progressive Conservative health critic Jeff Yurek says Kathleen Wynne’s government has ignored repeated warnings and created a serious capacity crisis through a combination of underfunding, cuts to the health-care system and […]

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London hospital please for more psychiatric beds as ER waits in Ontario reach record levels

By Jonathan Sher, The London Free Press Unable to keep pace with patients acutely ill with mental health disorders who sometimes wait days in overcrowded hospital emergency rooms, London’s largest hospital has asked the province for millions of dollars to staff an extra 24 beds in its psychiatric ward, The Free Press has learned. The crisis […]

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London-area MPPs talk mental health crisis

By Randy Richmond, The London Free Press   Southwestern Ontario’s mental health crisis took centre stage in the Ontario legislature Thursday during a debate over an NDP proposal to create a separate ministry on addiction and mental health. Long waits in London’s psychiatric emergency department and student suicides last year demand government support of the private […]

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High-tension cable barriers are in the works along Highway 401 in Chatham-Kent

By Hank Daniszewski, The London Free Press There are renewed demands to install more median barriers along Highway 401 after the death of a London woman and her five-year old daughter in a cross-over collision Tuesday. But the Ontario Transportation Ministry says it soon will install high tension cables in the median in Chatham-Kent to make […]

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Health care: Shortage of psychiatrists in London hits wait times for kids

By Jennifer Bieman, The London Free Press   Kids who need mental health services in London face a dire shortage of psychiatrists, a bottleneck critics warn could make already months-long wait times even worse. Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott said this week youth mental health should be a priority for doctors, a huge hurdle since the […]

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Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre: An inmate died Thursday morning, the third this summer

By Dale Carruthers, Randy Richmond, The London Free Press The third death of an inmate in three months — “a summer of death” — has renewed calls for a wholesale inquiry into beleagured Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre (EMDC). “How many deaths does it take for the government to take a serious look? . . . I think we are very […]

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LHIN adds eight doctors to administration team

By Jennifer Bieman, The London Free Press Southwestern Ontario’s health-care administrator is taking the old advice to “ask your doctor” to a whole new level. During the last three months, three new doctors have joined the top ranks of South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), with five more representing territory stretching from Tobermory to Port […]

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London police investigating death of inmate at EMDC

By Natalie Lovie Reporter  AM980 London police have confirmed an inmate died Thursday morning at the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre (EMDC). Officers were called to the provincial jail at 7:30 a.m. An unidentified man was later pronounced dead. The Major Crime section is continuing the investigation but few other details have been released by police, including […]

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Energy minister supports ethanol expansion despite critics

By Laura Broadley, St. Thomas Times-Journal Despite critics who say that ethanol production is a waste of resources that only adds to climate change, Ontario’s energy minister says he fully supports the production of the clean-burning fuel. Glenn Thibeault was in Aylmer Monday to help IGPC Ethanol celebrate its $120 million expansion. He said if Ontario […]

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Provincial funding boosts local theatre

By Laura Broadley, St. Thomas Times-Journal Government support for the arts is something Simon Joynes believes in wholeheartedly. Joynes is the artistic director of the Port Stanley Festival Theatre, which is the recipient of an Ontario Arts Council grant of $36,100. MPP Jeff Yurek announced the grant for the theatre on Tuesday along with five other […]

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London Chamber of Commerce objects to being excluded from recent local debate on minimum wage

By Megan Stacey, The London Free Press The London Chamber of Commerce is balking at its exclusion from Monday’s consultation meeting on the provincial government’s proposed minimum-wage hike, calling the move “preposterous.” A full slate of delegates, including business owners, labour leaders and activists, made presentations to the travelling panel of MPPs in London on Monday. […]

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Ministry recognizes need to change school closure process

by Melissa Schneider St. Thomas-Elgin Weekly News For some schools, the announcement made June 28 by Ontario Education Minister Mitzie Hunter that new school closures are on hold comes too late, but it has Sparta Public School EPAR subcommittee chair Heather Derks hoping the recent decision to close her school will be reversed. “In light of the […]

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Revamped Keystone new Southwold library home

 St. Thomas-Elgin Weekly News On June 9, the new Southwold Township Library welcomed members of the public to its ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the grand opening of the new facility, located in the Keystone Complex. Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek, Southwold Mayor and Elgin County Warden Grant Jones, and other dignitaries were on hand to congratulate […]

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Nominations open for Canada 150 awards

By Laura Broadley, St. Thomas Times-Journal If you know anyone in Elgin, Middlesex or London that deserves recognition for their contribution to the community, then now is your chance to nominate them. MP Karen Vecchio and MPP Jeff Yurek are holding an awards ceremony to recognize people who have made the area a better place to […]

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Nominations open for Canada 150 awards

By Laura Broadley, St. Thomas Times-Journal   If you know anyone in Elgin, Middlesex or London that deserves recognition for their contribution to the community, then now is your chance to nominate them. MP Karen Vecchio and MPP Jeff Yurek are holding an awards ceremony to recognize people who have made the area a better place […]

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Ontario conscience rights bill voted down

BY  MICHAEL SWAN, THE CATHOLIC REGISTER In a strict party lines vote, a bill that would have shielded doctors and other health care providers from punishment for refusing to refer their patients on for assisted suicide was voted down at Queen’s Park on May 18. In a recorded vote, 39 Liberals and New Democrats voted against […]

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London-area MPP’s private member’s bill aims to let doctors opt out of medically assisted death

By Natalie Lovie  Reporter  AM980 London  The issue of medical assistance in dying will be back at Queen’s Park on Thursday as a local MPP’s private member’s bill is up for debate. Jeff Yurek, the PC health critic and MPP for Elgin Middlesex London, put forward a bill to allow health care professionals to refuse to […]

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Yurek introduces private member’s bill

by Mike Maloney St. Thomas-Elgin Weekly News   Unable to get an amendment to the government’s Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) legislation passed during committee meetings on the subject, Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek has decided to go it alone and put the issue before the Ontario Legislature. On May 3, Yurek, who is also the […]

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PC MPP introducing private member’s bill May 18 on doctors’ roles in medically assisted dying

By Jennifer Bieman, St. Thomas Times-Journal PC health critic Jeff Yurek is hoping doctors’ conscience rights will prevail when his new private member’s bill is debated at Queen’s Park May 18. Yurek’s bill to protect doctors who don’t want to be involved – directly or indirectly – in medically assisted dying comes as the province’ […]

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Conservative MPP Yurek keeps up fight for conscience rights with bill

By  Evan Boudreau, The Catholic Register The Ontario Liberals’ rejection of amendments to its assisted suicide legislation leaves MPP Jeff Yurek “very disappointed” but not defeated as the Conservative prepares to introduce a private member’s bill to protect conscience rights for doctors and health care workers.  On May 18, the Conservative’s bill will be brought […]

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Parents plead to keep schools open

by Melissa Schneider St. Thomas-Elgin Weekly News Parents, students and local politicians packed the gallery during the Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB) Public Input meeting May 2, pleading with trustees to keep rural schools open. The meeting will last through May 3 with 57 speakers slated to speak. Thirty speakers were on last night’s […]

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Matthews, Yurek differ widely on Ontario budget

by Sean Meyer St. Thomas-Elgin Weekly News They sat in the same Legislature, but to nobody’s surprise Deputy Premier Deb Matthews and Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek came away from the Ontario budget announcement in wildly different moods. On April 27, Finance Minister Charles Sousa released the 2017 Ontario budget — the first balanced budget since […]

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LIBERAL BUDGET IS A PATCHWORK ATTEMPT TO FIX ONTARIO HEALTHCARE SYSTEM

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 27, 2017 LIBERAL BUDGET IS A PATCHWORK ATTEMPT TO FIX ONTARIO HEALTHCARE SYSTEM QUEEN’S PARK – This afternoon Finance Minister Charles Sousa introduced the 2017-2018 Provincial Budget. The Wynne Liberals have created a mess in the healthcare system over the last 14 years. With failed experiments that resulted in increased […]

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Patients, caregivers and health care workers urged to join new advisory committees

By Jennifer Bieman, St. Thomas Times-Journal ST. THOMAS – Southwestern Ontario’s largest health care administration agency is looking for advice, not from the buttoned-down consultants, but from people who’ve experienced the system firsthand. The South West Local Health Integration Network — which oversees nearly 200 care providers from Tobermory to Port Stanley — is looking for patients, […]

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Ontario Liberals give doctors no choice but to refer patients for assisted death

Lianne Laurence   TORONTO, April 13, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — A Liberal-dominated committee has refused to add conscience rights protection to Ontario’s bill regulating euthanasia and assisted suicide. The finance and economic affairs committee voted down Progressive Conservative health critic Jeff Yurek’s proposed conscience rights amendments to Bill 84 on Tuesday. The Liberal move leaves conscientiously […]

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GUEST COLUMN More health-care bureaucrats than family doctors: Tory MPP Jeff Yurek

More health-care bureaucrats than family doctors: Tory MPP Jeff Yurek | GUEST CO After exposing the Health Minister Eric Hoskins’ plan to further grow our bureaucracy under the guise of health-system transformation, the Liberal government is now attempting to mislead the public by failing to disclose important information that impacts the health-care services Ontarians receive. […]

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Local MPP wants changes to ‘disrespectful’ hunting-fee spending

Free Press staff Wednesday, March 7, 2018 11:54:11 EST AM A local MPP has introduced a private member’s bill to strengthen the spending guidelines for government revenues from hunting and fishing licences. Progressive Conservative MPP Jeff Yurek’s proposed legislation would strengthen the spending requirements of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s special purpose account. […]

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Defibrillators: Southwestern Ontario’s largest school board lags others in the region equipping its schools with the devices

By Hank Daniszewski, The London Free Press Proven lifesavers, they’re easy to use, low-maintenance, can fit in a backpack and only cost about $2,100. They even talk to you, with an automated voice telling you how to use them. But Southwestern Ontario’s largest school board is lagging well behind most neighbouring boards in the region […]

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Family doctor paints gloomy picture of Ontario healthcare system, says patients dying on waiting lists

by Graeme Frisque  Independent Free Press A family doctor and anesthesiologist from Georgetown, Ont. is painting a rather gloomy and concerning picture of the current state of the province’s healthcare system. Dr. Nadia Alam, who was recently elected to the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) board of directors, isn’t pulling any punches as Ontario doctors enter a fourth […]

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Hospital bugs could kill 3,200, study warns

By Dan Brown, The London Free Press As many as 3,200 Ontario hospital patients will die this year from infections such as C. difficile that they acquire in hospital. That’s according to a study by the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions that was released Monday in London and other cities. The council, part of the […]

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In celebration of the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote, unique program empowers women leaders and commemorates suffrage movement

  As of this year, women have been able to vote in the province for 100 years – an historic milestone the Legislative Assembly of Ontario is celebrating. The provincial parliament is marking the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote with a unique program designed to empower women leaders and commemorate the suffrage movement. […]

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Pocketbook issues will dominate the new year, says Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek

By Jennifer Bieman, The London Free Press The New Year’s Eve countdown is finally here and Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek is taking the opportunity to count up his many accomplishments in 2016. We caught up with the Progressive Conservative MPP to get a year-end round-up of the last 12 months at Queen’s Park. What was your […]

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Jeff Yurek says changes are needed so abuse by staff doesn’t go undetected as it did for a year at the Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care

By John Miner, The London Free Press Progressive Conservative health critic Jeff Yurek is calling for a hard look at Ontario’s long term care home inspection system after reports showed abuse at a London facility stretched over a year. The Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care was inspected by the Health Ministry in 2014 after […]

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Wind Energy Opponents Deliver Petition

BY MIRANDA CHANT The crusade to stop a wind turbine project in Dutton Dunwich continues to gain momentum. Dutton Dunwich Opponents of Wind Turbines (DDOWT) delivered three stacks of petitions to Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek on Friday. It took volunteers with the group three weeks to collect 1,822 signatures and 250 letters from local residents opposed […]

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Opponents of wind farm planned for Dutton-Dunwich collect 1,822 signatures on petition against the project

By Jennifer Bieman, St. Thomas Times-Journal   ST. THOMAS – Dutton Dunwich anti-wind turbine activists are at it again, delivering three stacks of petitions to Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek Friday in their latest bid to block a highly controversial green energy project that’s been green-lighted by provincial regulators. Dutton Dunwich Opponents of Wind Turbines’ (DDOWT) previous advocacy […]

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TVDSB: School closing debate draws protest

Free Press staff A packed gallery of protesters watched Tuesday evening as Thames Valley District school board trustees discussed setting in motion a process that could see the closing of several elementary schools. One of the schools potentially affected is in southeast London, five in Elgin County. One of those protesters was Johnny Wilson, who […]

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GUEST COLUMNIST Bill 41 is bad medicine

The Ontario Liberals have recently embarked on another grand experiment with the healthcare system by reintroducing Bill 41 — The Patients First Act. Bill 41 is intended to transform the delivery of local healthcare throughout Ontario. However, after reviewing the bill, it should be named Bureaucracy First. This bill does little more than empower and […]

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London MPP wants to know how Ontario Liberals made $70M collected from hunters and anglers disappear

Dan Brown, Postmedia News A provincial fund of $70 million in public money doesn’t just disappear. One way to find out for sure would be to call in Auditor-General Bonnie Lysyk, which is just what a London-area MPP wants to do. Progressive Conservative Jeff Yurek, who represents Elgin-Middlesex-London, has requested help from Lysyk — the independent […]

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Aylmer Legion marks 90th anniversary

by Mike Maloney St. Thomas-Elgin Weekly News Since 1926, The Royal Canadian Legion, Col. Talbot Branch 81, has been serving the Town of Aylmer, its veterans and their spouses. On Sept. 24, representatives from the local branch welcomed Elgin—Middlesex-London MP Karen Vecchio and her provincial counterpart, MPP Jeff Yurek, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the […]

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Ontario energy: Residents want Dutton Dunwich wind farm project cancelled

By Jennifer Bieman, St. Thomas Times-Journal   With Ontario abruptly suspending plans to buy more green power, a Southwestern Ontario MPP and a fired-up group of anti-turbine advocates are pushing the Liberal government to also scrap a hotly contested wind farm imposed on a rural township that voted overwhelmingly against it. The opposition of 84 […]

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‘Life is a gift that can vanish forevever in the middle of an ordinary day’

By Ian McCallum, St. Thomas Times-Journal At the first light of dawn, Sept. 11, 200l began as an ordinary day in New York City. Fifteen years later, ceremonies were held across North America to pay tribute to first responders and other innocent victims of the World Trade Tower attacks that morning. In front of the […]

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Two St. Thomas mothers say ‘everything is a battle’ when dealing with their developmentally disabled adult children

By Jennifer Bieman, St. Thomas Times-Journal More than 1,400 complaints, 221 interviews and an over three-and-a-half years investigation, a new report by the Ontario Ombudsman is uncovering “extreme and egregious cases” of management failure in the province’s care system for adults with developmental disabilities. Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé didn’t mince any words in a scathing […]

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Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek takes up wind farm hunting ban fight in region

By John Miner, The London Free Press Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek is calling on the Ministry of Natural Resources to stop wind farm companies from instigating hunting bans in Southwestern Ontario. He said multinational wind farm firms, often unwanted in Ontario, shouldn’t tell residents what recreational activities they can participate in. “I see a huge […]

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Health Quality Ontario report outlines state of palliative care in the province

By Jennifer Bieman, St. Thomas Times-Journal Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek is urging more government action to keep Ontario’s palliative care system from flat lining. The PC health critic is responding to a Health Quality Ontario report released last week outlining the state of palliative care in the province. The publication, Palliative Care at the End […]

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Annual MP/MPP luncheon a time to talk politics, policy and priorities

By Jennifer Bieman, St. Thomas Times-Journal    Elgin-Middlesex-London MP Karen Vecchio and MPP Jeff Yurek took a break from their legislative duties to grab lunch with 200 of their constituents Tuesday. The annual MP and MPP midday meet-up, organized by the St. Thomas and District Chamber of Commerce, gave the gathering a glimpse into life […]

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The provincial government needs to address the growing demand for health care spending, says PC health critic

By Jennifer Bieman, St. Thomas Times-Journal Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek is seeing red … ink. The PC Health critic is alarmed by the contents of a report released last week by the Financial Accountability Office of Ontario,  specifically the assessment’s health care projections. Though the FAO report, Economic and Fiscal Outlook Spring 2016, is predicting […]

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MPP Jeff Yurek disappointed with the tardy manner in which bill is being adopted by some school boards

By Ian McCallum, St. Thomas Times-Journal One year ago this week, 90 MPPs stood up in unison at Queen’s Park in support of Ryan’s Law, a bill drafted to improve the lives of 570,000 asthmatic students in the province. The private member’s bill, promoted by Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek, was in response to the death […]

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Province establishes prevention strategy to address post-traumatic stress disorder in first responders

By Jennifer Bieman, St. Thomas Times-Journal The province has announced a new piece, a prevention strategy, to help solve the complicated puzzle of post-traumatic stress disorder in first responders. The four-pronged approach to PTSD announced Monday by the Ministry of Labour is one part of Ontario’s emerging action plan to address the serious mental health […]

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Critics say nothing has changed one year after fatal fire at London group home

By Jennifer O’Brien, Kate Dubinski, The London Free Press One year after a fatal group home fire exposed horrid living conditions for two dozen Londoners with mental illnesses, disabilities and addictions, what has changed? Nothing, critics say, for those people or others like them — right across Ontario. The province still refuses to regulate such […]

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MPP Jeff Yurek challenges Wynne government on pay equity funding for community living associations

By Jennifer Bieman, St. Thomas Times-Journal Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek had some tough questions for the Minister of Community and Social Services, as a labour dispute between OPSEU Local 151 and Community Living Elgin drags on. Yurek voiced his concerns during question period Thursday, not only of the planned restructuring at Community Living Elgin, but […]

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Yurek Named PC Health Critic

By Scott Kitching on September 10, 2015 1:24pm The MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London has been given the job of keeping Ontario’s health minister on his toes. PC leader Patrick Brown announced Thursday that Jeff Yurek is the party’s new Critic of Health and Long Term Care. Brown unveiled his shadow cabinet at a news conference in Toronto. “I’m […]

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‘A different approach’: Ontario PC leader looks to rebrand party with pledge to tone down partisanship

Ashley Csanady | September 10, 2015 2:32 PM ET National Post Patrick Brown is continuing his push to present the Ontario PC Party as a softer kind of Tory as he readies for the start of the legislative sitting on Monday. Matthew Sherwood for National PostPatrick Brown, the new leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives, […]

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Two men from Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health south of St. Thomas arrested

By Ian McCallum, St. Thomas Times-Journal Two “potentially dangerous” men missing from the Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health south of St. Thomas were arrested in London. They were arrested by London Police Service and handed over to Elgin OPP Monday afternoon. Just before 4 p.m. Sunday, police were notified 27-year-old John Lebreton and 19-year-old […]

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Ministry of Transportation to meet with Southwold Township over Glanworth overpass

By Jennifer Bieman, St. Thomas Times-Journal Southwold council will have their voices heard – an opportunity to speak with an Ontario government staff about the embattled Glanworth Dr./Hwy. 401 overpass. The Ministry of Transportation has agreed to meet with members of Southwold council to discuss the plan to demolish the bridge for their Col. Talbot […]

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Over 50 people attend public meeting on parking woes around Metcalfe Gardens retirement residence

By Jennifer Bieman, The London Free Press Management at Metcalfe Gardens is cautiously optimistic a resolution is on the horizon for the street parking regulations that have plagued the residence for over a year. Over 50 people in total – including residents, their family members and staff at Metcalfe Gardens – met to discuss the latest […]

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Over 50 people attend public meeting on parking woes around Metcalfe Gardens retirement residence

By Jennifer Bieman, St. Thomas Times-Journal Management at Metcalfe Gardens is cautiously optimistic a resolution is on the horizon for the street parking regulations that have plagued the residence for over a year. Over 50 people in total – including residents, their family members and staff at Metcalfe Gardens – met to discuss the latest […]

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Over 50 people attend public meeting on parking woes around Metcalfe Gardens retirement residence

By Jennifer Bieman, St. Thomas Times-Journal Management at Metcalfe Gardens is cautiously optimistic a resolution is on the horizon for the street parking regulations that have plagued the residence for over a year. Over 50 people in total – including residents, their family members and staff at Metcalfe Gardens – met to discuss the latest […]

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Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Brown consults with auto industry

Dane Wanniarachige Jul 17, 2015 Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown says the Liberal government’s provincial retirement plan, high energy costs and red tape are holding back the struggling auto industry. “The environment being created by the Liberal government in the auto sector is going to see the continued decline of manufacturing jobs,” Brown said […]

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MPP Jeff Yurek wants public input to help establish fish management plans and strategies for the whole region.

By Jennifer Bieman, St. Thomas Times-Journal An area MPP is calling on the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to fish or cut bait when it comes to establishing a fisheries advisory council for Southwestern Ontario. Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek wants fishing advocates to have a direct line to the ministry – helping the regulator […]

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Deer population mismanaged

Regarding the article MPP calls for deer cull (June 25). What is needed for our area is better management of the deer population. One only has to look at the dwindling moose populations in the north and the ongoing problems with the deer in the southwest to show that the Liberal government has been failing […]

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Bayham celebrates lighthouse anniversary on Canada Day

  PORT BURWELL – In 1940 when the Royal Canadian Air Force commissioned its first Canadian-built Harvard training aircraft, the beacon in Port Burwell’s Lighthouse had already been shining out into Lake Erie for an entire century. This is the oldest wooden lighthouse on the north shore of the lake, and one of the oldest in Canada. […]

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Port Stanley boat launch opens just in time for the summer rush

By Jennifer Bieman, St. Thomas Times-Journal Whether you’re sweet summertime ride is a sailboat, powerboat or jet ski, the Municipality of Central Elgin is making it easier for boaters to get out on the water. Central Elgin councillors gave the brand new Port Stanley boat launch the official seal of approval Tuesday morning after trying […]

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Bear standoff shows cuts put public at risk: Opposition

BY ANTONELLA ARTUSO, QUEEN’S PARK BUREAU CHIEF TORONTO – Government cutbacks led police to use bullets to deal with a black bear that wandered into a Newmarket neighbourhood, opposition critics charge. “The Liberals have cut MNR to the bone,” NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said Monday. “So what does it take? It takes a black bear wandering the […]

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Start-up aid axed by province

By Norman DeBono, The London Free Press Small business in the London region is looking to Ottawa for a lifeline. A provincial program that allows laid-off workers earning employment insurance to start their own business will turn to the federal government now that the program has been chopped. The Elgin Community Futures Development Corp. will […]

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Ryan’s Law Granted Royal Ascent

On April 30th 2015, in the Ontario Legislature with the support of all MPPs Ryan’s Law passed third and final reading today and will become law after receiving royal assent. Here are some of the many articles written about the passing of Ryan’s Law: Published on May 5th, 2015: Northumberland View The Globe and Mail BLG […]

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Nothing really new in Thursday’s budget announcement says MPP Jeff Yurek

by Jennifer Bieman, St Thomas Times- Journal What happens in Queen’s Park doesn’t stay in Queen’s Park. And with the 2015 Ontario provincial budget tabled on Thursday, it’s got St. Thomas and Elgin County residents asking “what’s in it for me?” And if you ask Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek, he’d say ‘not much’. “There’s quite […]

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Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek slams government on funding for orthopedic surgeons

By Ben Forrest, St. Thomas Times-Journal Jeff Yurek is hammering away at the provincial government about a perceived lack of funding for orthopedic surgeons at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital. The Progressive Conservative MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London is trying to link the shortfall to what he says is financial mismanagement and waste from the Liberal government. […]

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MPP calls out MNRF minister on new fees to hunters and anglers

By Expositor Staff ONTARIO—On November 26, MPP Jeff Yurek (Elgin-Middlesex-London) rose in the legislature to question the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) on the new service fee that will be charged on all hunting and angling licences and transactions in the province of Ontario. “In a matter of days your ministry will introduce a […]

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Solution to EMDC overcrowding may be as close as vacant mental health facility

By Ian McCallum, St. Thomas Times-Journal A cost-efficient solution to overcrowding at the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre may rest in a group of vacant buildings located just south of St. Thomas. That’s the contention of Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek, who asserted it’s time to think outside the box. For the past three years, Yurek has maintained […]

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Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek seeks support for Ryan’s Law with website launch

By Ben Forrest, St. Thomas Times-Journal   The push for Ryan’s Law has staked out its own digital space in a bid to gather public support for a bill aimed at making Ontario schools safer for kids with asthma. Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek launched a website for Ryan’s Law, which he introduced as a private […]

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Progressive Conservative MPP Jeff Yurek pushing to abolish Ontario College of Trades

By Ben Forrest, St. Thomas Times-Journal Elgin-Middlesex-London PC MPP Jeff Yurek is joining his party’s push to abolish the controversial Ontario College of Trades. Yurek is planning a town hall meeting for Monday in St. Thomas to outline his fears about the college, created a year ago to regulate and certify skilled trades in the province. […]

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Hydro One bill for $233,692 prompts call for CEO to resign

By RICHARD J. BRENNANProvincial Politics The Progressive Conservatives are calling for Hydro One president and CEO Carmine Marcello to resign immediately over the billing fiasco that has gripped the Crown corporation. Waving a bill a constituent received for $233,692.70, Tory MPP Jeff Yurek (Elgin—Middlesex—London) said Wednesday it is further evidence that Marcello should leave. “It is […]

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Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek says Family Responsibility Office can do better

By Ben Forrest, St. Thomas Times-Journal Ontario’s Family Responsibility Office each year collects about $650 million in support payments. Elgin-Middlesex-London Tory MPP Jeff Yurek says the office can do a better job getting them to recipients. “We have complaints each day in our office,” he says. “Right below energy rates, it’s No. 1 in our office.” […]

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Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek says Family Responsibility Office can do better

Ontario’s Family Responsibility Office each year collects about $650 million in support payments. Elgin-Middlesex-London Tory MPP Jeff Yurek says the office can do a better job getting them to recipients. “We have complaints each day in our office,” he says. “Right below energy rates, it’s No. 1 in our office.” Citing an August report that […]

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Re-scope

DAN BROWN, The London Free Press When it comes to the Ontario government using tortured English, the word “re-scope” is just the beginning. In Ontario, there are no taxpayers, only “tax filers.” The McGuinty government doesn’t spend money, it makes “commitments.” And the provincial Liberals don’t fix problems, they “enhance” them. “I think they’re using […]

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