Queen's Park News

MPP Walker Challenges Education Minister to Put Special-Needs Students First

queensparkThe new special education funding formula is not meeting the requirements of special needs students, says Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker.

Between 2001 and 2014, the student-teacher ratios in special education have jumped from 22 students per teacher to 37 in Southwestern Ontario. The ratio may even be higher today as hundreds of educational assistants have since been let go across school boards in Ontario.

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MPP Bill Walker: Seniors in Long-Term Care Homes at Risk

long term careBruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP, Bill Walker, says that the Liberal government’s failure to enact minimum standards of care in long-term care homes is putting the "lives of frail senior citizens at risk".

Walker says that 10 years have passed since an inquest into two long-term care deaths in Ontario made the specific recommendation to the government to bring in standards of care, namely minimum hours of hands-on direct patient care for the more than 70,000 seniors housed in these facilities.

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