NOV. 23 2021-THRONE SPEECH IN OTTAWA AND TORONTO'S URBAN COYOTE PROBLEM
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STRATEGY PANEL: GG MARY SIMON TO DELIVER THRONE SPEECH TODAY

Jane Brown is filling in for Libby Znaimer today. She is joined by  Karen Stintz, CEO of Variety Village, John Capobianco, Senior Vice President & Senior Partner, FleishmanHillard HighRoad,  and Charles Sousa, the former Minister of Finance for Ontario and MPP for Mississauga South.

In the news: Parliament resumed yesterday. Only MPs fully vaccinated or with a medical exemption can physically sit in the House of Commons. Still, the issue of a vaccine mandate continues to dog Erin O’Toole and the Conservative Party he leads and he has yet to disclose how many of his MPs are fully vaccinated vs those who got an exemption. It has come to light that Conservative MP Richard Lehoux has contracted COVID-19. He is reportedly fully vaccinated. Meanwhile, today, Governor General Mary Simon delivers the throne speech. What priorities can we expect to hear from that? And, Ottawa has been managing the vaccine rollout as it expands to kids ages 5-11 years. PM Trudeau tweeted that the country is expected to receive as many as 2.9 million doses by the end of the week–enough supply to administer each eligible child with their first dose.  At Queens Park, front line health care workers were on the grounds to rally and call on the province to institute ten paid sick days. Our strategy panel weighs in on the latest.

ONTARIO OPTOMETRISTS RESUME TALKS WITH PROVINCE & PAUSE JOB ACTION

Jane Brown is joined by NDP MPP and health critic, France Gélinas.

This week, we learned that the Ontario Association of Optometrists and the Ford government are resuming talks and the OAO is putting its job action on hold. That means that OHIP-covered optometry services will resume for Seniors as of today, Nov. 23. We have reached out the OAO for comment on our airwaves, but they declined due to a media blackout. In their press release, they explained “The OAO is committed to negotiating a sustainable funding model that aligns with how optometric care is funded in other Canadian jurisdictions.” CARP expressed delight in the move by both parties to resume face-to-face talks. France Reacts to the news.

COYOTE ATTACK IN TORONTO THIS PAST SUNDAY  

Jane Brown is joined by Lesley Sampson, Director of Coyote Watch Canada and Esther Attard, Director of Toronto Animal Services.

This past Sunday, two residents were bitten by a coyote at a park located at Bayview Avenue, north of Sheppard Avenue East in the North York region of Toronto. Paramedics were called to the scene but none of the victims were taken to hospital. The city and other jurisdictions have seen a wave of coyote sightings and interactions in recent months and it has been a cause of concern for both pedestrians and pet owners. So, what is the municipality doing to manage the urban coyote problem, and what can residents do to educate themselves ahead of potential interactions with these animals and mitigate their presence in local residential neighbourhoods? Our guests explain.

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