By David Rider City Hall Bureau Chief Robert Benzie Queen's Park Bureau Chief Rob Ferguson Queen's Park Bureau Sun., May 12, 2019 Local Progressive Conservative MPPs under pressure to stand up for Toronto against deep funding cuts say they’re standing behind Premier Doug Ford, even if a couple don’t want to talk about it. The Star emailed questions to the 10 Toronto Tory MPPs other than Ford, including whether they are uncomfortable with any of their government’s cuts pegged by the city manager at $178 million this year for public health, transit maintenance, child-care spaces for low-income parents and more. Mayor John Tory, city councillors and some of their constituents are urging them to convince Ford and his cabinet to rescind the budget cuts, including one that hits Toronto harder than other cities, and sit down with municipalities to explore ways the province can save money and cut the deficit. … [Read more...] about Toronto Tory MPPs say they stand by Ford’s budget cuts
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Sadly, we at the Embassy in Bangkok have seen many instances whereU.S. citizens discover, too late,that essential, high-qualityhealth care is out of financial reach and their options are limited. As you contemplate your own preparedness, we urge you to plan for a few key expenses: medical treatment, nursing care, and, if necessary, medical evacuation. Do You Have a Plan to Receive Treatment in Thailand? Access to healthcare in the United States and Thailand differs. When you live abroad, Medicare(https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go/your-health-abroad/insurance-providers-overseas.html) cannot pay for your healthcare.U.S. healthcare programs that can sometimes be used overseas, such asprivate health insurance, TRICARE (http://www.tricare-overseas.com/), andVA-provided care (https://www.va.gov/COMMUNITYCARE/programs/veterans/fmp/index.asp), work differently and may require upfront payments.As a non-Thai, youdo not enjoy the same … [Read more...] about Have a Plan for Successful Aging ?
By Heather Mallick Star Columnist Tues., April 30, 2019 No one will notice this one, Conservative staffers must have said as they trimmed the Ontario budget like a ham. A little on public health, a little on tree-planting, just a little slice of small-town libraries and you’ve got yourself a ham sandwich. Of course it didn’t work like that. It turns out that Ontarians quite like flood protection, infectious disease control, and dental services for children — irresistibly named the Healthy Smiles Program — but they particularly like libraries. Parents especially know the value of libraries where toddlers, from families rich and poor, are equal and can start their lives by looking at books and having them read. But that’s Toronto with its caverns of libraries packed with information and pleasure. Rural Ontario has small libraries plus couriers, who move between them filling citizens’ book requests. It’s called sharing. … [Read more...] about Libraries a lifeline in rural Ontario