The Decent Work and Health Network emerged out of a coalition between HPAP and the Fight for $15 and Fairness. In the past year, members have worked tirelessly to influence Ontario’s Changing Workplaces Review by calling for paid sick days, the elimination of sick notes, and decent work for all.
Our experiences in health care and a growing body of research have demonstrated that precarious work is detrimental to health. To be healthy, people in Ontario need safe working conditions, decent hours, paid sick days, and a living wage.
Please join us for the following events!
Rally For Decent Work
Oct 1, 2016 at 1 PM – Queen’s Park
Precarious Work and Health Panel
Oct 5, 2016 at 12:20 PM – 209 Victoria St, Room 136
RSVP by emailing Centrelist@smh.ca
Speakers: Deena Ladd, Dan Zuberi, Axelle Janczur
Moderator: Dr. Andrew Pinto
Health care providers can help patients with low income access benefits by encouraging them to file their taxes.
This CBC News editorial by Dr. Gary Bloch and John Silver highlights the significant impact that community tax clinics can have!
The Canadian Revenue Agency website has a list of volunteer tax preparation clinics.
The erosion of social assistance rates, rise in precarious employment, increasing costs of living, colonization, and systemic racism all contribute to poverty in Ontario. This has a significant and detrimental impact on health, particularly in parts of the province where there is inequitable access to health care.
HPAP member and family physician, Katie Dorman, writes about this in her recent editorial in The Toronto Star.
In Canada we believe we have a universal health care system. And yet, there are an estimated 500,000 people who do not have access to healthcare coverage. They are our neighbours, they work in our communities, and our children go to school together.
Pregnant women have foregone prenatal care, children have been turned away from emergency care, and people have been denied life-saving surgery and cancer treatment. For those that do access care, hospital bills can lead to crippling debt. These are the dangerous and devastating consequences of denying people in our communities OHIP.
Health Providers Against Poverty
has endorsed the OHIP For All
Here’s what you can do:
3) Join the Rally for OHIP For All on Tues June 28 at 12PM
4) Spread the word
On June 10, 2016, HPAP members signed an open letter urging the Worker’s Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) to improve access to necessary health care for injured workers.
WSIB Critics Say Spending Cuts Are ‘Devastating’ Injured Workers
The Toronto Star – June 10, 2016
Press Release: Injured Workers Demonstrate in 7 Cities
IAVGO Community Legal Clinic – June 10, 2016
Please join us for the Health Providers Against Poverty AGM 2016!
When: Thursday, May 5, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Where: United Steelworker’s Hall, 25 Cecil St, Toronto
Register: Seating is limited, please register HERE.
We are thrilled to have Desmond Cole as our guest speaker. He is a well known activist and freelance journalist in Toronto, as well as a staff writer at Torontoist. His work also appears in the Toronto Star, The Walrus, Toronto Life, VICE, NOW Magazine, and Ethnic Aisle.
We will review the past year:
- Helping to start the Decent Work and Health Network
- Collaborating with allies at Workers’ Action Centre and OCAP
- Contributing to changes in ODSP reviews
- Fundraising and building our membership
We will also hold elections for the steering committee and discuss plans for an exciting new campaign!
If you have not completed your 2016 membership form, please do so here.
Memberships will also be available at the AGM – suggested donation of $25.