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Budget reductions deep and cruel, says MPP Mantha – Manitoulin Expositor

April 18, 2019

ONTARIO—Algoma-Manitoulin MPP Michael Mantha says cuts were definitely expected in the Ontario budget delivered last week. However, he said, the cuts made were especially deep and cruel and will affect areas like rural Ontario and particularly Northern Ontario. In line with the MPP’s opinion comes news from the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) that municipal land ambulance services are going to be significantly restructured.

In a letter to Ontario DSB CAOs and chiefs of paramedic services dated April 16, Pat Vanini, executive director of AMO wrote, “today we were told that it was MOHLTC (Ministry of Health and Long Term Care) intent to move 52 ambulance services to 10 through restructuring. This is apparently what the phrase ‘by integrating emergency health services into Ontario’s health care system’ means in the budget document.”

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