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The King government abandoning Islanders in need of access to primary care

It is becoming increasingly clear that Premier King has abandoned Islanders hoping for and needing a family doctor. In fact, last spring the Premier said in the House that it was unrealistic for Islanders to expect to have access to a family doctor. We are now seeing the effects of this terrible plan of the King government.

Last fall a family doctor in Charlottetown retired. He had over 3600 patients. When Health PEI learned of the retirement, they put in a temporary band-aid solution to cover the patients with nurse practitioners and locums. The contract has since finished and nothing else has been offered in its place.

Patients are now discovering that they will not be assigned a family doctor as there is no family doctor available. They have to join the over 17000 other Islanders already waiting for years for a family doctor. In fact, we were told by the Health department that they themselves had just learned of the situation late last week. Our healthcare system is deeply fractured.

 

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Better School Bus Safety Needed

In a recent CBC article, a mother told the story of how her child was involved in a near-miss with a car that passed a stopped school bus. The diligent bus driver saw the vehicle wasn’t going to stop and kept the boy on the bus. No doubt this saved the boy from serious harm and possible death.

I am so thankful for the quick actions of the bus driver. However, we shouldn’t expect our bus drivers to also actively observe and report on the actions of other drivers when they’re also operating a vehicle and monitoring the children inside the bus. It’s even worse when we realize our drivers aren’t able to see the vehicle licence plates and record them. This means the offender is free of consequence and is likely to try it again.

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What is government's plan to deal with increasing ER wait times?

I am extremely concerned about Dr. Jain’s announcement last week that wait times at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital are increasing significantly due to shortages of board certified emergency physicians and emergency trained nurses. Anyone who has attended the ER already knows wait times are often hours long for urgent care.

So, with this new announcement that those wait times are increasing significantly, what does this mean for Islanders who need to access ER services? What is the plan for the QEH to address this shortage? Will it mean bed closures in the emergency room?

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Take immediate action to protect 2SLGBTQIA+ youth in our schools

Official Opposition Caucus call on King government and Public School Board to take immediate action to protect 2SLGBTQIA+ youth in our schools 


Charlottetown, PE - Recently, disturbing details came to light showing the environments in some of our Island schools have not been inclusive, and as a result many 2SLGBTQIA+ students and their allies do not feel safe. These incidents included students in black shirts questioning other students and ostracizing them for their support of 2SLGBTQIA+ classmates, and the removal of Pride flags.

This is unacceptable, and it is doubly unacceptable during Pride Month, when we celebrate the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and reflect on the prejudice and discrimination they have faced and still continue to face.

 

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Don't lift the moratorium on high capacity wells before a sustainable irrigation strategy is in place

Statement from Hannah Bell, Official Opposition critic for Environmental, Energy, and Climate Action on announcement about Water Act


Government announced today that it intends to make changes to water withdrawal regulations as it develops a sustainable irrigation strategy. What is notably absent from government’s press release is that these changes would include lifting the moratorium on high-capacity wells for irrigation that has protected PEI waterways for nearly two decades. This is a monumental decision that will affect future Islanders for generations to come.

Developing a sustainable irrigation strategy that properly protects our water resources is crucial to the success of this Act. This will be a major undertaking that should not be rushed.

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May Green Caucus Updates + Upcoming Events

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With the Winter/Spring sitting of the PEI Legislature having come to a close a couple of weeks ago, the Green Caucus having just shuffled their critic portfolios this week, and a couple of fun events coming up soon, we thought this would be a good time to send you an update!

In this update:

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Official Opposition shuffles critic responsibilities

Charlottetown, PE - The Official Opposition announced a shuffle of critic roles this morning.

“I am extremely proud of the hard work and commitment Green MLAs have demonstrated these past two years,” said Peter Bevan-Baker, Leader of the Official Opposition. “As we continue to grow and develop as a strong government in waiting, we seek opportunities to strengthen our caucus and improve our collective depth of knowledge.”

 

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Environmental bill of rights — What is it and what does it mean for Islanders?

Recently in the provincial legislature, Bill 108 - Environmental Bill of Rights passed unanimously in its second reading. The support it received from all parties really speaks to how the conversation around sustainability has shifted. I’m grateful that discussions on getting serious about protecting our environment — now and into the future — is something all political parties are in agreement about. I thank all the MLAs in the house for voting to support this important piece of legislation. Getting environmental rights secured for P.E.I. is now one step closer to reality. So what exactly does an environmental bill of rights mean for Islanders? Let’s talk.

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Improvements to The Police Act pass second reading

Charlottetown, PE – Official Opposition legislation to improve the complaints process passed second reading in the Legislative Assembly today.

“Under existing legislation, the public only has a maximum of six months to report a concern about possible police misconduct,” said Trish Altass, Official Opposition Critic for Health and Wellness, and Fisheries and Communities. “Many Islanders and Island groups have expressed concern over the restrictive nature of this short time period.”

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Green Party of PEI Members Pass Seven Policy Resolutions at 2021 Annual General Meeting

CHARLOTTETOWN - The Green Party of Prince Edward Island completed the second and final installment of its 2021 Annual General Meeting on Saturday, May 8th. 

The online meeting began with an afternoon session on April 24th, which included regular AGM business including the Annual Report, Financial Report, Leader’s Address and Provincial Council elections, and at which discussion of the first of seven member-submitted policy resolutions was begun. The second session on May 8th was devoted to the continued discussion of the policy motions as well as four motions to amend the party’s constitution & bylaws.

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