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Accountability And Health Care Dominate OSUM Discussions

Regional | by Peter Jackson  

Goderich Mayor Kevin Morrison says municipal leaders want answers from the province on health care funding

Municipal politicians and staff from across the province discussed a wide range of issues at the annual Ontario Small Urban Municipalities conference in Niagara Falls.

Among them was Goderich Mayor Kevin Morrison who says policing, municipal codes of conduct and local health care were on the agenda.

One of Morrison's concerns was the future of police services boards under Bill 175, which overhauled Ontario policing for the first time since 1990.

Some boards will be streamlined under the Safer Ontario Act, meaning that OPP patrolled areas of Huron County will have a single organization to discuss local policing.

Morrison says accountability and transparency of municipal Councils was addressed at OSUM, in the wake of passage of Bill 68 at Queen's Park.

The legislation deals with potential conflicts of interest on the part of local Councillors, and reinforces the call for all Councils to have an integrity commissioner.

Morrison also mentions an OSUM debate surrounding health care -- an issue on which he says the province is falling behind.

He criticizes Queen's Park for not supplying answers to under-funding of local health care, and doctor shortages in many areas of Ontario.


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