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Monday, February 15, 2016

Tory MPP wants PTSD Bill Passed

Regional | by Kevin Bernard  

MPP Bill Walker keen to see a PTSD bill passed at Queen's Park ASAP.

The MPP for Bruce-Grey Owen Sound, Bill Walker, is adamant the Kathleen Wynne government should fast-track a private member's bill meant to recognize Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (or PTSD) as a workplace illness for emergency personnel.

Bill 2 passed its second reading in the Ontario Legislature in the Autumn months and is expected to be discussed again in February.

It has been introduced on seven separate occasions by NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo, and Walker says it needs to be passed and enacted.

Walker tells Bayshore Broadcasting News police officers, firefighters and paramedics would then get timely and appropriate care for the serious challenges associated with PTSD.

Ontario's Minister of Labour, Kevin Flynn, says the Liberals are working on their own bill and will introduce the document in the "near future."

The Grits are attempting to cover first responders under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act.

Last year, thirty-nine emergency personnel and twelve military personnel in Canada died by suicide.

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