This Week at Queen’s Park – October 27, 2017
- Conservative Health Critic Jeff Yurek (Elgin-Middlesex-London) supported the OACP’s advocacy on provincial funding for police services who opt to provide Naloxone kits to their officers. Please see this video for the responses of the Minister of Health and Long-term Care and the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
- Liberal MPP Yvan Baker (Etobicoke Centre) intends to introduce a Private Member’s Bill that would ban pedestrians from crossing the road while holding and using a wireless communication device, electronic entertainment device or other prescribed device. The legislation would come into force three months after receiving Royal Assent, allowing a phase-in period to ensure compliance. Mr. Baker has asked for the input of the OACP’s Traffic Committee.
- Liberal MPP Lou Rinaldi (Northumberland-Quinte West) has introduced Bill 170, This Private Member’s Bill would proclaim the month of October in each year as Child Abuse Prevention Month.
- The legislature passed Bill 163, Protecting a Woman's Right to Access Abortion Services Act, 2017, which creates “safe zone” of between 50 and 150 metres around eight abortion clinics in the province in which anti-abortion protests, advising a person not to get an abortion, and intimidation or interfering with a woman's ability to access the services will be banned. The ban will also automatically apply to 150 metres around the homes of abortion staff and health professionals who provide the services. It will not come into force immediately, however, as the zones need to be set through regulations. The legislation provides for an application process for other health-care providers or pharmacists, as some Ontario pharmacies recently started offering the abortion pill, Mifegymiso. Anyone who violates the safe zones will face up to $5,000 in fines and six months in jail for a first offence and fines of $1,000 to $10,000 and up to a year in jail for a second or subsequent offence. The OACP was consulted on the enforcement issues related to the legislation. We took no position on the Bill itself.