Plenty to fight for as the year comes to a close
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This article was published 13/12/2021 (285 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
As we arrive at the end of year and begin to celebrate the holidays with family and friends, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a safe and happy holiday season. It is my hope that you spend a lot of quality time with those who bring joy to your life.
This past year for the constituency of Transcona has been a difficult one. We continue to be faced with many of the same challenges other parts of our city and province have had to endure, from the deterioration of the health-care system to a lack of financial supports for our public schools.
Many of you have written to me regarding the transfer of loved ones from Concordia Hospital to other parts of the province, often hours away, making it difficult to provide the support needed when trying to heal.
The Pallister-Stefanson governments have been especially hard on residents of Transcona. Medical lab services have been concentrated in a supersite well away from residents, causing a great deal of stress and inconvenience to those with mobility issues. The closing of the CancerCare site at Concordia Hospital has also been difficult because cancer services close to home is no longer an option.
Now residents are seeing a bad repeat under Premier Stefanson. The fourth wave of COVID-19 is upon us, personal care homes have outbreaks, healthcare staffing is still a crisis and numerous surgeries keep getting cancelled as the waitlist grows longer. All while Premier Stefanson refuses to implement a mandatory vaccine policy in personal care homes to keep seniors safe and refuses to take action to address our health-care staffing crisis.
Personal care home space is also, as we have the lowest per capita space for people to age in place in Winnipeg, with no plan from the government to rectify this situation.
Public education has also been challenged by a lack of adequate funding from this government. River East Transcona School Division, in its latest communication with residents, has stated that they it is deeply concerned that funding cuts will have a direct impact on the classroom and that they will struggle to maintain existing programs.
Have you or your family been impacted by cancelled surgeries or patient transfers? Please reach out to me at 204-594 2025 or email@example.com
Transcona constituency report
Nello Altomare is the NDP MLA for Transcona.