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Thursday, October 6
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The Elizabeth Roy Chronicle
A GreAt educAtion for A GreAt future
ontario Liberals to introduce Grants to reduce tuition costs by 30%
WHITBY - OSHAWA – We know that post-secondary education is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity. Under the Ontario Liberal government, post-secondary education has come a long way in a short time. When the Liberals took over in 2003, Ontario’s colleges and universities were in a state of neglect, while tuition was skyrocketing. We capped tuition fees increases – after we froze tuition fees for two years – at an average of 5 per cent annually, and we began the work of rebuilding our post-secondary institutions. Thanks to changes we made to the Ontario Student Assistance Program – which benefit all students – we now have one of the most generous aid programs in the country. No qualified Ontario student will be unable to get a post-secondary education because they can’t afford it. The changes we have seen under the Liberal government have helped a record number of students go on to post-secondary. In fact, post-secondary enrollment in Ontario is growing at twice the rate of the rest of the country. Dear friends and neighbours,
September – October 2011
Letter to Whitby–Oshawa Residents
With the campaign well underway, the signs up, and the politicking on full display, I wanted to take a moment to ensure you know why you see our team out campaigning for Whitby-Oshawa. As a mother of three children, a Durham Regional Cancer Centre Radiation Therapist, a former School Board Trustee and School Board Chair, and current Whitby Councillor, my decision to run was the result of extensive deliberation. After speaking with my family, friends, constituents, and community members, and reviewing the situation in its entirety, my decision to run was ultimately formed as a result of experience and passion for the two political issues I feel most strongly about: Health Care and Education. I have worked in health care and education under both the previous PC government and the current Liberal government. Through this time, I have seen the ups and downs: the closures and strikes of the 90’s, and the great strides we’ve made over the last few years. I have learned a tremendous amount about these two critical public institutions. Quite simply, I’m running to become your next MPP because I feel it is imperative that we continue to build on the progress the Liberal government has made in working to correct the damage done by previous provincial governments. From what I witness every day, a disruption to the recent work undertaken in these critical areas will set us back at a time of unprecedented demand and global economic instability. We must keep moving forward. Notwithstanding the challenges the government has faced battling a global recession the likes of which have not been seen in a generation, I believe we are on the right track. I thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to read my campaign literature. If you have any questions or concerns related to my campaign or the election in general, or if you would like to speak with me directly, please contact me anytime. Sincerely,
Ontario Liberals are leading the way in education from Kindergarten to Post-secondary
Ontario Liberals aren’t stopping there. A re-elected Liberal government will introduce a new tuition grant that will deliver $1,600 per year, per student to every middle-class family in Ontario with a child in university and $730 per year, per student if you have a child in college. That’s an immediate 30% reduction on average tuition fees for university or college. On top of that, Liberals will invest in creating new post-secondary campuses, making it easier for students to attend post-secondary school closer to home.
Elizabeth Roy Whitby-Oshawa Provincial Liberal Candidate
How to contact Elizabeth Roy
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eLizAbeth roy – the bio
The daughter of Dutch immigrants, Elizabeth Roy learned a strong work ethic at an early age.
Frontline cancer care provider (22 years)
House Calls Coming Back to Whitby-Oshawa
A Re-Elected Liberal Government Will Bring Back HOuse Calls frOm family dOCtOrs and nurses to Whitby-Oshawa
A medical professional by training, Elizabeth completed her education at Cancer Care Ontario/Princess Margaret Hospital in Radiation Therapy. She started her career at Princess Margaret Hospital and recently joined the team at Durham Regional Cancer Centre.
Former school Board trustee and chair
Elizabeth was first elected in 1997 as School Board Trustee for Durham District School Board. She chaired the Board for four years.
In 2006, Elizabeth was elected to Whitby Town Council. She was re-elected in 2010.
active community volunteer
In addition to being an advocate for health care and education, Elizabeth is a dedicated community activist. She has participated and organized several community events in Whitby-Oshawa including: • Whitby’s Great Little Duck Race, • County Town Carnival, • Lakeridge Health Foundation events, and • Minor sports organizations with boys and girls hockey and lacrosse.
WHITBY - OSHAWA – House calls mean that seniors in Whitby-Oshawa will be able to see their family doctors and nurses in their own home, enjoying better health care because they’re getting regular checkups and medical attention. This will make it easier for seniors to stay in their own home and remain independent, and will take some pressure off those caring for their parents or loved ones at home. Previous governments slashed house-calls, meaning that access to primary health care services became more difficult for our seniors. A re-elected Liberal government will continue improving our health care system with policies and programs that meet the needs of Ontario’s seniors. Whitby-Oshawa Liberal candidate Elizabeth Roy commented that, “A Liberal government will bring back house calls that will make a positive, meaningful difference in the lives of seniors in Whitby-Oshawa. House calls will also make life a little easier for families as many parents are stretched helping their aging mom or dad while raising families of their own.”
health care Facts
Under the leadership of the Ontario Liberals, wait times are down, the number of people with a family doctor is up and Ontarians are leading healthier lives. ✔ Ontario has had the shortest wait times in the country – for four years in a row. Since 2005, for example, the wait for a knee replacement is down by 216 days and the wait for a hip replacement is down by 157 days. ✔ In 2003, infants were scanned for only two diseases. Now they are scanned for 28, which is a very healthy improvement. ✔ Today, 1.3 million Ontarians who didn’t have a family doctor in 2003 now have one. ✔ We are providing 90,000 more breast screening exams so that women get treatment sooner, if they need it, or have peace of mind from knowing they’re okay. ✔ Tim Hudak’s PC’s have a $14 billion hole in their platform. That means they’re planning cuts that they’re not telling us about. We have seen this before. Mike Harris said he’d leave our health care alone. After he was elected, he fired nurses and closed 28 hospitals.
Elizabeth is married to Robert. They are the proud parents of Joseph, Elise, and Sarah.
christine elliott shy on issue of health care Accessibility
WHITBY - OSHAWA – In reaction to the case of Whitby paediatrician Dr. Karen Dockrill, Christine Elliott has left Whitby-Oshawa constituents confused about her stance on publicly administered, accessible health care. Dr. Karen Dockrill is facing a disciplinary hearing for charging patients a $1,000 annual fee to receive care. The Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons could suspend Dr. Karen Dockrill’s licence amid allegations that she charged a mandatory block fee to patients and a fee to accept patients. A notice from the college says Dockrill’s conduct was disgraceful, dishonourable and unprofessional because she refused to accept new patients who didn’t pay the fees. In replying to a question from the Whitby This Week, Ms Elliott stated that, “She was providing a service that people wanted and had the right to choose so I think it sort of opens up some cracks in our health-care system,” Ms Elliott’s response raises a number of red flags according to Whitby-Oshawa’s Liberal candidate Elizabeth Roy. “Dr. Dockrill crossed the line blurring private and public medicine. The doctor in question charged parents a fee and would not provide OHIP covered services unless the fee was paid up front thus breaking every established tenet of universal health care in Ontario.” Ms Roy went on to say that, “It is absolutely imperative that our Member of Provincial Parliament leave no doubt that the accessibility of our OHIP services will be fully protected.”
✔ Passionate about quality health care and determined to see that the health care system continues to improve for all Ontarians. ✔ Dedicated to quality public education, with a long history as an advocate for children, education and schools. ✔ Committed to a “doors open” constituent relationship guaranteeing that the constituency office will be a hub of local activism, outreach and community engagement.
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healthy home renovation tax credit For seniors
WHITBY - OSHAWA – A re-elected Liberal government will create a Healthy Home Renovation Tax Credit to help seniors meet their changing needs so they can remain at home as they age. Here’s what you need to know: • We owe it to our seniors to ensure they can stay at home, if that’s their choice. • Helping seniors stay in their own home is a better way to deliver care and free up space in our hospitals and nursing homes. • The credit – worth 15% of up to $10,000 in renovations per year – can be claimed by seniors for their own home, or by family members providing a home for their elderly relative. • The credit allows seniors to continue living independently by making changes such as new chair lifts to upper floors or a walk-in shower to prevent falls.
Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!
✔ Over 292,000 jobs have been created since October 2009: the depths of the global recession. A report from RBC says Ontario’s economy is expected to grow at its highest rate in over a decade. ✔ In June of this year, Ontario created more jobs than the rest of Canada and the U.S. combined. ✔ Our clean energy plan has already created 20,000 jobs and will create a total of 50,000 jobs by the end of 2012, making us the North American leader in clean energy. ✔ Investing in GO transit will create 68,000 jobs in construction, engineering and manufacturing — with the benefits felt by families as far away as Thunder Bay, where workers make trains for Ontario communities and for export to the world. ✔ Ontario is now the number 1 auto manufacturer in North America
the ontario liBeral JoBs plan is Working creating Jobs training and tax credits
One way we’re building a stronger economy is through training programs and tax credits that help Ontarians train for new jobs. These include: ✔ The Second Career Program, which has supported over 47,000 Ontarians so far in long-term retraining programs, providing up to $28,000 in direct support for tuition and living expenses. ✔ The Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit: which provides up to $10,000 per year for 4 years to help with cost of in-school training. ✔ Nursing Graduate Job Guarantee: which has placed over 10,000 new nurses in jobs so far. ✔ Summer Jobs Strategy: which helps 100,000 students gain onthe-job experience ✔ Targeted Initiative for Older Workers: which helps older workers increase their ability to find and keep a job while the local economy changes. ✔ Small Business Enterprise Centres which helped over 11,500 businesses last year create over 13,000 jobs.
helping businesses invest
✔ To support small businesses – which are an important engine of job creation as Ontario emerges from global recession – we are cutting the tax rate on new investments by 55 per cent.
education By the numBers
Under the Ontario Liberal government, our education system has joined the highest ranks in the world. ✔ Test scores are up an average of 15%. ✔ Graduation rates are up to 81%, meaning 20,000 more graduates per year than in 2003. ✔ 97% of primary classes have 23 children or fewer, up from 64% in 2003. ✔ 400 new schools built; another 150 on the way. ✔ Zero learning days lost due to teacher strikes or lockouts. ✔ Ontario’s education system was recently ranked the best in the English speaking world. ✔ Ontario Liberals are leading the way in education, so Ontario can lead the world.
moving education ForWard, together
WHITBY - OSHAWA – The Ontario Liberal government is investing in our future by giving our youngest the best start they can get. Nothing is as important to Ontario’s future as education. That is why Ontario Liberals introduced North America’s first full-day kindergarten program. As of this year, students are attending full-day kindergarten in almost 800 Ontario schools. This will mark the second year for the full-day program, which focuses on giving our youngest learners the best possible start and provides a solid foundation for future learning. Students in full-day kindergarten are benefitting from a classroom with both an early childhood educator and a teacher, who work together throughout the day to help children learn, play and grow. Whitby-Oshawa Liberal Candidate Elizabeth Roy knows a few things about education. She served on the Durham District School Board as a trustee from 1997-2006, including four years as the Chair of the Board. A Whitby Councillor since 2006, Elizabeth has long been an advocate in the public education system, and is widely considered a “go-to” person in the community for education-related matters. She has noted that the feedback from families and educators in Whitby-Oshawa has been incredibly positive. “Under the Liberals we have seen major improvements in education since the days of the previous PC government. Test scores are up, and more students are graduating and going on to post-secondary education. But we can’t stop there,” says Roy. “The full-day kindergarten program, with its remarkable curriculum, is giving our children the best start of any around the world.” A full day of learning early in life makes the transition to Grade 1 easier for both parents and children. Also, students who achieve early success in school are more likely to perform well later in school and go on to post-secondary education, a trend Ontario’s Liberals want to extend long into the future. The full-day kindergarten program was officially launched in schools starting in 2010, and will be available at all schools province-wide by 2015.
ontario liBerals energize ontario’s economy
WHITBY - OSHAWA – Since 2010, Ontario has attracted over $20 billion of private investment in the energy sector. These investments have already created 20,000 jobs and are on track to create 50,000 jobs by the end of 2012, making Ontario a global clean energy powerhouse. According to Whitby-Oshawa Liberal Candidate Elizabeth Roy, the benefits being felt across the province are being realized right here at home. “In Durham Region, there are over 60 clean energy projects that have been brought forward by local farmers and entrepreneurs as a result of the Liberal clean energy plan,” said WhitbyOshawa Liberal Candidate Elizabeth Roy. “These projects are creating jobs and energizing our economy, right here in WhitbyOshawa, and across Ontario.” Unfortunately, while the Ontario Liberals are working for Ontarians to build a clean energy economy for the 21st century, the opposition parties are proposing plans to kill clean energy jobs. Both the PC’s and the NDP have threatened to tear up Samsung’s $7 billion investment in Ontario’s green energy economy. Tim Hudak has also promised to end the ground-breaking feed-in-tariff (FIT) program in Ontario, despite international recognition that it is creating the kind of business climate businesses want to invest in. The FIT program has been helping Ontario phase out coal-fired and other outmoded energy sources by offering stable pricing for renewable energy creation. The Samsung deal has already resulted in four new factories in Ontario, creating hundreds of jobs. “These projects are creating jobs across Ontario, which we need to protect and build upon, instead of destroying,” said Roy. “We are seeing the successful results of the Liberal clean energy plan right here in Whitby-Oshawa. The other parties should do the right thing and get behind our clean energy plan.” Only Ontario’s Liberals are committed to a new, energized green economy.
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moving people and our economy ForWard
uploading vs downloaded
a contrast in policies aFFecting our communities
WHITBY - OSHAWA – Only a re-elected Liberal government will ensure that municipal costs continue to be uploaded, taking the burden off of our communities and keeping our property taxes down. The Ontario Liberals have a track record of success when it comes to working with municipalities. The previous PC government stuck municipalities with a $3 billion bill for provincial programs like seniors’ drug costs, services for the disabled, land ambulance services, and court security. This left less money in municipal budgets for other services like policing or snow removal, resulting in increased property taxes. Realizing the difficulties municipalities were facing, the Liberal government partnered with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) on a plan for uploads that would reverse the damage from the previous government. The result was a $2.7 billion uploading agreement that, when finished, would put communities on stable footing so they can plan for the future – freeing up budgetary room to invest in local priorities and control property taxes. When mayors at the recent Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference asked PC leader Tim Hudak about finishing the job of uploading costs, he left them with a clear message: He’s going to stop it. He talked about his need to make cuts to pay for the 229 promises in his platform. The PCs have already proposed the first of their new downloads — making municipalities pay for hazardous waste disposal, which means a property tax increase of almost $300 million for Ontarians. Tim Hudak plans to download programs costs onto municipalities. This will guarantee only one thing: increased property taxes. Tim Hudak’s “change” is change we can’t afford. Whitby-Oshawa Liberal Candidate Elizabeth Roy knows first-hand that our community is counting on the continued uploads and support that was agreed to with the provincial Liberal government. The uploads that we witnessed over the last few years play an important role in ensuring Whitby-Oshawa can keep residents’ property taxes low and service delivery high.
ontArio LiberALs continue to LeAd the wAy in improvinG pubLic trAnsit
WHITBY - OSHAWA – Thanks to the hard work and contributions of Ontario families, Ontario’s recovery from the global economic downturn is solidly on track. To keep us moving forward, the Ontario Liberals have invested in public transit to enhance the ability of people to get to and from work efficiently. Whitby-Oshawa Liberal Candidate Elizabeth Roy has spent time talking to commuters, and she understands, as commuters do, the need to continue the improvements to public transit in Durham Region. “We have a very large commuting population in Whitby-Oshawa, and throughout Durham Region. Over the past few years, the service on the GO Train line has been steadily improving because of wise investments made by Ontario’s Liberal government,” says Roy. “The next step is to continue to expand service. Under a Liberal government, GO Trains will run every thirty minutes, all day, every day, and nearly twice as often during rush hour.” Since 2003, Ontario Liberals have invested $4.7 billion in GO to build new lines, improve stations, as we have seen most recently in Whitby, add new trains, and increase service. Today, 94% of all rush-hour trains are on time, and the Liberals have introduced a 15 minute money back guarantee. Only a re-elected Liberal government will keep our transit system on track. In addition to ongoing GO Transit improvements, the Ontario government has partnered with municipal governments to see more than 270 new buses coming to Ontario municipalities at lower costs. Ontario Liberals are the only party with a positive plan to keep moving Ontario forward, and that includes building better public transit.
What people say about liz
“Elizabeth has, and will always have, her finger on the pulse of the people she represents. Elizabeth is calm, compassionate and has an incredible work ethic. Her ability to listen, assess and act on what’s needed in our community makes Elizabeth a fantastic representative for Whitby-Oshawa.” Rosemary Theriault, Whitby Eagles Founder, 2004 Inductee to the Whitby Sports Hall of Fame. “Elizabeth has worked with WWCALL closely over the past 5 years and done an outstanding job of keeping the people of West Whitby fully informed of the changes to land development around us. She has been key to the success of making sure the residents voices were heard and together we were successful in ensuring a great future for a great town. We would not have been as successful as we were without her guidance through all the red tape. She truly works hard for the people, always representing our best interests.” Leigh Anderson, West Whitby Community Against Link Location “Elections have consequences and this provincial election is no different. Liz Roy has a proven record and is dedicated, hard-working and committed to delivering to Queen’s Park your message. It is vitally important to elect a member who understands the issues and opportunities that lie ahead for all of us. Liz has demonstrated on many occasions her strong desire to make a difference. Her voice will be heard and her passion for results will separate her from all of the other candidates. She will be a fresh new face, a strong new voice for our community as we compete for jobs and government spending. Please help our neighbour Liz make a difference where it will count. Help send her to Queen’s Park where your vote will be heard and your trust will be established.” Steve Cardwell, Local Business Owner Elizabeth has been consistently awarded “A grades” from the Whitby This Week, making her the joint toprated member of Town Council.. Here’s what Whitby This Week has had to say over the years: • Councillor Roy has demonstrated growth this term with a more forceful presence at meetings, increasingly speaking up to provide practical solutions to a variety of issues. • She proved herself as a capable and effective leader. • Her previous experience as a Durham District School Board trustee continues to be useful as she offers helpful insight into education-related issues, including parking problems at local schools and expansion plans for Durham College’s Whitby campus. • Her dedication to the community is evident through her consistent role in various organizations, including the Lakeridge Health Whitby Foundation and the White Oaks Community Residents’Group. • With her past experience as a member of the Durham District School Board, she never misses a beat when it comes to educating others about the school system. • She brings a sincere quality to every endeavour she embarks upon and her enthusiasm contributes to the success of various community events, including this year’s Great Little Duck Race to raise funds for the County Town Carnival, as well as the Mardi Gras pub crawl and fashion show events to raise money for the Lakeridge Health Whitby Foundation. • Councillor Roy demonstrates genuine empathy for residents and while less outspoken than the other councillors, she doesn’t hold back when the situation arises to bring the public’s concerns to the forefront. • Despite a stringent deadline for council’s recommendations to be sent to the Ministry of Transportation, her efforts proved victorious as a special meeting was called and a compromise was reached.
voting day: thursday october 6
Polls are open from 9 am to 9 pm Advance Polls: open until Friday, September 30, from 10 am until 8 pm. You can also vote for Elizabeth Roy any day by Special Ballot until October 5 at: The Returning Office Suite 105 – 209 Dundas St. East, Whitby Hours: Monday to Saturday 10 am to 8 pm Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm On October 5, 10 am to 6 pm For information about voting in this election contact the Elizabeth Roy Team at: 289-356-6036 You can also visit the Election Ontario website at: http://wemakevotingeasy.ca
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