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Let's make health matter in the 2018 provincial election

The provincial government makes many important decisions and creates policies that affect our health. During the 2018 provincial election campaign, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is highlighting several key public health issues that require attention and action by government:

These issues, along with suggested actions the government can take, are outlined in a fact sheet that has been distributed to local provincial candidates in ridings in Simcoe and Muskoka.

 The 2018 provincial election campaign is a good opportunity to ask your local candidates about these issues. You can raise questions at all-candidates’ meetings or discuss your concerns when candidates knock on your door. You can also write a letter to party leaders and candidates to ask them how they will show their commitment to improving health in Simcoe Muskoka.

Between now and the provincial election on June 7, 2018, take some time to learn about candidate positions on these issues. Below are some sample questions you can ask your local candidates:

  • What would you do to increase the availability of safe, adequate and affordable housing in our communities?
  • A person’s income level has a strong influence on their health. What would you do about minimum wage and social assistance rates and what other strategies would you use to help people to move out of poverty?
  • As an elected official what would you do to ensure that people with low income have enough money to afford the food they need to be healthy?
  • Communities that support safe cycling, walking and public transit, have a range of housing, provide access to healthy food, and preserve agricultural and natural spaces are good for health. What would you do to help the communities in your riding be designed and built for better health and quality of life?
  • Our climate is changing. More frequent extreme weather events and new threats to health are emerging. What measures would you take to reduce the threats and better prepare to manage what may come in the future?
  • What initiatives and actions would you support to improve the overall oral health of residents in Simcoe and Muskoka?
  • Opioid overdoses are happening in our communities. What sort of strategies would you support to reduce harm, increase awareness to prevent overdose, and increase effectiveness of treatment?
  • Evidence shows that as alcohol becomes easier to buy, illness and injury increase. What alcohol policies would you support to protect health?
  • Recreational use of cannabis will soon be legal in Canada. Since there are known health risks that can arise from the use of cannabis, what approach would you take to encourage safe, moderate use?
  • Tobacco use has dropped a great deal, but lately the decline has levelled off. What would you do to meet a target in 2035 of less than five percent of the population using tobacco products?

For more information on these issues, contact Health Connection, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at 1-877-721-7520.

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