THURSDAY APRIL 25, 2019
The Ford PCs are considering cutting OHIP’s emergency travel insurance coverage which will impact those Ontarians who travel outside of Canada. Currently the ‘Out-of-Country Traveler’s Program provides up to $400 a day for inpatient services like intensive care and up to $50 a day for emergency outpatient services and doctor services. Public feedback is being accepted until Tuesday. The Auditor General has flagged the cost of administering the program a $2.8 million-per-year to process about $9 million dollars in claim payments. OHIP data suggests of the 40,000 Ontarians who travel outside Canada every year and require health services, over 90% buy private travel health insurance. If the OHIP travel insurance cut is approved it will be effective as of October 1st. Fill-in host Jane Brown speaks with Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and Deputy Premier, Christine Elliott as well as NDP MPP Marit Stiles.
Minister Bill Morneau was here at the Zoomerplex to highlight the Government’s efforts to better support seniors as they retire. The Town Hall was moderated by Fight Back’s host Libby Znaimer, who is also the Vice-President of News and Information for both Classical 96.3FM and AM740. A question period took place as well so Minister Morneau could answer finance and budget-related questions. Libby and Mike Powell, the President of the Canadian Federation of Pensioners give us their takeaways from this town hall.
The Toronto police homicide squad has a working theory in the Barry and Honey Sherman murder case. Detectives are saying they may now know what happened according to one of the lead investigators who said this in court on Wednesday. It’s the first public indication in the 16 months since the billionaire Apotex founder and his wife were strangled that police could be making some progress. The detective also told an Ontario Court of Justice hearing that within a week, police are expecting a “high volume” of electronic records they’ve been trying to get since January. As well, there is at least one person they want to interview who has refused to speak with police. Others they want to speak to may have left the country or simply cannot be located, the investigator told court. Hopefully we’ll learn more soon. Fill-in host Jane Brown speaks with for police officer and security expert Ross McLean to learn more.