Although at the time of the Seaway re-construction of Morrisburg, the above paving job was being done on Park Avenue on November 12, 1957. Today, this is the west end of Maud Street. Note: the side walk is in and some of the mature trees of today have obviously not been planted.
While celebrating the start of the New Year, many Canadians take the time to set some New Years Resolutions. Many of those resolutions focus on eating healthier, exercising more, or perhaps cutting back on some bad habits. That’s why I thought it would be timely to discuss the topic of health care in Canada.
Health care is one of the topics that my constituents consistently identify as a key priority. It affects everyone, either themselves directly or a family member.
Every time I send out questionnaires on issues that are most important to constituents, health care is in the top three. Each and everyone of us has had to use the health care system at one time or another.
Generally speaking, Canada’s health care system is one of the best in the world. I am quick to acknowledge that our system is not perfect; sometimes constituents feel they deserve better service, but this is the exception rather than the rule.
To clarify our political structure, the federal government does not directly operate and direct the expenditures of health care services. That is the role of our elected provincial governments. In our case, the Ontario government at Queen’s Park is responsible for organizing our hospitals and long-term care homes, among many other front line health care services.
In addition to national health research and having the lead on international health prevention programs, the federal government still plays a very important role in health care by providing billions of dollars each year in transfer payments to provincial governments for health and social services.
Those receiving less than perfect service when they go to a hospital or to a doctor often believe that the poor service is due to lack of funding. I can assure you this is not the case with the federal government’s funding model. When we compare the funds invested in health care by our federal government here in Canada to other countries, it is evident there is solid financial support for the system to provide top quality care.
In 2015-16, the Government of Ontario will receive $20.4 billion through major transfers– an increase of $9.6 billion from 2005-06. Yes, you read that right: over $20 billion dollars is given to the Ontario government each year by the federal government to assist with health and social programs. And it is growing more each and every year going forward.
Comparatively, it is alarming to see how little investment is made in health care in some countries. I recently came across statistics from the World Bank that confirm this argument. It is shocking to note that the annual health care spending (in US dollars) per capita in Gambia is $26. Here are some other examples:
Kenya spends $45
South Africa $645
Among G-7 countries:
United Kingdom $3,647,
and the United States spends $8,895 in their private, insurance-based health care system.
In comparison, Canada spends $5,741 on our public universal health care system for every Canadian man, woman, and child.
I believe we are fortunate here in Canada when it comes to health care services. Locally in SDSG, we have two state of the art hospitals, great doctors and nurses, and a dedicated sector of health care workers ready to look after our needs.
As your federal Member of Parliament, I will continue to ensure that we increase our financial transfers to provincial governments each and every year to maintain and provide good quality health care to you and your family.
Last but not least, good luck with your New Years Resolutions!
It's All About Winning
Well, here we are in June once again, and while for most of us, our hockey heroes are playing golf, or whatever it is they do in the summer, there are still those who are experiencing hockey fever.
By the time you read this Los Angeles may very well be the new NHL champions. I hope that is so.
Have you noticed how a city can become so pumped when their team is about to capture such a prized trophy? Los Angeles is alive with hockey energy. Those who may have never skated or felt the cold of the ice, all of a sudden, are experts in the game and are completely taken with this winter sport.
As I was thinking about this, my mind began to muse on some spiritual truths that are given to us in the word of God.
For example, like hockey players, if we are going to win, we must be disciplined. You will never see the coveted Stanley Cup go to a team that is not disciplined to hard work, to continuous practices. No matter how good last night’s game was, you will find a winning team on the ice the next morning going through the drills that made the win last night possible.
There must also be the discipline of working together. No one person ever wins a Stanley Cup, it’s a team effort. Even the great one will tell you that.
Well, what does this have to do with being a Christian? After all, isn’t everyone born in Canada a Christian?
The Bible makes it clear that everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord shall be saved, Acts 2:21. But then as we examine the teachings of Paul the Apostle, we find after we have believed we are to have a disciplined life, a life that reflects the character and nature of our Lord Jesus Christ.
For example, in Paul’s first letter to his young protégé, Timothy, he writes, “Fight the good fight of faith.” In the verse preceding, he warns Timothy to flee from things that are evil and pursue righteousness or right living according to God. 1 Tim. 6:11-12.
In his second letter to Timothy, he refers to his own life as he prepares for his end in chapter 4:7. He says, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” That certainly is a picture of a disciplined life.
There is a difference though between winning the Stanley Cup and gaining eternal life. Only one team can lift the Cup in victory, but the Bible declares, “All who call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
That is everyone who comes to realize they are sinners, separated from God because of their sin, and come to know that Jesus came into this world to give His life to save us from sin, and then accept His payment for our sin, they will be saved.
I want to encourage you who have believed to live a disciplined life according to God’s word. If you are reading this and have not believed on the Lord Jesus Christ why not begin right now?
Confess your sin to God, ask for His forgiveness, and follow Him. You’ll never regret that decision. May God bless you as you take this into consideration.
Rev. Duncan Perry,
I was weeding my garden the other day when I began to think about life.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not about to go into a long litany of wrongs or problems that are happening in my life.
As a matter of fact life is good, really good actually. We are enjoying our retirement. I told someone a little while ago that if I had known it was going to be this good, I would have done it when I was thirty. Of course it wasn’t at all possible back then. However, let’s get on with my thoughts.
As I knelt there that day, I began to reflect on my life, as well as on the life of other people I have known. Really, it can be compared to the weather we have been experiencing lately. It is great when the sun is shining and it’s warm. Good for golfing, boating, gardening, etc.
However it is not always sunshine. Some days it rains and in most of our minds we would probably say TOO MUCH.
I also began to think of life as a person walking through a luscious green valley. Do you know that there would not be a valley if there were not mountains on either side. While it is good and pleasant in the valley, if we are going to broaden our horizons, we need to climb the mountains every now and then.
I think it was Tammy Wynette who sang the song “I never promised You a Rose Garden.”
But there was someone else who gave us these words long before she was born. Let me refer to the original Author of these words.
Back in the Old Testament, the book of Deuteronomy, chapter 20, verses 1 thru 4. God is speaking to the Children of Israel as they are about to enter the Promised Land and possess what God had promised their Fathers.
As we read this passage, we will find some promises to us. The first one, most of us would like to pass on. It says, “there will be battles against those who would not want them to possess the land.” That is true for us in this life as well.
In John`s Gospel, chapter 16, verse 33, Jesus told His followers (that includes we who believe on Him today), “that in this world they would experience all kinds of opposition.”
Back in Deuteronomy, God gave the Children of Israel three more promises. The promise of His Presence, to go with them The Promise of His Power, to fight their enemies for them, and the Promise of His purpose, to save them.
As we look at John 16:33, we find likewise, the promise of Our Lord, “Do not be troubled when you face all kinds of opposition,” Jesus says, “for I have overcome the world.”
No one likes trouble in their life but the truth is, “life happens” and that includes trouble, opposition, sickness, etc.
So what do we do. Well here are our choices; we can try to fix the problem ourselves, or we can rely on the Promises of God.
Bye the way, I expect that about the time you are reading this, I’ll be pulling weeds again because LIFE HAPPENS.
Rev. Duncan Perry,