February 14, 2013

Premier Wynne and new Cabinet Sworn In On February 11, 2013, Premier Kathleen Wynne and her 27-member Cabinet were sworn in. The Cabinet is somewhat larger than the previous McGuinty Cabinet with 5 additional ministerial positions and features 20 ministers who are new to their portfolios, 10 of whom are new to Cabinet.

February 14, 2013

Premier Wynne and new Cabinet Sworn In

On February 11, 2013, Premier Kathleen Wynne and her 27-member Cabinet were sworn in. The

Cabinet is somewhat larger than the previous McGuinty Cabinet with 5 additional ministerial

positions and features 20 ministers who are new to their portfolios, 10 of whom are new to


The Cabinet is listed below. Of particular note are the creation of the Ministry of Rural Affairs,

the new Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment, and Premier Wynne

committing to being Minister of Agriculture for one year.

Kathleen Wynne: Premier and Minister of Agriculture

Deborah Matthews: Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

Linda Jeffrey: Chair of Cabinet and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Charles Sousa: Minister of Finance

Jim Bradley: Minister of Environment

Laurel Broten: Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister Responsible for Women’s


Michael Chan: Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport and Minister Responsible for the 2015

Pan/Parapan American Games

Bob Chiarelli: Minister of Energy

Michael Coteau: Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

Brad Duguid: Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

John Gerretsen: Attorney General

Michael Gravelle: Minister of Northern Development and Mines

Eric Hoskins: Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment

Jeff Leal: Minister of Rural Affairs

News from Queen’s Park and Ontario

Tracy MacCharles: Minister of Consumer Services

Ted McMeekin: Minister of Community and Social Services

Madeleine Meilleur: Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services and Minister

Responsible for Francophone Affairs

John Milloy: Government House Leader

Reza Moridi: Minister of Research and Innovation

Glen Murray: Minister of Transportation and Minister of Infrastructure

Yasir Naqvi: Minister of Labour

David Orazietti: Minister of Natural Resources

Tereza Piruzza: Minister of Children and Youth Services

Liz Sandals: Minister of Education

Mario Sergio: Minister Responsible for Seniors

Harinder Takhar: Minister of Government Services and Chair of Management Board of Cabinet

David Zimmer: Minister of Aboriginal Affairs

Please find the

News Release from the Office of the Premiere here.

Of specific interest to OMSSA and its members are the Ministers of Children and Youth Services,

Community and Social Services, Education, Municipal Affairs and Housing, and, Training,

Colleges and Universities. Below are brief biographies of each of these ministers. OMSSA looks

forward to continuing our strong partnership with these ministries.

OMSSA has taken note of the new Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment

and is seeking clarification on the scope of employment within this portfolio.

Minister of Children and Youth

Teresa Piruzza

Prior to being elected MPP in October 2011, Minister Piruzza was Executive Director of

Employment and Social Services for the City of Windsor and a member of OMSSA’s Board of

Directors. Minister Piruzza was also a municipal representative with the Windsor-Essex Local

Immigration Partnership Council, a member of Pathway to Potential, and a founding member of

Workforce WindsorEssex.

Minister Piruzza has a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, a Masters Certificate in

Municipal Management, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of


Minister of Community and Social Services - Ted McMeekin

Minister McMeekin was first elected MPP in a September 2000 by-election and previously

served in Cabinet as Minister of Agricultural, Food and Rural Affairs (2011-2013), Minister of

Consumer Services (2009-2010), Minister of Government Services (2008-2009), and Minister of

Government and Consumer Services (2007-2008).

Prior to being elected MPP, Minister McMeekin was Mayor of Flamborough (1994-2000).

Minister McMeekin also previously served as Executive Director of the Burlington Social

Planning Council, Hamilton City Councillor (1977-1981), Chairman of Part-Time Studies at

Mohawk College, and owner-operator of the original Chapters Bookstore. Minister McMeekin

was a recipient of the Diamond Jubilee Community Service Medal in 2012.

Minister McMeekin has a Diploma in Social Studies from Mohawk College, a Bachelor of Arts

and Bachelor of Social Work from McMaster University, and a Master of Social Work from

Wilfrid Laurier University.

Minister of Education

Liz Sandals

Minister Sandals was first elected MPP in 2003 and is new to Cabinet, having previously served

in five parliamentary secretary roles (Health and Long-Term Care, Transportation, Education,

Government Services, and Community Safety and Correctional Services).

Prior to being elected MPP, Minister Sandals served as an Upper Grand District Public School

Board trustee from 1998 to 2002, where she was elected chair of the board and President of the

Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA).

Minister Sandals also previously worked as a computer programmer analyst and taught

computer science at the University of Guelph.

Minister Sandals has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph and a Master of

Mathematics from the University of Waterloo.

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Linda Jeffrey

Minister Jeffrey was first elected MPP in 2003 and previously served in Cabinet as Minister of

Labour (2011-2013), Minister Responsible for Seniors (2011-2013), and Minister of Natural

Resources (2010-2011).

Prior to being elected MPP, Minister Jeffrey served as a Brampton City Councillor from 1991 to


Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

Brad Duguid

Minister Duguid was first elected MPP in 2003 and previously served in Cabinet as Minister of

Economic Development and Innovation (2011-2013), Minister of Energy and Infrastructure

(2010-2011), Minister of Aboriginal Affairs (2008-2010), and Minister of Labour (2007-2008).

Prior to being elected MPP, Minister Duguid was a Scarborough City Councillor (1994-1997) and

Toronto City Councillor (1997-2003).

Minister Duguid has a Bachelor of Arts in Commerce from the University of Toronto.

Retiring Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs)

Prior to the swearing in of the Premier and her new Cabinet, three MPPs announced their

retirement from the provincial legislature.

Dwight Duncan, MPP for Windsor-Tecumseh and former Minister of Finance, will resign his seat

on February 14.

Chris Bentley, MPP for London West and former Minister of Energy, will also resign his seat on

February 14.

Rick Bartolucci, MPP for Sudbury and former Minister of Northern Development and Mines,

announced his intention to remain MPP until the next provincial election.

A by-election in Windsor-Tecumseh and London West will have to be called by Premier Wynne

within six months.

Ontario Provides Housing and Services to Support People Living with Mental Illness

The province

announced it will help support the At Home/Chez Soi project to maintain

supportive housing units and support services for people living with mental illness. The fouryear

research project, led by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, is focused on reducing

the growing number of homeless people affected by mental illness. At Home/Chez Soi provides

formerly homeless Ontarians with mental illness access to independent housing through rent

subsidies and mental health supports. Two-hundred and sixteen supportive housing units will be

maintained and 240 individuals will continue to receive support services with this funding.

Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health Releases 2011 Annual Report

In her 2011 annual report

Maintaining the Gains, Moving the Yardstick, Dr. Arlene King

identifies 12 priority indicators that will be used to measure the health status of Ontarians. The


take a “life course” approach, meaning, they will be measured across a life time and

against how they interact with one another. The indicators include: maternal risk factors,

healthy child development and school entry, immunization, smoking prevalence, overweight

and obesity, preventable mortality, low risk drinking, mental health, infectious diseases,

hospitalizations and falls in seniors and life expectancy at birth.

Dr. King acknowledges that there have been significant achievements related to improving the

health of Ontarians, such as reducing tobacco use and managing communicable and infectious

diseases. Despite Ontario's gains in some key areas, the indicators point to disparities that place

certain groups at much greater risk of poorer health, disease and premature death.

Dr. King advocates a multi-sector, multi-faceted approach, calling on governments and the

health and non-health sectors to coordinate and combine efforts in order to maintain the gains

that we have made while working to move the yardstick for the sake of all Ontarians.

Call for a National Housing Strategy Bill C-400

News from Ottawa

Bill C-400

, a private member’s bill before Parliament, addresses the crisis of homelessness and

inadequate housing in Canada, and calls for leadership on the development of a national

housing strategy.

The Bill is currently at second reading in the House of Commons and will be referred to

Committee - the crucial next step in the legislative process - if a majority vote is received.

Debate took place yesterday on February 13, 2013 and will be followed by a vote on February

27, 2013. To learn more, including how you can get involved, visit the

Dignity For All website.

Government of Canada Announces New Research Study to Improve Support Services for

Homeless Youth

Earlier this week, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)

announced a new

research study, in partnership with the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research

Institute, aimed at improving support services for Canadian youth who are homeless or at risk of


Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding of over $77,000 will be used by the CHEO Research

Institute for its study on youth homelessness. The project will identify best practices for ending

youth homelessness. The

Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) is a community-based

program aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness by providing direct support and

funding to 61 designated communities across Canada.

Early Learning Expert Dr. Clyde Hertzman Passes Away

As announced in the

Vancouver Sun, one of Canada’s experts in early learning, Dr. Clyde

Hertzman, whose research showed how childhood disadvantage can have a profound effect on

lifelong health, has died at age 59 while working abroad in the United Kingdom.

His work on early childhood and human development attracted global attention and influenced

the fields of early child development, population health and epidemiology nationally and


Study Suggests Canada’s

Tax System Needs Reform

According to a new study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives economists Marc Lee

and Iglika Ivanova, Canada’s tax system is in need of

reform. Fairness by Design: A Framework

for Tax Reform in Canada


finds that ad-hoc tax changes over the last two decades have seriously

weakened the redistrib

utive role of Canada’s tax system at a time when market inequalities call

for more, not less, redistribution. The study also presents a framework for a progressive tax

Resource Corner

Links to current research and other resources to support OMSSA members

reform strategy and recommends the establishment of a Fair Tax Commission to examine how

federal taxes and transfers work together as a system and make recommendations for changes.

Upcoming Early Childhood Education Conference

The conference -

The 'A' Word - Challenging advocacy in the fight for a Canadian child care


will be held March 1, 2013 at the School of Early Childhood Studies at Ryerson

University. It is aimed at researchers, faculty, educators, advocates and students interested in

child care advocacy and has a great program, stimulating topics, and good opportunities for

participants to discuss and debate some of the big issues in ECEC today.

For more information you can view the

conference flyer and registration form.

Please circulate this to your colleagues, contacts, and any other contact lists of those in the

broad ECEC field who may be interested.

The 'A' Word: Challenging Advocacy in the Fight for a Canadian Childcare System

Dates: March 1st, 2013

Times: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Location: Rm. POD 250, Ryerson University, 350 Victoria St., Toronto, ON

NOW OPEN! Call for Nominations to the OMSSA Board of Directors

Ontario Municipal Social Services Association (OMSSA) invites you to consider serving on the

association’s Board of Directors.

The association is seeking strategic thinkers who are

committed to guiding the future direction of the association and who are willing to work with

OMSSA’s Executive Director and staff to assist in achieving the association’s goals.

Each year at the association’s Annual General Meeting, members of the OMSSA Board of

Directors are elected to a two-year term of office. For the 2013-2015 term, there are four (4)

vacancies to be filled on the 10-member board. Any voting delegates or active Zone Chairs of

the association can be nominated to stand for the board.

2013 is an exciting year to join the Board as the organization continues its journey through

human services integration (HSI) and embarks on a new 5 year strategic plan.

This year’s Annual General Meeting and Board elections are to be held in Ottawa, On

tario on

June 17, 2012, during our annual

Learning Symposium.

For more detailed information and please visit the

OMSSA Website.

OMSSA Highlights

News from the Association


Nomination Forms

are to be completed and sent to the OMSSA office via


and to the attention of Douglas Bartholomew-Saunders, Chairperson

of the Nominations and Awards Committee,

by March 29th, 2013.