MPAC Spikes Farm Assesments

MPAC SPIKES FARM ASSESSMENTS

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21 October 2016 

(PERTH) – MPP Randy Hillier expressed his concern over the significant increases in the property value assessments currently being received by farmers from MPAC. 

“I am being contacted by farmers who have received assessment notices that are almost double previous assessments, and I am hard-pressed to see any justification,” remarked Hillier. “MPAC says these increases are the result of market trends, but I’m not aware of any trends that warrant spikes like we’re seeing.”

“MPAC mailed out farm property assessments on October 11, and you can appeal your assessment,” Hillier added. “But there is a deadline for filing a Request for Reconsideration (RfR), so if you want to appeal, you need to get your RfR application in to MPAC as soon as you can.”

MPAC offers a website, aboutmyproperty.ca, where property owners can create an account and understand how their property was assessed by MPAC, as well as specific information regarding farm properties and market trends in each community.

“I strongly recommend that people examine their assessment closely when they get it, and file an RfR application if they feel their assessment is incorrect,” Hillier advises. “If you miss the filing deadline, you’ll be stuck with the assessment you received.”

 

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Perth Constituency Office 613-267-8239

Queen’s Park 416-325-2244

[email protected]

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Justice Gets a Failing Grade

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October 5th, 2016

Justice Gets a Failing Grade

(QUEENSPARK) Randy Hillier (Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox & Addington) pushed the Attorney General and the Liberal Government today on the revelation that, according to a recent Macdonald-Laurier Institute report, Ontario ranks as one of the lowest provinces in the country in terms of “access to justice”. On top of this, MPP Hillier cited the report’s conclusion that 43% of all cases are either stayed or withdrawn before trial.

“Such a large number of cases being stayed or withdrawn is, to me, an indication that there is something very wrong with the system” said Hillier. “This data suggests a failure on behalf of either the courts or law enforcement, and when our justice system receives more money than any other province, these sorts of problems are unacceptable.” 

MPP Hillier made a point of identifying the fact that the abysmal state of Ontario’s justice system enables innocent people to have legal conditions placed on them, lose custody of their children and be put in to hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt due to legal fees, only to have charges against them dropped. 

“This government does nothing to provide any sort of remedy for the thousands of innocent people who have had their lives flipped upside down by the justice system only to have their cases withdrawn” proclaimed MPP Hillier. “It’s about time the Attorney General addressed the abhorrent state of our justice system and did more to protect the innocent rather than persecute them”

A full recording of MPP Hillier’s questions to the Liberal Government can be found here

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Contact:

Perth Office 613-267-8239

Queen’s Park 416-325-2244

[email protected]

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Ontario's Lubricious Throne Speech

Ontario's Lubricious Throne Speech
"A Balanced Plan to Screw Up Ontario for Everyone"

(QUEENS PARK) - Today's Speech from the Throne rings in a new session of parliament, justified by the Wynne Liberals as a necessary 'reset' of their legislative priorities.

One should ask how there can be a reset while at the same time a commitment to reintroducing all the legislation that died on the order table with prorogation? Clearly the Premiers words and her actions are at odds with one another once again. Instead, what was presented was a chest thumping agenda of re-announced priorities delivered with lubricious language.

“The Speech from the Throne today was nothing more than lip service to past commitments and re-announcements of existing projects,” MPP Randy Hillier proclaimed. “The only new announcement was the subsidy on the provincial portion of the HST for residential and small business hydro bills with no explanation of how this will affect the Treasury.”

Today’s speech simply parroted the same stale policies from the previous session. In truth what the Premier is attempting to accomplish is a reset of her political fortunes – not the wellbeing of the people of Ontario.

“Keeping with how they have operated in the past, all of these announcements where delivered in oily and slippery language without detail,” Hillier explained. “They didn’t even attempt to explain where exactly they plan to get the money needed for these policies. How do they plan to provide subsidies and balance the budget while meeting the outrageous spending commitments they regurgitated today?”

“These re-announcements of the same old ideas illustrate that this was far from a reset, it’s business as usual in the Legislature and the Liberals will continue to govern with their own self-interest as their priority,” concluded Hillier.

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Local Reps Demand Quality Care, Not Cuts

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
23 August 2016
 
(PERTH) – MPPs Randy Hillier (Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox & Addington) and Steve Clark (Leeds-Grenville) met with Champlain CCAC Chief Executive Officer Marc Sougavinski on Monday to discuss their concerns surrounding cuts to PSW hours serving clients in the Champlain catchment area.
 
"While we're told there are no changes to current patients' hours, I remain cautious and concerned for future patients," remarks Hillier.
 
"The model does appear to be changing, and we remain unclear on how this might impact patient care in the long term," adds Clark. "Without evidence that care isn't being compromised, I am reserved in any support for change."
 
Mr. Sougavinski pledged his commitment to ensuring any problems and concerns brought to his attention by either Mr. Hillier or Mr. Clark on behalf of their constituents would receive his personal attention. Both members agreed they would be watching the situation closely.
 
"We're both encouraging any Champlain CCAC clients or their loved ones in either of our ridings who encounter a reduction in service that compromises care, or feel they are receiving inadequate care, to contact our offices," Hillier declared.
 
"We'll be following this closely," Clark concluded.
 
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Contact:

Randy Hillier, MPP
Perth 613-267-8239
Steve Clark, MPP
Brockville 613-342-9522
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Champlain CCAC Cuts Services For Seniors

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10 August 2016

(PERTH) MPP Randy Hillier (Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox & Addington) expressed his alarm that seniors in the Champlain Community Care Access Centre's catchment area are having their Personal Support Worker (PSW) care visits cut in half.

After meeting with a number of PSWs that work in the Champlain CCAC region, and as highlighted in a recent story by Bob Hepburn of the Toronto Star, Hillier has learned that many seniors will see their assisted care reduced to a 15-minute visit.

"What kind of care could we possibly be providing someone in fifteen minutes?" Hillier asked rhetorically.

Hillier has penned a letter to the Board Chair and the President of the Champlain CCAC, demanding a reversal of the policy decision, and suggesting that they instead focus on the larger financial problems and find greater efficiencies within administration before diminishing patient services.

It appears these changes have been initiated in the Champlain CCAC catchment area, however it is anticipated they will expand to other CCACs prior to their anticipated incorporation into the LHINs with Bill 210.

"Clients in in my riding are served by either the Champlain CCAC or the South East CCAC; by far, the services delivered by the Champlain CCAC have been a regular source of complaints and aggravation for their clients, as compared to the SE Region, which seems to function much more effectively," says Hillier. "These new changes only magnify the mismanagement and further demonstrate that lack of concern the Champlain CCAC has for their clients."

You can read MPP Hillier's letter to the Champlain CCAC  here.

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Contact:
Perth Constituency Office 613-267-8239
Queen's Park 416-325-2244
[email protected]

 

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Hillier Calls for End of Cash-For-Access

(QUEEN’S PARK) MPP Randy Hillier (Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington) has called on the government to amend Bill 201 - Election Finances Statute Law Amendment Act, which is currently before a traveling committee, to prevent Ministers and other Government Officials from holding cash-for-access fundraisers with stakeholders under their jurisdiction.

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Cartel Gains Control of Our Community Hospital

(CARLETON PLACE) – With a decisive and rigged vote by the Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital Board last evening, the community lost their hospital. “It was extremely disheartening to watch a number of anonymous autocrats extinguish community participation in our publicly funded hospital,” lamented MPP Randy Hillier (Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox & Addington). “The community represented, democratic Board was last night fundamentally altered into an unaccountable cartel that will answer to no one.”

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Hydro One Must be Held Accountable

(QUEEN'S PARK) Randy Hillier, MPP for Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington, is hopeful that Hydro One is punished appropriately for misleading both consumers and Legislators.

"Whether Hydro One is found in contempt by the Legislature, or investigated and potentially charged by the OPP," said Hillier. "All that matters is that they are dealt with swiftly and appropriately given the troubling details uncovered in the Ombudsman report."

On Monday, the Ontario Ombudsman released his latest report that she'd disturbing details of how Hydro One was intentionally misleading the Government over the scope of their significant billing problems. This week the Speaker of the Legislature has been asked to rule on whether or not Hydro One should be held in contempt of the House, and the OPP has been asked to investigate any criminal wrongdoings for failing to meet Hydro One's statutory obligations. 

"Hydro One has not only mislead all Members of the Legislature, but they continue to abuse the trust of their customers. It's time this mess is cleaned up one way or another."

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Long Wait for a Short Pier

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January 6, 2014 
 
(PERTH) – MPP Randy Hillier (Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox & Addington) expressed his satisfaction that the much anticipated and long awaited service improvements for the Amherst Island Ferry finally appear to have anchors aweigh.
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Hillier to Wynne: "Support Recall for Municipal Politicians"

(QUEEN’S PARK) Randy Hillier, MPP for Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington, has called on Premier Wynne in an open letter to fast track Bill 124, his Private Member’s Bill that allows for the recall of Members of Provincial Parliament. Hillier suggests his Bill could be easily amended to include all municipally elected officials.

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