With the opioid epidemic striking hardest at mid-sized Ontario cities, the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario applauds federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor for seeking ways to help any community that needs supervised injection services (SIS).

    Her support is timely: Of six cities in Canada where those who use opioids are hospitalized most, four are in Ontario, according to a report released this week by the Canadian Institute for Health Information. They are Brantford, Thunder Bay, London and St. Catharines-Niagara.

    The circumstances surrounding the death of Brad Chapman, a 43-year-old father who experienced homelessness and struggled with addiction, are being examined at a coroner’s inquest.

    Mr. Chapman was found by a security guard in a downtown Toronto alley before dying in hospital on Aug. 26, 2015.

    When it comes to spending on health and health care, Ontario falls short of what’s needed to meet people’s care needs.

    According to National Health Expenditure Trends, 1975 to 2018, a new report released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) on Nov. 20, Ontario ranks last in provincial per capita health spending at $4,064 per person. That’s lower than the rest of Canada where the figure is $4,594.