Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action

Expedite the passage of Bill 105, the Mandatory Police Training Act, 2019

Mr. Calandra,

The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) urges you to expedite the passage of Bill 105, the Mandatory Police Training Act, 2019 through the legislative process. As you will know, MPP Kusendova's bill prohibits a person from being appointed as, or acting as, a police officer or special constable unless the person has been successfully trained in the use and administration of naloxone, a life-saving medication that blocks the effects of opioids.

Ontario is in the midst of an escalating public health crisis. Earlier this month, the Public Health Agency of Canada advised that over 900 Ontarians - over five per day - died of accidental opioid overdose in the first six months of 2019. These deaths are preventable.

As CEO of RNAO, I was delighted to speak in support of Bill 105 at MPP Kusendova's press conference at Queen's Park on May 16, 2019. Nurses, like MPP Kusendova, are specially educated and trained to provide health care to Ontarians and improve the health of Ontario. Saving lives is everyone's job – including police officers and special constables. Bill 105 will save lives.

Bill 105 was referred to the Standing Committee on Social Policy in May, 2019. Many lives have been lost to accidental opioid overdose since then. RNAO urges you to move Bill 105 forward with urgency before many more are lost.

With warmest regards and very best wishes for the holiday season and for 2020,

Dr. Doris Grinspun RN, MSN, PhD, LLD(hon), Dr (hc), FAAN, O.ONT
Chief Executive Officer
Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario

C.C. Natalia Kusendova, MPP and Chair, Standing Committee on Social Policy 
Christine Elliott, Minister of Health 
Andrea Horwath, MPP 
Gilles Bisson, ONDP House Leader 
France Gelinas, ONDP Health Critic 
John Fraser, MPP 
Mike Schreiner, MPP

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