Category Archive for "Kingston News"

Using the long-form census to reduce emergency room crowding helps you!

Ted Hsu

Understanding the link between postal codes and emergency room visits – a need for the long form census Given universal access to healthcare, we would expect the frequency of use of emergency room services to be relatively uniform. However, this…

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We asked and the Ministry answered: Kingston’s Service Canada now offers Passport Services

Ted Hsu

My staff and I have always been very happy to assist constituents in obtaining their Canadian passports. In 2014, we sent approximately 7000 applications to Passport Canada. In one record-breaking shipment, we sent over 180! At the end of 2013,…

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Government refuses to answer questions about closing the EI processing office

Ted Hsu

This fall, I used a written Order Paper Question to ask the government for information about the decision to cut jobs at the Kingston Employment Insurance processing office while they were being increased at North Bay. That office provides an important service for Canadians who…

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Veterans and mental health care – a guest post

Ted Hsu

Today’s guest post has some personal reflections by a mental health professional who treats veterans with PTSD here in Kingston and the Islands and knows the life, family, and community context in which this doctor and his/her clients work. After…

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Local Art on Display

Ted Hsu

If you’ve ever been to my downtown Kingston office, you probably noticed some beautiful works of art like the ones pictured below. I am pleased to continue the tradition of exhibiting community art in my constituency office! Exhibitions are rotating…

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Federal policy on affordable housing affects Kingston municipal election

Ted Hsu

The recently announced closure of The Gathering Place, a drop-in centre operated by the Salvation Army, was a hot topic of discussion at a recent all-candidates meeting in Kingston’s mayoral race. I want to point out that there is a…

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Our tourism economy depends on efficient border control policies

Ted Hsu

On November 19, 2013, I asked the following question at the House of Commons Finance Committee: “U.S. tourists are very important for my riding of Kingston and the Islands… I have heard from one person who had a DUI conviction…

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Checking if there are enough staff helping soldiers with mental health injuries

Ted Hsu

When a Canadian Forces member suffers serious illness or injuries, they are posted to a unit called the Joint Personnel Support Unit and assigned to be at an Integrated Personnel Support Centre (IPSC) in order to be treated, receive support,…

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How does the Hamilton CCC half-way house closure affect Kingston?

Ted Hsu

Late last spring, an individual, who wishes to remain anonymous, first brought the closure of the Hamilton Community Correctional Centre to my attention. Specifically, good corrections practices recommends that offenders at the half-way house stage be near their communities of origin so…

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What’s next in choosing the next MP? A nomination contest!

Ted Hsu

My announcement last week that I will not seek re-election in 2015 was unanticipated by the community. While the decision was a family one, the short notice for its announcement allows for a level playing field for the people thinking…

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