On this date in history...

    TORONTO, Sept. 29 /CNW/ -

    September 29, 1898: 278,380 Canadians vote in favour of prohibition.
264,693 Canadians vote against the prohibition of alcohol in a national
referendum. The government takes no action due to the close result.

    September 29, 1962: Canada joins the space age with the launch of
Alouette 1, its first orbiting satellite. The $2.9 million probe is launched
from Vandenburg Air Force Base in California, atop a Thor-Agena B rocket.

    September 29, 2003: Dalton McGuinty and the Ontario Liberals make more
promises to the people of Ontario:

        "Only the Ontario Liberals will take action to improve the quality of
        healthcare in Ontario by hiring 8000 more nurses...,"
        (Ontario Liberal Party press release)

    "...We must tackle the doctor shortage in Nipissing and across Ontario,"
said another press release from this day in history, stating that
Nipissing District, which includes North Bay, was short 4 family doctors.
    By the most generous estimates, his own, Dalton McGuinty has hired only
5,200 of the 8,000 nurses he promised to hire. This number includes every
temporary, contract, and part-time nurse hired in Ontario in the past four
years and doesn't include the nurses that have been laid off.
    Meanwhile, the doctor shortage in Nipissing has more than doubled and
Nipissing District is now short 9 doctors.
    Across Ontario, the number of communities underserviced by family doctors
has grown from 122 to 142 and there are 1 million adults plus another
130,000 children without a family doctor.
    Dalton McGuinty's promise to hire 8,000 more nurses and tackle the doctor
shortage in Nipissing and across Ontario... they're just three more promises
that he was quick to make, but failed to keep.

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