St Catharines Regional Council Candidate Mo Al Jumaily Calls for Restoring Mental Health Funding After Another Local Suicide

“Recent suicides in our city show the problem is not isolated to individuals but is widespread and will continue until we treat the underlying mental health issues.” – Mo Al Jumaily, running in the City of St. Catharines for a seat on Niagara Regional Council

News from the Campaign to Elect Mo Al Jumaily to Niagara Regional Council

Posted October 10th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

St. Catharines regional councillor candidate Mo Al Jumaily

St. Catharines, Ontario  In the wake of this morning’s suicide, St. Catharines regional council candidate Mo Al Jumaily is calling for restoring the over $300 million per year of funding for mental health cut by the provincial Doug Ford government.

Mo said “I send my deepest condolences to the families affected. While we are still waiting for details on this morning’s tragedy, we know that crises related to mental health have been at an intense level in our community. Accessible mental health services are needed for preventing suicide, self-harm, and for treating opioid addiction. I will work with every Niagara MPP to ensure we get the funding we need in Niagara Region.”

Welcoming the St. Catharines mayor’s call for safety netting or barriers on Burgoyne Bridge, Mo adds “I strongly applaud Mayor Sendzik’s call for safety netting and barriers on the Burgoyne Bridge.”

“Further, I believe we need mental health services to treat the root causes. The recent suicides in our city show the problem is not isolated to individuals but is widespread and will continue until we treat the underlying mental health issues.”

Mo Al Jumaily is running on a campaign to “Make Niagara a Welcoming Place For All,” and has called for a turn-around in Regional government’s direction. He says “tax-payer money has been wasted in scandals instead of going into services desperately needed by our residents.”

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health says mental health care in Ontario is underfunded by $1.5 billion a year. Addictions and Mental Health Ontario says $2.4 billion is needed over four years but the Ontario government is now only promising $1.9 billion over ten years.

See a story in The St. Catharines Standard outlining this latest tragedy by clicking on

A Footnote from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper –

Thanks to Niagara Region’s Chair and his cabal of hyper-partisan fellow travellers, we have an ugly, divisive mess on Niagara’s regional council, and we desperately need new councillors from across Niagara that are going to make this most important level of municipal government work for our communities again.

That is where the October 22nd municipal elections come in and why everyone across Niagara who can vote must do themselves and their communities a favour and vote for positive change.

In the Niagara municipality of St. Catharines, there are six directly elected seats on the regional council and from what Niagara At Large has seen of the more than 20 candidates running for those six seats in the city, we are urging you to re-elect incumbents Brian Heit and Kelly Edgar, and to give strong consideration to electing first-time regional councillor candidates Mo Al Jumaily, Haley Bateman and Emily Beth Spanton, and former St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley.

Niagara At Large strongly urges St. Catharines voters not to put an ‘X’ beside the names of Al Caslin, who was the chair of the shit show at the Niagara regional council level over the past four years, and Bruce Timms, a St. Catharines regional councillor who did his part to support or enable this disgraceful show, when he was involved in the mess at the Niagara Peninsula conservation Authority (NPCA) where he has served as chair and member of its board of directors.

Our Call-Out to  voters in the City of St. Catharines this October 22nd municipal election day –

Fire Bruce Timms and Al Caslin!

Vote for Brian Heit, Kelly Edgar, Mo Al Jumaily, Haley Bateman,  Emily Beth Spanton and  St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley

(And steer completely clear of candidates that may not be Bruce Timms and Al Caslin, but who share the same kind of politics. More on that later.) 

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