Liberal Candidate for Halifax Chebucto
Dr. Jackie Kinley is a small business owner, physician, psychiatrist, professor, community leader, and mother. She grew up in Halifax and together with her husband, Tony Case, raised their two children in Halifax Chebucto.
Jackie started her career as a family physician and worked in rural emergency rooms across the province as well as in Northern Canada. She has witnessed firsthand the growing impact and struggles of mental health in Nova Scotians. The desire to help individuals improve their mental health inspired Jackie to retrain as a psychiatrist and focus her medical career on mental health and resiliency.
Jackie has a long history as an innovator and advocate for change. As a physician, she established an interdisciplinary family medicine practice designed to meet patient needs holistically and started one of the first walk-in clinics in the province to improve access for Nova Scotians. She is the founder of the Atlantic Institute for Reliance and helps people build the skills they need to improve their mental fitness. She is also known as an author and a nationally recognized expert on mental health.
Jackie understands the need to focus on the social determinants of health – education, affordable housing, social supports, income support – as the most effective way to ensure we have a healthy population, economy and society. The need for change in these areas is what has motivated Jackie to run for the position of MLA for Halifax Chebucto.
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If nothing else, the past year has shown us how important our healthcare system is to each one of us. To improve the health and wellbeing of Nova Scotians, we need smart investments to address the issues. Simply putting more money into our healthcare system is not the solution.
Health is more than the absence of illness; it is the presence of wellbeing. We need to reorient our approach to funding services with a focus on meeting people’s needs in their communities. Our government needs to work with healthcare professionals and limit the bureaucracy involved. We need to focus on helping people and giving them the tools and resources they deserve to improve their health. Most importantly, we need to focus on and measure what matters – the impact our investments make on our health outcomes.
Nova Scotians need access to a family doctor to ensure they have care when they need it the most. As a physician, Jackie began her medical career as a family doctor in Halifax and established one of Nova Scotia’s first interdisciplinary clinics with doctors working alongside nurses, nurse practitioners and other health care professionals. Bringing doctors to – and keeping them in – Nova Scotia is a top priority for the Liberal government.
We also need to look at new solutions like supporting the growth of team-based care to access a variety of healthcare professionals to meet Nova Scotian’s needs. Physicians want to work as collaborators. As a doctor, I’ve seen how this can help us recruit and retain great family doctors! Teams have the additional energy and resources required to provide extended coverage and walk-in services. People don’t just feel unwell during the weekday; we need to support primary care and reduce unnecessary trips to our local emergency department.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us just how vulnerable residents of our long-term care homes can be. Nova Scotians residing in long-term care deserve to have a safe and comfortable place to live.
Premier Rankin has announced an investment of $96.5 million in new long-term care beds and facilities to better residents, families and staff who care for long-term care residents. We also need to increase access to home support so that people can choose to stay and live at home as they age. Investments such as home care and support will help those to age comfortably and with dignity. Our long-term care residents deserve the best, and with our plan, we can accomplish this.
Jackie has spent the majority of her medical career focused on mental health and addictions. After practicing as a family doctor, she retrained as a psychiatrist because of the overwhelming mental health needs she saw in her patients and community. After the past year with COVID-19 and the effects on people’s mental health, we need change.
We have a pandemic of mental illness. This is a critical time for all of us to come together to find solutions to complex issues we are facing with mental health. As a psychiatrist, Jackie firmly believes we can help build psychological strength and mental resilience to support the well-being of Nova Scotians. We need to work upstream with public health to provide education, social and emotional support for patients and improve easier access to mental health care.
Within our formal mental health care system, we need clear pathways and accessible services to support people on their journey back to wellness. At present, it is too confusing and disjointed for people to find their way to support and care. We need to help transform our current services and develop an intelligent system to serve Nova Scotians better.
The Liberal government is committed to transforming the system and breaking down the mental illness stigma and barriers to ensure Nova Scotians get the care they require and deserve.
Affordable housing is essential to the quality of life. It is key to our economic, physical, and mental well-being. Sadly, residents of Halifax are experiencing an unprecedented increase in the cost of housing and rents. Nowhere is this more acute than on the Halifax Peninsula.
Our Liberal Government is taking the right steps to improve access – investing $513 million in affordable housing. This will ensure our neighbourhoods remain diverse and livable for all—and enable Nova Scotians to see a path to owning their own home.
Too many people in Nova Scotia don’t have a place to call home. We see this every day as we look at the tents and temporary shelters set up across Halifax. The pandemic along with rising housing prices is making their situation even worse. But we’re not giving up the fight. The last provincial budget made the single largest investment in homelessness in the province’s history with the Integrated Action Plan to Address Homelessness. We are making progress, but we need to continue this work to ensure that no Nova Scotian is without a place to call home.
Since June 1st, the Halifax housing locator has been able to access more than 160 units to support families and individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness. We have had success in finding housing for individuals across the province through housing support workers working with not-for-profit and private sector landlords and developers. There is still work to be done and we need to continue making investments to ensure every Nova Scotian has a place to call home.
Education is one of the largest and most important determinants of our overall health and wellbeing throughout our lives. That means we must continue to invest in our education infrastructure and ensure our children have access to high-quality education from pre-kindergarten through to post-secondary.
We need to build trust with our teachers, let them know we value them and provide them with the support they need to do their jobs well. We also need to explore ways to improve mental health and wellness by adding resilience to the curriculum – teaching our youth the social and emotional skills so we are graduating students with the resilience they require to take on the challenges they will face in today’s world.
Climate change and protection of the environment are two defining issues of our time. Nova Scotia has set the most ambitious goals in the country to tackle climate change. We will be the first province in the country to be carbon neutral, and we’ll be off coal by 2030. This goal requires bold action to reduce our reliance on all fossil fuels, support a shift to a green economy, and protect our natural environment. Action must also include ensuring that we have adequate and sustainable local food and energy supplies. Continued investments in sustainable energy, support for green alternatives, and improvements to public transit are crucial to meeting our climate goals.
We are all treaty people. Together we have a responsibility to address the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions’ calls to action. Reconciliation starts with the recognition that we live, work and play on the unceded lands of the Mi’kmaq people.
Reconciliation is a long-term journey that will take generations to complete, but it starts by acknowledging historical injustices, understanding our past, and taking action on the path forward.
Nova Scotians need to have meaningful employment. It is through gainful and fulfilling employment that people build confidence, pride and maintain self-respect. To accomplish this, we need to prioritize and support the many individuals and family-owned businesses here in the province. We also need to be strategic and support innovation and a green economy—and revisit our corporate tax structure.
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