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Ford government facing pressure to institute paid sick days in COVID-19 response

(January 13, 2021) By: Ricardo Veneza, CTV Windsor   WINDSOR, ONT. — The Ontario government is facing continued pressure to reinstitute paid sick days in the province as part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Wednesday, the Official Opposition at Queen’s Park renewed calls for the Doug Ford-led government for paid sick days […]

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Executive elitism carries a high price for St. Joe’s

January 13, 2021 By: Spectator Editorial, The Hamilton Spectator   Credibility in the eyes of the public is hard won and easily lost. Speaking from inside an industry that has taken its fair share of tarnish — for reasons fair and unfair — we know this to be true. For public institutions, that cherished quality […]

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COVID-19 Outbreaks in Health Care Settings Threaten to Topple Devastating Records Set in the First Wave

(January 12, 2021) By: Lynne Brown, Sault Online   The second wave of COVID-19 in long-term care has sharply escalated, today surpassing the peak of the first wave, and is spreading further across the province than the first wave. The Ontario Health Coalition released its latest tracking report covering the large outbreaks in health care […]

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How does privilege work? In Ontario, politicians risked infamy for beaches while essential workers risked their lives to put food on the table

(January 12, 2021) By: Dr. Maria Daniel & Dr. Amanpreet Brar   When people in power talk, the bare minimum is that they lead by example and walk the walk, instead of breaking the very rules they create for the rest of the public. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case, even with those who are supposed […]

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Ontario long-term care homes need ‘immediate emergency intervention,’ advocates say

(January 12, 2021) By: CBC News   Coalition demands province launch recruitment strategy right now to prevent more COVID-19 deaths. Long-term care homes in Ontario need “immediate emergency intervention with whatever resources are available” to prevent more deaths from COVID-19, advocates said on Tuesday. Natalie Mehra, executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition, a network […]

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‘Current emergency’: New COVID-19 outbreak hits Burlington and triggers public health investigation

(January 12, 2021) By: Louie Rosella, Burlington Post   Halton Public Health is investigating a new coronavirus outbreak in Burlington. Halton Region revealed today (Jan. 12) that an outbreak has been declared at Mount Nemo Christian long term care home in Burlington. So far, one person is infected and the outbreak, declared Jan. 10, is affecting the […]

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Amberwood Outbreak Impacting 19 Residents, 3 Staff; Another 7 cases of COVID confirmed in Sudbury

(January 12, 2021) By: Jim Moodie, Sudbury Star (Print Edition)   One-third of active COVID-19 cases in Sudbury and districts are related to an outbreak at a local retirement home. Public Health Sudbury and Districts confirmed Monday there are currently 22 cases associated with Amberwood Suites on Regent Street. Nineteen residents and three staff members […]

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Health-care workers battled burnout before COVID-19 — now it’s even worse, experts warn

(January 12, 2021) By: Lauren Pelley, CBC News 78% of nurse respondents reported feelings of burnout, pre-pandemic survey found. While Lhamo Dolkar worked on the front lines as a registered nurse in the early months of the pandemic, her precautions after coming home from a shift were a stressful but necessary routine. First, the Whitby, […]

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Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie ‘wouldn’t hesitate’ to call in military if COVID-19 cases worsen at long-term-care homes

(January 11, 2021) By: Steve Cornwell, Mississauga News   Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie is calling on senior levels of government to do more to bolster local long-term-care (LTC) homes, but said she’s not calling for military assistance just yet. Crombie made the call at a recent press conference, hours after the news of Maureen Ambersely’s death, […]

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Former hospital CEO to get more than $1M payout after losing job following Caribbean vacation

(January 11, 2021) By: Joanna Frketich, Cambridge Times   Dr. Tom Stewart will get a payout as high as $1.1 million after losing his job as CEO of St. Joseph’s Health System over a Caribbean vacation. “For the staff and the community it feels like a slap in the face,” said Natalie Mehra, executive director of the Ontario […]

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LEVY: Second wave ignites ‘humanitarian crisis’ in long-term care homes

(January 11, 2021) By: Sue-Ann Levy, Toronto Sun It’s been like a runaway train in Ontario long-term care homes. Despite the numerous press conferences hosted by Premier Doug Ford and his senior ministers over the past few months promising changes to address the concerns raised by the Canadian military last May, the second wave has […]

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NDP, Green Party leaders attend Toronto rally into long-term care home crisis

(January 10, 2021) By: Muriel Draaisma, CBC News Leaders of two federal political parties attended a rally outside a Toronto long-term care home on Sunday. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and Green Party Leader Annamie Paul joined a crowd of demonstrators outside St. George Care Community, a for-profit facility operated by Sienna Senior Living. Both leaders called on the federal government to […]

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Cedarvale Lodge gets Moderna vaccine as caregiver tests positive

(January 10, 2021) By: Mike Anderson, Georgina Post For Lisa Snow, the news that her mother Carolynn would be first-in-line for the Moderna vaccine at Cedarvale’s long-term care home brought more than a sense of relief; it brought an end to constant worry. “We lost my aunt to Covid at River Glenn, so for the […]

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“Horror show” unfolding in long-term care: OHC

(January 10, 2021) By: CP24 OHC leader Natalie Mehra says the lack of care at some long-term care homes is leading residents to suffer from hunger and dehydration. Click here for original video

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‘Very disappointing’: Strong reaction to Paul Woods’s trips to U.S. during pandemic

(January 9, 2021) By: Andrew Lupton, CBC News LHSC boss had admonished staff for flouting rules, said they needed to set high standard Friday’s news that London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) CEO Paul Woods made five trips to visit family in the United States since March drew a swift and sharp reaction from a local […]

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The Jamie West Show Interview With Natalie Mehra

(January 9, 2021) By: Jamie West, OMNY FM Natalie Mehra, executive director at the Ontario Health Coalition, and Jamie West discuss COVID-19 outbreaks and staffing issues at long-term care homes, and vaccine rollout plans. Click here for original interview (Interview with executive director Natalie Mehra begins at 11:45)

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At-home learning for Ontario elementary students extended to Jan. 25

(January 8, 2021) By: John Schofield,  The Lawyer’s Daily Ontario is extending remote learning for elementary school students in Southern Ontario until Jan. 25 and extending the public health lockdown in Northern Ontario to align with the lockdown in the province’s south. However, elementary and secondary school students in Northern Ontario’s seven public health unit […]

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Health Coalition calls for stronger measures to control COVID-19 across Ontario

(January 8, 2021) By: Sydenham Current Calling COVID-19 a “crisis situation”, the Ontario Health Coalition is calling for stronger measures and stronger supports for people impacted. “(Thursday, January 7, 2021 was) the deadliest day of the pandemic so far, 89 people died in the last 24-hour period,” Health Coalition officials said in a press release […]

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COVID-19 : Coalition Santé Ontario inquiet pour la santé des préposés et des patients dans les foyers de longue durée

(January 8, 2021) By: CHOQ FM Le 7 janvier 2020 – À Scarborough, Tendercare Living Centre, un foyer des soins de longue durée, compte à ce jour 64 morts alors que le coronavirus continue à se répandre rapidement parmi les patients et les préposés. Selon Radio-Canada, la Coalition Santé Ontario, un réseau qui rassemble plus […]

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COVID-19 Crisis Situation In Ontario: Deadliest Day of the Pandemic

(January 8, 2021) By: The Bullet January 7th is the deadliest day of the pandemic so far, 89 people died in the last 24-hour period. By every measure the situation is critical, and there can be no question remaining that stronger measures are needed to control the devastation the virus is wreaking. At the same time, stronger […]

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Thunder Bay MPPs speak out on Southbridge Roseview situation

(January 6, 2021) By: Gary Rinne, TBNewsWatch Michael Gravelle and Judith Monteith-Farrell cite pandemic preparedness and communications issues. THUNDER BAY — Thunder Bay’s two MPPs say they received “heartbreaking” pleas for help from the families of residents of the Southbridge Roseview long-term care home, where COVID-19 has claimed 20 lives to date. Thunder Bay-Superior North Liberal MPP Michael […]

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Long-Term Care Outbreaks Worsen

(January 5, 2021) By: Tara Losinski AND Peter Muggeridge Ontario is reporting 35 new deaths in long-term care and a record number of  nursing homes are experiencing outbreaks of COVID-19. Today, provincial data shows that that 219 homes are dealing with an outbreak, smashing the mark of 190 set during the first wave. This means that over […]

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NDP calling for more transparency on COVID-19 cases in the workplace

(January 5, 2021) By: Sudbury Star Ontario’s NDP is picking up on a suggestion that the Ontario Health Coalition made in November — that the public should be made aware when there is COVID-19 in the workplace. NDP’s Workplace Health and Safety critic Wayne Gates, along with NDP leader Andrea Horwath, are calling on the […]

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Death toll from COVID-19 in Ontario long-term care homes continues to rise

(January 5, 2021) By: Morganne Campbell, Global News Nearly one third of Ontario’s LTC homes are battling a COVID-19 outbreak as families and advocates continue to call for more assistance. Morganne Campbell reports. Click here for original video

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PM offers ‘targeted help’ to deal with COVID-19 outbreaks in Ont. long-term care homes

(Tuesday, January 5 2021) By: Codi Wilson, CP24 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government has reached out to the province to offer “targeted help” to bring COVID-19 outbreaks in Ontario long-term care homes under control. Speaking at a news conference on Tuesday afternoon, the prime minister said military deployments, enhanced testing, and isolation […]

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Sudbury mayor, administrators failing to lead

(January 5, 2021) By: Dot Klein, Sudbury Star (Print Edition) Dear Mayor Brian Bigger: I am not going to argue with you on the appropriateness of the discipline measures you applied to Ed Archer, chief administrative officer for the City of Greater Sudbury, when he made derogatory remarks about Ward 3 Coun. Gerry Montpellier. I […]

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Health authorities to identify workplaces with significant COVID-19 outbreaks

(January 4, 2021) By: Sara Mojtehedzadeh, St. Catharines Standard Toronto health authorities will begin naming employers with significant COVID-19 outbreaks, following long-standing concerns about the lack of public reporting on essential workplaces struck by the virus. After months of demands from worker advocates, as well as the city’s own board of health, details on outbreaks […]

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RENEWED CALL FOR MILITARY SUPPORT AND RED CROSS SUPPORT IN WINDSOR-ESSEX

(January 4, 2021) By: Rob Hindi, AM800 CKLW Tracey Ramsey speaks to the media, July 9, 2018. (Photo by AM800’s Kristylee Varley) The co-chair of the Windsor Health Coalition says the region is devastated by the loss of a local health care worker. Tracey Ramsey says Sheila Yakovishin was a Unifor member who spent more […]

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Executive director Natalie Mehra interview with Matt Holmes of Newstalk 610 CKTB

(January 3, 2021) By: Matt Holmes, Newstalk 610 CKTB Ontario Health Coalition executive director Natalie Mehra speaks with Matt Holmes to discuss the long-term care crisis and the need for military intervention to help the long-term care homes in crisis. Link to the interview

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Ontario sees 5,839 new cases of COVID-19 and 95 deaths over 2 days

(January 2, 2021) By: CBC News Province broke another single-day record on Saturday with 3,363 new COVID-19 cases. Ontario is reporting a two-day total of 5,839 new cases of COVID-19 and 95 additional deaths. Ontario’s health ministry did not release COVID-19 daily figures on New Year’s Day. The province saw 2,476 cases on Friday and 3,363 cases on Saturday. […]

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GROUP CALLS FOR MILITARY INTERVENTION IN ONTARIO LONG-TERM CARE HOMES

(January 2, 2021) By: Staff, The Canadian Press People protest outside the Tendercare Living Centre long-term-care facility during the COVID-19 pandemic in Scarborough, Ont., on Tuesday, December 29, 2020. This LTC home has been hit hard by the coronavirus during the second wave. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette A non-profit that represents health-care professionals and patients […]

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ONTARIO HEALTH COALITION ASKING FOR MILITARY ASSISTANCE AT RAVAGED LONG-TERM CARE HOMES

(January 2, 2021) By: Newstalk 1010 – iHeartRadio A non-profit that represents health-care professionals and patients is calling for military intervention in Ontario’s long-term care homes to help control outbreaks of COVID-19. The executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition says redeploying the Canadian Armed Forces to the hard-hit facilities is not the group’s first […]

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Ontario Health Coalition calling for another military intervention in pandemic-stricken long-term care homes

(January 2, 2021) By: Staff at Durham Radio News A health advocacy group in Ontario is calling for the armed forces to once again intervene in the long-term care crisis. The Ontario Health Coalition, which represents patients and health-care workers, says that while it isn’t their first choice, there aren’t many options while the outbreaks […]

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Public workers urge Ford government to send in the military to help with growing long-term care COVID outbreak nightmare

(January 2, 2021) By: Rhythm Sachdeva, St. Catharines Standard It’s time for the Ontario government to send the military into long-term-care homes, the Canadian Union of Public Employees says. With growing COVID-19 outbreaks in the province’s care homes, “We are tragically losing the battle to protect long-term care residents,” CUPE Ontario secretary-treasurer Candace Rennick said […]

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DEATH TOLL AT SCARBOROUGH LONG-TERM CARE HOME WITH COVID-19 OUTBREAK CLIMBS TO 60

(January 2, 2021) By: Bryann Aguilar, Newstalk 610 CKTB – iHeartRadio The death toll at a Scarborough long-term care home experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19 has climbed to 60 as eight more residents have died. North York General Hospital, which took over the management of Tendercare Living Centre in December, updated the number of fatalities […]

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Scores of people protest conditions at Tendercare after 60 deaths due to COVID-19

(January 2, 2021) By: Muriel Draaisma, CBC News Protesters call on province to take further action as Scarborough home battles outbreak Maureen McDermott, a protester, wondered aloud at the rally how many people have to die before Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Long-Term Care Minister Merrilee Fullerton bring in the Canadian Armed Forces. (Keith Burgess/CBC) Scores […]

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ONTARIO HEALTH COALITION CALLS FOR MILITARY INTERVENTION AT LONG-TERM CARE HOMES BATTLING OUTBREAKS

(January 2, 2021) By: Heather Seaman, Newstalk 1010 – iHeartRadio The Ontario Health Coalition, a non-profit that represents health-care professionals and patients, is calling on the government to redeploy the Canadian Armed Forces to help contain outbreaks at hard-hit long-term care homes across the province, struggling to contain COVID-19 outbreaks. One of the biggest outbreaks […]

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Today’s coronavirus news: Former talk show host Larry King hospitalized with COVID-19 in Los Angeles; Ontario reports two-day total of 5,839 COVID cases, 95 deaths

(January 2, 2021) By: Star Staff, Toronto Star 6:56 p.m.: Former talk show host Larry King is reportedly hospitalized with COVID-19 in Los Angeles. King, 87, is being treated at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, ABC News reported Saturday. The Brooklyn born King hosted “Larry King Live” on CNN from 1985 to 2010 and more recently, helmed “Larry […]

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These numbers reveal a worrying trend in Ontario long-term-care home deaths

(January 1, 2021) By: Jenna Moon & Andrew Bailey, Toronto Star Without immediate action and extra interventions to protect residents of Ontario’s long-term-care homes, the next few weeks could mean disaster, experts warn. An analysis by the Star of the number of deaths in Ontario’s long-term-care homes is already showing a worrying trend. The data […]

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York Region medical officer of health steps in after COVID-19 outbreak at Villa Leonardo Gambin

(January 1, 2021) By: Rosie DiManno, St. Catharines Standard The associate director of care at Villa Leonardo Gambin gets out a curt “no comment’’ and hangs up the phone. The chief administrator at Villa Leonardo Gambin didn’t answer her phone — although she was definitely there on New Year’s Day — or respond to phone […]

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Coronavirus: Military intervention needed at Ontario long-term care homes, group says

(January 1, 2021) By: Global News Staff, Global News A non-profit that represents health-care professionals and patients is calling for military intervention in Ontario’s long-term care homes to help control outbreaks of COVID-19. The executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition says redeploying the Canadian Armed Forces to the hard-hit facilities is not the group’s first […]

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York Region medical officer of health steps in after COVID-19 outbreak at Villa Leonardo Gambin

( January 1, 2021) By: Rosie DiManno, Toronto Star The associate director of care at Villa Leonardo Gambin gets out a curt “no comment’’ and hangs up the phone. The chief administrator at Villa Leonardo Gambin didn’t answer her phone — although she was definitely there on New Year’s Day — or respond to phone […]

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At the end of 2020, we’re looking back at some of the Hamilton pandemic stories that made headlines in 2020. HAMILTON REGION A year of uncertainty: How COVID-19 unravelled in Hamilton in 2020

(December 30, 2020) By: Jennifer Moore, The Hamilton Spectator The pandemic of 2020. Hamilton residents are quickly wrapping up a year of uncertainty with more uncertainty. Rumours began early in the new year about a deadly virus coming out of China. The first hint of the coming world crisis began in earnest with contaminated cruise […]

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Province needs to call in the military again to help Ontario’s long-term-care homes, says health coalition head

(December 30, 2020) By: Jeremy Nuttall, St. Catharines Standard Measures taken to protect those in Ontario’s long-term-care homes have been a failure and the military should once again be sent into the facilities, says the executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition. Natalie Mehra said, as the second wave of COVID-19 continues to ravage Ontario, the conditions […]

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Province needs to call in the military again to help Ontario’s long-term-care homes, says health coalition head

(December 30, 2020) By: Jeremy Nuttall, Toronto Star Measures taken to protect those in Ontario’s long-term-care homes have been a failure and the military should once again be sent into the facilities, says the executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition. Natalie Mehra said, as the second wave of COVID-19 continues to ravage Ontario, the conditions inside […]

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Backlash after Ontario scales back COVID-19 vaccinations over Christmas holidays

(December 29, 2020) By: Bill Kelly and Dr. Amit Arya Dr. Amit Arya is a palliative care physician who works in long-term care facilities and is an Ontario Health Coalition board member Only five of a possible 17 vaccination clinics across Ontario were in operation over the Christmas holidays as staffing challenges forced the province […]

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As doctors who work in long-term care homes and serve marginalized populations, we believe it’s well past time to end for-profit long-term care

(December 29, 2020) By: Dr. Amit Arya, Dr. Naheed Dosani, Dr. Silvy Mathew and Dr. Andrew Boozary, Toronto Star Dr. Amit Arya is a palliative care physician who works in long-term care facilities and is an Ontario Health Coalition board member We’re almost a year into this pandemic and the inhumane horror in long-term care […]

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Long-Term Care Is ‘Dangerous.’ What’s Ontario’s Plan For Alternatives?

(December 25, 2020) By: Sherina Harris, HuffPost Canadians want to age at home. Will the pandemic help them get support? Every night for the last five months, Robin Nelson has laid down to sleep beside her mom Ann’s hospital bed, on the couch in her living room. In August, Ann was sent to hospital — […]

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Ontario nursing home battling COVID-19 outbreak

(December 24, 2020) By: Dr. Amit Arya, CBC News Dr. Amit Arya is a palliative care physician who works in long-term care facilities and is an Ontario Health Coalition board member Doctors are sounding the alarm over an outbreak in an Ontario nursing home. Tendercare Nursing Home in Scarborough is reporting 158 active cases of […]

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‘A preventable tragedy:’ Palliative care doctor Dr. Amit Arya says we’ve failed Long-term care residents

(December 24, 2020) By: Ismaila Alfa and Dr. Amit Arya, Metro Morning with Ismaila Alfa Dr. Amit Arya is a palliative care physician who works in long-term care facilities and is an Ontario Health Coalition board member Click here for interview

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What Doug Ford Has (And Hasn’t) Done Since ‘Horrific’ Military Report On Nursing Homes

(December 23, 2020) By: Emma Paling, HuffPost The premier’s tears didn’t translate into action, families and experts say. Ontario Premier Doug Ford fights back tears as he answers question about a disturbing report from the Canadian military regarding five Ontario long-term-care homes in Toronto on May 26, 2020. TORONTO — Seven months have passed since […]

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Ontario locks down on Boxing Day, but essential workers still work. Without protections like paid sick leave, it just won’t work

(December 23, 2020) By: Sabina Vohra, Dr. Naheed Dosani, Dr. Seema Marwaha and Semir Bulle When the province-wide lockdown starts on Boxing Day, Ontario’s essential workers will still be going to work. In truth, they will be going into work so the rest of us can stay home. They need to be protected. But what […]

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Ontario’s Lockdown Ignores Workplaces Hard Hit by COVID Outbreaks

(December 23, 2020) By: Anya Zoledziowski, Vice World News Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s attempts to temper the concerning rise in COVID-19 infections don’t go far enough, experts say, because he hasn’t mandated paid sick leave for workers, and essential workplaces seeing outbreaks—including warehouses and food processing plants—will continue to operate without further restrictions. Ford announced […]

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Hamilton breaks new record in active COVID cases

(December 22, 2020) By: Maria Iqbal, The Hamilton Spectator Hamilton reported a record number of active cases and three new deaths Tuesday. The city has 101 new cases, with active cases jumping to 992, an increase of 41 from the previous day. The previous record was 979 active cases, reported Dec. 20. All numbers are as of 3 p.m. the […]

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How did all of this happen again?

(December 22, 2020) By: Anne Jarvis, Windsor Star (Print Edition) What happened at The Village at St. Clair long-term care home in Windsor? How did the novel coronavirus spread to so many residents and staff so fast? The outbreak was first reported Dec. 8. A week later, 89 residents and staff had been infected. By […]

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LONG TERM CARE FACILITY COVID-19 OUTBREAKS OUT OF CONTROL

(December 21, 2020) By: Matt Holmes, Newstalk 610 CKTB Matt Holmes Speaks with Natalie Mehra – Executive Director Ontario Health Coalition regarding long term care facility outbreaks now out of control Link to the interview

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‘Darker shade of grey’; Top doc dour while Ford says T.O., Peel staying in lockdown

(December 19, 2020) By: Antonella Artuso, Toronto Sun (Print Edition) Ontario is keeping all existing lockdowns in place and adding Hamilton to the grey zone. “After assessing trends in key public health indicators, Peel Public Health and Toronto Public Health will remain in the grey-lockdown level to be reassessed on Jan. 4, 2021,” a government […]

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Fullerton Monitoring Roseview Outbreak

(December 18, 2020) By: Colin Redston, Country 105 The province is keeping a close watch on the COVID-19 outbreak at Southbridge Roseview that’s taken twelve lives. Long-Term Care Minister Merrilee Fullerton they’re staying on top of the situation at the Thunder Bay home, as they do with all outbreaks. “We touch base daily with the […]

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Grip of coronavirus tightens at city long-term care facility; At least two residents dead, 105 cases confirmed at The Village at St. Clair

(December 18, 2020) By: Dalson Chen, Windsor Star (Print Edition) The coronavirus situation at The Village at St. Clair – a Windsor long-term care facility under the Schlegel Villages corporation – has worsened with the deaths of at least two residents and the number of cases at the site entering the triple digits. A letter […]

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More than 400 COVID-19 cases at Amazon warehouses in Ontario amid concern over industrial spread of virus

(December 18, 2020) By: Brodie Thomas, Calgary Herald Amazon distribution facilities around Canada’s biggest airport have seen more than 400 COVID-19 cases, a source said Thursday, as concern mounts about the virus’s spread in industrial workplaces that face few government restrictions. Many municipalities in Ontario are now under sweeping lockdowns to try to curb the […]

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Union representing staff at Hamilton’s Grace Villa describes ‘horrible’ outbreak

(December 18, 2020) By: Ken Mann, 900 CHML Global News 21 residents of Grace Villa have died of COVID-19, since an outbreak was declared Nov 25. A union representative for long-term care workers at Grace Villa — the site of Hamilton’s deadliest COVID-19 outbreak — has offered a glimpse inside the embattled home. Ricardo McKenzie with the Service […]

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Lockdown in Toronto, Peel to continue past Monday: Ford

(December 18, 2020) By: Antonella Artuso, canoe.com Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer (centre) Premier Doug Ford and Health Minister Christine Elliott attend a news conference at the Ontario Legislature in Toronto on Wednesday November 25, 2020. PHOTO BY CHRIS YOUNG /THE CANADIAN PRESS Ontario is keeping all existing lockdowns in place and adding Hamilton to […]

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Survey details ‘horrific’ conditions in Ontario long-term care homes

(December 18, 2020) By: Doug Diaczuk, tbnewswatch.com A survey by the Ontario Health Coalition of staff in long-term care facilities experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19, including one in Thunder Bay, details how staffing shortages are resulting in horrific conditions inside. THUNDER BAY – From empty hallways, inadequate personal protective equipment, to a lack of cleaning, […]

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Understanding the Ontario Health Coalition’s report on the COVID-19 crisis in Long-Term Care Homes

(December 18, 2020) By: London Live with Mike Stubbs, Global News Radio The Ontario Health Coalition released a report that details the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in the province’s long-term care homes. The report looks at current conditions in long-term care, where we are at in the second wave compared to the first, and the alarming […]

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COVID-19 outbreak at Windsor long-term care home worsens with more cases, more deaths

(December 18, 2020) By: Dalson Chen, Windsor Star The novel coronavirus situation at The Village at St. Clair — a Windsor long-term care facility under the Schlegel Villages corporation — has worsened with the deaths of at least two residents and the number of cases at the site entering the triple digits. A letter circulated […]

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Ontario sees second day of record new COVID-19 cases

(December 17, 2020) By: Antonella Artuso, Toronto Sun Ontario reported 2,000-plus more COVID-19 cases for the second day in a row. As Toronto Mayor John Tory urged the public to stay home for the holidays, the city confirmed 780 new cases Wednesday. A spokesperson for Premier Doug Ford’s office would only say the government intends […]

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Local MPPs want more help for long-term care home outbreak

(December 17, 2020) By: Alana Hadadean, CTV News Windsor The Village at St. Clair in Windsor, Ont. (Courtesy The Village at St. Clair / Facebook) WINDSOR, ONT — Windsor NDP MPPs are sounding the alarm for the provincial government to step in and take action to protect residents and healthcare workers. “This is a crisis […]

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Three residents of Schlegel Villages die due to COVID-19 outbreak

(December 17, 2020) By: Staff, CTV News Windsor WINDSOR, ONT. — Three residents at The Village at St. Clair have passed away from COVID-19 following an outbreak at the long-term care facility. The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit said Thursday that three residents from the same long-term care home have died – a man in his […]

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Report Calls For LTC Staffing Reform

(December 17, 2020) By: Vic Krasowski, Country 105 The National Guard / CC A scathing report from the Ontario Health Coalition on the state of long-term care homes and the pandemic. It examined the situation at the homes since the second wave of COVID-19 began. Coalition Executive Director Natalie Mehra says the report shows over 700 people […]

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Ontario’s Long-Term Care Interventions Came ‘Perilously Late’: Report

(December 17, 2020) By: Sherina Harris, HuffPost Fifty crosses have appeared on the side lawn of the Camilla Care Community nursing home in Mississauga, Ont. on May 10, 2020. The Ontario Ministry of Long-Term Care acted “perilously late” and “underused” its powers to mandate takeovers of long-term care homes during the pandemic, according to a new report. As […]

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Government must invest in long-term care, including rigorous inspections

(December 17, 2020) By: Keith Leslie, The Hamilton Spectator The Ontario government should be ashamed that the second wave of COVID-19 has been even more devastating than the first in long-term-care homes, especially after Premier Doug Ford promised an “iron ring of protection” for 70,000 vulnerable citizens. So far, 2,400 long-term-care residents and eight staff […]

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Long Term Care Homes Continue to Struggle During the Second Wave of COVID-19

(December 17, 2020) By: 104.7 Heart FM The Ontario Health Coalition has released a 66 page report outlining why long term care homes continue to be the hardest hit during the second wave of COVID-19. ONTARIO – In the past 24 hours alone, 18 residents of Long Term Care homes in Ontario have died and […]

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Doug Ford commits up to $1.9 billion a year to give nursing-home residents more hands-on care

(December 17, 2020) By: Rob Ferguson, Queen’s Park Bureau Ontario has put a price tag on its promise to dramatically improve staffing in nursing homes so residents can get an average of four hours daily hands-on care by 2025, but critics say most people now in long-term care won’t live to see it. In a […]

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Unifor, others call for action after home outbreak

(December 16, 2020) By: Mark Brown, blackburnnews.com The Village At St. Clair, July 25, 2014, three days before it officially opens. (photo by Mike Vlasveld) Opposition MPPs have joined union and health representatives in calling on the government to protect health care workers. In the wake of a major outbreak at the Village of St. […]

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COVID-19 outbreaks spread at Victoria Hospital in London, Ont.

(December 16, 2020) By: Kate Dubinski, CBC News The London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) has declared one new outbreak at Victoria Hospital Wednesday but has yet to comment about how many patients or staff members are involved. Level Two outbreaks were declared in the sub-acute medicine unit and the short term admissions unit in the […]

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Here’s what COVID-19 has taught us over the past year

(December 15, 2020) By: Veronica Appia, toronto.com Back in March, Ontarians were getting fined for sitting on park benches — alone. Patients were being denied masks at their local health clinics and hospitals. People were going around calling the virus “the great equalizer.” Now, nine months later, much of what experts and citizens thought they […]

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Today’s coronavirus news: Trudeau announces first batches of COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Canada; Five TDSB schools to close Monday; Ontario reports 1,677 new COVID-19 cases, 16 deaths

(December 13, 2020) By: Staff, Toronto Star   7:58 p.m. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took to Twitter Sunday evening to announce that the first batch Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines had arrived in Canada. “This is good news. But our fight against COVID-19 is not over. Now more than ever, let’s keep up our vigilance,” tweeted Trudeau. Ontario is expected […]

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Newest data shows 7 ‘large outbreaks’ at Peel long-term-care and retirement homes

(December 11, 2020) By: Sabrina Gamrot, Caledon Enterprise Large outbreaks described as more than 10 people testing positive The newest data from the Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) found seven long-term-care and retirement homes in the region are battling “large outbreaks,” where more than 10 people have tested positive for COVID-19. The largest outbreak has been reported at Tyndall […]

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‘Not good enough’: Ford gov’t increasing LTC care standards, but not until 2024-25

(December 10, 2020) By: Colleen Romaniuk, sudbury.com Despite the Ford government’s recent attempts to increase standards of care in Ontario’s long-term care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, a co-chair of Pioneer Manor’s Family Council said that while it’s nice, it’s too little too late. “The announcement about increasing personal care to four hours per day […]

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Pfizer vaccine to be given at delivery sites, not LTC homes; Interview with executive director Natalie Mehra

(December 9, 2020) By: Bill Kelly Show, Global News Radio 900 CHML Hospitals, not LTC homes, are among 1st sites to give Canada’s coronavirus vaccines. ALSO: Why are homes not accountable for proper infection prevention & control 9 months into a pandemic? Link to the interview (Natalie’s interview begins at the 37 minute mark):

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GTA seniors homes ravaged by COVID

(December 7, 2020) By: Sue-Ann Levy, Toronto Sun Crosses erected outside Camilla Care Community long-term care home representing the residents who have died from COVID-19, during a hunger strike by Innis Ingram May 28, 2020. PHOTO BY JACK BOLAND /Toronto Sun Seniors homes continue to be hard hit during COVID’s second wave with cases that are spreading […]

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LEVY: LTC Commission issues stern rebuke to province and home operators

(December 5, 2020) By: Sue-Ann Levy, Simcoe Reformer A body is removed from the Eatonville Care Centre long-term facility in Etobicoke which has experienced a COVID-19 outbreak. PHOTO BY JACK BOLAND /Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network It is to say the least unconscionable. The Ontario government and some long-term care home operators have learned so little, or worse, nothing, […]

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Drop in home inspections left gaps; Long-term care residents were vulnerable going into pandemic, commission finds

(December 5, 2020) By: Elizabeth Payne, Ottawa Citizen (Print Edition) A steep drop in comprehensive inspections at long-term care homes left gaps in knowledge about infection control and emergency preparedness leading up to the pandemic, Ontario’s Long-Term Care Commission said Friday. The commission recommended the Ministry of Long-Term Care reintroduce annual Resident Quality Inspections for […]

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London-area schools pass early COVID tests with flying colours

(December 5, 2020) By: Heather Rivers, Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune Madame Trinka Psellas instructs her grade one students to put up their airplane wings to ensure they are socially distanced while lining up to enter Louise Arbour French Immersion Public School after morning recess in London, Ont. on Thursday December 3, 2020. (Derek Ruttan/The […]

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LEVY: LTC Commission issues stern rebuke to province and home operators

(December 5, 2020) By: Sue-Ann Levy, Toronto Sun It is to say the least unconscionable. The Ontario government and some long-term care home operators have learned so little, or worse, nothing, from the first wave of COVID that their own appointed LTC commission came out with a sternly worded letter Friday rebuking all parties involved […]

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Ontario long-term care homes need stricter enforcement, more inspections

(December 4, 2020) By: Clarrie Feinstein, Daily Hive News CAF member in a long-term care facility. (Canadian Armed Forces/Twitter) Ontario’s long-term care homes have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and need continued care amid the second wave. The province’s commission on the facilities was released on Friday, highlighting various recommendations to improve the quality of […]

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Commission flags poor oversight of Ontario nursing homes as COVID deaths jump

(December 4, 2020) By: Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press TORONTO — Effective inspections and management are crucial in the battle to stop the grim march of COVID-19 infections and untimely deaths in Ontario’s long-term care homes, a commission delving into the situation reported on Friday. The interim report — which comes as cases surge across […]

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Ontario’s long-term care spending too little, too late?; Sudbury critics say the Ford government’s ‘piecemeal’ approach will not raise standards of care right now

(December 4, 2020) By: Colleen Romaniuk, Sudbury Star (Print Edition) Despite the Ford government’s recent attempts to increase standards of care in Ontario’s long-term care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, a co-chair of Pioneer Manor’s Family Council said that while it’s nice, it’s too little too late. “The announcement about increasing personal care to four […]

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How Can I Help? Addressing The Effects Of Loneliness And Social Distancing For Seniors

(December 2, 2020) By: Emily Sarmento, The Organization for World Peace A few days ago, as I was working at my part-time job at a local hardware store, I noticed one customer had dropped her keys fumbling with her things. At first, I hesitated, and then went to help her. But as I bent down […]

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Gotta get answers; Preem scrambling for delivery info from vaccine manufacturers

(December 1, 2020) By: Antonella Artuso, Toronto Sun (Print Edition) Premier Doug Ford reached out to COVID-19 vaccine developers Monday in an attempt to nail down a delivery date. “I have to get answers,” Ford said. “I’ve been asking the federal government – we need to know when we’re getting it, how much we’re getting […]

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Cancer patient ‘terrified’ after COVID-19 exposure at Ottawa Hospital

(November 30, 2020) By: Hillary Johnstone, CBC News OPH declared outbreak in ward 5E of The Ottawa Hospital’s General campus Nov. 26 Adrian Lloyd is battling pancreatic cancer. He’s now in isolation after another patient in his shared room at the General campus of The Ottawa Hospital tested positive for COVID-19. (Submitted by Adrian Lloyd) An […]

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Ford looking for COVID vaccine delivery date

(November 30, 2020) By: Antonella Artuso, Owen Sound Sun Times Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Health Minister Christine Elliott listen as they are briefed on Covid-19 Rapid Test Device kits at Humber River Hospital in Toronto on Nov. 24, 2020. PHOTO BY FRANK GUNN /THE CANADIAN PRESS Premier Doug Ford reached out to COVID-19 vaccine developers Monday […]

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Un patient d’Ottawa atteint du cancer « terrifié » après avoir été exposé à la COVID-19

(November 30, 2020) By: Radio-Canada Adrian Lloyd, 52 ans, est atteint d’un cancer du pancréas de stade quatre. Il a récemment craint pour sa vie quand on lui a annoncé qu’il avait partagé des lieux avec des personnes déclarées positives à la COVID-19, alors qu’il séjournait à l’Hôpital d’Ottawa. Un homme d’Ottawa atteint d’un cancer […]

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Ontario PCs Have Raked In $30K From Big Nursing Home Lobbyists

(November 30, 2020) By: Emma Paling, HuffPost FRANK GUNN/CANADIAN PRESS Ontario Premier Doug Ford answers questions during a briefing at Humber River Hospital in Toronto on Nov. 24, 2020. TORONTO — Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative party has received at least $30,833 in donations from lobbyists hired by the private nursing home industry, a HuffPost Canada analysis has found. […]

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Long-Term Care Lobbyists Are Pushing Doug Ford To Loosen Criminal Record Check Rules For Care Providers

(November 26, 2020) By: PressProgress Experts say push to remove so-called ’red tape’ only makes it easier to hire LTC workers on short-term precarious contracts Some of Ontario’s top long-term care home companies are pushing Ontario’s government to allow them to replace qualified healthcare workers with more precarious staff who aren’t subject to annual background […]

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A private care home was her only option. Now my friend’s mother has COVID.

(November 23, 2020) By: Hadani Ditmars, Ricochet A month after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to tackle the issue of COVID-19 in long-term care homes, a childhood friend called me in a panic. Her mother, who has been housed for the past year in a care home run by the company Revera, had tested positive for […]

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Ontario Health Coalition Executive Director Natalie Mehra Interview with The Bill Kelly Show

(November 23, 2020) By: The Bill Kelly Show, 900 CHML Hamilton What are the conditions of long-term care homes now and has anything improved since the tragic events of the summer? Executive director Natalie Mehra of the Ontario Health Coalition speaks with Bill Kelly to discuss the current situation in long-term care. Click here for […]

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Open letter to Ford demands changes to long-term care

(November 21, 2020) By: Michael Lee, North Bay Nugget A collection of groups representing families of current and former long-term care residents has issued an open letter to Premier Doug Ford demanding “accountability, transparency and a humane approach to the care of vulnerable seniors and adults.” Signed by representatives from four groups — Canadians Against For-Profit […]

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LHSC silent on COVID-19 cases among health care workers

(November 20, 2020) By: CBC News 15 employees have tested positive. Dozens of others are being investigated or tested Victoria Hospital and Children’s Hospital London Health Sciences Centre – LHSC Photo by/Dave Chidley (Dave Chidley) Administrators with the London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) are refusing to comment on a high number of cases of COVID-19 among […]

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Open letter to Ford demands changes to long-term care

(November 20, 2020) By: Michael Lee, The Kingston Whig Standard Alessandro Presenza takes part in a protest organized by the Sudbury chapter of the Ontario Health Coalition, in Sudbury on June 24 JOHN LAPPA / SUDBURY STAR A collection of groups representing families of current and former long-term care residents has issued an open letter to Premier Doug […]

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COVID-19 case numbers slowly dropping at number of East Toronto long-term care homes

(November 19, 2020) By: Ali Raza, Beach Metro Community News The number of active cases of COVID-19 is slowly dropping at long-term care homes in East Toronto. Main Street Terrace on 77 Main St. reported an outbreak in mid-October when it got its first positive case of the second wave this fall. The number of […]

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Ontario Health Coalition Executive Director Natalie Mehra Interview with Dave Glover of Northumberland 89.7 Radio

(November 19, 2020) By: Drive Time with Dave Glover, Northumberland 89.7 FM radio Ontario Health Coalition executive director Natalie Mehra spoke with Northumberland 89.7 FM radio’s Dave Glover about Bill 175, the new home care act, Bill 218, the new legal liability legislation and about the trends we are seeing in Ontario’s health care system. […]

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The province is dodging the truth on COVID-19 in long-term care

(November 19, 2020) By: The Hamilton Spectator On Monday, Ontario’s long-term-care minister, Merrilee Fullerton, assured Ontarians that in spite of COVID-19 spreading through long-term-care homes, they’re actually doing better than they did in the first wave of this pandemic. Speaking at Queen’s Park, the minister summed up: “There’s no doubt that lessons have been learned from […]

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Staff, funding shortages leave Hamilton patients without options for home care

(November 18, 2020) By: Maria Iqbal, The Hamilton Spectator In 2017, Barbara Weigelt’s husband had been in and out of the hospital for a year and a half with serious health issues when, all of a sudden, she faced a choice. Her then-75-year-old husband, Keld Weigelt, could either move into palliative care or be cared for […]

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Fedeli named in integrity complaint against MPPs over Bill 218

(November 18, 2020) By: Michael Lee, North Bay Nugget (Print Edition) The Ontario Health Coalition has filed a complaint with the Office of the Integrity Commissioner to investigate certain Progressive Conservative MPPs for any conflicts of interest related to donations from the long-term care industry and the recent passage of a bill critics it says […]

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COVID-19 case numbers slowly dropping at number of East Toronto long-term care homes

(November 19, 2020) By: Ali Raza, Yahoo News The number of active cases of COVID-19 is slowly dropping at long-term care homes in East Toronto. Main Street Terrace on 77 Main St. reported an outbreak in mid-October when it got its first positive case of the second wave this fall. The number of cases had […]

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Support workers warn Ontario’s long-term care staffing efforts will do more harm than good

(November 18, 2020) By: Chelsea Nash, Rabble.ca COVID-19 has put Canada’s long-term care homes in a state of recurring crisis. Now, personal support workers and health-care advocates say Ontario’s new initiative to recruit long-term care staff will put residents and staff in new danger. On November 9, the Ontario government announced it will be recruiting […]

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Ontario Health Coalition Executive Director Natalie Mehra Interview with CTV News Ottawa

By: CTV News Ottawa (November 18, 2020) Looking into Ontario’s For-Profit Long Term Care Homes Click here for full interview

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COVID cases are ‘exploding’ in long-term care and retirement homes

(November 17, 2020) By: Joanna Frketich, The Hamilton Spectator “One tragedy on top of another tragedy,” was the prediction of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario between waves of the pandemic when no meaningful changes were made to shore up seniors’ homes. “Unfortunately, I was right,” said CEO Doris Grinspun. “The number of residents with COVID is increasing, the […]

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LEVY: Ford and Fullerton break all promises on LTC homes

(November 17, 2020) By: Sue-Ann Levy, Daily Herald Tribune On Monday the second wave of COVID-19 continued to rage through 100 Ontario long-term care homes with more than 700 residents afflicted. The same day, in a move that borders on unconscionable, the Ford government rammed through legislation, Bill 218, that virtually guarantees the negligent LTC […]

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Tough talk on LTCs worthless; Bill 218 just lets operators skate on COVID deaths

(November 17, 2020) By: Sue-Ann Levy, Toronto Sun On Monday the second wave of COVID-19 continued to rage through 100 Ontario long-term care homes with more 700 residents afflicted. The same day, in a move that borders on unconscionable, the Ford government rammed through legislation, Bill 218, that virtually guarantees the negligent LTC operators will […]

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LEVY: Ford and Fullerton break all promises on LTC homes

(November 17, 2020) By: Sue-Ann Levy, The Beacon Herald Ontario Minister of Long-Term Care Merrilee Fullerton at Queen’s Park earlier this month. FILE PHOTO / POSTMEDIA On Monday the second wave of COVID-19 continued to rage through 100 Ontario long-term care homes with more than 700 residents afflicted. The same day, in a move that borders on unconscionable, […]

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Coronavirus: Critics say Bill 218 will shield Ontario long-term care homes from lawsuits

(November 16, 2020) By: Miranda Anthistle, Global News A controversial piece of legislation allowing for greater protection of Ontario long-term care providers when it comes to liability claims has passed at Queen’s Park. Bill 218 had its third and final reading on Monday and was voted through. It will bar any COVID-19 exposure-related claim against a long-term […]

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Workers are ‘terrified,’ families feel helpless as COVID-19 deaths begin to spike again in long-term-care homes

(November 14, 2020) By: Gilbert Ngabo, The Star John Bateman’s family is very worried. For the past few days, the 81-year-old resident of The Village of Erin Meadows retirement home in Mississauga has developed a fever. But when the family tried to get him tested for COVID-19, they were told there weren’t any testing kits […]

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LEVY: Bill 218 is ‘get-out-of-jail-free card’ for LTCs, say advocates

(November 12, 2020) By: Sue-Ann Levy, Vancouver Sun “Thank you” signs are on display outside the Seven Oaks Long-Term Care Home in Toronto on Thursday June 25, 2020. PHOTO BY THE CANADIAN PRESS /Toronto Sun If Bill 218 passes next week, residents and their loved ones will see more of the “same” negligence and substandard care in […]

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‘More deaths and less care’ after bill: Lawyer

(November 12, 2020) By: Sue-Ann Levy, Ottawa Sun If Bill 218 passes next week, residents and their loved ones will see more of the “same” negligence and substandard care in Ontario long-term care homes, advocates for the elderly predict. “This is their get-outof-jail-free card,” Graham Webb, executive director of the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly, […]

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Coalition raises alarm over COVID-19 cases in health care settings

(November 11, 2020) By: Kirk Dickinson, Blackburn News COVID-19 test tube. (Photo from Pixabay) With more than 1,800 staff and patients infected and 89 people dead from COVID-19 in Ontario’s health care settings in just the last six weeks, a provincial health organization is urging government intervention. A recent report from the Ontario Health Coalition […]

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COVID-19 outbreaks declared in two University Hospital units

(November 11, 2020) By: Brent Lale, CTV News London Analysis LONDON, ONT. — London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) says they are dealing with two outbreaks of COVID-19 on separate floors in as many days. The hospital posted the outbreaks to their website, but has declined an interview request from CTV News. The first one is listed […]

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Ontario giving negligent long-term care homes a get-out-of-jail free card: Critics

(November 11, 2020) By: Casey Taylor, KitchenerToday.com Stock photo The Government of Ontario is being accused of doing more to protect long-term care owners and operators than it is for residents. Critics of Bill 218, the ‘Supporting Ontario’s Recovery and Municipal Elections Act, 2020’, say the legislation would make it significantly harder for long-term care […]

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Families, advocates slam Ontario’s Bill-218, calling it a ‘powerful weapon’ for LTCs to fend off liability

(November 11, 2020) By: CBC News Outside Toronto’s Eatonville Care Centre, a body wrapped in a white sheet is rolled out on a stretcher, pushed by a woman dressed head to toe in protective gear. (Chris Mulligan/CBC) A group of advocates, lawyers and families with loved ones in long-term care have issued a joint call to the […]

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Peterborough letter: Long-term care crisis will only get worse

(November 11, 2020) By: Jenny Carter, The Peterborough Examiner While our premier expresses concern about long-term care in this province, the facts suggest that his main objective, even after the disasters we have seen in this pandemic, is to make sure that long-term care remains a profitable business. He has agreed to mandate four hours […]

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Province announces more hospital beds in Kenora

(November 10, 2020) By: Mike Aiken, Kenora Online Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford announces 12 new hospital beds in Kenora. (Submitted) With the second wave of COVID-19 well underway, the province says they’re adding 12 beds at Lake of the Woods District Hospital. “We are very pleased to receive funding approval for up to 12 beds […]

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CKMS COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS FOR 9 NOVEMBER 2020 WITH JIM STEWART AND RIANI DE WET OF WATERLOO REGION HEALTH COALITION

(November 9, 2020) By: Bob Jonkman, CKMS 102.7 FM Jim Stewart and Riani de Wet of the Waterloo Region Health Coalition return to CKMS Community Connections to talk about the new legislation for Long Term Care facilities and privatization of health care. Previous appearance on CCC: 27 May 2019. The interview starts at 3m23s. Listen to the podcast here

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Health lobby group wants more transparency in reporting of COVID-19 cases

(November 8, 2020) By: Len Gillis, sudbury.com As the number of COVID-19 cases is seen to be on the increase, with daily reports from the Ontario Government of more than one thousand new cases some days, there is a concern that many of the cases are remaining completely anonymous as far as the general public […]

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Number of COVID-19 cases now at Main Street Terrace long-term care home showing slight decrease

(November 6, 2020) By: Ali Raza, Beach Metro Community News The number of COVID-19 cases at the Main Street Terrace long-term care home has dropped following efforts from Michael Garron Hospital and Toronto Public Health. The first positive case in the second wave came on Oct. 13 at the home located at 77 Main St. […]

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New Report on COVID-19 Outbreaks in Non-Health Care Settings: Ontario Health Coalition Executive Director Natalie Mehra Interview with The Bill Kelly Show

(November 5, 2020) By: The Bill Kelly Show, 900 CHML Hamilton A report from the Ontario Health Coalition on non health-care outbreaks shows that there is a growth in cases that far surpass the general population in schools, retail, etc. Click here for full interview

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Amid austerity measures, some provinces’ public services are in trouble

(November 5, 2020) By: Chelsea Nash, rabble.ca In Alberta, it started with provincial parks. The trend towards the privatization of public services — and the loss of public service jobs — has only snowballed since. Last Monday, hospital workers in Alberta walked off the job in a wildcat strike, after Alberta Health Services announced it would […]

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New transitional unit opens at Ottawa retirement residence

(November 5, 2020) By: Julie Ireton, CBC News Ottawa and area hospital patients who no longer require acute-care treatment can now go to a 120-bed transitional unit at a new Ottawa retirement home. The unit will be managed and staffed by a private company. “Within a period of three months we opened a medium-sized hospital. That is not an easy […]

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New hospital site managed by private firm raises red flags, health coalition says

(November 5, 2020) By: CBC News Analysis Natalie Mehra, executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition, says having a private, for-profit firm manage a public hospital site is ‘very unusual’ in Ontario and presents many potential problems. Click here for original article

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181 COVID-19 outbreaks in health care settings leaving 89 residents dead & more than 1,800 staff & patients infected in 6-wks, numbers way up across the board, warns Ontario Health Coalition

(November 5, 2020) By: Exchange Magazine 181 COVID-19 outbreaks in health care settings leaving 89 residents dead & more than 1,800 staff & patients infected in 6-wks, numbers way up across the board, warns Ontario Health Coalition The spread of COVID-19 in long-term care, retirement homes and hospitals is growing at an alarming rate. By […]

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181 outbreaks, 89 resident deaths reported in healthcare settings in six weeks

(November 4, 2020) By: Clarrie Feinstein, Daily Hive News Toronto In a six-week period, there have been 181 outbreaks and 89 residents deaths in healthcare settings, according to the Ontario Health Coalition. On Wednesday, the coalition said the spread of the virus in long-term care, retirement homes, and hospitals is growing “at an alarming rate.” […]

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Ford announces four hours of care at long-term care homes but it’s too little, too late says Ontario Health Coalition

(November 4, 2020) By: Wellington Advertiser Staff TORONTO – Premier Doug Ford announced on Nov. 2 that long-term care residents will receive an average of four hours a day of care. But it’s not enough and not fast enough for the Ontario Health Coalition. Ford said the province will need to hire tens of thousands […]

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Ford tosses a bone to LTC advocates; Solutions to frontline staffing issues needed now – not later

(November 4, 2020) By: Sue-Ann Levy, Toronto Sun (Print Edition) So again, dozens of people in long-term care (LTC) homes are infected with the virus in the second wave of COVID-19. Some 89 residents have died since Sept. 18 and the infection rates have skyrocketed, according to the Ontario Health Coalition. Staffing shortages remain a […]

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Merrilee Fullerton’s Past Health-Care Views Spur Questions Amid Pandemic

(November 4, 2020) By: Emma Paling, Huffington Post TORONTO — An Ontario minister says her history of railing against Canada’s health-care system with talking points used by right-wing Americans is old news. But critics say her ideology is outside the Canadian mainstream and raises questions about her handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. For years, Ontario’s Minister of Long-Term […]

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Health care advocates worried about care home staffing

(November 4, 2020) By: Nicole Lampa, CTV News Kitchener Analysis KITCHENER — Health care advocates are concerned about staffing levels at the province’s long-term care homes. Some said Ontario’s promise to improve hours of direct care in homes needs to happen now, rather than following the government’s timeline of 2024. Tracy Rowley’s mother, Shirley Egerdeen, […]

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LEVY: Premier tosses a bone to long-term-care advocates

(November 3, 2020) By: Sue-Ann Levy, The Kingston Whig Standard Crosses erected outside Camilla Care Community long-term care home representing the residents who have died from COVID-19, during a hunger strike by Innis Ingram May 28, 2020. JACK BOLAND / TORONTO SUN So again, dozens of people in long-term care (LTC) homes are infected with the virus in […]

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Seniors need four hours of care now, not in four years – Giroux

(November 2, 2020) By: Jennifer Hamilton-McCharles, North Bay Nugget There is no reason to applaud the provincial government just yet. Long-term care residents need an average of four hours of direct care every day now, not in four years as promised Monday by the Doug Ford government.. Giroux, president of the North Bay and District […]

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Ontario reports 948 more COVID-19 cases as 7-day average hits new high

(November 2, 2020) By: CBC News Province commits to 4 hours of daily direct care for long-term care residents Ontario reported another 948 cases of COVID-19 on Monday, as the provincial government commits to a new standard that would see long-term care residents receive an average of four hours of direct care every day. “To […]

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Ford government promises more hands-on care in nursing homes

(November 2, 2020) By: TbNewsWatch.com Staff MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — The Ontario government has announced a plan to increase the amount of direct care that nursing home residents receive daily. The current average is 2.75 hours per day. At a news conference at Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga on Monday, Premier Ford and two cabinet ministers said they […]

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Ontario is moving to four hours of hands-on care daily for nursing-home residents by 2025

(November 2, 2020) By: Rob Ferguson, Queen’s Park Bureau It has taken 10 years of pressure and more than 2,000 COVID-19 deaths, but Ontario is promising to give nursing home residents an average four hours of daily hands-on care. Premier Doug Ford made the pledge Monday, warning it will take four years to reach that […]

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Les résidences pour aînés toujours vulnérables

(October 31, 2020) By: Jean-Christophe Laurence, La Presse Ils arrivent à l’heure du dîner pour voir leur maman de 81 ans. Bien qu’ils y soient autorisés, ils n’entrent pas dans l’établissement. « On n’a pas été testés récemment, donc on est prudents. Vous comprenez ? » Alors ils restent dehors. Et parlent à la vieille dame à travers la […]

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November Newsletter 2020

By: Mary Farrar, Friends of Kingston Inner Harbour Dear Friends of Kingston Inner Harbour, Thanks Tim Yearington for the image about ALL the people of the four directions. As Tim says “We are all related. We must aim to merge and come together at centre. The ‘great bird’ flying at the Centre represents our shared […]

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Ontario bill protects long-term care homes, not seniors

(October 29, 2020) By: Lorrie Goldstein, Calgary Sun (Print Edition) When Ontario Premier Doug Ford promised “an iron ring around our seniors” to protect them from COVID-19 on March 30, it didn’t sound like the protection he was talking about was for negligent long-term care (LTC) homes and insurance companies. At that time, there were […]

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Long-term Care Unions Urge Government to Listen to Experts on Minimum Care Standards

(October 27, 2020) By: The Kingston Whig Standard TORONTO — CUPE Ontario, SEIU Healthcare and Unifor held a joint press conference on Tuesday morning, calling on the Ontario government to legislate a minimum care standard of four hours of hands-on care in long-term care homes by immediately passing Bill 13, the Time to Care Act. […]

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Ontario LTC commission: Hire more nursing home staff ASAP — no further study needed

(October 27, 2020) By: Len Gillis, Sudbury.com (Supplied) Ontario’s Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission has called for hiring more front-line care staff, enough to provide a minimum daily average of four hours of direct care per patient per day. Along with that, the commission is pushing for the creation of a comprehensive human resources strategy to […]

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Health Coalition Supports Interim Recommendations from Long-Term Care Commission: Calls on Ontario Government to Implement Them Immediately

(October 27, 2020) By: Exchange Magazine The Ontario government’s Long-Term Care Commission’s interim recommendations support the need for immediate action on improving care levels by increasing the supply of PSWs and an appropriate staff mix including nurses to meet the complex care needs of residents. They also validate the Coalition’s long-standing call for a minimum […]

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HEALTH COALITION SUPPORTS INTERIM RECOMMENDATIONS FROM LONG TERM CARE COMMISSION: CALLS ON FORD GOVERNMENT TO IMPLEMENT IMMEDIATELY

(October 26, 2020) By: iHeart Radio – Newstalk 610 CKTB Matt Holmes Speaks with Natalie Mehra – Executive Director Ontario Health Coalition regarding the state of long term care homes during wave 2 of COVID-19. Listen to audio here Click here for original article  

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Recommendations from long-term care commission echo calls from lobby groups

(October 25, 2020) By: Allan Benner, St. Catharines Standard Many of the recommendations released Friday by the province’s Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission sound very familiar, local advocacy groups say. Among recommendations included in an interim report, the commission is calling for a minimum of four hours of daily care for each resident of long-term care […]

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LEVY: LTC Commission gives life-saving advice for COVID’s second wave

(October 24, 2020) By: Sue-Ann Levy, Toronto Sun Concerned the second wave of COVID-19 is underway in Ontario, the Long-Term Care Commission issued a five-page preliminary report Friday that will hopefully help to avoid mistakes that led to more than 1,800 deaths in the province’s LTC homes during the first wave. Besides wage enhancements for […]

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Life-saving advice for LTCs; Commission’s early report insightful

(October 24, 2020) By: Sue-Annlevy, Toronto Sun (Print Edition) Concerned the second wave of COVID-19 is underway in Ontario, the Long-Term Care Commission issued a five-page preliminary report Friday that will hopefully help to avoid mistakes that led to more than 1,800 deaths in the province’s LTC homes during the first wave. Besides wage enhancements […]

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Mourning families fear legal rights are ‘being extinguished’

(October 23, 2020) By: Sue-Ann Levy, Toronto Sun (Print Edition) The executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition worries the truth will never get out about poor-performing long-term care homes after the province introduced a new COVID-19 liability law this week. Natalie Mehra told the Toronto Sun her phone has been ringing off the hook […]

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Good morning, Greater Sudbury! Here are a few stories to start your day

(October 23, 2020) By: Sudbury.com Staff (Shutterstock) Good morning, Greater Sudbury! Here are a few stories to get you started on this rainy Friday morning. Heavy rainfall could lead to flooding in low-lying areas, Conservation Sudbury warns Conservation Sudbury has issued a water safety statement for all parts of the Greater Sudbury watersheds as of […]

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Long-term care accountability weaker from Bill 218: OHC, local long-term care coalition

(October 22, 2020) By: Roderick Benns, The Lindsay Advocate The Ford government has introduced legislation that would make it significantly harder for residents and families to hold long-term care homes liable for harm resulting from exposure to COVID-19, says the Ontario Health Coalition, a position echoed by a local group advocating for better long-term care. […]

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Ontario seniors’ advocates concerned over liability protection in long-term care

(October 22, 2020) By: Veronica Appia, GuelphMercuryTribune.com Ontario seniors’ advocates are expressing concerns about protecting the legal rights of those who have been harmed, due to exposure to COVID-19, in long-term-care homes since March. On Oct. 20, the Ontario government introduced new legislation called Bill 218: Supporting Ontario’s Recovery Act, which will “provide liability protection […]

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Will LTC homes never be held to account for COVID deaths?

(October 22, 2020) By: Sue-Ann Levy, Toronto Sun COVID-19-Diane Colangelo visits her 86-year-old mother Patricia through a window at the Orchard Villa long-term care home in Pickering on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Patricia tested postivive for coronavirus days later and died on May 7, 2020. PHOTO BY VERONICA HENRI /TORONTO SUN FILES The executive director […]

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ONTARIO: New liability law would not protect negligent long-term care providers, Ford says

(October 22, 2020) By: GuelphToday.com Stock image TORONTO — New COVID-19 liability legislation would not protect long-term care providers from being sued, Premier Doug Ford said Wednesday, as he urged families to pursue legal action if they believe a loved one died in a seniors home due to negligence. Ford said he initially shared the […]

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New law proposes legal protection for long-term care homes in Ontario

(October 22, 2020) By: Sudbury.com Staff (Stock) New legislation tabled by the Ford government at Queen’s Park this week will make it harder for Ontario residents to take legal action against long-term care homes or hold them liable for harm as a result of being exposed to COVID-19, according to the Ontario Health Coalition (OHC). The […]

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Law firm will proceed with legal action against long-term care homes after COVID-19 deaths

(October 22, 2020) By: Allan Benner, St. Catharines Standard New provincial legislation that may protect long-term care homes from COVID-19 related lawsuits won’t stop an Oakville-based law firm from pursuing nine actions it has filed so far, including a class-action lawsuit filed against the owners of Lundy Manor in Niagara Falls. But the legislation introduced […]

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Ford: Bill would not protect negligent LTC providers; Critics say law could make lawsuits difficult

(October 22, 2020) By: Shawn Jeffords, North Bay Nugget TORONTO New COVID-19 liability legislation would not protect long-term care providers from being sued, Premier Doug Ford said Wednesday, as he urged families to pursue legal action if they believe a loved one died in a seniors home due to negligence. Ford said he initially shared […]

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Families fear bill could let LTC duck liability

(October 22, 2020) By: Antonella Artuso, Ottawa Sun TORONTO – Reckless nursing homes can still be held legally accountable for COVID-19 infections, Premier Doug Ford insists. “They can continue to sue them,” Ford said Wednesday. “This does not protect them 100% by any means.” His government introduced a bill Tuesday that would provide wide protection […]

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Ford defends bill that critics say shields long-term care homes from lawsuits

(October 21, 2020) By: Codi Wilson, CTV News TORONTO — Premier Doug Ford says families outraged by negligence on the part of long-term care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic will still be able to hold the operators of those homes accountable despite new provincial legislation that critics say makes it more difficult for loved ones […]

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New liability law would not protect negligent long-term care providers: Ford

(October 21, 2020) By: Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press TORONTO – New COVID-19 liability legislation would not protect long-term care providers from being sued, Premier Doug Ford said Wednesday, as he urged families to pursue legal action if they believe a loved one died in a seniors home due to negligence. Ford said he initially […]

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Critics say Ford’s new long-term care legislation makes it harder to sue the facilities

(October 21, 2020) By: Clarrie Feinstein, Daily Hive Toronto Doug Ford / CPAC Premier Doug Ford’s new legislation that aims to provide liability protection for workers and organizations that follow COVID-19 health guidelines, is facing backlash. On Tuesday, the Ontario government introduced the Supporting Ontario’s Recovery Act, 2020, that if passed, will provide liability protection for workers, […]

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‘Unacceptable’: Union claims management didn’t do enough to prevent second outbreak at Simcoe Manor in Beeton

(October 21, 2020) By: Brad Pritchard, Simcoe County (Metroland Media Group) The union that represents healthcare workers at Simcoe Manor in Beeton is accusing management of not doing enough to prevent the COVID-19 outbreak at the facility that has led to nearly 70 infections and nine deaths since it began on Oct. 2. Sharlene Stewart, […]

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LTC families upset over liability bill: OHC

(October 21, 2020) By: Antonella Artuso, Brantford Expositor With Ontario seeing 783 COVID-19 cases Thursday, Premier Doug Ford encouraged residents to use the COVID-Alert app to help arm the province and users with better tracking measures. POSTMEDIA Reckless nursing homes can still be held legally accountable for COVID-19 infections, Premier Doug Ford insists. “They can […]

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Ontario seniors’ advocates concerned over liability protection in long-term care

(October 21, 2020) By: Veronica Appia, GuelphMercuryTribune.com Ontario seniors’ advocates are expressing concerns about protecting the legal rights of those who have been harmed, due to exposure to COVID-19, in long-term-care homes since March. On Oct. 20, the Ontario government introduced new legislation called Bill 218: Supporting Ontario’s Recovery Act, which will “provide liability protection for […]

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COVID-19 cases have been quietly mounting up and killing in long-term-care homes: These 3 charts explain what many seem to have missed

(October 21, 2020) By: Kenyon Wallace, GuelphMercuryTribune.com The number of active cases of COVID-19 among residents of Ontario long-term-care homes is growing at an average rate of about eight per cent per day, prompting seniors advocates to call for measures to prevent a full-blown second wave of infections from sweeping through facilities. There were 216 active resident […]

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Ontario LTC homes may be forced to close due to insurance issues

(October 20, 2020) By: Global News Long-term care homes in Ontario are being offered new insurance policies but they don’t include coverage for infectious disease outbreaks, including COVID-19. As Morganne Campbell reports, the Ontario Long Term Care Association is lobbying the federal government for a bailout. Watch video here Click here for original article

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Today’s coronavirus news: York Region imposes modified Stage 2 restrictions; Ontario reports 712 cases; Canada’s count climbed by an average of 2,300 cases per day over the past seven days

(October 16, 2020) By: News Staff, Toronto Star 4:27 p.m. There have been 193,622 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada, including 9,721 deaths, while 163,260 cases have been resolved, according to The Canadian Press. This breaks down as follows (NOTE: The Star does its own count for Ontario; see elsewhere this file.): Quebec: 91,018 confirmed (including […]

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It’s April all over again. A look at the numbers shows Ontario could be on the brink of another long-term-care catastrophe

(October 16, 2020) By: Kenyon Wallace, Toronto Star Seniors’ advocates and health professionals warn we may be on the cusp of yet another long-term care disaster as COVID-19 cases in Ontario homes revolve around similar numbers seen in early April – just two weeks before a massive spike in infections claimed hundreds of lives. installations. […]

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Oakville protesters demand more help for long term care homes as Ontario enters second COVID wave

(October 15, 2020) By: David Lea, Oakville Beaver Ontario’s long-term care homes need more staff who have the tools they need to keep COVID-19 out. These were among the demands made during a protest outside Oakville MPP Stephen Crawford’s office on Thursday, Oct. 8. The protest was part of a day of action organized by […]

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‘He was pretty much left to die’: Ongoing shortage of staff at care homes has loved ones across Peel worried

(October 14, 2020) By: Nida Zafar, The Pointer In the parking lot of a densely packed plaza that includes a Service Canada office, a couple small food establishments and a cluster of medical offices, a small group of people gather near the entrance of 10 Gillingham Drive in Brampton. The bursts of cold air cutting […]

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‘The system is completely broken,’ Horwath on long-term care

(October 13, 2020) By: Ryan Forbes, Kenora Online Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says if she’s elected Premier, her party will transform the look of long-term care homes across the province. In a virtual media conference, Horwath was joined by Kiiwetinoong MPP Sol Mamakwa and guest speaker Estelle Cantera, who told her family’s story of […]

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LEVY: LTC homes not ready for second wave, say advocates

(October 12, 2020) By: Sue-Ann Levy, Toronto Sun Simon Nisbet and mom Doreen in better times. PHOTO BY SUBMITTED PHOTO Simon Nisbet has much to be thankful for on Thanksgiving Day. His mom Doreen is alive and doing well at 89 because he pulled her out of Orchard Villa and got her into hospital before […]

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COVID-19 : doit-on passer à une approche plus punitive?

(October 10, 2020) By: Francis Beaudry, Radio Canada La deuxième vague de la pandémie frappe Toronto, est-ce que l’approche centrée sur l’éducation des autorités sanitaires de la Ville Reine a porté fruit? Depuis le début des restrictions mises en place par Toronto en mars, la politique éducative de la santé publique est reflétée dans sa […]

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WITH VIDEO: ‘We need to put the pressure on’: Fight continues for long-term care changes with Almonte day of action

(October 10, 2020) By: Ashley Kulp, Carleton Place Almonte Canadian Gazette Karen Thompson remembers her mom Mae Wilson as a “crazy character.” She lost her 93-year-old mom on Mother’s Day. Wilson was one of 29 Almonte Country Haven (ACH) residents who died from COVID-19 during the long-term care home’s outbreak this past spring. “She was a […]

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‘They are afraid’: Worker says staff fear showing up at West End Villa long-term care home

(October 9, 2020) By: Elizabeth Payne, Ottawa Citizen With 47 cases of COVID-19 among staff there, many people have been afraid to show up for work at Ottawa’s West End Villa, creating staff shortages, a worker from the Ottawa long-term care home claimed Thursday. “They are afraid they are going to spread it to their […]

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Rally Calls For Long Term Care Help

(October 9, 2020) By: News Staff, 99.1FM CKXS Health care advocates are calling on the provincial government to do more to protect residents in long term care. A small rally was held in front of MPP Rick Nicholls’ Chatham constituency office yesterday with a motorcade of vehicles circling by the Heritage Road building, honking their […]

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Long-term care residents still vulnerable as second wave of pandemic begins

(October 9, 2020) By: Joanne Shuttleworth, The Wellington Advertiser GUELPH – A second wave of COVID-19 is brewing, and residents and staff at long-term care homes, who bore the brunt of the virus in the first wave, are still vulnerable. That is why the Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) put out an urgent call for the […]

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‘For my husband’: York Region woman shares story of husband’s decline in long-term care

(October 9, 2020) By: Kim Champion, newmarkettoday.ca With a small sign in her hand that said, ‘For my husband’, an emotional Margaret Calver yesterday told a small group of protesters at the Save our Seniors: Fix LTC! event in Newmarket that she is heartbroken about her husband’s decline in a long-term care facility during the […]

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Peel Health Coalition takes part in provincewide protests over long-term care conditions

(October 9, 2020) By: Marta Marychuk, Caledon Enterprise The Peel Health Coalition was one of 24 chapters of the Ontario Health Coalition that took part in a day of action on Thursday, Oct. 8, to protest conditions in long-term care homes. Rosemary Keenan, a member of Peel Health Coalition that gathered outside the office of […]

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‘We want long-term care fixed now’

(October 9, 2020) By: Colleen Romaniuk, Sudbury Star The Ontario Health Coalition held a province-wide Day of Action on Thursday calling the Ford government to take immediate steps to improve conditions in long-term care facilities. Participants, including members of the Sudbury Health Coalition, health-care workers, family members with relatives in long-term care, and local MPPs, […]

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Staff shortages up COVID concerns in long-term care; Ontario Health Coalition rally shines light on staffing concerns

(October 9, 2020) By: Ellwood Shreve, Chatham Daily News Chatham-Kent has, so far, avoided a COVID-19 outbreak at any of its long-term care homes but, due to staff shortages and burnout, a health-care advocate and union official fear the result if it does happen. “Although there have not been any COVID-19 outbreaks, the bad conditions […]

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Long-term care needs care now: Protesters; Day of Action urges government to boost support

(October 9, 2020) By: Elaine Della-Mattia, Sault Star Health-care advocates and union leaders staged an Ontario-wide protest Thursday urging the provincial government to take immediate action to address the staffing crisis in long-term care homes and implement a minimum of four hours of hands-on care for residents. In Sault Ste. Marie, the protest and accompanying […]

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Need for PSWs, long-term care home workers immediate – OHC

(October 9, 2020) By: PJ Wilson, Timmins Daily Press Ontario needs to hire between 10,000 and 15,000 workers in long-term care homes “right now,” according to Liberal health critic John Fraser. Speaking in a Zoom news conference Thursday, Fraser said in one extreme case from Ottawa, a longterm care worker is looking after 30 senior […]

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Day of action for long-term care includes rally in Hamilton’s Gore Park

(October 8, 2020) By: Ken Mann, Global News CUPE Ontario president Fred Hahn speaks to supporters during a rally in Hamilton’s Gore Park. Lisa Polewski/Global News A union that represents staff in long-term care homes has participated in a “day of action.” CUPE Ontario is stepping up its call for better pay for personal support […]

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ONTARIO HEALTH COALITION RALLIES HIT WINDSOR CALLING FOR NEW STANDARDS IN LONG-TERM CARE HOMES

(October 8, 2020) By: Ricardo Veneza, CTV News Windsor Union members, health professionals and other activists joined in an Ontario Health Coalition rally outside of the Heron Terrace long-term care home in Windsor, Ont., on Thursday, October 8, 2020. (Ricardo Veneza/CTV Windsor). Rallies across Ontario, including in Windsor and Chatham, are calling for the Ford […]

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Need for PSWs, long-term care home workers immediate — OHC

(October 8, 2020) By: PJ Wilson, North Bay Nugget Natalie Mehra, executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition. POSTMEDIA Ontario needs to hire between 10,000 and 15,000 workers in long-term care homes “right now,” according to Liberal health critic John Fraser. Speaking in a Zoom news conference Thursday, Fraser said in one extreme case from Ottawa, […]

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Kawartha Lakes Health Coalition calls for better staffing levels in long-term care

(October 8, 2020) By: William McGinn, The Lindsay Advocate Joining their provincial and national counterparts to demand action on the state of long-term care, the Kawartha Lakes Health Coalition (KLHC) said staffing levels must improve. The KLHC joined the Ontario Health Coalition in a “Day of Action” for long-term care across Canada, and demanded the […]

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Staff shortages heighten concern if COVID outbreak hits C-K long-term care homes

(October 8, 2020) By: Ellwood Shreve, Chatham Daily News Chatham-Kent has, so far, avoided a COVID-19 outbreak at any of its long-term care homes but, due to staff shortages and burnout, a health-care advocate and union official fear the result if it does happen. “Although there have not been any COVID-19 outbreaks, the bad conditions […]

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Ontario October 8 Day of Action on Long-Term Care: All Out to Uphold the Rights of Seniors and Their Caregivers

(October 8, 2020) By: Steve Rutchinski, cpcml.ca The Ontario Day of Action on Long-Term Care (LTC) organized by the Ontario Health Coalition, frontline care and senior advocacy organizations is being held on Thursday, October 8 to demand improved care in LTC facilities and an end to for-profit privatized LTC. Nineteen cities have now announced a […]

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‘We want long-term care fixed now’

(October 8, 2020) By: Colleen Romaniuk, The Sudbury Star The Ontario Health Coalition held a province-wide Day of Action on Thursday calling the Ford government to take immediate steps to improve conditions in long-term care facilities. Participants, including members of the Sudbury Health Coalition, health-care workers, family members with relatives in long-term care, and local […]

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Day of action for long-term care includes rally in Hamilton’s Gore Park

(October 8, 2020) By: Ken Mann, Global News A union that represents staff in long-term care homes has participated in a “day of action.” CUPE Ontario is stepping up its call for better pay for personal support workers, increased staffing in long-term care homes and an end to the privatization of long-term care beds. Union […]

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Health Coalition Calling For Action

(October 8, 2020) By: News Staff, 99.1FM CKXS Rallies are being held across the province today as the Ontario Health Coalition calls for on the government to address staffing issues in long term care homes. The group demands the Ford government recruit and train more staff and provide a minimum daily standard of four hours of hands-on […]

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PHOTOS: Day of Action demonstration for long-term care

(October 8, 2020) By: Dax Melmer, Windsor Star Participants in the Ontario Health Coalition’s Day of Action on Long-Term Care rallied outside Heron Terrace in Tecumseh on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. The demonstration was held in part to call for action by the Ford government to recruit and train more staff and improve pay and […]

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HEALTH COALITIONS ACROSS THE PROVINCE FIGHT FOR LONG-TERM CARE HOMES

(October 8, 2020) By: Rob Hindi, AM800 CKLW The co-chair of the Windsor Health Coalition believes the province can do better. Speaking on AM800’s The Dan MacDonald Show, Tracey Ramsey says the province needs to look at staffing levels immediately at long-term care facilities across the province. “We’re calling for immediate action by the Ford […]

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TODAY IS DAY OF ACTION ON LONG TERM CARE

(October 8, 2020) By: Tami Jeanneret, 610 CKTB News Today members of the Ontario Health Coalition will demonstrate across the province in ” A Day of Action on Long Term Care.” The Coalition points out over 1,900 residents and staff have died from COVID-19 in long term care homes in Ontario. It says the funding […]

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DAN MACDONALD SHOW – ONTARIO HEALTH COALITION CALLS FOR DAY OF ACTION FOR LONG-TERM CARE WORKERS’ CONCERNS

(October 8, 2020) By: Dan MacDonald, AM800 CKLW Interview with Tracey Ramsey, co-chair of the Windsor Health Coalition Click here for original interview

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‘It’s policy versus people’: Guelph groups call on province to ban private long-term care homes

(October 8, 2020) By: Jonathan Duncan, The Guelph Mercury Tribune A group of around 12 people gathered in downtown Guelph on Thursday, demanding better services for long-term care residents, and deprivatization of health care. It was part of a planned series of protest and rallies across the province, organized by the Ontario Health Coalition. With […]

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Rallies calling on Ford to make changes to long-term care now (4 photos)

(October 8, 2020) By: Doug Diaczuk, Thunder Bay News THUNDER BAY – For years health coalitions, unions, and personal support workers have been calling on the provincial government to address issues in long-term care, and with the COVID-19 pandemic claiming nearly 2,000 lives, those calls continue to get louder. “We are here today to join […]

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