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North BayDespite more funding from the province intended for direct resident care, long-term care operators continue to lay off staff and contract out dietary and custodial services key to residents’ well-being, says Sid Ryan, the Ontario president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

Ryan points out that the scenario is being played out right in North Bay, where residents at Cassellholme are receiving diminished care because workers have been let go and services are being contracted out.

“Our seniors deserve better than what the Cassellholme management want to give. They have already let go the cook and are bringing in outside processed food, now they want to reduce the nursing staff. We say no way to Cassellholme and we are encouraging all in the North Bay community who care about the health and well being of residents of the home to join us fighting these cuts,” says Ryan.

Along with community members and workers, Ryan will attend a candlelight vigil in support of the workers and the residents that will be held Tuesday, February 18, between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 pm., in front of Cassellholme, 400 Olive St.

At 7:00 p.m., Ryan will be meeting with education workers, parents and teachers at Chippewa High School, 539 Chippewa West to discuss building a community coalition focused on defeating the Ontario Conservative government in the coming provincial election.


For more information please contact:
Sid Ryan, President CUPE Ontario
(416) 209-0066
Stella Yeadon, CUPE Communications
(416) 578-8774