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Quality of care for North Bay and area’s aging seniors is what’s at stake in the impending decision, by the Cassellholme Board, on how redevelopment of the long-term care home moves ahead, says Fred Hahn, president of CUPE Ontario, who’s in town Thursday to meet with the Board.

“Decisions about how we care for our aging family members should be based on the principle of high quality care and respect,” says Hahn. “It’s critical that those decisions are rooted in the facts.”

Research clearly demonstrates that public, municipal control of long-term care provides the highest quality of care and with greater accountability to the broader community. The research shows that publicly delivered long-term care is better for residents than any other model including privately run not-for-profit.

“My hope is that when presented with facts and alternative public redevelopment options that have proved effective in other communities that the Board will choose to put the residents’ best interests ahead of KPMG’s privatization agenda,” say Hahn.

A recent poll of over 800 North Bay and Nipissing area residents found that 87 per cent want to keep Cassellholme public, 82 per cent support having some of their taxes go to resident care at Cassellholme.

Henri Giroux president of CUPE 146 along with other local members will be on hand outside the meeting handing out information flyers to the community.

WHO: CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn

WHAT: Cassellholme Board meeting

WHEN: Thursday, June 23

 Leafleting: 4:30 p.m.

 Meeting presentation: 5 p.m.

WHERE: 400 Olive Street

For more information contact:

Fred Hahn,
President CUPE Ontario

Sarah Jordison,
CUPE Communications