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(Sydney) – The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is spearheading a national campaign to raise awareness about the state of residential long-term care across Canada, with stops across the country.

As part of the campaign, CUPE is hosting a public event in Sydney on Tuesday, November 10th. 

Guest speaker Toby Edelman is a senior policy attorney with the Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc. in the United States. Edelman will explain how poor staffing and privatization in residential long-term care facilities have dramatically reduced quality care – and why Canada must avoid going down the same road.

CUPE will also be releasing new research on Canadian residential long-term care, including a close up look at who “owns the nursing home industry” in Nova Scotia.

 A new report, entitled Residential Long-Term Care in Canada: Our Vision for Better Seniors’ Care finds a long-term care system in crisis. Severe underfunding and privatization have created serious access and quality problems. The result is clear - our elders are not getting the care they need, and deserve. 

WHAT:  A public event to discuss residential long-term care in Canada

WHO: Toby Edelman, Centre for Medicare Advocacy, Leanne MacMillan, CUPE Atlantic Research Representative  

WHEN:   Tuesday, November 10 at 7:00 pm

WHERE:   Delta Hotel, Sydney