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ST. CATHARINES, Ont. – The Liberal government is proposing a new law for Ontario’s nursing homes, homes for the aged and rest homes. Bill 140 will replace three major pieces of legislation affecting almost 75,000 residents in these facilities.

The problem is that there is nothing in the bill that ensures that our elderly and loved ones living in long-term care facilities will get the care they need. Currently, thousands of front line caregivers are struggling to provide the daily care required by each resident within the couple of hours allocated by their facility.

At this media conference:

Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Location: Niagara Ina Grafton Gage Village 413 Linwell Road, (B) Building

  • Local front line workers will discuss the impact of not having enough funding and staff for required care, leading to appalling conditions in long-term care facilities;
  • Representatives of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), including CUPE Ontario President Sid Ryan, will discuss how Bill 140 must be strengthened—for residents, workers and taxpayers.
  • A call for province-wide demonstrations will be made, to press the government to include a minimum standard of care in the proposed bill.

Seventy-three groups and individuals have been shut out of hearings because they have only been scheduled in four cities including Toronto (January 16-17), Kingston (January 22), Sudbury (January 23) and London (January 24).

For more information, please contact:

Valerie Dugale
CUPE Communications
(647) 225-3685