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New data on the average level of care received by residents in two Peterborough long-term care homes—compiled by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario—shows hands-on care is well below the 2.9 hours of care the provincial government is reporting.

CUPE will release the care data specific to the Peterborough nursing homes, where CUPE represents personal support workers and other staff, as part of a series of province-wide media conferences on the level of hands-on care residents in Ontario long-term homes are actually receiving.

The Peterborough media conference is slated for Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 1:30 p.m. at Northcrest Plaza, 184 Marina Blvd., Unit 7.

This has huge consequences for the level of care that seniors and loved ones are receiving in these homes,” according to CUPE Ontario President Sid Ryan

At this media conference:

Date:  Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Time:         1:30 p.m.
Location: CUPE Peterborough Area Office
  Northcrest Plaza
  184 Marina Blvd., Unit 7

Speakers will include:

• Sid Ryan, CUPE Ontario President
• Candace Rennick, CUPE Vice-President and worker at St. Joseph’s at Fleming
• Cathy Webdale, Personal Support Worker at St. Joseph’s at Fleming
• Andrea Legault, Personal Support Worker at Fairhaven Home

For more information, contact:

Candace Rennick CUPE Ontario Vice-President      705-768-2288
Valerie Dugale CUPE Communications                    647-225-3685