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The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is hosting a series of public meetings to raise awareness of the issues and challenges surrounding residential long-term care in Canada, with stops across the country.

As part of the campaign, CUPE is hosting a free public event in Peterborough on Monday, February 1 at 7:00 p.m., in Regency Rooms A/B at the Holiday Inn, located at 150 George Street North.

Pat Armstrong, a leading expert on senior’s care from Toronto’s York University, and Natalie Mehra, director of the Ontario Health Coalition, will be the featured guest speakers at the event. They will be joined by Peterborough residents and CUPE Ontario Secretary-Treasurer Candace Rennick who will moderate the event.

A report recently developed by CUPE, 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.

Monday’s public meeting will address, among other things, the current state of long-term care in Ontario and the difficulties faced by patients and long-term care workers caused by the Provincial Government’s refusal to implement meaningful standards of care.

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

Who:  Pat Armstrong, Professor, York University

  Natalie Mehra, Director, Ontario Health Coalition

  Candace Rennick, CUPE National Regional Vice-President and
  CUPE Ontario Secretary-Treasurer

When:  Monday, February 1, 7:00 p.m.

Where:  Holiday Inn, 150 George Street North, Regency Room A/B, Peterborough

To read more about the campaign and CUPE’s research on long-term care, visit:

For more information, contact:

Kevin Wilson           CUPE Communications                        416-821-6641
Candace Rennick     CUPE Ontario Secretary-Treasurer      416-708-4161