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NORTH BAY, Ont. – Front line caregivers who work at Cassellholme Home for the Aged in North Bay will conduct an information picket on January17th in front of the home starting at 3:30 p.m. The aim of members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 146 is to inform residents’ families and the public that the government must include minimum standards of care for residents of long-term facilities.

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,” says Henri Giroux, President of CUPE 146. 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.

Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Location: Cassellholme Home for the Aged 400 Olive Street

CUPE 146 and CUPE Ontario are calling on the Liberal government to:

  • Make it the law that every resident of every long-term care facility receives three-and-a- half hours of care every day as other provinces, like Alberta, provide;
  • Ensure Bill 140 sets out a funding model that ensures adequate front line staffing to meet care standards, and provide the assurance to Ontarians that their tax dollars are funding front line care for residents, not increasing profits.

For more information, please contact:

Henri Giroux
CUPE 146 President
(705) 494-9302