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WINNIPEG – The Canadian Union of Public Employees is spearheading a national campaign to raise awareness about the state of residential long-term care across Canada.  A tour of Canada of high profile speakers on the subject is now underway.

November 24th, 9 am
Victoria Inn, Winnipeg

Guest speaker Dr. Pat Armstrong is a sociology professor at York University.  She has co-authored a large number of articles and books on health policy with considerable focus on long-term care.  Dr. Armstrong’s research has shown chronic understaffing in Canadian long-term care facilities, resulting in work environments that are often unhealthy and unsafe for staff and seniors.

CUPE Researcher Irene Jansen will also discuss new research on Canadian residential long-term care.

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.

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For information, contact:
Don Cheba, Event Coordinator at (204) 942-0343
Dennis Lewycky, CUPE Communications at (204) 333-5065

More about CUPE’s research on long-term care is at:  http://cupe.ca/long-term-care/tour
Internet site:  http://www.manitoba.cupe.ca or e-mail:  dlewycky@cupe.ca