Health care workers rally at Queen’s Park drive-by action: No more temporary fixes, tomorrow’s Ontario budget must include respect, protection and pay for dedicated front-line staff

Ahead of tomorrow’s budget in Ontario, hospital, and long-term care workers, who have borne the worst of pandemic risks in the last year, surrounded Queen’s Park in a drive-by action with a clear message for Premier Doug Ford and his finance minister: Respect Us. Protect Us. Pay Us.

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Years of systemic ageism in health policies contributed to more than 280 Ottawa long-term care residents dying of COVID-19; Ontario human rights inquiry needed

Years of systemic ageism in Ontario’s health system that treats the elderly as though their right to care is lesser than others contributed to more than 280 Ottawa long-term care residents dying from COVID-19 in the last year, say advocates who yesterday asked the Human Rights Commission for a ground-breaking probe.

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Call for human rights inquiry into systemic discrimination against the elderly in Ontario hospitals and long-term care

The Advocacy Centre for Elderly (ACE), the Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) are calling on the Ontario Human Rights Commission to conduct a landmark inquiry into the provincial government’s long-standing policies of ‘de-hospitalization’, and rationing levels of care and access to long-term care, that disproportionately hurt the elderly.

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