Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Atlantic

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Atlantic

November 06, 2009 11:28 ET

Media Advisory: Better Care for Our Seniors-Theme of Sydney Forum

SYDNEY, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 6, 2009) - The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is spearheading a national campaign to raise awareness about the state of residential long-term care across Canada, with stops across the country.

As part of the campaign, CUPE is hosting a public event in Sydney on Tuesday, November 10th.

Guest speaker Toby Edelman is a senior policy attorney with the Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc. in the United States. Edelman will explain how poor staffing and privatization in residential long-term care facilities have dramatically reduced quality care - and why Canada must avoid going down the same road.

CUPE will also be releasing new research on Canadian residential long-term care, including a close up look at who "owns the nursing home industry" in Nova Scotia.

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.

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

WHO: Toby Edelman, Centre for Medicare Advocacy,
Leanne MacMillan, CUPE Atlantic Research Representative

WHEN: Tuesday, November 10 at 7:00 pm

WHERE: Delta Hotel, Sydney

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

Contact Information

  • For more information and interviews with Ms. Edelman:
    John McCracken
    CUPE Communications Rep.
    902-455-4180 (o)