Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

January 29, 2010 12:07 ET

Media Advisory: CUPE Long-Term Care Tour Visits Peterborough Monday

PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 29, 2010) - 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: http://cupe.ca/long-term-care/tour

Contact Information

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