Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

January 25, 2010 11:24 ET

Media Advisory: Public Meeting on Long Term Care Tonight

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Jan. 25, 2010) - 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 Calgary tonight at the Radisson Hotel, 2120 -16 Ave NE.

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. 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 Bonnie Ferguson 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. 

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

WHO:    Dr. Pat Armstrong, Professor, York University
            Bonnie Ferguson, CUPE Researcher

WHEN:  7:00 pm, January 25th

WHERE: Radisson Hotel, 2120 16 Ave NW

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

Contact Information

  • CUPE
    Lou Arab
    (780) 271-2722