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Happy National Nurses Week! Thank you to all the talented, dedicated nurses that are working long hours, and sacrificing time with their family to care for our community during this pandemic. To date, over 3,000 health care workers have tested positive for COVID-19. You show up to work every day, facing great peril, and constantly go above and beyond the call of duty. One week is not enough to recognize the work you do. You are heroes, inspiring the next generation of nurses to serve with honour and dignity.

Many nurses and healthcare professional have chosen to make York South—Weston their home. This includes Personal Support Workers who are caring for our senior and vulnerable loved ones in facilities across the province. Sadly, last week we learned that Leonard Rodriguez, a PSW from York South—Weston, lost his life to COVID-19. Every preventable loss of life is a tragedy, but this one hits close to home. I want to offer my condolences to the family of Mr. Rodriguez, and acknowledge his over 30 years of service to long term care patients.

The only newsworthy announcement would be the Federal Government's announcement of bridge loans to large companies aimed at keeping employees on the payroll. The government is indicating that these funds are not a bailout, and will be repayable loans. There would be multiple strings attached to the bridge loans, which you can read more about HERE.


I will be returning to the legislature tomorrow for another special sitting of the legislature. I will be taking the concerns and suggestions that you have provided over the last few days and weeks and ensuring that your voice is heard. NDP Leader Andrea Horwath announced she will table a motion calling for an independent, public inquiry into the province's long-term care system, and will also seek a thorough public inquiry into Ontario's pandemic readiness and response, overall.


As always, my office is here to help. Please call at 416-243-7984, or email us at fhassan-co@ndp.on.ca.

Take care, stay home, and wash your hands.

Best Regards,



Faisal Hassan
Member of Provincial Parliament
York South—Weston
 
Each level of government has useful information to support you during this crisis. For more information, visit the resources below:
News Release 
 

Long-term care public inquiry must include evaluation of the continuing role of for-profit homes

 

QUEEN'S PARK — NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says that Ontario deserves a broad and thorough public inquiry into long-term care, including why the system was in crisis before the pandemic hit; how the pandemic response left seniors homes so vulnerable; and an examination of the future of for-profit homes in Ontario.

“It’s heartbreaking to think of seniors left in understaffed, under-resourced nursing homes, with virtually no regulations in place to protect them, while COVID-19 swept through home after home. The staff who care for our most vulnerable have been run off their feet, and have been putting their lives at risk in facilities that don’t have enough personal protective equipment, and that may not have had proper isolation or infection control procedures in place.” Horwath said. “Tragically, residents and staff have lost their lives. We owe it to them, to their families and loved ones, to make major changes to this system, to protect every life from here on.”

Horwath said slow-to-arrive half-measures, loopholes and mixed messaging from the Ford government need to be examined by an independent public inquiry, as does the state of the system before the pandemic hit. She also wants different types of ownership in long-term care scrutinized, comparing outcomes for non-profit homes versus for-profit homes versus public, municipally-owned homes.

“I oppose profits being made by corporations in long-term care. Let’s lay all the facts on the table in a thorough and independent public inquiry,” said Horwath.

Data released Tuesday by the Ontario Health Coalition shows a significantly higher death rate due to COVID-19 in long-term care homes that are owned by for-profit corporations, compared to non-profit homes and public, municipal homes. The analysis showed that the rate of death was 9 per cent in for-profit homes, 5.25 per cent in non-profit homes and 3.62 per cent in publicly-owned, municipal homes.

“I envision a community-based non-profit and public seniors care system – one that doesn’t siphon away frontline funding to pad the pockets of multi-national corporations, but instead uses every penny to deliver the best care,” said Horwath. “This inquiry could be the start of putting Ontario on a new, better, safer and more dignified path.”

Privatization of long-term care increased dramatically in the 1990s under Premier Mike Harris. Harris is now the chair of the board for a massive long-term care for-profit corporation.

Community News: 

Please join the NDP Black Caucus for a Digital Town Hall tonight at 7:00pm! You can join via my facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FaisalHassanNDP/

The Ontario Caregiver Organization supports caregivers across Ontario. Caring for a loved one can be challenging at the best of times, but COVID-19 is presenting unique challenges. If you need additional support, the Ontario Caregiver Organization can point you in the right direction. Visit them at https://ontariocaregiver.ca/caregivingcommunities/
Attention Youth: Youth Employment Services is offering paid skills training & a work placement for free! Virtual training with their Eglinton office team begins Monday, June 1st! For "Job Central" eligibility and registration details, click HERE.
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