DAY OF ACTION ON LONG-TERM CARE
Thursday October 8th at 11 a.m.

Please distribute widely. Updated as at September 25.
UPDATED LIST OF PROVINCE-WIDE EVENTS BELOW

We are calling for:
• Immediate action by the Ford government to recruit & train staff, improve pay and working conditions and provide full-time work. Quebec’s and BC’s governments have already done this. There is no excuse for further delay. The conditions of work are the conditions of care.

• The Ford government to implement a minimum care standard of 4-hours of hands on care per resident per day.
Both our federal and provincial governments to end for-profit long-term care, starting by making Revera public.

Join the Day of Action to create political pressure to expose the lack of action to improve care in long-term care and to push for an end to for-profit privatization of long-term care.

Learn more on our website here: https://www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca/…/event-day-of…/

UPDATED LIST OF EVENTS, PLEASE JOIN IN: If you would like to organize an action in your area, in accordance with our safety guidelines and Public Health rules, please contact us at 416-441-2502 or ohc@sympatico.ca (with the subject line: DAY OF ACTION)

Current Public Health guidelines forbid groups of more than 25 outside across Ontario. In accordance with these rules, we will hold press conferences and car motorcades. Please call the numbers below or email if you can join in, and please join in with as many friends as you can. We will ask most people to be in their cars; you can make the protest visual by affixing signs and decorating your car (safely) with messages about the need to improve long-term care and make it public. Please do call your local coalition and confirm you are coming out. More events are being organized every day. We will send out updates and will post them to our webpage and Facebook.

Chatham

Outside Conservative MPP Rick Nicholls office, 111 Heritage Road

Call Shirley (226) 402-2724 goddess@bell.net

Durham

Whitby, Conservative MPP Lauren Co’s office 114 Dundas St. E. (cars line up on Perry St. for motorcade)

Call Charlie (416) 557-5935 wccourneyea@gmail.com or Lance (905) 431-0823

Hamilton

Gore Park, King and James St.

Call Janina (905) 545-5514 jlebon@sympatico.ca

Kawartha Lakes

Lindsay, Victoria Park Lindsay, 190 Kent St W, Lindsay

Call Bonnie (416) 567-1163 kawarthalakeshealthcoalition@gmail.com

Kingston

Kingston, Concession St & Princess St (“traffic circle”)

Call Matthew (613)-542-5834

Kitchener/Waterloo

Outside Conservative MPP Amy Fee’s office, 4281 King St. E.

Call Jim (519) 588-5841 waterlooregionhealthcoalition@gmail.com

London

St. Thomas, outside Conservative MPP Jeff Yurek’s office, 750 Talbot St.

Call Jeff (226) 448-3067

or Peter (519) 860-4403

Niagara

Outside Sam Oosterhoff’s office, 4961 King St. in Beamsville.

Call Sue Hotte (905) 932-1646 niagarahealthcoalition@yahoo.ca

Ottawa

Events will be held outside

11 a.m. Carlingview Manor (a Revera home), 2330 Carling Avenue, Ottawa

12 p.m. West End Villa (an Extendicare home), 2179 Elmira Drive, Ottawa

1 p.m. Jeremy Roberts’ office, Conservative MPP, outside strip mall at 1580 Merivale Road (at Meadowlands Dr.)

Call Mary Catherine (613) 899-5158 or Nancy at (613) 875-0474

Oxford

Woodstock, outside Conservative MPP Hardeman’s office, 12 Perry St, Woodstock

Call Bryan (226-228-8309) or Alma (519-485-2438)

Peel

Brampton, outside Conservative MPP Amarjot Sandhu’s office, 10 Gilligan Drive

Call Richard (647-237-5153)

Peterborough

Outside Conservative MPP Dave Smith’s office, 1123 Water St.

Call Roy (705) 745-2446 rbrady1@cogeco.ca

Scarborough

Outside Conservative MPP Raymond Cho’s office, 4559 Sheppard Ave E.

Call Kingsley (416-835-3377) mercury28@gmail.com

Sudbury

Outside Pioneer Manor, 960 Notre Dame Avenue.

Call Melissa (705-662-8506 )

or Dot (705-566-9072)

Thunder Bay

Outside Ontario government building, 189 Red River Road and Water St.

Call Jules (807) 577-5946

Toronto

Outside Queen’s Park, Grosvenor St., Wellesley Ave and Queen’s Park Circle.

(Also see Scarborough above.)

Call Megan (647) 549-3683 or the OHC office at (416) 441-2502 ohc@sympatico.ca

Windsor

Windsor, on the road outside Heron Terrace, 11550 McNorton Street

Call Tracey (519) 995-0239

Background

Almost 2,000 residents and staff have died as a result of COVID-19 in Ontario’s long-term care homes in the last 5 1/2 months. Many died isolated, without enough care, without staff time for emotional support. Long-term care staff have had to fight for access to appropriate PPE and have worked in crisis-level staffing shortages that have only become worse during the pandemic. In Canada, we have seen the highest levels of death in long-term care homes in the developed world. We cannot allow this to continue.

Despite repeated promises from Doug Ford, the Ford government has taken no action to deal with emergency staffing shortages and inadequate care levels in long-term care homes. No action has been taken to get care levels up to a safe standard. The majority of deaths in Ontario happened in for-profit long-term care homes yet privatization of new long-term care beds continues.

Today, COVID-19 is spreading through long-term care homes in Ottawa, particularly for-profit homes, where after weeks of spreading infection, still the homes had not had all residents and staff tested. Eleven residents have now died in recent weeks in one home and there are more than 100 residents and staff infected across a number of homes. Not until after 100 residents and staff had contracted COVID-19 did the local chief medical officer of health order the Ottawa Hospital to take over the management of the homes. The staffing levels were unsafe with one PSW taking care of thirty residents sick with COVID-19. There is still no staffing plan to get staff into the hard-hit homes. Residents are being cohorted or isolated too late. All staff do not have N95 masks. Very few residents have been transferred to hospital despite families’ reports of inadequate staffing. The evidence in Ottawa is that there is no provincial plan that is any better than it was in the first wave to save lives and protect residents and staff. There has been no action taken by the provincial government to get staffing up to adequate levels. What is happening is appalling. As of the end of last week we have found 35 active outbreaks in long-term care homes across Ontario. We are asking for people across Ontario to take action.

WE WILL NOT TOLERATE EMPTY PROMISES FROM OUR PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT ANY MORE.

Organizing plan:
The OHC is organizing the protest at Queen’s Park. Local Health Coalitions will organize protests at local Conservative MPPs’ offices or other locations (if there is no Conservative MPP). We will compile a list of locations and send it out with a call for our member groups and affiliates to organize additional actions in their towns if there is not one in process. There will be a press conference at each local event, which will only have the speakers and media present (to minimize the gathering of people, all supporters are asked to join the car cavalcade).

Safety:
All participants who are not in their cars will be required to wear masks at all times and we will not have in-person gatherings outside cars of more than 25 people. All participants will be 2-metres apart. There will be no sharing of microphones (separate microphones for each speaker). There will be no congregate singing or chanting. The Health Coalition supports and will uphold all Public Health Ontario and local Public Health Unit rules regarding infection control (in fact we are asking for better protections in long-term care) and we ask our members to do so also.

We are asking all of our affiliated organizations to please send a strong message with us to our provincial government and endorse this action. We will list all endorsing organizations on the event publicity. Please contact us with your organization’s endorsement: 416-441-2502 ohc@sympatico.ca (subject line: DAY OF ACTION).

Organized by the Ontario Health Coalition. Currently endorsing: Advocacy Centre for the Elderly; Casselholme Family Council; Canadians Against For-Profit Care and Support Group for the Elderly; Canadian Federation of University Women; Canadian Union of Public Employees; Friends of Ontario Citizens in Care Facilities; Family Council Network 4; Laborers’ International Union of North America 3000, Health Coalitions across the province; National Pensioners Federation; Ontario Council of Hospital Unions; North Family Council Network; Ontario Nurses’ Association; Ontario Federation of Labour; Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation; Ontario Society of Senior Citizens’ Organizations; UFCW 175 & 633; Unifor; United Steelworkers.