The COVID-19 crisis offers an opportunity to create a new, better normal at Canadian long-term residential care facilities. The report’s short-term recommendations include: making all staff permanent and limiting their work to one nursing home; raising staff wages and benefits, especially sick leave; rapidly providing testing for all those living, working or visiting in homes; ensuring access to protective equipment immediately; and severely limiting transfers from hospitals.
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TORONTO –– The COVID-19 crisis offers an opportunity to create a new, better normal at Canadian long-term residential care facilities, according to a new background report released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). Evidence collected over more than a decade suggests there are a number of short- and medium-term interventions at hand that would improve conditions for residents and the workers who support them.
TORONTO – As the COVID-19 death toll mounts, the Ontario government must immediately spend at least $58 million more a month on staffing to help save the lives of seniors in long-term care homes, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) says.
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Illustration by Maura Doyle Sometimes it takes one crisis to bring another into the light.
In our first issue following the outbreak of COVD-19 in Canada, Monitor contributors assess the federal and provincial government responses to date and propose how we might use this moment of government activism to fix the gross inequalities in our society—by improving social programs such as employment insurance, income assistance and our health care system, for example.
The COVID-19 pandemic has in less than four months spread throughout the globe and altered both the daily lives of citizens and the economy of many countries, including Canada. Media reports through all platforms cover COVID-19 extensively, in fact there is not much else in the news these days. While there are many storylines and many workers bravely continuing to provide essential services on the frontlines, the epicenter here in Canada in these early weeks of the pandemic are two long-term care facilities.
OTTAWA – As new federal policies are created and adapted to attempt to counter the worst-case economic impacts of COVID-19, new analysis today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) shows 862,000 unemployed workers will receive nothing from either Employment Insurance (EI) or the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO’s director general, said Monday. "To win, we need to attack the virus with aggressive and targeted tactics: testing every suspected case, isolating and caring for every confirmed case, and tracing and quarantining every close contact." (Free Press March 23) If we have the capacity to do that then we should. The lessons of the 1918 influenza pandemic tell us we should also be telling the truth and not just reporting confirmed tests during a limited testing regime.
In the COVID-19 crisis workers are being urged to stay home and self-isolate if they feel sick or have been exposed. But emergency supplement in the provincial budget released on March 19th does not include anything for workers. Only 38% of sick leave and 23% of family responsibility leave in Canada is paid.