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The summer issue of the Monitor features two previously published reports on the crisis in Canada's nursing homes, one from the CCPA's national office, Re-imagining Long-term Residential Care in the COVID-19 Crisis, and one from the CCPA-BC,
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Last week was National Public Service Week. There usually isn’t a lot of fanfare, but there should be. All Canadians should be encouraged to recognize the public sector workers helping our country weather the brutal impacts of COVID-19.
Public debates over public-private-partnerships (P3) rarely focus on the maintenance component of these agreements, even though it is this component that is the primary concern over the life of what are often thirty-year plus P3 contracts. While we sometimes get glimpses of what these maintenance contracts mean for our public institutions⁠—prohibitions on decorating walls or opening windows, etc⁠—for the most part, we assume that a P3 school or hospital operates much in the same way that a public school or hospital operates.
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.
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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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. 
Des experts et expertes réclament des mesures à court, à moyen et à long terme afin de soutenir les collectivités et de les protéger contre les effets de la pandémie 

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