Ontario Health Coalition Day of Action: October 8 at 11 a.m.
September 25, 2020
In the last 5 months, nearly 2,000 residents and staff have died as a result of COVID-19 in our province's long-term care homes. Many died isolated, without adequate care and without staff time for emotional support. Long-term care staff have had to fight for access to appropriate personal protective equipment (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.
The Ford government has taken no action to deal with emergency staffing shortages and inadequate care levels in long-term care homes. Despite repeated promises, no action has been taken to get care levels up to a safe standard. In Ontario, the majority of COVID-19 related deaths happened in for-profit long-term care homes, yet privatization of new long-term care beds continues.
Today, COVID-19 continues to run through long-term care homes. In recent weeks, 11 residents have died at just one home. Yet, there is no plan to get staff into hard-hit homes. Long-term care staff are also still fighting to get the appropriate PPE. All staff do not have N95 masks.
As of last week, there were 35 long-term care homes in the province with active COVID-19 outbreaks. This cannot go on any longer.
The Ontario Hospital Coalition (OHC) is asking Ontarians to take action and to stop accepting empty promises from our provincial government.
The OHC is 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.
For more information on the OHC's Day of Action, please click here.
Join the Day of Action
If you would like to organize an action in your area, in accordance with our safety guidelines and Public Health rules, please contact the OHC at 416-441-2502 or firstname.lastname@example.org (with the subject line: DAY OF ACTION).
Please note current Public Health guidelines forbid groups of more than 25 outside across Ontario. In accordance with these rules, press conferences and car motorcades will be held.
Locations to Date
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Outside Conservative MPP Rick Nicholls office, 111 Heritage Road, Call Shirley (226) 402-2724 email@example.com
*LOCATION HAS BEEN CHANGED*
In front of government building at 479 Government Road, Call Katrina (807) 220-1032 or Unifor Local 324 office (807) 223-8146
Whitby, Conservative MPP Lorne Coe’s office 114 Dundas St. E. (cars line up on Perry St. for motorcade), Call Charlie (416) 557-5935 firstname.lastname@example.org or Lance (905) 431-0823
Outside Norfolk Manor, 128 Norfolk St., Call Magee (519) 767-0084
Gore Park, King and James St., Call Janina (905) 545-5514 email@example.com
Drive in protest in Head Lake Park, in the parking lot across from across from Baked and Battered, email Terry (705) 457-2066 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lindsay, Victoria Park Lindsay, 190 Kent St. W., Call Bonnie (416) 567-1163 email@example.com
Starts at 12:00 p.m. (noon).
Kingston, Concession St & Princess St. (“traffic circle”), Call Matthew (613)-542-5834 firstname.lastname@example.org
Outside Conservative MPP Amy Fee’s office, 4281 King St. E., Call Jim (519) 588-5841 email@example.com
Outside Conservative MPP and Minister of Health Christine Elliot's office, 16635 Yonge St., email Jon CommonGround.YR@gmail.com
Outside Sam Oosterhoff’s office, 4961 King St. in Beamsville, Call Sue (905) 932-1646 firstname.lastname@example.org
Outside Conservative MPP Stephen Crawford’s office, 74 Rebecca St., Call Mervyn for press conference (905) 845-3250, Call Claudia for car cavalcade (905) 320-6639 email@example.com
*IN-PERSON EVENT CANCELLED, PRESS CONFERENCE IS ONLINE VIA ZOOM*
Email to receive link, which will be sent out later this week.
Call Mary Catherine (613) 899-5158 or Nancy at (613) 875-0474 firstname.lastname@example.org
Brampton, outside Conservative MPP Amarjot Sandhu’s office, 10 Gilligan Drive, Call Richard (647-237-5153) email@example.com
Outside Conservative MPP Dave Smith’s office, 1123 Water St., Call Roy (705) 745-2446 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sault Ste. Marie
Outside Conservative MPP Ross Romano, 390 Bay St., Call Kelly (705) 971-3232 email@example.com
Outside Conservative MPP Raymond Cho’s office, 4559 Sheppard Ave E., Call Kingsley (416-835-3377) firstname.lastname@example.org
*LOCATION HAS BEEN CHANGED*
Mini Queen's Park, 435 S. James St., Call Jules (807) 577-5946 email@example.com
Toronto (Also see Scarborough above.)
Toronto’s car cavalcade starts at 9:30 a.m., and the press conference starts at 9:45. In keeping with the Toronto Chief Medical Officer of Health's call yesterday to limit non essential trips out of the home, the Toronto press conference will be livestreamed to Facebook and the video will be posted on our Facebook and Youtube.
Car cavalcade is outside Queen’s Park, Grosvenor St., Wellesley Ave and Queen’s Park Circle.
Call Riley about the car cavalcade (647) 617-1474 or the OHC office about the car cavalcade or press conference at (416) 441-2502 firstname.lastname@example.org
Windsor, on the road outside Heron Terrace, 11550 McNorton Street, Call Tracey (519) 995-0239 email@example.com