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INFORMATION BULLETIN

September 16, 2022

IMPACT OF BILL 7

 

On Thursday, September 15, 2022, the Toronto Star reported on Bill 7’s possible impact.  There are several important takeaways in the article.

The first is the widespread fear the Ford government’s actions are causing. There is a perception among old, sick people and their families that this government has weaponized hospitals to take action against them if they or their families dare to resist or speak out. Sue, the subject of the Star’s report, asked that her last name be kept private over “fear of repercussions for speaking out on the new legislation…”

A MESSAGE TO PREMIER FORD

AND THE ONTARIO CABINET –

WITHDRAW BILL 7 NOW!

 

To: Premier Ford and the Cabinet

August 30, 2022

You cannot silence Ontario citizens who wish to speak to your government’s introduction of Bill 7.  

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INFORMATION BULLETIN

August 25, 2022

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE CHIEF COMMISSIONER OF THE ONTARIO HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION

 

Dear Ms DeGuire,

 

For too long, ageism has been seen as a lesser form of discrimination.  Society’s grandparents and great grandparents have been pushed to the margins of society and shown, in word and deed, that they do not matter.  The strong message – they are old and will die soon anyway – ever present.

Older adults are the only group in society besides prisoners who are still mass institutionalized in a socially acceptable act of systemic marginalization........

INFORMATION BULLETIN

August 23, 2022

 

SENIORS FOR SOCIAL ACTION ONTARIO SENDS OPEN LETTER TO THE MINISTERS OF HEALTH, LONG-TERM CARE, AND

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF ONTARIO.

THIS LETTER HAS ALSO BEEN COPIED TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF CANADA AND TO THE CHIEF COMMISSIONER OF THE ONTARIO HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION

In a strongly worded letter released yesterday, Seniors for Social Action Ontario has advised the Ontario government that Bill 7 violates older adults' fundamental human and constitutional rights.  Citing Superior and Supreme Court Decisions in Canada, as well as provisions of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to which Canada is a signatory, SSAO took issue with the Ontario government's plan to allow older adults and people with disabilities to be arbitrarily admitted to long-term care facilities without their consent and to share their personal health information with those facilities, also without their consent.

Citing a range of alternative actions that the Ontario government could have taken to support older adults and people with disabilities in their own homes and communities, we call on the provincial government to immediately withdraw Bill 7.

Please feel free to share this letter with your MPPs, your federal MPs, and any groups of which you are a member, as well as on social media.  This letter needs to be widely distributed.

As always thank you for your support of our advocacy initiatives.

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INFORMATION BULLETIN

August 22, 2022

 

ONTARIO INTRODUCES A BILL THAT REMOVES INDIVIDUALS' RIGHTS TO CONSENT TO ADMISSION TO A LONG TERM CARE INSTITUTION AND THEIR RIGHT TO CONSENT TO THE TRANSFER OF THEIR PERSONAL HEALTH INFORMATION

"While others are accepting the things they cannot change, we are out changing the things we cannot accept."

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Recently Released

Essays on Aging in Place: A Guide for Developing Good Policy and Practice, Especially for People Who Have an Intellectual or Developmental Disability is a new e book released by Seniors for Social Action Ontario (SSAO) and Community Living Ontario (CLO). Twenty short essays highlight the path forward to reform elder care and not just for those who have a disability, but for everyone who needs assistance as they age.
 

The Foreword by Catharine Frazee, former Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, is a searing indictment of our current institutional system of long term care. The Afterword invites the readers’ engagement and action in the effort to reform a very broken elder care system in a more person directed manner as many of the publication’s contributors describe.

 

Douglas Cartan

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"Millions of older people around the globe experience human rights violations every year, ranging from age-based discrimination and social and political exclusion, to abuses in nursing facilities, neglect in refugee camps, and barriers to healthcare and other essential services.  Most of these abuses go undocumented and those responsible not held to account.  COVID-19 has exposed the dangerous price of ignoring the rights

of older people"

Human Rights Watch, 2021

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