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COVID-19 deaths piled up as this LTC home missed deadlines to fix infection control, prevention problems. This was the government’s ‘pathetic’ response

By Kenyon Wallace Investigative Reporter

Connecting with nature shouldn’t be considered a ‘luxury’ in long-term care

By John Lord


'Nothing less than a full overhaul' for long-term care

By Anne Jarvis


'It's still an institution:' Advocates urge radical change for LTC

By Joanne Laucius


Op-Ed -

The Hamilton Spectator Wed., Mar. 3, 2021

Relationships matter in eldercare

By Rachel Barken and Douglas J. Cartan

Op-Ed -

Special to Waterloo Region Record Mon., Feb. 1, 2021

Time to Shift Our Thinking on Long Term Care

By John Lord, Contributor

Op-Ed - Toronto Star - Dec 30, 2020

Time to provide funding and real choice in long-term care

By Judith Sandys Contributor
Patricia Spindel Contributor

Long-term-care homes that violate legislation designed to protect residents rarely face orders to comply from Ontario’s top enforcement official, Star investigation finds


By Kenyon Wallace Investigative Reporter

Toronto Star, Sat., Nov. 7, 2020

...“The inspection branch is so weak that the law is literally unenforceable,” said Patricia Spindel, co-founder of Seniors For Social Action Ontario (SSAO), a group of social activists calling for in-home and residential care in the community as an alternative to institutions.

“These operators are let off the hook even after repeated compliance orders and director’s orders. They just go about their business as usual and don’t have to take the inspection service seriously at all.”...

"Patricia Spindel, co-founder of Seniors For Social Action Ontario, a group of social activists from across Ontario, said the fact that the Red Cross is going into Ontario nursing homes “should tell us all we need to know about the fact that these institutions are disaster areas.”

A week and a half ago, the federal government gave the go-ahead to the Red Cross to go into seven Ottawa-area long-term-care homes dealing with serious outbreaks.


“It’s time to downsize and ultimately eliminate (long-term-care homes) in favour of small community group homes and in-home attendant care and paid caregiver programs,” Spindel said. “Nursing homes are unsustainable. Period. Taxpayers and the public sector — hospitals, health units, the military, and now even the Red Cross are having to bail them out.”