In The News


September 26, 2022

A Response to Our Letter


The Minister of Long-Term Care has responded to Seniors for Social Action Ontario's letter but has failed to address a single concern that was raised.

September 24, 2022 - CTV News Ottawa

‘Operating on fear’: Ottawa woman speaks out about impact of new

nursing home law

Seniors are speaking out about the impacts of a new Ontario government bill aimed at freeing up bed space in hospitals by potentially moving patients far from their preferred destinations.


They say the bill is already taking a toll on many families. .......

Jeremie Charron, CTV News Ottawa


September 15, 2022  The Toronto Star

Families worry about loved ones’ fate under new Ontario hospital and nursing home law


Jamie Daw drew a 70 kilometre-wide radius on a map this week to show her mother how far she’d have to drive to visit her ailing husband if he’s moved to a nursing home not of his choosing under a new provincial law.

The Canadian Press

Liam Casey


CBC News - August 26, 2022

Can Ontario force hospital patients into long-term care homes? It's complicated


Government warns patients who refuse to consent could face hefty hospital bills

Laura McQuillan · CBC News

The Globe and Mail - August 25, 2022

Ontario’s Long-Term Care Minister backs fees for elderly patients who refuse to leave hospital


Ontario Long-Term Care Minister Paul Calandra says hospitals should be encouraged to use their existing powers to charge elderly patients up to $1,800 a day for refusing to leave for an available long-term care bed, as his government pushes forward with legislation aimed at moving more people out of crowded hospital wards.

Jeff Gray Queen's Park Reporter

Dustin Cook Queen's Park Reporter


August 19, 2022  The Province

Seniors scared over forced placement to long-term care homes for Ontario patients


'Anyone over 70 right now must be shaking in their boots to think this government might force them to be placed in an institution that's not even in their own community'

The Canadian Press

Liam Casey

CBC News - July 8, 2022

Ontario's 7th wave of COVID-19 is already hitting long-term care homes


Doctors and advocates call for the return of vaccine mandates for staff in long-term care.

by Clara Pasieka · CBC News

Ottawa Citizen - April 22, 2022

Ontario ignoring lessons of pandemic, building a generation of private care homes, critics say


Three private long-term care companies, including one with among the highest death rates during the pandemic, are slated to build the bulk of new and upgraded long-term care beds in Ottawa.

By Elizabeth Payne

Toronto Star - May 27, 2022

By Marco Chown Oved Investigative Reporter
Kenyon Wallace Investigative Reporter
Ed Tubb Toronto Star

Please view this important

podcast with

Douglas Cartan,

a co-founder of SSAO.

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