Ontario giving 3rd COVID-19 vaccine dose to high-risk people. What about other provinces?

Ontario has become the first Canadian province to approve a third COVID-19 vaccine dose for vulnerable people amid heightened concerns over the spread of the highly-transmissible Delta variant. Starting as … Read More

The Canadian long-term care dilemma — where are we headed?

Two weeks after the pandemic saw long-term care homes go into quarantine in March 2020, Barbara Heuman sat on a lawn chair outside her husband’s room. She could only see … Read More

‘A lot of suffering’: Frontline health-care workers describe the moments before death by COVID-19

It is a bright, crisp early March morning and the sun is shining outside of Downsview Long Term Care Home in the north end of Toronto. Spring is coming, a … Read More

Ontario long-term care minister was ‘ahead’ of top doctor on COVID-19: commission

Ontario’s long-term care minister was aware of the dangers the novel coronavirus posed to the sector long before it was declared a global pandemic, a newly released transcript from the … Read More

Ontario LTC minister says she didn’t go public with COVID-19 concerns because she’s no expert

TORONTO — Ontario’s long-term care minister said she didn’t go public early last year with concerns about COVID-19 spreading in nursing homes because she didn’t consider herself an authority on … Read More

Quebec coroner delays inquiry into COVID-19 related deaths at Herron until September

Public hearings on what unfolded at the Residence Herron will be postponed until September as part of a wider coroner’s inquest into coronavirus-related deaths at long-term care homes in Quebec. … Read More

Quebec coroner postpones inquiry into COVID-19 related deaths at Herron residence until September

Public hearings on what unfolded at the Residence Herron will be postponed until September as part of a wider coroner’s inquest into coronavirus-related deaths at long-term care homes in Quebec. … Read More

Federal NDP leader touts pledge on long-term care: ‘We’re losing loved ones’

Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh was in Winnipeg Thursday touting his party’s plan for the elimination of for-profit long-term care. Under the plan, Singh says an NDP government would work … Read More

Report finds Alberta left millions of dollars in federal COVID-19 funds ‘on the table’

The Alberta government failed to access more than $300 million in available federal supports for things like long-term care and low-wage essential worker top-ups amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to … Read More

Provinces sitting on millions in COVID-19 funds for long-term care homes: CCPA

Almost a year into the pandemic, several provinces in Canada do not have sufficient plans in place to tackle COVID-19 in long-term care homes, according to a new report. The … Read More

U.K. variant confirmed in COVID-19 outbreak at Barrie long-term care home

Health officials say the U.K. coronavirus variant — believed to be more contagious — has been confirmed in an outbreak at a Barrie long-term care home that has seen nearly … Read More

‘Precarious work is a health hazard’: When staying home isn’t an option

Stay home. This has been one of the driving messages we’ve heard throughout the pandemic to combat the spread of COVID-19. Last week, the Ontario government’s stay-at-home order came into … Read More

Son of 98-year-old COVID-19 survivor urges public health compliance in Saskatchewan

After worrying about losing his 98-year-old mother in Saskatchewan’s deadliest COVID-19 outbreak, a Regina man is tired of people not adhering to public health orders. Brian Albert told Global News … Read More

Union leaders, advocates urge N.S. government to require minimum care hours in nursing homes

Union leaders and advocates for Nova Scotia’s long-term care sector are urging the provincial government to implement minimum daily care hours for residents in their facilities. Research suggests a minimum … Read More

Family speaks out about alleged neglect at N.S. long-term care facility

Carolyn Olgivile, who has been a resident at the Grand View Manor in Berwick, N.S., since 2018, fell and broke her hip in the bathroom on Dec. 19. While she … Read More

Some New Brunswick elder-care workers left out of pandemic wage top-up: union

MONCTON, N.B. – The union representing workers contracted for housekeeping, food and laundry services in New Brunswick’s Shannex retirement facilities say they’ve been left out of a wage top-up program. … Read More

Front-line health workers will be first to get COVID-19 vaccine in B.C.

Thousands of front-line health-care workers in long-term care, intensive care, emergency rooms and COVID-19 hospitals will be the first to get the vaccine against the virus in B.C. Health officials … Read More

Seniors scared following another wave of long-term care COVID-19 outbreaks

Hundreds of seniors are in isolation at AgeCare Skypointe in Calgary after a COVID-19 outbreak that has claimed two lives. Visits to the facility are suspended and many on in … Read More

N.B. Nurses Union calls for inquiry into long-term care, claims quality has declined

A majority of registered nurses in New Brunswick say that care has declined in the province’s special-care homes in the last several years, a report from their union says. “A … Read More

Trudeau says he’ll push premiers on ‘standardizing norms’ in long-term care homes

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he plans to push provincial premiers in a meeting this week to work towards harmonized “norms” for long-term care homes as the coronavirus pandemic continues. … Read More

Ontario government deciding which long-term care homes to get Red Cross support

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted October 13, 2020 11:57 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ TORONTO — The Ontario government … Read More

Calls grow for public inquiry into COVID-19 outbreak at Northwood

On Wednesday, the Nova Scotia government confirmed that after 28 days of no active cases of COVID-19 the outbreak at Northwood can officially be considered resolved. But for families who … Read More

Report calls out ‘systemic’ failings in Canada’s long-term care system

Canada has failed in its duty to protect vulnerable elders in long-term care, according to a highly critical report that examines the issue in light of the COVID-19 crisis. The … Read More

COVID-19 cases in long-term care inspire redesign, reform of institutional-style homes

Some private operators of personal care homes want the province of Alberta to consider making them part of the public system that takes care of our aging population. Karen Cazemier, … Read More

New Brunswick announces 9 new cases in Campbellton area as outbreak grows

New Brunswick health officials have announced nine new COVID-19 cases on Monday. All are located in the region of Campbellton, N.B., also known as Zone 5, and bring the total … Read More

Long-term care facilities are the only option for many. What happens when they fall short?

Hundreds of long-term care facilities across Canada have struggled with outbreaks of the novel coronavirus, leaving a string of deaths and communities shaken. In response to the overwhelming outbreaks in … Read More

Federal aid needed for long-term care homes before 2nd wave of COVID-19: advocates

The federal government must do more to help provinces prepare long-term care homes for the next wave of COVID-19, the Ontario Long Term Care Association says. Association CEO Donna Duncan … Read More

All active COVID-19 cases in N.B. remain linked to doctor that failed to self-isolate

New Brunswick is reporting no new cases of COVID-19 on Monday despite processing more than 2,000 tests in the previous 24 hours. There are 132 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in … Read More

Troops in long-term care homes raise concerns about management, say many workers doing their best

Canadian soldiers helping fight novel coronavirus outbreaks in several long-term care homes say many front-line workers are doing the best they can. The troops, Global News has learned, have raised … Read More

Canadians have ‘deluded’ themselves about the state of long-term care: doctor

Canadians have for years been turning a blind eye to the state of long-term care homes across the country and ignoring the growing question of how to care for the … Read More

More staff, better layouts: how to make long-term care homes ‘good living’

Residents left in soiled diapers, cockroaches in living areas and people not getting three meals a day — just some of the allegations raised about Ontario long-term care homes by … Read More

Ottawa needs to address long-term care crisis via funding, national standards: doctors

The Canadian Medical Association says the federal government needs to address “appalling conditions” in a number of long-term care homes across the country. The association issued a call on Thursday … Read More

Liberal MPs push for federal long-term care standards amid COVID-19 crisis

OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau is being pressured by some of his own Liberal backbenchers to implement enforceable national standards for the operation of long-term care homes in Canada. The pressure … Read More

‘A failed venture’: Unifor president says Canada needs better long-term care system

After witnessing the devastating impact of the novel coronavirus on many long-term care homes and its staff, the president of Canada’s largest private sector union says the country needs “a … Read More

Trudeau says question of hazard pay for military in care homes remains undecided

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the question of whether military members serving in long-term care homes hit by the coronavirus pandemic remains under consideration. But he gave no indication of … Read More

Five dead, 38 infected in second coronavirus outbreak at Langley, B.C., care home

Health officials are working to contain a resurgent novel coronavirus outbreak at a Langley residential care home that has claimed five lives. It is the second outbreak to be recorded … Read More

Coronavirus: Ontario latest province to look at controlling management of some long-term care homes

OTTAWA – The Ontario government now has an emergency power to control the management of privately run long-term care homes as the COVID-19 outbreak affecting Canada’s most vulnerable seniors continues. … Read More

Coronavirus: No easy fix for problems in Canada’s nursing, retirement homes

For years, those living and working in nursing and retirement homes across the country have struggled as overburdened caregivers tried to maintain a basic level of care and dignity for … Read More

How Canada’s nursing homes can be fixed to avoid repeat of COVID-19 outbreak

As health officials continue to struggle to contain novel coronavirus causing devastation in Canada’s long-term care homes, experts say there are a number of changes that can be made to … Read More

Coronavirus: 2 more deaths reported at Northwood in Halifax

There are two more deaths connected to the novel coronavirus at Northwood Manor in Halifax. “On behalf of all Nova Scotians, I extend my deepest condolences to the families of … Read More

Coronavirus: Death toll rises to 22 at Scarborough long-term care home

Twenty-two residents of the Seven Oaks long-term care facility in Scarborough have died after contracting coronavirus, Toronto Public Health confirms to Global News. “Unfortunately, as of April 12, 2020, we … Read More

Coronavirus: Long term care homes in spotlight as House of Commons set to return

As the House of Commons returns Saturday in an effort to pass the wage subsidy bill to help beleaguered businesses during the COVID-19 crisis, Canada must also contend with major … Read More