Media advisory - Bill 140: Community meeting on April 11th to discuss better care for elderly, frail

    NORTH BAY, ON, April 9 /CNW Telbec/ - The public is invited to a
community meeting with front line caregiver organizations and families with
elderly relatives in nursing homes this Wednesday, April 11th to discuss
better standards of care for seniors and frail elderly. The forum is being
organized by the North Bay District Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
    After a province-wide lobby campaign by CUPE Ontario, the Ontario Health
Coalition (OHC) and others, the provincial government has agreed to introduce
a minimum standard of care for residents in nursing homes as part of its new
Bill 140 Long-Term Care Act. The government is proceeding with consultations
in April and May to establish what that standard should be.
    Based on the experience of other provinces and U.S. states, CUPE Ontario
believes seniors' needs will only be met by introducing an average 3.5 hour
minimum standard of care for all residents living in long-term care
    "Each day, we see resident care suffering because there is not enough
staff in many homes and the number of hours allotted to care is simply not
enough," says Henri Giroux, President of the North Bay District CUPE Council.
At this media conference:

                   Date:         Wednesday, April 11, 2007

                   Time:         7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

                   Location:     Voyager Inn
                                 123 Delaware Street
                                 North Bay

    Guest speakers will include Jim Flynn, the Canadian Union of Public
Employees (CUPE) Associate Health Care Coordinator, as well as families of the
elderly who have experienced care issues in nursing homes.

For further information:

For further information: contact: Henri Giroux, President, North Bay,
(705) 474-4250, x231; District CUPE Council, (705) 494-9302

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