Ontario is proposing $ 1 million fines for long-term care homes that fail to meet standards

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Policy Insider for October 29, 2021: Nursing Home Operators Could Pay Millions; Liberals get nervous; Manitoba stiffens

On Thursday, Ontario revealed legislation that would allow for fines up to $ 1 million for nursing home operators and homes that do not meet standards may be forced to hand over control to a government-appointed supervisor, the Globe relationships.

The proposed legislation includes commitments a spend billions of dollars to hire more workers for the chronically understaffed sector, doubling the number of inspectors to more closely monitor conditions in homes and building new facilities to replenish aging homes in the province with multi-bed wards.

“The Fixing Long-Term Care Act is a complete rewrite of the rules and law that will ensure the protection of our seniors and the improvement of the quality of care and quality of life”, the Minister for Long-Term Care Rod Phillips said in an interview.

The coronavirus pandemic has exposed weaknesses in the province’s oversight of the industry, including Prime Minister Doug Ford’s government decision to eliminate nearly all proactive home inspections in 2018. ‘Ontario, killing 3,824 residents. The virus was particularly deadly in older homes where many of the residents slept in the same room and shared a bathroom with two or three other people.

The government also hires more inspectors, but has not reacted to calls to move to nonprofit operations, which, according to research, are often better.

The minister is also facing mounting pressure for recently announcing that the government has awarded 140 of 220 new construction projects to private companies, for profit, which owns 60 percent of the province’s homes.

In surgery: John Horgan undergoes surgery this morning for throat growth, Global relationships. He nominated Mike Farnworth as deputy premier. The premier used the occasion encourage people to be proactive and to see a doctor if they have any health problems.

Horgan was feeling pretty good on Thursday preside over a virtual meeting of the premieres.

Stiffened grasslands: Former Liberal heavyweight Lloyd Axworthy he says his party risks losing “the only liberal bulwark on the prairies” by falling Jim Carr from the cabinet, the Winnipeg Free Press relationships.

“I’m not happy that there has been a bit of a bypass in our region,” Axworthy said. Manitoba Premier Kelvin Goertzen agreed: “It’s disappointing. Western Canada needs to be better represented at the government table. “

So grumpy: The anonymous right-wing liberals tell John Ivison that Trudeau’s new government is too leftist. One called Trudeau “Canada’s first NDP prime minister. “

Pressure on Guilbeault: In Globe, both of them Konrad Yakabuski Other Adam Radwanski have columns reflecting on the impact of the new environment minister on climate and resource extraction.

Climate hope: As Trudeau heads to Europe for a G20 summit and COP 26 meeting, a new report says the liberal climate plan could meet Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions targets by the end of this decade, CP relationships.

Canada’s emissions have risen more than 3% since 2016, most of any G7 nation, five of which saw emissions decline over that period. [Catherine] Abreu he said the fact and the purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline in 2018 did not go unnoticed. But Trudeau has substantially upped the ante in his climate plan over the past 12 months, including pledges to end the sale of gas-powered cars and create an emission-free power grid, both by 2035, as well as limiting oil emissions. it’s gas. and then forcing them downwards, no later than 2025. Clean Prosperity analysis says these three things alone could get Canada almost halfway to the new goal Trudeau’s Liberals agreed last spring to cut emissions 40 to 45 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. The previous goal was 30 percent below 2005 levels.

impatient grit: Liberal MPs don’t know why it takes so long for Trudeau to convene a caucus meeting, they tell CBC, on the minutes. echoing off-the-record comments recently reported In the Hill Times.

deputy from Québec Alexandra Mendès said he finds the wait staggering while Ontario MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith he said there is no possible reason for the delay.

“There is no explanation or excuse for not having already had a national caucus meeting,” he said. “I expect we’ll have one shortly.”

Ambler sues PCs: Former MP CPC Stella Ambler is suing the Ontario Tories, claiming it was “illegal” for Doug Ford nominate another candidate for her nomination in Simcoe-Gray, il star relationships.

Ambler’s plans were thwarted last June when Ford chose the mayor of Collingwood Brian Saunderson be the progressive conservative candidate in the midst of a contest of four candidates for nomination in that cavalcade. In a 29-page brief filed with the Ontario Superior Court, which will hear the case on Friday, Ambler’s attorney argues that the former lawmaker was not treated fairly.

The Tories Call Dion: CPC MP Michael Barrett asked the Commissioner for Ethics Mario Dion to investigate whether Trudeau violated the Conflict of Interest Act after his mother spoke at an event organized by Elevate, a group that receives federal funding, CTV relationships.

Elevate, a Toronto-based nonprofit organization, received $ 5.8 million from the federal government to help job seekers in underrepresented communities. When previously asked by CTV News, the organization did not say how much, if anything, it paid Margaret Trudeau attend the symposium, but denied that there was a relationship between the event and government funding.

Long sample: The Competition Bureau is still investigating grocery giants who allegedly set the price of bread in Canada for at least 14 years, the Financial post relationships. The Competition Bureau issued search warrants on some of the most powerful food companies in 2017. The office says these things take time.

“It looks like Canada have lost the ball,” he said Ambarish Chandra, a professor at the University of Toronto who deals with competition and public policy. “Nobody paid a fine. Nobody went to jail. This is crazy. “

Like Brian Bethune wrote in 2018 in Maclean’s, “Don’t cheat with what Scripture calls the stick of life.”

Critics silenced: In National post, Sabrina Maddeaux has an interesting column on social media platforms that suspend Canadian accounts critical of China.

– Stephen Maher

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