Councillor Josh Matlow

Toronto’s Seniors Advocate’s Online Public Forum

Toronto’s Seniors Advocate’s Online Public Forum2020-12-07T18:02:47+00:00

Thank you for joining me for my public forum regarding the challenges and opportunities for long term care in Ontario. A recording of the meeting can be accessed by clicking on the link below. Please do not hesitate to contact me at if you are experiencing any technical difficulties.

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Toronto’s Seniors Advocate Presents
An Online Public Forum:
The Challenges & Opportunities for Long Term Care
Before (And After) COVID-19

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been particularly devastating to our elder population, especially in long term care homes where, in too many cases, it has been running rampant.

As Toronto’s Seniors Advocate, I’ve been calling on the Provincial government and Ministry of Long Term Care to adopt an emotion-centred approach to care into Ontario’s Long Term Care Homes Act, 2007 (LTCHA) and Ontario Regulation 79/10, implement immediate changes to the level and quality of care in long term care homes, with respect to pandemic relief and lastly, request that the Province initiate an independent, objective and impartial Inquiry into Ontario’s long term care homes, as opposed to a Commission.

While I will continue to advocate on behalf of seniors, I’ve spoken to far too many long term care residents, caregivers, concerned sons and daughters that have questions relating to staffing, data collection, coordination and collaboration between local hospitals and public health units, quality of life impacts due to visitation restrictions and the stark difference between death rates and outbreaks in long term care homes owned by for-profit corporations as compared to non-profit and public homes.

That is why, I am hosting a public forum with Ontario’s Seniors Advocate and Director of Geriatrics at Mt. Sinai Health System and University Health Network, Dr. Samir Sinha, Geriatrician at Mt.Sinai Health System and University Health Network, Dr. Nathan Stall, President of the SEIU Healthcare Union, Sharleen Stewart, Cupe Local 79 Member, Jill Hallam and Mayor John Tory to have an open discussion about the above topics and hold a question and answer session between the panelists and attendees. 

In order to make sure that everyone has access to the information and discussion from the meeting, we will be recording the discussion and question and answer period, which I will post on my website at An important note for anyone who is attending and is concerned about privacy, the format will not show any of the attendees, only your voice will be recorded if you wish to ask a question or make a comment. If you are not comfortable with participating in this format, you are welcome to observe the meeting and contact my office directly by email or phone.

Please note that the link to access the forum will appear on this webpage 30 minutes before (at 6:00pm on Monday November 30th) the forum commences. 


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