Councillor Josh Matlow

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The More Time Lost, The More Lives Lost2021-01-13T01:35:36+00:00

This public health emergency has quickly turned into a humanitarian crisis with seniors in long term care accounting for 66% of Ontario's COVID-19 deaths.

To save lives and better support our long term care workers, seniors and those living with accessibility challenges in our province, I'm asking the Premier, Minister of Long Term Care and Retired General to implement the following immediate changes: address the dangerous staffing shortages through stabilizing the workforce by offering more full-time employment opportunities, greater pay, heightened benefits, increased sick days and extending the $3 temporary wage increase for workers in both long term care and institutional settings passed the March 31st, 2021 expiration date; develop effective and timely vaccination roll-out plans that immediately administer the vaccine around the clock to all residents and workers, publish daily vaccine roll-out reports and address vaccine hesitancy amongst workers; and thirdly, to amend and exempt long term care homes and institutional settings from the province's Supporting Ontario's Recovery Act, 2020.

We owe it to our long term care homes staff and residents, along with their families and friends, to take the necessary steps to ensure that they are provided the highest standards of safety and care. It is simply unacceptable for our government to do anything less then to accept expert advice and act on it immediately in order to save lives.

Please sign the petition below and click on the resulting link to send a custom email to Premier Doug Ford, Minister of Long Term Care Merrillee Fullerton and Retired General Rick Hillier. Your voice is needed now to save lives.

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