Day one in a human rights inquiry into wheelchair access to washrooms in restaurants. It was quick, wrap up is tomorrow. Oh, and the case almost didn’t happen because the Human Rights Commission didn’t think it had merit, and the complainants had to take the Commission to court. Sound familiar?
The ACE (Advocates for the Care of the Elderly) Team welcomes the new bedsore measures for nursing homes which were announced today by Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey. But ACE also wonders why it took so long for the government to finally act.
Members of the ACE (Advocates for the Care of the Elderly) Team will be present outside two events this week where the Premier is speaking.
For me, the testimony by Louise Bradley, CEO of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, was one of the highlights of this week’s proceedings at the human rights inquiry. That’s why I was pleased when she was willing to be interviewed. We talk about mental health, the harm of living in an institution, stigma, and the benefits of community living. Louise was at one time heavily involved in the East Coast Forensic Hospital in Dartmouth, and we also talk about the folks there who have been conditionally discharged but can’t get the supportive housing they need. So they just stick around, sometimes for many years.
“Cape Breton was a mess this weekend,” writes Lisa Bond, referring to the many emergency room closures last weekend. “I called and left messages for you leading up to it in hopes that something would be done, but alas, I heard nothing back from you.”
This weekend’s touching video sends the message that people found “not criminally responsible on account of mental disorder” are human beings first of all, who, like everybody, get sick, and then get better again.
We interview food security expert Dr. Valerie Tarasuk, who will be visiting Nova Scotia later this week. She talks about hunger counts that don’t count hunger, food banks that don’t solve food insecurity, and income thresholds that don’t reflect it. Also, why people who are food insecure get sick so much, even if the illness has nothing to do with diet. And finally, what we should do to fix the problem.
A private for-profit blood supply system is not welcome in Nova Scotia, and the provincial government should enact legislation as soon as possible to ensure private companies do not get to set up shop here. That was the main message at this morning’s press conference organized by unions, the Nova Scotia Health Coalition and Bloodwatch, an organization that advocates for a safe, voluntary, public blood system in Canada.
The Guysborough Communities Coalition (GCC), a group of citizens created to bring dialogue and transparency between citizens of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) and its council will be asking Council to agree to a Town Hall-style meeting open to all residents of MODG.
News release: The ACE (Advocates for the Care of the Elderly) Team is very disappointed that the new Provincial Budget does little to address long, overdue needs in long-term care.
According to ACE Team Chair, Gary MacLeod, “While this Budget is supposed to be about “Stronger Services and Supports”, this is clearly not being done for long-term care. Expanding the Caregiver Benefit program or increasing the Seniors Safety grant program does little to improve or provide more long-term care”