Time to Push for Positive Change
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Time to Push for Positive Change

CLAC is calling on the Ontario government to end or amend its emergency orders for long term care. Please help by making your voice heard and participate in CLAC’s campaign for change!

By Paul Wilson, Research and Education Director

Humans have an amazing ability to adapt to change and be resilient when faced with adverse circumstances. As pandemic fatigue sets in and we all grow increasingly impatient with restrictions, disrupted routines, and the new normal challenges of daily living, we need to draw on whatever inner strength we have to see us through these hard times.

I realize, of course, that some find it easier than others to adapt and be resilient. Nevertheless, we all have some capacity to adjust our attitudes, behaviours, and expectations. And these are times that require these traits.

My close friend Charlie is a good example of a person who has had to draw on his inner strength to deal with the worst of circumstances. His mother-in-law, who was a resident in a long term care facility in Ontario, contracted COVID-19 and passed away.

In the midst of his heart-breaking pain and loss, Charlie not only practiced good self-care, but also somehow found the will and strength to reach out and help others in their grief. By early June, the facility in which his mother-in-law resided had seen 51 COVID-related deaths, and 175 residents and 69 employees had tested positive. Eventually, the province had to take over this facility.

In my conversations with Charlie, he shared his desire and determination to help bring about change in our long term care system. He is not alone in that desire.

CLAC has worked tirelessly for many years to advocate for systemic change on behalf of its members who do heroic work everyday in long term care. Sadly, our many calls for change have often gone unheeded. Nevertheless, we remain committed, resilient, and vigilant in advocating for change.

Despite all that has happened in the last six months, and the failures of long term care systems to provide our seniors with the care they need and deserve, we have an opportunity now to adapt, show our resolve and resilience, and push for positive change.

Right now, CLAC is calling on the Ontario government to end or amend its emergency orders for long term care. Please help by making your voice heard and participate in CLAC’s campaign for change!

Now more than ever, our government needs to hear directly from you. To achieve maximum influence, we encourage you to contact your MPP directly by letter, email, or phone to reinforce CLAC’s message to Premier Ford.

By adding your voice, you will reinforce our collective voice and help get our message across.
You can find your local MPP and their contact info 
here. If you don’t know who your MPP is, simply enter your postal code in the “Find My MPP” feature.

Thank you for your part in helping to make long term care issues become a priority for our province.

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