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Thumbs Up: Ontario PC’s Sam Oosterhoff Reacts After Hearing Health Workers are Facing PPE Shortages

Read the room, Oosterhoff

May 26, 2020

Ontario PC MPP Sam Oosterhoff gave his Health Minister a friendly thumbs up only moments after hearing some health workers are dying because they can’t access personal protective equipment.

During Question Period at Queen’s Park Tuesday morning, Ontario NDP MPP Sara Singh questioned the government about frontline workers reporting that they’re still having trouble accessing “masks, gloves and face shields.”

Singh shared stories about a long-term care home worker who died after raising concerns about PPEs, a personal support worker who was forced to wear “dollar store masks” on the job, as well as 10 Toronto-area taxi drivers who recently died from COVID-19.

Health Minister Christine Elliott conceded some healthcare workers are still not getting the protection they need.

“There may be situations, where in some healthcare situations, perhaps the supervision there didn’t allow people to have access to it,” Elliott acknowledged. “That is an entirely different issue from whether there was PPE or not.”

That’s when Niagara West PC MPP Sam Oosterhoff did something unexpected.

Photo: Ontario Legislative Assembly

As Elliott finished speaking, video from the Ontario Legislative Assembly shows Oosterhoff walked across the chamber, turned towards the government benches, extended both arms and gave the Health Minister an energetic thumbs up.

The video shows Elliott did not reciprocate Oosterhoff’s cheerful hand gestures and instead looked down at her notes.

Oosterhoff, who is the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education, did not respond to multiple requests for comment from PressProgress seeking clarification about what message his thumb’s up gesture was attempting to communicate.

 

 

The Ford government faced intense scrutiny Tuesday afternoon after a disturbing report from the Canadian Armed Forces raised serious concerns about conditions at Ontario’s long-term care homes.

The report noted many long-term care home workers had trouble accessing PPE, in some cases, due to a “culture of fear to use supplies because they cost money.”

The reports findings echo disturbing allegations contained in sworn affidavits from legal actions against a number of for-profit long-term care homes brought forward by SEIU Healthcare and the Ontario Nurses Association in April.

 

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Over 90% of Corporate Directors at Canada’s Biggest For-Profit Nursing Homes Have No Medical Qualifications

Corporate boards of directors at Canada’s four biggest for-profit nursing home chains are dominated by real estate developers

May 25, 2020

Despite holding life-and-death decision-making power over tens of thousands of elderly Canadians, the country’s biggest for-profit nursing home chains are largely dominated by corporate directors with no real medical expertise.

To date, 85% of Canada’s COVID-19 deaths are linked to outbreaks at long-term care facilities, with private, for-profit homes seeing up to four times as many deaths.

But according to a new analysis of corporate records by PressProgress looking at 35 directors…