TONIGHT on UnpublishedTV: Whistleblowers in long-term care
Author's Video Note:
Fear is coursing through long-term care homes in Canada as the country slips into the second wave of the pandemic. Will it be as fatal as the first wave?
During the first wave of Covid about 8 in 10 deaths from the virus occured in long-term care facilities. In late spring, the federal government called in the military to help with homes dealing with outbreaks and staff shortages. For many PSW’s and staff, they are the lowest paid, yet face the most danger.
On top of that, there is little to no whistleblower protection for those workers so they can continue to work in unsafe conditions or take a chance on speaking up, and being fired. Earlier this year, the provinces were presented with recommendations. Now, soon to be debated at Queen’s Park, new legislation which would protect people and organizations from “making an honest effort” from legal action.
This week on the UnpublishedTV live panel, we delve into this issue with guests:
- Joel Harden, MPP Ottawa Centre, ONNDP
- Allan Cutler, Anti-corruption and Accountability Canada
- David Hutton, Centre for Free Expression, Ryerson University
- John Fraser, MPP Ottawa South, Liberal
If you haven't voted already, we want to hear from you in our UV poll questions this week: Do you think all employees in long-term care homes should have whilstleblower protection? Head over to Unpublished.Vote to cast your vote, and email your MP >>