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Australian Scientists Developing "Blockbuster" Diabetes Drug

Posted on Thu, August 21, 2008 at 3:54 am

By AFP - Sun Aug 17, 9:29 PM PDT SYDNEY (AFP) Australian researchers Monday said they had developed a drug which could potentially spell an end to a life-threatening condition caused by diabetes, heart disease and other illnesses. Scientists from the University of Melbourne and the city's St Vincent's Hospital said the drug had been shown in animal trials to prevent fibrosis, the build-up of irreversible scarring on internal organs. There are currently no treatments… Read More.

Cash Injection for Long-Term Care Homes

Posted on Thu, August 21, 2008 at 3:31 am

> TORONTO, Aug. 19 /CNW/ - NEWS Ontario is providing $23.3 million to support the creation of 873 personal support worker positions in long-term care homes. This will increase the average paid hours of direct daily care per resident to 3.26 hours this year of nursing, personal support and programming. This is the first round of funding to add 2,500 new personal support worker positions and 2,000 more nurses in long-term care homes over the… Read More.

Peterborough celebrates new affordable housing for seniors

Posted on Sun, August 17, 2008 at 2:45 am

PETERBOROUGH, ON, Aug. 15 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario and the City of Peterborough today celebrated the opening of a new affordable housing project supported by over $1.7 million in funding under the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program. Dean Del Mastro, Member of Parliament for Peterborough, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development; Jeff Leal, Member of Provincial Parliament for Peterborough, on behalf of… Read More.

Gov. of Canada is Helping Low-Income Seniors in British Columbia

Posted on Tue, July 29, 2008 at 10:33 pm

LANGLEY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 23, 2008) - The Government of Canada is following through on its commitment to strengthen Canada's public pension system and ensure that low-income seniors keep more of their hard-earned money without a reduction in benefits. Today, Mr. Mark Warawa, Member of Parliament for Langley, on behalf of the Honourable Marjory LeBreton, Leader of the Government in the Senate and Secretary of State (Seniors), met with local seniors and service providers,… Read More.

VIA Rail Summer Travel Deal for Parents and Grandparents

Posted on Tue, July 8, 2008 at 10:42 pm

For travel now thru to September 15, 2008, for every senior, student (18+), youth (18-25) or adult-fare ticket purchased in VIA's Comfort Class, a child age 2-11 travels for free. Available on every VIA train system-wide, the "Kids Travel Free" program makes it even more affordable to plan the perfect family getaway on VIA while exploring some of Canada's most exciting destinations. Looking to be pampered? VIA's Silver & Blue class service on the Canadian… Read More.

Long-term Care Needs Enforceable Standards Say Unions

Posted on Tue, July 8, 2008 at 10:35 pm

Unions team up to call for regulation in light of devastating CP investigation TORONTO, July 8 /CNW Telbec/ - With fresh revelations that over 60 per cent of long-term care homes violate provincial standards, unions representing long-term care workers called, once again, for an enforceable minimum care standard of 3.5 hours of hands-on care. "How do you solve a problem like poor quality in our long-term care homes? With minimum standards that the government enforces,… Read More.

SEIU to Dalton McGuinty - Stop Dithering on Nursing Home Standards

Posted on Fri, July 4, 2008 at 11:45 pm

TORONTO, July 4 /CNW/ - There are four priorities the Ontario government must act on immediately to ensure nursing home residents are cared for in dignity says Sharleen Stewart, President of Service Employees International Union Local 1 Canada, a union that represents 15,000 nursing home workers. > In addition every resident and family member acting as a legal guardian must be given a complete up to date inspection report of the home and what the… Read More.

Osteoporosis Treatment Rejected

Posted on Thu, July 3, 2008 at 1:57 am

DORVAL, QC, July 2 /CNW Telbec/ - A recent decision by the Common Drug Review (CDR) marks a major setback in terms of access to a new and effective treatment for osteoporosis, a debilitating and potentially deadly disease affecting 1.4 million Canadians. On June 25, the Common Drug Review, Canada's national process for making formulary listing recommendations on prescription drugs, counseled provincial drug plans not to reimburse Aclasta(*). Aclasta(*) is the first and only treatment… Read More.

North Bay caregivers hold 12-hour Rock-a-thon for standard of care in nursing homes

Posted on Wed, June 25, 2008 at 11:23 pm

NORTH BAY, ON, June 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Front line workers in North Bay will hold a 12-hour "Rock-a-thon" this Thursday, June 26 to press the provincial government to bring in a regulated minimum standard of hands-on care for residents in long-term care homes. Sid Ryan, Ontario President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) will join the rockers for a media conference at 12:30 p.m. Workers, families of nursing home residents and community… Read More.

Investigation among nurses: They would work more hours in mixed public-private practice

Posted on Thu, June 19, 2008 at 2:47 pm

MONTREAL, June 19 /CNW Telbec/ - An investigation conducted among nurses by the Montreal Economic Institute reveals that the report of the Quebec roundtable on the nursing workforce neglects an important factor in nurses' availability: more than half (54%) are willing to work on weekdays in the private sector in addition to their usual 34-hour work weeks in the public sector. This would be comparable to hiring the equivalent of 3,730 full-time nurses on weekdays,… Read More.

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