Letter to the Editor:
This is in response to a letter, published in the Letters to the Editor section of your newspaper dated August 16th, 2017. As indicated in the letter, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has reduced the funding at Port Perry Place, which has led to some difficult decisions regarding staffing levels. While we cannot speak on any specific resident case as per our privacy regulations, I can assure you that at Port Perry Place, our number one priority continues to be providing high quality care and services to our residents
Every year the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care decides on the funding for every long-term care home in the province based on a CMI (Case Mix Index). The CMI is a numeric value assigned to a long-term care home and is supposed to represent the average care requirements of residents in the home. We do our best every year to manage these funding swings without making changes to staffing. However, this year we were unable to manage the current staffing levels within the reduced funding. This led us to make some staff changes.
We have taken several measures to ensure these changes will not impact care. We have adjusted shift patterns to meet the most challenging and demanding part of the day. These measures were made in consultation with our staff, and with the knowledge of our families with whom I have held several meetings, and with whom I continue to hold meetings in order to discuss the changes. I have also held one on one meetings with family members who have specific questions, and continued to educate all our families of our mitigation plan, to reassure them of the care their families are receiving.
Our home has been able to deliver care to the high standards set by the Ministry and will always prioritize quality care. I can assure our families, care level is not going to be compromised by any changes we make. Our residents will always come first.
Sincerely, Marva Griffiths,
Administrator Port Perry Place
Letter to the Editor:
I first finished reading a “Letter to the Editor” from the Standard written by Jean Wilson.
I know exactly how she feels, because my Mother was a resident in a Nursing Home in Oshawa for seven years. I visited her each day but I still worried about her when I was home. I hired staff from a Company titled “Quality of Life”. They are independent, and have individuals take a resident for a walk outside, play cards, have a coffee, etc. You pay by the hour or half hour.
I felt much better, knowing Mom had company when I wasn't there. Plus, they would contact me if anything happened. To me, it was a small price to pay. My Mother passed away December 2013, and my friend from Quality of Life still calls me once a week to have a chat. She is very loving and her staff are the same.
If you have Family in a Nursing Home you need to have an advocate for them, constantly, because “Remember they were there for you”.
I am truly sorry to hear of the cuts to the PSW staff because they are the backbone of the Nursing Home. I think it is ludicrous; Nursing Homes are short-staffed to begin with. I agree, there should be action taken before there are serious consequences!
Joanne Leach, Port Perry
Letter to the Editor:
I congratulate Chief Kelly LaRocca on her deal with the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation. This arrangement seems to be a positive move for the MSIFN and ultimately for our community.
However, I have some concerns with comments made by Chief LaRocca.
Chief La Rocca states that she welcomes "further game related development and non-game related development in our community". She specifically mentions "expanded redevelopment of the Great Blue Heron"(ie casino). She also mentions some form of development for Seven Mile Island. Is this expansion and further development really necessary?
Most home owners and farm families, who live on Scugog Island, love our island and its beautiful pastoral environment as it is. We do not favour further development of a government designated "green belt" area and its negative impact.
We already have above average traffic flow on Island Road 24 hours a day and it is the only road on and off the island. Many of us have had to deal with impaired and sleep deprived drivers from the casino, and as we all know, there are other negative social issues associated with the gambling scene. I also understand that presently, policing of this area is particularly challenging on weekends. Why make this situation worse?
I would sincerely ask Chief La Rocca to re-think these development and expansion ideas.
According to Quebec newspaper La Presse, Ontario and Quebec are on the cusp of signing a major new power import agreement.
If the agreement goes ahead as planned, Ontario will buy eight terawatt hours of renewable electricity from Quebec every year for the next 20 years. That's enough power to serve the needs of close to a million homes in Ontario.
This is exciting news for the people of Ontario, who stand to benefit from the expanded import of low-cost Quebec water power. La Presse reports Ontario will pay just over 6 cents per kilowatt hour for this power. This is a bargain, compared to 9 cents to extend Pickering, or 16.5 cents to rebuild Darlington.
This deal is still far from maxing out, both Quebec’s supply of low-cost power and Ontario’s ability to import such clean, green power. But it is a big step and paves the way for expanded imports in the future.
With this agreement in place, there will be even less reason to keep the old and dangerous Pickering Nuclear Station, operating in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area. The government’s next step should be to order Ontario Power Generation to shut down North America’s fourth oldest nuclear plant in 2018, when its licence expires.
Please send the Premier and the Minister a note thanking them for pursuing a deal for clean, low-cost power with Quebec.
Angela Bischoff, Outreach Director
Ontario Clean Air Alliance
I am writing in concern for my Mother, who is a resident of long term care at Port Perry Place. I was informed by Marva Griffiths, Administrator, on Friday, August 7th, that as of August 1st there would be cuts to the PSW staff, due to changes in funding and a change in the Home’s status.
I believe this is in direct violation of my Mother’s rights, according to the pamphlet “Every Resident Bill of Rights For People who live in Ontario Long-Term Care Homes”, as well as the staff, who try to keep a high standard of living for the residents.
1. Respect and Dignity - Staff will be even more short of time for toileting and bathing; therefore, there is an increased chance of bladder infections, as she is not very mobile and has already developed bed sores and Edema in the feet and ankles. Plus increased incidents of going to the dining room in wet incontinence products, which took place even before these cuts.
2. Emotional Abuse - Not being mobile, as previously stated, she spends most of her time in bed, due to the Edema of her feet and ankles. When she spent time in the lounge in a chair, she was again left wet in public in front of a television, which rarely has anything of interest showing, surrounded by mostly sleeping residents.
3. Neglect - Due to being in her room the majority of the time, she feels lonely and ignored, and again, this was before the staff cuts.
4. Proper Care - She has been receiving two baths each week, but with cuts, I am not sure this will be possible. Most residents require one or two person assists to get out of bed. With more than thirty people on her floor already, there is a strong odour of urine and feces as you enter her floor.
5. Safe and Clean Home - Staff will need to rush to meet residents needs, which could easily lead to injury. Also, there are already many unmade beds.
6. Independence - She is very reliant on PSW’s for all needs and since she requires two people to assist her in and out of bed, her life will be very limited.
7. Written Policies - There was no written notification of this change. After the changes were made, there was verbal communication, and the first meeting was held Friday, August 7th, at 6 p.m., but few were told about the meeting and there was very little notice.
Residents in these types of homes are generally low income, low mental capacity, low family support and little physical ability. There are few advocates for them or the staff.
While some of these concerns have been ongoing over the time my Mother has been a resident, I believe these cuts make it imperative that action must be taken before there are serious consequences.
On behalf of the Lake Scugog Regatta Association Committee, I would like to thank all of who helped make our 89th Annual Regatta an awesome and fun filled weekend! Friday’s dinner and live entertainment was enjoyed by candle light and generator. The dance floor was hopping!
Mother Nature was certainly on our side all weekend, as we started out with the parade, followed by dog show, races, games, volleyball and horseshoe tournaments, movie in the park at dusk and much more. A special thank you goes out to all the local businesses who generously donated gifts for our Tooney Table, which was a big hit. Sunday’s delicious pancake breakfast hosted by our local Fire Fighters, followed by the fishing derby, swimming, canoe and kayak races, and of course our famous Lake Scugog Championship Sailboat race was enjoyed by everyone.
I must say, we certainly have an amazing community within the Township of Scugog. Many generations have supported the Lake Scugog Regatta and continued to do so. We are awed to see the generosity, to help continue this event for many more years to come. Stay tuned for an even better Regatta next year, as we celebrate our 90th Annual.
Letter to the Editor:
Is there any doubt, in anyone's mind, the increase in minimum wage is to buy votes, nothing more, nothing less. Does gas-plant closures come to mind? But was there any thought put into Bill 148, "The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017", that raises the minimum wage, pays part-time workers the same as full time workers, paid sick days for everyone, paid vacation time for everyone, and make employee scheduling fairer? Seriously?!?
Face it, the majority of employers want people to prosper, it's just good business sense. But government is effectively destroying business, and the everyday person with this rash increase. The report "Minimum Wage Increases, Wages, and Low-Wage Employment: Evidence from Seattle," by the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research, is a prime example of government interference, with private sector wages, putting business and workers at risk.
There are various groups, in Ontario, telling people to go out to local barbeques and speak with their MPPs about this, but is that actually going to assist small business? No, because an MPP will be in fear they won't get elected. They will pay lip service to small businesses; they will pay different lip service to special interest groups who are looking for this increase, but will anyone tell the people that an increase to $14 in 6 months, and then another increase to $15, within a year, is going to put people out of work and ruin the economy?
And what about using some reason, some common sense and looking at the reality of life in Ontario? Obviously, government hasn't used any, or government wouldn't be out there promising subsidies to small business, because they want to buy votes. Question. What about Canada's international trade deals? Aren't subsidies in violation of those trade deals? Oh, and don't forget NAFTA. How are the Americans going to deal with these subsidies?
Businesses will have to lay people off; they will close; or they will have to increase prices by over 31%.
So what happened to that increase in pay? You won't be able to afford anything because the prices are too high. You'll be working less hours because your employer can't afford it. Co-workers are gone, laid off, because of the costs. And taxes will go up, because of the subsidies government will pay to select businesses to stay in business. The money has to come from somewhere, doesn't it?
Add onto that, the price of electricity, after those subsidies run out; the carbon tax, etc., and there will be very few businesses left in Ontario for anyone to work at. That's the New-Demo-Progressive-Con-Liberal Party for you, no sense, no reason, and not in the best interest of Ontarians, shame, shame, shame.
Elizabeth F. Marshall,
Candidate – Trillium Party of Ontario, Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound
Open Letter to all Ontarians,
How Hydro One can help, not hurt, people in Ontario.
Hydro One’s decision, to invest in a U.S. utility that is part owner of one of the country’s largest coal plants, certainly won’t do anything for the people of Ontario. In fact, this investment will just contribute to the growing climate crisis, and flies in the face of the extraordinary efforts Ontario made to end the dirty coal era here.
Instead of spending its money on dirty coal, Hydro One could actually help the people of Ontario by investing in energy efficiency and improving its ability to trade power with Quebec.
Ontario still has enormous untapped efficiency potential, according to the Independent Electricity System Operator, and Hydro One can help millions of residents lower their bills, while also earning a tidy profit bonus for its actions. Similarly, the utility could expand its transmission ties with Quebec, to allow us to import more low-cost water power. Again, lower bills for Ontario customers and guaranteed profits for Hydro One.
We’ve outlined the benefits of this approach in our new report: Setting Hydro One’s Priorities Straight.
We are calling on Premier Wynne to amend the Ending Coal for Cleaner Air Act, which made burning coal for power generation illegal in Ontario, to stop Hydro One from investing in coal elsewhere.
Help us send the Premier a message, about maintaining climate leadership and clean air, by signing our petition, calling for Hydro One to stay out of the coal business.
To sign the petition go online, to http://www.cleanairalliance.org/support-a-clean-energy-future/stop-hydro-one-from-investing-in-dirty-coal/
Angela Bischoff, Outreach Director
Ontario Clean Air Alliance
Letter to the Editor:
A few weeks back, I had a bout of diverticulitis and a hernia. I couldn't stand the pain, after 2 days, so off to the Lakeridge Health Port Perry Hospital we went.
I just want to tell everyone how well I was treated, while I was there, for near a week, from the time I walked through the door, until they kicked me out, lol.
The administration staff, doctors, surgeons, kitchen staff and nurses, are second to none. I even had a lovely lady come in with a ukulele and play a couple of tunes. The next day three nice ladies brought in two dogs.
I was blown away, to say the least, with the experience I had while I was there.
I just thought I'd give all of these people a hats off, thanks too all of you.
Bert Smith Jr.
Recently, our daughter, Tamara Green, was able to express her creative culinary skills at Bistro '67, a 3 star certified green restaurant. It is located inside the Centre for Food at Durham College's Whitby campus, 1604 Champlain Avenue, Whitby, just off of Thickson Road, South.
She has been working there since she graduated, from the Culinary Arts Restaurant Management program, at Durham College, this past spring. Because of the fine training she received in her courses, the teachers’ interest in their students development, the dedication of many students around her, work placements at the Oshawa Golf & Curling Club restaurant and Port Perry's Herringtons Quality Butchers, and being further equipped through the experience of participating in the all Ontario Skills Culinary Competition, Tamara was challenged rightly and grew in skill and maturity over her time at Durham. Thank you, Durham College.
For the readers information, on the evenings of this past July 28th and 29th, Tamara was able to produce a featured, all indigenous ingredient, Aboriginal palette party on a plate. It was served as a Prix Fixe menu, a feature the Bistro has, where artists may produce full complement meals with a personal theme.
Among the range of people who attended there were various First Nations individuals who complimented Bistro '67 and Tamara on the authentic experience. One Mississauga diner, whose sister is a First Nations chef herself, has always boasted about her sister’s cornbread, stated that Tamara’s cornbread was even better. Many others, including native hunters, could not stop raving about the flavour and tenderness of the venison served as a central part of the meal, saying it was the best they'd ever experienced, and they have much experience. The meal had many other interesting foods including a sorbet made from Ground Cherries!
Our family, who has ties to the Six Nations, attended the dinner and sincerely enjoyed the meal.
The real reason I am writing this, is to express our great thanks, in particular to one of the teachers, who now continues to instill his art in the lives of those who work at Bistro ‘67, he is Executive Chef, Raul Sojo. Thank you so much for your investment in the growth of our daughter Tamara Green.
We know this humble man may blush at this recognition, but as parents we can't over estimate the value you have imparted to our young lady. Not only you, but Bistro ‘67 manager Kelly O'Brien, Sous Chef Peter Stewart and the staff at Bistro ‘67 have enabled Tamara to open up, step out and become a stronger person, not just a more skilled culinary artist.
By the way, to the readers, there is talk of doing this meal again sometime. But don't miss out until then, there are many other delicious meals being produced daily at Bistro ‘67. Just go to their web site, at http://www.bistro67.ca/, you can make your reservation there, to join the experience.
Thank you all, for your investment in and support of our daughter Tamara Green.
Grateful Dad and Mom
Todd and Colleen Green