The City must open up long-term care meetings to all

The Citizen Editorial Board, The Ottawa Citizen

We’d like to think it’s a good thing that the city of Ottawa plans feedback sessions for those who have relatives in its long-term care homes. But so many hurdles are being thrown in the way of people who wish to attend that the exercise looks to be of limited value. The organizers certainly don’t seem to think transparency is important. These “engagement sessions” follow several Citizen news stories about problems in long-term care. Good: The problems, including 200 instances over the past five years in which the four city-run facilities were not complying with legislation on how to run care homes, would never have become known to the broader public without our reporters digging into allegations of mistreatment at the homes.

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