Top Stories 2013

June 21, 2013

The Toronto Star’s Theresa Boyle wrote two comprehensive articles on long-term care, and both were published on this day. The first article was titled Long-term health care: A look inside the often baffling system, while the second was titled: Ontario long-term care staff need training, researchers say – Long-term care facilities understaffed and employees don’t have enough training, analysis says. The articles addressed the realities of long-term care beginning with the search for a facility that can provide quality care while understaffed, to the need for more adequate training of health care workers to meet the rising medical complexity of patients. To read more, go to


May 18, 2013

David Andreatta of The Globe and Mail writes about a shocking event of abuse at St. Joseph’s at Fleming, a long-term care facility in Peterborough, Ontario. His first report was titled: Son’s hidden camera records care-home staff abusing mother, which he followed up with a second article on July 6. Camille Parent, son of the 85-year-old dementia stricken woman abused by health care workers, launched a major campaign to put an end to neglect and elder abuse in long-term facilities. Andreatta’s articles are a testament to how vigilant a caregiver must be when caring for a loved one residing in long-term care. For the complete story, go to


February 9, 2013

Following a W5 investigation into abuse in long-term care facilities in Ontario, which was first broadcast in March 2012, Sandie Rinaldo uncovers similar cases in her 3-part series titled: Crisis in Care. All three videos on these outstanding investigative reports can be viewed at

January 6, 2013

Colin Perkel of The Canadian Press writes a follow-up story on Jackie Storrison, the Toronto woman who was banned from the Sunnybrook Veterans Centre where her father resides. A ban was imposed after Ms. Storrison complained of neglect, abuse and unsanitary conditions at the centre. Although the ban was lifted in early January, the facility insisted that security be on hand when Ms. Storrison visited her father. Reporters don’t often address the issue of reprisal from the administration and workers of long-term care facilities, after a caregiver complains about unfavourable conditions and substandard care, which is why Colin Perkel’s reports made the list for our top stories of 2013.