SEIU CALLS FOR PUBLIC INQUIRY, CRIMINAL PROBES INTO COVID-19 RELATED DEATHS

May 05, 2020

By Bob Komsic

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A union representing tens of thousands of healthcare workers wants the Ford government to launch a public inquiry, and for Toronto and Peel police and the Chief Coroner’s Office to investigate COVID-19 related deaths in long-term care.
”A commission is urgently required because until we have a vaccine, or at minimum, treatment available for the entire population, we must prepare now for consecutive spikes or waves,” said Sharleen Stewart, president of SEIU Healthcare, in a statement.
The call comes as over 1,000 long-term care residents and several frontline workers have died from the coronavirus.
”Both frontline workers and the elderly in our long-term care system are saying the same thing:  keep us alive,” added Stewart.
Asked about the call for an public inquiry, Premier Doug Ford repeated the government’s doing ”everything” in its power to help long-term care homes.
”We’re pulling out all stops on this.”
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