May 20, 2020
By Jane Brown
As the death toll related to COVID-19 continues to climb in some Ontario nursing homes, the province’s long term care minister is defending the decision to go with an independent commission rather than a public inquiry to investigate the devastation caused by the virus.
Dr. Merilee Fullerton is promising an independent commission will include public input and public hearings.
“We can’t afford to wait longer,” Fullerton explained, “Public inquiries can take years.”
Marissa Lennox is chief policy officer at CARP – a new vision of aging.
She hopes the commission is not an excuse for the government not to do anything in the meantime.
There have been more than 1300 COVID-19 related deaths in Ontario’s long term care homes.
Since Friday, 67 additional residents have tested positive at Camilla Care in Mississauga and 4 more have died, bringing the virus related death toll there to 60.
At Downsview Long Term Care near Jane and Finch, 17 additional virus related deaths have been reported since Friday for a total of 40.
At Hawthorne Place Care Centre, also in North York, there have been 50 more positive cases with an additional death, bringing the death toll to 39.