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Role of municipalities in long-term care poll results released Thursday

A survey of 814 North Bay and east Nipissing residents, testing attitudes about the role of municipalities in the provision of long-term care will be released on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 11 a.m. at 120 Lakeshore Drive, North Bay.

Focused on Cassellholme Home for the Aged, the only public, municipal long-term care home for nine area municipalities including North Bay, the survey was conducted May 18 and 19, 2016 through a division of Environics. The results were weighted by age and gender.

The poll tested residents’ preferences for Cassellholme governance, support for municipal tax dollars going toward resident care, and which level of government should fund the redevelopment of the nursing home.

“We’re optimistic,” says Fred Hahn the president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario, that area mayors and councillors “will listen and take to heart what the people who put them in office have to say. As an elected person myself, I know listening to your constituency is a key part of our democratic system.”

The board of Cassellholme, which includes elected councillors wants to make Cassellholme a private nursing home corporation. If this goes through local municipalities would lose oversight of the home.

To that point, the poll asked several direct questions about the role of municipalities in the delivery of long-term care including:

  • Do you want your municipality to continue to have a say in the operation of Cassellholme?
  • Do you support or oppose making Cassellholme a privately-run nursing home?

Polling results will be distributed at Thursday’s media conference.

For more information contact:

Fred Hahn, President, CUPE Ontario, 416-540-3979

Stella Yeadon, CUPE Communications, 416-559-9300

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