Justin Trudeau 'disturbed' by Canadian military report alleging care home abuse

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Other staff left their jobs because of COVID-19. "We must to better as a province, we must to better as a county".

With nearly 80% of Ontario's COVID-19 deaths occurring in the province's long-term care facilities, it's obvious these problems aren't confined to these five homes, or that the system was operating properly until the pandemic hit.

Earlier on Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that he was aware of the reports by the military members and was "sad, shocked, disappointed and angry" by what had been reported.

"We knew these homes were having serious problems and needed help", Ford said. But Ford has said that would take too long.

Ford promises the five homes cited in the report by the military will be held accountable for their actions, including the possibility of criminal charges of neglect. The report highlights staffing shortages, improper use of personal protective equipment, and isolating cases of COVID-19.

"There are things in there that are extremely troubling", Trudeau said.

The army was called in last month to help out at some homes with high rates of death or infection. Some 1,675 troops have been assisting in five care homes in the province, and a further 25 in Quebec, according to CBC News. "The dignity of these patients in long-term care, not being cleaned?"

Of those 32 people who died, two people were between the ages of 40 and 59, 10 people were between the ages of 60 and 79, and 20 people were over the age of 80.

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NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is calling for an end to for-profit long term care in Canada, new national standards, and he has written to the public safety minister about bringing in the Mounties to investigate.

At one facility, the Eatonville Care Centre, patients who had tested positive for Covid-19 were left to wander the facilities, the military report said.

Of the total number of cases confirmed, 4,936 are long-term care residents (18.6 per cent), and 1,721 (6.5 per cent) are health care workers working at a facility that was or is in outbreak.

Long-term care homes have suffered disproportionately in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic in Canada.

On April 22, the Ontario government formally requested assistance from the federal government in the form of the Canadian Armed Forces to support five long-term care homes that were in crisis.

The fifth is Camilla Care Centre in Mississauga.

The premier made the declaration Wednesday afternoon in response to his government's release of a report by the Canadian military into conditions at the province's embattled long-term care facilities, known as CHSLDs.

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