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Canada Are nursing homes above the law? WestJet changes course on COVID-19 refunds: CBC's Marketplace Cheat Sheet

15:45  25 october  2020
15:45  25 october  2020 Source:   cbc.ca

Nurses union calls for independent inquiry into long-term care sector

  Nurses union calls for independent inquiry into long-term care sector The New Brunswick Nurses Union is calling on the Higgs government to order an independent inquiry into the long-term care sector, citing the "growing severity" of several issues, including low staffing ratios, residents sometimes going without care, such as toilet use and bathing, and an increase in violence. In a report released on Thursday, the union describes the system as being "in desperate need of reform." Nearly half of the province'sIn a report released on Thursday, the union describes the system as being "in desperate need of reform.

About CBC News. Investigating nursing home hit hard by COVID - 19 ; Consumer debt loads drop: CBC ' s Marketplace Cheat Sheet . Raquel John-Matuzewiski was told if her COVID - 19 positive father had worsening symptoms, he would go into palliative care at the home because the hospital was not

Y. Skilled Nursing Facility Services. Z. General Billing Requirements. 1. Question: What changes did CMS announce regarding specimen collection fees for COVID - 19 testing? 5. Question: What is the nominal fee for specimen collection for COVID - 19 testing for homebound and non-hospital inpatients

a couple of people standing together smiling for the camera: Sherry Schernitzki, left, and Sparky Johnson, right, want criminal charges laid after Schernitzki’s aunt, Beverley Haines, died from her bedsore at a Port Hope, Ont., long-term care facility. They are pictured here in a memorial garden where they plan to lay a plaque for Haines. © Katie Pedersen/CBC Sherry Schernitzki, left, and Sparky Johnson, right, want criminal charges laid after Schernitzki’s aunt, Beverley Haines, died from her bedsore at a Port Hope, Ont., long-term care facility. They are pictured here in a memorial garden where they plan to lay a plaque for Haines.

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Ont. Nursing homes are breaking the law repeatedly, with few consequences

In our latest investigation, we uncover exclusive details on serious safety violations before the pandemic, including abuse, inadequate infection control, unsafe medication storage, inadequate hydration and poor skin and wound care. Our data analysis reveals 85 per cent of the province's nursing homes are repeat offenders for some of the most serious violations with almost no consequences. Read more

With no avenues left, families take fight for school-trip refunds to court months into pandemic

  With no avenues left, families take fight for school-trip refunds to court months into pandemic Lawyers representing hundreds of frustrated families across Canada have filed class-action lawsuits against an educational tour company and two insurance companies, hoping to get refunds for school trips cancelled last spring because of the coronavirus pandemic. "I'm in it for the long haul. You know, if the insurance companies are looking for a fight, they're going to get one," said Lucinda Mungy, one of the four plaintiffs in one class-action suit filed jointly Tuesday by Curtis Dawe Lawyers in St. John's and Sotos LLP in Toronto. Her son, Owen, fund-raised for a trip to Europe that would take place during his 18th birthday.

The trillion coronavirus stimulus bill, signed into law on March 27, is the largest emergency aid package in U. S . history. Known as the CARES Act, it will send money directly to tens of millions of Americans affected by the coronavirus. Of the hundreds of questions we received about this new

4. Any Covid - 19 codes that are wrong should not be fixed in any circumstances. A seemingly coordinated attempt to vastly overinflate the number of deaths caused by Covid - 19 , and to drive home how deadly it is . Covid - 19 has certainly been a serious disease, but the flu epidemics of 1957 and

WestJet says it will now provide refunds for COVID-19 cancellations. Will other airlines follow?

If you're among the thousands of Canadians fighting for a refund on air travel cancelled because of the pandemic, you might be in luck. WestJet announced on Wednesday that it would begin offering refunds in the original form of payment, instead of credits. The company said it's the first national airline in the country to proactively begin refunding customers during the pandemic — a comment that Air Canada has since contested. Read more

85% of Ont. nursing homes break the law repeatedly with almost no consequences, data analysis shows

  85% of Ont. nursing homes break the law repeatedly with almost no consequences, data analysis shows When Von took his mother out of his home and placed her in Craiglee Nursing Home in Scarborough, Ont., he and his wife, Mary, thought they were doing what was best for her. But instead of loving care, Von's mother, Kostadinka, was met with physical and emotional abuse at the hands of at least four different care workers, caught on a camera they had hidden in her room. "It was like a horror film," said Mary. "I will never be able to unsee those things." What they didn't know at the time was that the home had a long and repeated history of staff physically abusing the residents. They didn't know — but the government did.

Stay-at- home orders deprive you of your profession, occupation, business and property, without any due process of law at all beyond an executive The protection for our right to make a living arises from the Fifth Amendment right to property without deprivation by due process of law , and the obligation for

Areas with the most rapidly rising transmission rates are placed in tier three. You are not allowed to meet socially with anybody who is not part of your household, or support bubble, indoors. What powers do police have if people break Covid rules?

Google is facing an antitrust lawsuit from the U.S. Justice Department. Here's what it means

The United States Justice Department alleges Google abused its dominance in online search and advertising to stifle competition and harm consumers. It's a serious charge and one that Google is expected to fiercely oppose. The company tweeted shortly after the announcement that the "lawsuit by the Department of Justice is deeply flawed. People use Google because they choose to — not because they're forced to or because they can't find alternatives." Read more

WestJet to provide refunds, not just credits, for flights cancelled due to pandemic

  WestJet to provide refunds, not just credits, for flights cancelled due to pandemic WestJet says it will begin providing refunds to passengers whose flights were cancelled due to the pandemic. The Calgary-based airline said it will begin contacting all eligible flyers with WestJet and Swoop on Nov. 2. It will begin with those whose flights were cancelled in March 2020 at the onset of the pandemic, to offer refunds in the original form of payment. The process is expected to take six to nine months, the company said. It asked customers to wait to be contacted, in order to avoid overloading its call centre. "We are an airline that has built its reputation on putting people first," said Ed Sims, WestJet president and CEO, in an emailed release.

Changes to the law were made on April 1 due to the coronavirus COVID - 19 pandemic. We review these changes in this article. Legislation changes and measures adopted due to the COVID - 19 pandemic.

How COVID - 19 is spread. COVID - 19 spreads from person to person through small droplets, aerosols and through direct contact. If you do not have symptoms but have tested positive for COVID - 19 , stay at home for 10 days from the day the test was taken. This is because you can still pass the infection

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She wants to honour her husband's dying wish. But Apple won't let her access his account

It's been four years since Carol Anne Noble's husband died, but she's still struggling to fulfil a promise she made before his death. Noble wants access to an Apple account she and her husband shared — but was under his name — so she can access and ultimately publish a journal he wrote documenting the progression of his illness. But instead of giving her the password she's forgotten, the tech giant is demanding she jump through complicated legal hoops to satisfy what experts say is an outdated U.S. law. Go Public reports. Read more

Swoop set to offer flights from Edmonton to Mexico, Phoenix despite rising Alberta COVID-19 cases

  Swoop set to offer flights from Edmonton to Mexico, Phoenix despite rising Alberta COVID-19 cases Swoop announced Monday that it would be offering flights for Edmontonians to Mexico and Phoenix, despite rising cases of COVID-19 in the province. © THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Larry MacDougal A Boeing 737 (737-800) jetliner, belonging to low-cost carrier Swoop, lands at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. In a news release, the airline said three non-stop destinations would be available each week from the Edmonton International Airport to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Phoenix-Mesa.

The service links COVID - 19 related data like a health questionnaire and temperature check to assess whether Don’t want to get tested or vaccinated for coronavirus? Then just stay at home , old bean. Covid - 19 could perhaps more accurately be called ’Covid-1984’ for all the restrictive, authoritarian

Carers and nurses who will be swabbing residents in care homes should complete the online care home swabbing competency assessment before Updated with expanded list of frontline workers eligible for coronavirus ( COVID - 19 ) testing in England and information on the different test options

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Tim Hortons to stop using two cups for hot drinks, use sleeves instead

It's part of the coffee chain's pledge to reduce paper waste.

Adam: Ontario's long-term care minister needs to up her game, fast

  Adam: Ontario's long-term care minister needs to up her game, fast Ontario’s long-term care commission has painted something of a grim picture as the second wave of COVID-19 strikes homes across the province. But we didn’t need an interim report to tell us how bad things are or are likely to get. Long-term care homes were the epicentre of the virus in the first wave, accounting for three-quarters of deaths in Ontario, and anyone paying serious attention would have anticipated what was coming. The reality is that the Ministry of Long-Term Care is always a step or two behind the crisis, and that raises serious questions about Minister Merrilee Fullerton.

Government calls on private sector to come up with compostable, recyclable pandemic gear

Initiative seeks to reduce waste from single-use PPE, such as masks, as consumption skyrockets.

Dollarama recalls bogus hand sanitizer

Daily Shield hand sanitizer contains methanol, which can be deadly to humans.

Air Transat lays off half of its remaining flight attendants, closes Vancouver base

128 attendants got layoff notices last week.

Ontario restaurants near virus hot spots weigh safety-vs-profit with locals-only dining

Some restaurants are making the choice to bar out-of-town customers from indoor dining.

These SALT lounge chairs have been recalled due to a fall hazard

Owners are being urged to return the affected chairs to any Bed Bath & Beyond location for a full refund or credit.

These Cottonelle flushable wipes have been recalled due to possible contamination

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled product and dispose of it.

This CB2 bookcase has been recalled

The bottom of the bookcase can become weak or collapse, posing an injury hazard.

COVID-19 Update: 622 new cases, five deaths | Blood Tribe reports case in reserve school | Calgary jail outbreak poorly managed, union says

  COVID-19 Update: 622 new cases, five deaths | Blood Tribe reports case in reserve school | Calgary jail outbreak poorly managed, union says With news on COVID-19 happening rapidly, we’ve created this page to bring you our latest stories and information on the outbreak in and around Calgary. What’s happening now The province reported 622 new cases of COVID-19 on 12,938 tests and five additional deaths. There are 5,172 active cases in Alberta and 2,034 in Alberta Health Services’ Calgary zone. The union representing Alberta jail workers said Friday the COVID-19 outbreak at the Calgary Correctional Centre has been badly mismanaged. The outbreak now has 132 cases — 112 in inmates and 20 in staff.

This week on Marketplace

Imagine being a senior locked down in a long-term care home during COVID-19.

Most of your family can't visit. Meals have been a solitary affair in your room. And, if there's an outbreak, people are dying around you. It's a haunting prospect — but hardly the first bad thing to happen inside a nursing home.

Marketplace has, for three years, had a specialized team investigating care homes, the companies that own and operate them, and the government system that supports them.

In the stories we've done, we've always wondered: Do things get better?

And that's what we've set out to answer in this week's episode.

Our team has found that long-term care homes have violated legislation governing Ontario's care homes 30,000 times over five years. And found that many of the problems identified by government inspectors — offences like abuse and neglect — actually repeat year after year.

It's one thing to look at numbers, but our team has found the people impacted — and their stories are gripping (and, at times, horrifying). Many of them also have secret video that they've shared exclusively with us — and now, you.

This story is years in the making, and a window inside a world many of us don't see — but could well end up inside.

-David Common and the Marketplace team

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  A sneak peek at Target's Black Friday deals Target is promoting weekly 'Black Friday' deals well before Thanksgiving. Look for bargains on products from Dyson, Bose, Keurig, and more.

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