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Canada Mandryk: Parkside tragedy may provide an opportunity to do better

15:45  16 january  2021
15:45  16 january  2021 Source:   leaderpost.com

Mandryk: Moe must refocus on vaccine distribution, nursing homes

  Mandryk: Moe must refocus on vaccine distribution, nursing homes For two and a half months now, Premier Scott Moe’s Saskatchewan Party government has been floundering when it comes to delivering on what should be the province’s priorities during this COVID-19 pandemic. It’s been a problem of distraction, albeit one of Moe’s own making. The government focus we saw this spring during the initial lockdown has been lost. While it likely started during the summer when case numbers were low and October election planning became the priority, this loss of focus became a critical issue about the time when it became obvious the Sask. Party would cruise to an easy fourth-term majority government. With the Oct.

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a person sitting on a bed: Seniors in long-term care facilities are among those most vulnerable to COVID-19. (Photo: Getty) © Provided by Leader Post Seniors in long-term care facilities are among those most vulnerable to COVID-19. (Photo: Getty)

For decades, we have repeatedly heard warnings of understaffing in rundown long-term care facilities. It’s a bit rich for the NDP to now complain about this, after enjoying long stretches of governance in the 1970s and 1990s (although being left with a near-bankrupt province by a previous conservative government in the 1980s was unhelpful). Clearly, the Roy Romanow-Lorne Calvert NDP had its opportunities to invest in such facilities. The repercussions of not doing so will only grow more severe with an aging baby-boom population.

That said, the Sask. Party has been in power for more than 13 years now — much of which has been spent whining/politically spinning the notion that Saskatchewan’s biggest problem has been the “infrastructure deficit” left behind by the NDP.

Seemingly unbeknownst to the Sask. Party, adequate facilities go hand-in-hand with adequate staffing so that residents — mostly seniors who built this province — aren’t stacked like cordwood with multiple occupants in a room.

Canadians mark first anniversary of downing of Flight PS752 in Iran

  Canadians mark first anniversary of downing of Flight PS752 in Iran TORONTO — Memorial services were being held in several Canadians cities on Friday for victims of a passenger jet the Iranian military shot down one year ago. The ceremonies, part of an international effort, began with a livestream on Thursday at 9:42 p.m. ET, the time Ukrainian International Airlines Flight PS752 left Tehran's international airport. More than 100 of the 176 victims had ties to Canada, and at least 55 were Canadian citizens. Commemorative outdoor rallies were scheduled for Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton. An international group advocating for the victims called on Iran to come clean on what led to the downing of the plane.

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Or at least, one might have thought this Sask. Party administration would have gathered that from the days when former health minister Dustin Duncan used to send regional health authority CEOs to tour nursing homes in the province.

Those CEO reports on nursing homes provided virtual blueprints on what needed to be fixed. When you ignore the blueprint, your house falls down.

And nowhere was this more evident than at Regina’s Extendicare Parkside, where physical problems were identified with the facility, such as a lack of spacing adding to overcrowding, poor air quality, problems with heating and cooling and overworked staff.

Quite realistically, it seems likely this toxic cocktail has contributed in some way to the tragedy that unfolded at the facility, but that’s now up to McFadyen to determine.

“It is our expectation that Extendicare, the Saskatchewan Health Authority and the Ministry of Health fully comply with the Provincial Ombudsman’s investigation, and we commit to releasing the investigation report following its conclusion,” Hindley said in a news release.

Boeing shot down: one year later, tributes to victims and criticism of Iran

 Boeing shot down: one year later, tributes to victims and criticism of Iran © Supplied by Le Point Canada and the countries whose nationals died in the crash of a Ukrainian Boeing shot down by Iran there a year old, called on Friday Tehran to "bring justice to the families of the victims" as tributes were organized in several countries. In Canada, nearly 200 people gathered under a sunny sky Friday afternoon in front of the University of Toronto before carrying out a march in tribute to the victims, according to an AFP photographer on the spot.

While McFadyen hasn’t been given terms of reference yet, spokesman Matt Glover said her mandate would be broad enough to encompass “the concerns raised by the opposition in their motion to the Public Accounts Committee regarding the events, conditions, policies and actions taken before, during and following the outbreak.”

We should respect the government’s commitment to this, but we should also demand more.

Let’s stop playing politics with people in long-term care. Let’s learn from this. Let’s see this as a new starting point.

If nothing else good emerges from this miserable pandemic, maybe it will finally force us to do good by our seniors.

Mandryk is the political columnist for the Regina Leader-Post and Saskatoon StarPhoenix.

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Dentist who lost wife and daughter on Flight PS752 fights to seek justice .
January 8 marked the first anniversary of the tragedy of the crash of the Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752. 176 passengers were on board the flight, in which 138 of them had ties with Canada. Minutes after the plane took off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport in Iran, Flight PS752 came down in a field where all passengers on board lost their lives. The cause was first said to be due to a mechanical error, but evidence was later discovered that the plane was hit by an Iranian missile. Area dentist Dr. Hamed Esmaeilion was one of the members who lost family on that fatal flight. His wife, Dr.

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