A coroner’s inquest will begin next month into the death of a Casselman woman whose lifeless body was found in her home two days after she called 911. Family said 54 year old Kathryn Missen was in medical distress and was unable to speak when she dialled 911 on the afternoon of Sept. 1, 2014, An OPP officer was sent to the home after being told by the dispatcher that no voices were heard during the 911 call and there was trouble on the phone line. The officer cleared the call, saying there was no further action required. Kathryn Missen was found dead in her home two days later. The hearing into Missen’s death will be part a joint inquest also exploring the response to a 2013 boat crash near Sudbury that killed three people. The joint inquiry will “provide an opportunity to enhance understanding of the 911 communications system and the coordination of emergency responders. The Casselman portion of the inquiry will take place from Oct. 22 to Nov. 2.
According to a survey conducted by a union representing 5,300 orderlies statistics compiled showed Quebec’s long-term care facilities aren’t able to provide enough baths or diaper changes because of a lack of personnel. Since the beginning of the summer, 543 baths were not given while 761 diaper changes for incontinent residents were not performed in long-term care centres across the province. Union President Sylvie Nelson said she asked members to fill out questionnaires after their shifts and received 543 responses. Nelson said the main reason so many services are lacking is due to labour shortages and the job of orderlies is not attractive enough and the government should increase their pay in order to recruit more workers. The treatment of patients who live in long-term care facilities has become an election campaign issue, with all major political parties promising to improve services.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford has suggested that Ottawa city council might soon come under the same kind of scrutiny as Toronto’s as he is taking an unprecedented step to push ahead with his plan to slash the size of Toronto’s city council. Ford is invoking a rarely used constitutional provision known as the notwithstanding clause, which allows the government to circumvent the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. A court ruled yesterday that the council-cutting move, which comes just weeks before a municipal election, is unconstitutional. The Ontario Federation of Labour says Ford is undermining democracy and showing disrespect for Ontario’s laws.
The City of Clarence-Rockland’s flag was at half-mast yesterday to honour the memory of a well loved municipal employee… Richard Dupuis. Dupuis had been employed by the City since 2011 and filled many positions with the Community Services and Public Works.