STOP BILL 161- KEEP THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABLE FOR LONG TERM CARE FACILITIES

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 WE NEED TO PROTECT OUR MOST VULNERABLE -- please sign this petition to stop BILL 161!

An Ontario bill -- BILL 161 will make it harder to launch class action lawsuits like the ones accusing LONG TERM CARE FACILITIES of negligence during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“If Bill 161 is law, our most vulnerable citizens, seniors in long-term care homes overrun with COVID, will not be able to use class actions to get justice,” Siskinds LLP lawyer Daniel Bach told MPPs at a Queen’s Park committee Thursday.  (Huffington Post).

If we allow this bill to be passed who will be accountable for leaving our elders to be left neglected, abused and pass away?

The most vulnerable in our society have been left out in the cold. Patients and front line workers have been completely neglected within our long term care system in Ontario.

Our story: Our elderly family members have been in a long term care system which was not working efficiently or compassionately PRE covid... once this pandemic hit they did not stand a chance. Once Covid 19 hit family members were left in the home to face these conditions:

Failed to implement a proper infection prevention and control program
Failed to properly train their staff and hire adequate staff
Failed to conduct visitor and staff screening
Failed to provide visitors or staff with proper personal protective equipment
Failed to adhere to public health measures, including physical distancing between residents infected with COVID-19 and residents who were not infected with COVID-19

Failed to ensure residents received three meals a day and were properly hydrated

Please think: 

Would you want to be left like this after entire life of hard work? 

Would you want your parent to leave this planet suffering and mistreated?

Would you allow this to happen to YOU or your loved ones?

Please read more about BILL 161 from this piece in the HUFFINGTON POST:

 “If Bill 161 is law, our most vulnerable citizens, seniors in long-term care homes overrun with COVID, will not be able to use class actions to get justice,” Siskinds LLP lawyer Daniel Bach told MPPs at a Queen’s Park committee Thursday.

“If we can’t have class actions in these sorts of mass tragedies, only some of those people will be able to afford to do it individually.”

Class actions make a claim and seek damages on behalf of a group so that plaintiffs don’t have to hire lawyers and file lawsuits individually. One recently filed class action, alleging that negligence let COVID-19 spread rampantly at nursing homes owned by Revera Inc., has more than 1,000 plaintiffs.

Bill 161, the Ontario’s government’s omnibus Smarter and Stronger Justice Act, could go to a final vote in coming weeks. It’s a wide-ranging bill that makes changes to legal aid, civil proceedings, juries and who can perform marriages. The law would also add new certification tests for class action lawsuits. 

Plaintiffs will have to show that their common issues “predominate” their individual issues and that a class action is “superior” to other means of seeking justice.

To be clear, this is not just about long-term care homes. This same predomination and superiority provisions will make cases about institutional abuse, like this country’s shameful history of residential schools or systemic racism and gender discrimination, harder to bring,” Bach said. 

VIA-- HUFFINGTON POST