Ford’s “Government for the People” Looking at Cutting Funds to Group fighting Elderly Abuse

“Elder Abuse Ontario envisions an Ontario where seniors are free from abuse, have a strong voice and are safe and respected.” from the Vision statement of Elder Abuse Ontario, a province-wide not-for-profit body with a budget that the province’s premier, Doug Ford, and his Tories are now looking at cutting.

‘Ford must stop cut to Elder Abuse Ontario.’                         – Ontario NDP Seniors’ Affairs critic Joel Harden

A News Release from Ontario’s Official Opposition and New Democratic Party

Posted April 3rd, 2019 on Niagara At Large

QUEEN’S PARK — NDP MPP Joel Harden, critic for Accessibility, Persons with Disabilities and Seniors’ Affairs, today asked the Minister for Seniors and Accessibility, Raymond Cho, to fight Finance Minister Vic Fedeli and Doug Ford on their plan for Elder Abuse Ontario — which a new document shows could see a funding cut of up to 15 per cent.

Harden’s office obtained the document via a freedom of information request. Elder Abuse Ontario protects seniors across the province by training thousands of frontline workers in identifying and preventing elder abuse. It also runs a free safety hotline as a resource for older adults who are victims, or at risk of, abuse.

“Seniors across Ontario all too commonly face abuse at the hands of caregivers and even family members. Abuse can be of a physical, sexual, emotional or financial nature, and can cause immense distress, as well as serious health issues, to already vulnerable older adults,” Harden said. “So many families worry about the safety of a parent or grandparent living in long-term care homes — where, recent data has shown, violence can be rampant.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford

“Doug Ford’s planned to cut  Elder Abuse Ontario would have a devastating impact on the organization, its staff and Ontario seniors.”

In response to Harden’s question, Cho troublingly responded that he “had never heard” about the cut, leaving the NDP and transfer payment agencies throughout the province worried that cuts or budget freezes are in store for them, too.

About Elder Abuse OntarioElder Abuse Ontario (formerly known as ONPEA, The Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse) is a provincial, charitable, non-profit organization focused on supporting the implementation of The Ontario Strategy to Combat Elder Abuse and has been doing so since 2002.

The framework of the Strategy focuses on service coordination, building local capacity of front-line workers, caregivers, and community networks, by providing public education and training of professionals/service providers and families of seniors, to raise awareness around elder abuse issues.

VISIONElder Abuse Ontario envisions an Ontario where seniors are free from abuse, have a strong voice and are safe and respected.

MISSION – The mission of the organization is to create an Ontario that is free from abuse for all seniors.

For information on Elderly Abuse Ontario, click on – .

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