‘Horrific, Disgusting, Heartbreaking and Gut-Wrenching’, says Ontario Premier Doug Ford

A Brief Commentary by Doug Draper

Posted May 26th, 2020 on Niagara At Large.

Sometimes you ask yourself; ‘What is the point? What is the fucking point?’

Why bother reporting anything more  on economic injustice, our environment, or on anything else if we don’t treat some of the most vulnerable among us – our senior citizens – like anything less than human garbage.

Another hearse pulls out from a long-term care home in Ontario

We just went through the rituals of observing – at least some of us did – the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War when what we collectively pretend to remember as “the greatest generation” fought and sacrificed for the freedoms we have today.

Yet this is the way that we collectively in Ontario treat them – like human garbage, crying for help, dying in dirty diapers with cockroaches crawling around. And why?

So that we, collectively, could get another fucking TAX CUT?

Why? So that we could use the money from the tax cut to buy more plastic crap from WalMart?

It is nothing new. Long-term home workers have been begging for years for help and for more than two decades of Tory and Liberal government in Ontario, their calls have fallen on deaf ears. But the governments continued dishing out tax cuts, alright.

This isn’t about the current Premier Doug Ford. If anything, he is the first premier in more than two decades to express some outrage over this.

This goes back at least as far as the so-called “Common Sense Revolution” in Ontario when one of the consummate creeps we have ever had in provincial politics, Mike Harris (now sitting on the board of a private nursing home chain), and his cabal, including then Niagara MPPs Bart Maves and Tim Huddak were in power and doing whatever they could to defund, deregulate and privatize public services, including long-term care homes.

Two Liberal premiers who followed Harries – Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne – let the rotting of these homes go on despite report after report that our long-term care centres across the province were going to rot – that the seniors in side of them were suffering, and that those working in them were not getting the resources they needed to help.

And why?

So that we collectively could get another fucking TAX CUT?

Hope we enjoyed our tax cut.


Now this journalist may have to take a few days off to decide whether it is worth going on with this.

Please watch this video, by clicking on the screen below, of the current Premier, Doug Ford, addressing this horror. You know what, as much as I have slammed Ford in the past, I am with him on his outrage around this one –

To read the full Canadian Armed Forces report on conditions in Ontario long-term care homes, click on –

NIAGARA AT LARGE encourages you to join the conversation by sharing your views on this post in the space following the Bernie Sanders quote below.

 “A Politician Thinks Of The Next Election. A Leader Thinks Of The Next Generation.” – Bernie Sanders

3 responses to “SHAME ON US!

  1. Linda McKellar

    275 deaths in non profit homes.
    82 in municipal homes.

    SEVEN HUNDRED in for profit private homes….like those owned by Harris.

    Ontario Health Coalition stats as of May 6th.


  2. Pat Winstanley

    Thank you for your continuing efforts to bring your passion to all of these issues. I still read two newspapers every day and subscribe to various newsletters. So, I do get news, but you bring a personal as well as a local aspect to what you write about.

    As difficult as it is at times, such as with these revelations , I hope you will continue. Yes, take a breath, enjoy your family, but please return to your readers.

    Thank you.

    Sent from my Samsung device over Bell’s LTE network.


  3. Linda McKellar, I agree – i noticed these stats rising a few weeks ago and this whole thing is totally unforgivable. No home for our elders should be for profit. They need certified and well equipped carers who are making a living wage, so that they don’t need to have 2 or 3 jobs to make ends meet. I just shake my head.


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