At the end of July 2020, the Ontario Government announced the creation of the Independent Long-term Care COVID 19 Commission.
The three commissioners appointed to the Commission are:
Angela Coke, former senior executive with the Ontario Public Service; and
Associate Chief Justice Frank N. Marrocco (Chair), member of the Superior Court of Justice since 2005;
Dr. Jack Kitts, recipient of the Order of Canada and recently retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ottawa Hospital.
“The Commissioners of Ontario’s Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission have a mandate to investigate how and why COVID-19 spread in long-term care homes, what was done to prevent the spread, and the impact of key elements of the existing system on the spread.” The Commission will have a secretariat of 12 FTEs (full-time equivalents) and will submit its report by April 30, 2021. For more information about the Commission including its Terms of Reference and guiding principles, go to: https://www.ltccommission-commissionsld.ca/about/index.html
Many thanks to those of you who sent letters to your MPP’s and City Councillors as a result of our last post. Your help makes a difference! CARP Ottawa, with whom we continue to work, subsequently sent letters to both Minister Fullerton and the Commissioners requesting that recommendations for transformative culture change be developed.