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The CCSA wants to ensure its members are always up-to-date on what is happening in the continuing care and senior supportive living industries.

Lawsuit seeks compensation for Ontario workers with chronic mental stress

July 7, 2017
Canadian Occupational Safety

TORONTO (CP) — A new lawsuit is seeking to get workers' compensation awarded to hundreds of Ontarians who say they have suffered chronic mental stress due to their work.

The suit was filed last week on behalf of two groups that represent injured workers and an Ottawa woman who says she was sexually harassed when she worked for the city.

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Workplace abuse comes at steep cost for nurses, taxpayers

July 5, 2017
The Globe and Mail - Jared Lindzon

Despite having one of the most demanding jobs in the country, nurses remain without many of the protections and safety standards enjoyed by other public service workers, and it’s costing Canadian taxpayers billions.

Sixty-one per cent of nurses say they have experienced abuse, harassment or assault in the workplace in the past 12 months, according to a recent study by the Canadian Federation of Nurse Unions (CFNU). By comparison, only 15 per cent of Canadian employees in other sectors reported experiencing abuse, harassment or assault in the workplace during the previous 24 months, according to a 2016 study by Vector Poll.

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Sprinklers on track for all government-owned seniors lodges in Alberta

July 5, 2017
Edmonton Journal - Emma Graney

The province says all government-owned seniors lodges will have sprinkler systems by 2019. 

Last year, the government identified 100 high-risk lodges and continuing care homes without systems in place, pledging $80 million to fix the problem. 

Around 75 per cent of those buildings now have sprinklers or are being worked on, and the rest are in planning stages.

With all of the lodges built before sprinklers became part of Alberta building codes, problems associated with aging infrastructure — asbestos, low water pressure — have hampered some installation efforts. 

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Infection in Care Series Articles Now Available

June 21, 2017
Infection Control Today (ICT)

In 2016, ICT debuted a series in print looking at general and specific infection prevention issues in alternate-care areas such as ambulatory care, home care and long-term care, as well as various departments of the hospital, including sterile processing, the emergency department and the intensive care unit. ICT is now making these articles available online.

Access them here.