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Ontario Launches an Independent Commission Into Long Term Care Homes

Of the 2,769 COVID-19 related deaths in Ontario, 1,793 of them were from residents of Long Term Care Homes. 

ONTARIO - The Ontario Government has launched an independent commission into COVID-19 and long-term care. 

Long Term Care homes have been the hardest hit sector during the pandemic. Of the 2,769 COVID-19 related deaths in Ontario, 1,793 of them were from residents of Long Term Care Homes. 

Three commissioners will investigate how COVID-19 spread within long-term care homes, how residents, staff, and families were impacted, and the adequacy of measures taken by the province and other parties to prevent, isolate and contain the virus. 

Premier Doug Ford says the commission will also provide the government with guidance on how to better protect long-term care home residents and staff from any future outbreaks.

"As Premier, I made a commitment to our long-term care residents and their families that there would be accountability and justice in the broken system we inherited. Today, we are delivering on that promise by moving forward with a transparent, independent review of our long-term care system. We will do whatever it takes to ensure every senior in the province has a safe and comfortable place to call home."

Three commissioners have been appointed for the expertise and experience they bring to addressing the commission's mandate:

- Associate Chief Justice Frank N. Marrocco (Chair) appointed to the Superior Court of Justice in 2005 and holds a distinguished career practising criminal law and civil litigation law spanning 33 years.

- Angela Coke, served as a former senior executive of the Ontario Public Service where she spent more than 27 years committed to the transformation of government operations, consumer protection reform, and the development of a strong professional public service.

- Dr. Jack Kitts, served as President and CEO of The Ottawa Hospital from February 2002 until his retirement in June 2020. He is known nationally for his focus and expertise in patient experience, performance measurement and physician engagement.

This independent commission has the power to conduct an investigation, including compelling persons to give or produce evidence, issuing summons, and holding public meetings. 

You can listen to the comments from the Premier below: 

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