A flash mob to bring attention to the need to pass Bill 216 to put physical size and weight as protected characteristics under Manitoba's Human Rights Code
Wednesday October 10, a flash mob in front of the Manitoba Legislature drew attention to the need to pass Bill 216 to reduce discrimination on the basis of physical size and weight. Bill 216 will put physical size and weight as protected characteristics under Manitoba's Human Rights Code so that those experiencing such discrimination will be able to raise this with Manitoba's Human Rights Commission and get their situation addressed.
Bill 216 will come up for second reading debate on Thursday morning October 25, 2018.
Manitoba implemented physical distancing measures in mid-March. South Dakota has still not made physical distancing mandatory. The result is a dramatic difference in the incidence of covid-19 viral infections between the two jurisdictions. This graph shows the number of people with Covid-19 infections from March 27 to April 14. Manitoba ( red line ) started leveling off about April 4 and has seen only a small increase in Covid-19 infections since then. South Dakota ( blue line ) has seen a dramatic increase in Covid-19 infections since April 4. Those who are skeptical of the impact of physical distancing in Manitoba should look at this graph! Data are from the Johns Hopkins daily tabulations
Yesterday in the Legislature I asked the Minister of Health questions about the care of seniors in personal care homes in Manitoba. I specfically called for the Minister to increase the training and staffing requirements for personal care homes in Manitoba to bring them up to date. My questions, the Minister's comments and the Speaker's interjection are below: Personal-Care-Home Improvements - Need for Upgrades to Standards and Training Hon. Jon Gerrard (River Heights): Madam Speaker, we're very concerned this government is not adapting to the reality of caring for seniors who are living longer. Seniors living in our personal-care homes today have much more challenging health-care conditions than those who were in similar homes even five years ago, and yet the staffing formula, or minimal personnel requirement, is over 20 years old. Too few care aides and nurses are adequately trained to look after residents with dementia and multiple chronic health conditi
Today the Pallister government released the report on the tragedy which occurred at the Maples personal care home in October to December 2020. There were far too many people infected with COVID-19 (73 staff and 157 residents) and far too many deaths (56). It did not have to be this way. The central finding of the report was: "The review found that while pandemic plans had been prepared and were in place, the site was not prepared for the significant reduction in available staff once they had been exposed to COVID-19 and were required to self-isolate. In addition, the urgency of requests for additional on-site staffing supports were not fully understood until the situation became critical. While additional staff were brought in, many were not skilled in providing long-term care services and lacked training in infection prevention and control and specialized housekeeping skills." Five months before, Manitoba Liberals had warned the Premier three times that pre