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OPSEU Diablogue: Will advanced IT be the saviour of Ontario hospitals?

The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) has a simple vision: better data, better decisions, healthier Canadians. It does appear at times that we are drowning in data, raising the question of how accurate and timely it is, how it … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Royal Ottawa — prosecutions fly below the radar

The Ministry of Labour inspectors have significant powers when it comes to enforcing the Occupational Health and Safety Act. What’s difficult to discern is where the dividing line is between issuing orders and prosecuting an employer for violations of the … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Few anti-stigma campaigns based on evidence — Stuart

“Mental health is set aside as that other kind of health care we don’t want to talk about.” – Asante Haughton, one of three youth featured in the Ontario Shores produced film “Talk To Someone: You’re Not Alone.” Queen’s University … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Mental health: Death should prompt MOHLTC to look upstream at root causes

It’s time for the Ministry of Health to look at the root causes behind the violence and injuries that are taking place in the province’s hospitals that provide mental health care. Given persons who are mentally ill are no more … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Dealing with an unfair funding formula, SBGHC cuts at the top (how novel!)

Here’s a story we don’t see every day: South Bruce Grey Health Centre is cutting two of its four senior management positions as part of its efforts to deal with a budget deficit. Contrast that with hospitals such as Ontario … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Psychiatric Hospitals: The food is terrible… and such small portions

The nurse thought it was a mistake. A large patient at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences was given a plate with six pieces of ravioli on it as that evening’s dinner. The nurse on the unit thought it … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: The best of Diablogue in 2012

It’s time for us to take our seasonal break and wish the best of the season to all our readers and posters. Next year will be challenging for health care activists as hospitals continue to shed services to balance their … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Ontario Shores’ activists win awards from Durham Labour Council

The Durham Labour Council has honoured OPSEU’s campaign for workplace safety at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences with two awards. Local 331 President Yvonne Lewis has won the Council’s health and safety award for her tireless advocacy on … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Ontario Shores fined $37,000 after worker suffers concussion

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences has pleaded guilty and fined $37,500 under the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured cleaning and replacing ventilation hoods in the hospital’s kitchen area. The September plea bargain by … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Operation Maple Video: Placing staff and patients at risk

Would you want to work here? Would you want to be a patient here? Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences has been on our radar in recent weeks and all for the wrong reasons. An unaccountable bonus to the … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: More managers to front line staff has an impact well beyond cost of salaries

Asking how the ratio of management to front line staff has changed at a public hospital seemed like a straight-forward question. In this era of obsession with hyper-efficiency, you’d think the Ministry of Health, the Local Health Integration Networks and … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Ontario Shores says we got it all wrong

Earlier this week we ran a story about how a manager at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences had used a YouTube clip from the 2000 movie “Meet The Parents” to intimidate staff. In the YouTube clip, Robert DeNiro corners … Continue reading →