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OPSEU Diablogue: Phase II of mental health plan serves up crumbs from the health care table

Above: Arthur Gallant — one of the more inspired choices for the Mental Health and Addictions Leadership Advisory Council. Ontario Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins has been doing a lot of tweeting this week about the second phase of Ontario’s … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Ontario Shores under aggressive timelines to fix safety issues

Ontario Shores now has its orders from the Ministry of Labour. It’s been almost a year since staff at the Whitby mental health centre went public with their concerns about violence at the Centre, expressing concern and frustration about a … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: In the age of Lean, why are health care providers telling their workers to shut up?

As a public sector union we are often left to speak for those who can’t. Members often face reprisals and discipline from their employer if they speak publicly about problems in public service delivery for which they have first-hand expert … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Mental Health CEOs outliers when it comes to executive pay

What is it about being a CEO of a psychiatric hospital in Ontario that warrants much greater compensation than executives of similar-sized general hospitals? Last month we took a look at who was making more than double the Premier’s salary. … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Are there more managers and fewer front line staff? At some hospitals, absolutely

Earlier this year we issued a freedom of information request to 20 sample hospitals where OPSEU represents health care workers to understand whether managers are in fact replacing front line health care workers. It’s a frequent complaint we hear. While the … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: The illness or the environment? Is Ontario Shores responsible for high rate of violent incidents?

Most mentally ill patients are more likely to be the victim of the violence than the perpetrator of it. Most evidence would suggest individuals experiencing mental illness are no more inclined towards violence than the general public. Yet among Canadian … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Ontario Shores manager shows DeNiro-Stiller movie clip to intimidate staff

WHITBY – Dietary staff failed to get the joke when their Ontario Shores manager showed them a clip from the 2000 film “Meet The Parents” during a staff meeting earlier this year. In the YouTube clip, Robert DeNiro corners his … Continue reading →