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OPSEU Diablogue: Providence Care expresses regret over memorial but fails to make it right

At a point you’d think somebody would stop and ask a few questions. Last week we reported on how Kingston’s Providence Care cut down the trees and removed the plaques associated with a 25-year-old memorial garden to former staff who … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Briefs: New Providence CEO heavily rewarded before jumping ship from CCAC

The Toronto Star’s Bob Hepburn is certainly raising a storm over the rewards the province’s 14 Community Care Access Centres have been bestowing on their CEOs during a period of intense provincial austerity. The Auditor General of Ontario is now … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Stumped – Kingston’s Providence Care erases memorial to former staff

“It felt like digging up his grave,” said Terry Haffner. A housekeeper at Kingston’s Providence Care, Haffner was disturbed to find a memorial garden to long-serving staff had been cut down and the plaques removed by the hospital without any … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Something is off this December — we’re ditching the parties for placards

Something is definitely off this holiday season. Instead of being invited to the usual round of parties, we’re getting invitations to demonstrations and press conferences. Instead of decorating halls we’re decorating placards. How oblivious Health Minister Deb Matthews is to … 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: Short Takes: Hillier’s remarkable labour conversion, the battle of the inequality authors and more

It is somewhat astonishing to see PC Randy Hillier vote against a Tory private member’s bill that would free construction giant EllisDon from a 55-year-old obligation to hire only unionized labour. This is the same Randy Hillier who, as the … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Video: The incredible shrinking Kingston hospital

Following Monday’s demonstration outside the former Kingston psychiatric hospital, Providence Care is now telling staff that the job cuts and bed closures taking place are not about funding? Really? Even though the hospital is running at capacity, even though it is next to impossible to … Continue reading →

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OPSEU Diablogue: Kingston P3 Plebiscite: Kenney memo to Providence Care staff misleading

Kingston’s Providence Care took the extraordinary step of sending a memo to staff on Tuesday stating that the proposed new psychiatric and rehab hospital will remain public. The new hospital is presently going through a competition to select a private … Continue reading →