DE­MAND­ING AC­COUNT­ABIL­ITY

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Hours af­ter El­iz­a­beth Wet­t­laufer, the On­tario nurse who mur­dered eight nurs­ing home pa­tients be­tween 2007 and 2014, was sen­tenced to 25 years in pri­son, CARP pub­licly called on On­tario Pre­mier Kath­leen Wynne, de­mand­ing to know how such an atroc­ity could hap­pen.

The let­ter to the pre­mier (which was co-signed by CARP and the Ad­vo­cacy Cen­tre for the El­derly) pulled no punches. It called for an im­me­di­ate pub­lic in­quiry to in­ves­ti­gate “the sys­temic fail­ures that per­mit­ted these heinous crimes to oc­cur and to go com­pletely un­no­ticed un­til Ms. Wet­t­laufer con­fessed.” The let­ter de­manded that the prov­ince look into the long-term care homes where the mur­ders took place, the long-term care in­spec­tion process, the Col­lege of Nurses dis­ci­plinary process, the Of­fice of the Chief Coro­ner’s re­port sys­tem and the du­ties of third par­ties to re­port abuse.

On Aug. 1, the gov­ern­ment an­nounced it had ap­pointed Jus­tice Eileen Gillese to lead the in­quiry. Gillese will pro­vide rec­om­men­da­tions to im­prove the safety and well-be­ing of res­i­dents.

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