Contrary to business mythology, the private sector doesn't always do things better. Rather, it always does things to make a profit.
The provincial government is recruiting unemployed workers from retail and other sectors to fill staffing gaps in long-term care.
Sixty union jobs have been lost in Bowmanville, Ontario, amid a pandemic crisis in long-term care homes.
"Canada's children are worlds apart from the happiest, healthiest children in rich countries and worlds apart from each other due to wide inequalities," said David Morley, president of UNICEF Canada.
A coalition of unions representing front-line health-care workers respond to Ontario's long-term care staffing study.
The elderly, long-term care workers, grocery store clerks and migrant farm workers in Canada are among those who have experienced the harshest injustices during the pandemic.
Responsibility for the crisis in long-term care exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic resides at a much higher level than the worker making $15 an hour.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford said he plans to hold long-term care companies that continued to draw profits while seniors lay sick and dying accountable. Will that include Mike Harris?
Long-term care companies and fossil-fuel producers impose large social and environmental costs on ordinary Canadians. Governments must protect the public from these costs in the post-pandemic economy.
An alternative model, to be effective, would need to impose far better levels of care and staffing for residents, along with frequent oversight and enforcement.