The Government Of Ontario has the gall to state in their legal defense that they do not take responsibility for the province’s long-term care system. (“Ontario government does not guarantee the health or safety of residents in long-term care homes, legal document says” – Tuesday, September 1, 2020
The Government Of Ontario’s authority is evidenced by their own legislation – the Long-Term Care Homes Act (LTCHA). It is also evidenced by their process of taking complaints of LTCHA violations, inspecting them, and “enforcing” them. (I put “enforcement” in quotes because the Government Of Ontario does no more than write written reprimands that nursing homes ignore.)
The Government Of Ontario will neither enforce the LTCHA nor take responsibility for nursing homes being under their regulation. Law suits against nursing homes and the Government Of Ontario, like Koskie Minsky’s class-action, are the only way to force responsibility on those with authority.