I would like to express my appreciation to the people of Strathroy for the respect shown to the funeral cortege for Dick Nywening on Saturday afternoon.
Travelling from the church to the cemetery, behind a magnificent horse-drawn hearse, the long cortege wound around the parts of Strathroy that meant the most to this wonderful man, who was a lifelong resident, three-time mayor, well known restaurateur and tireless philanthropist.
Everywhere along the route, cars on the other side of the road pulled over and waited, and pedestrians stood silently in respect, some with their hands on their hearts.
Thank you, Strathroy, for honouring one of your very best as we laid him to rest.
We have answers to long-term problem
I am deeply troubled by the state of long-term care homes in Ontario. My mom is having a hard time by herself and I am terrified of the day she may need to move into long-term care.
How could so many homes have such devastating outbreaks of COVID-19? In my view, provincial and federal governments allowed the crisis to grow in long-term care homes.
We don’t have time for more studies or commissions. Here in Ontario there are stacks of reports that tell us what needs to be done: more funding and training that is directly tied to providing compassionate care, increased staffing, proper protective equipment, and clear protocols on isolating those who are sick.
Most importantly, long-term care homes should be run as part of our publicly funded health-care system. They shouldn’t operate on a for-profit basis by corporations that are more concerned with making money for their shareholders than they are with caring for those who live in the homes.
We have the answers. We just need governments — federal and provincial — to work together to make them happen.