Peter Tabuns MPP, Toronto-Danforth

Government of Ontario

Who told Doug Ford the military isn’t needed in long-term care?

Published on January 25, 2021

QUEEN’S PARK — On Monday Doug Ford said there is no need to call in the military to provide relief at Roberta Place, or other long-term care homes in crisis.

“I was told we don't need them,” said Ford.

“Who is telling Doug Ford help isn’t needed?” asked long-term care critic Teresa Armstrong. “Experts and frontline workers have been pretty clear that the helping hands of Armed Forces members could ease some of the suffering and offer some support to the exhausted staff.”

  • “Every single part of a long-term-care home is overwhelmed in a situation like this,” - Unnamed worker who argued that the military should be called in Toronto Star, Jan. 17, 2021

  • “There’s no ceiling to how much help we need… in an outbreak like this,” said Lee. “Care is complex at the best of times, let alone when you have many ill and a proportion of them severely ill … even if, for argument’s sake, we feel we have enough staff today." - Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit Associate Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Colin Lee, Jan. 21, 2021