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Message from our Chief Policy Officer
In the advocacy world, we have a saying: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” It’s an oldie but a goodie, and has never been more true than it is today.
Governments and bureaucrats love to talk. It’s what they do, and it’s not inherently bad (plans have to start somewhere). Talking has its time.
But that time has passed.
When we watched with bated breath as Ontario released it’s 2020 budget (more on that here) we wanted to see a tangible action plan to protect seniors in long-term care. We got a ton of words (and token promises that won’t manifest for four years).
When we finally saw the first real step toward establishing a national standard of long-term care (read more here), it took the form of more talking (presumably over Zoom, where most talking seems to now take place). We’re still waiting for the next step.
When the Ontario Independent Commission into Long-term Care released its interim recommendations (see them here), which it released ahead of the full report out of due urgency, we got a strong sense of deja-vu. It was like listening to our own words being recited back to us—demands we’ve been bringing to the government for years.
C.A.R.P. is about action. Our job is to cut through all of the talk—promote equitable access to health care, financial security, and freedom from ageism—and demand those changes happen.
Luckily, with your support, we’re doing that every day. Sometimes it’s hard to hear your own voice above the chatter but, rest assured, C.A.R.P. is making the politicians listen to our members, because that’s what we do.
Thank you for lending your ear to our updates and your voice to our cause.
– Bill VanGorder, Chief Policy Officer (pro tem)