CARE WATCH EVENT:Alberta Seniors, COVID-19 and the Federal Government Panel Discussion


Alberta Seniors, COVID-19, and the Federal Government
Public Panel Discussion by Zoom Thursday, January 28, 2021, 7 – 9 pm

More than two-thirds of reported deaths directly attributed to COVID-19 in Alberta are residents of continuing care facilities. This devastation is a failure of our care systems to keep residents safe.

This is nothing new; we have decades of studies and reports from Alberta and across the country documenting the failures of long-term care facilities and related services.

Major changes are necessary, and the need for national care standards is being promoted as one of those changes.

The Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan NDP Electoral District Association executive has organized a public meeting with an expert panel to explore the jurisdictional authority and responsibility for eldercare services, the state of seniors’ care in Alberta, and what we need to do to fix the problems.
Our expert panel features:

  • Ms. Patricia Paradis, Executive Director, Centre for Constitutional Studies University of Alberta to discuss provincial and federal jurisdiction and relationships in continuing care
  • Ms. Sandra Azocar. Executive Director of Friends of Medicare and Ms. Heather Smith, President of the United Nurses of Alberta, to describe the state of Alberta continuing care, and
  • Dr. Pat Armstrong. Distinguished Research Professor in Sociology at York University and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, to discuss what we need to do.

The meeting will be recorded for future viewing. The identities of participants will be protected and confidential; questions can be posed anonymously.

Everyone is welcome to join the discussion.

Registration is required, at

Alberta Seniors, COVID-19 and the Federal Government” Panel Discussion