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Sunnybrook Update... Saturday, Jan 4 & 5, 2013


One Veteran One Standard:
Sunnybrook Update... Saturday, Jan 5, 2013

Good news. The meeting between Mrs Storrison, myself and hospital at Sunnybrook Hospital went very well this morning and I am very pleased to announce Ms Storrisons vitiation right with her father have been restored with no conditions. She is currently spending the afternoon with her father, who she has not seen in over a week. Accordingly, the demonstration all CVA operations that were planned for January 7th, 2013 at Sunnybrook have been canceled.

Special thanks to all that wrote, responded or whom were planing on traveling to Sunnybrook on Monday. The response was very encouraging and I admire your spirit.

Bravo Zulu



CVA Sit Rep. Sunnybrook, Situation report, Friday Jan 4, 2013.

Be advised that the meeting between Mrs Storrison and Hospital administrators has been confirmed for 1030 hours tomorrow -Saturday- morning and will be held at the hospital. I will be attending and am optimistic that this untenable situation will be addressed at this time and our objectives, to restore a daughters right to access to her father, will be attained without the need for pro active operations. Optimistic, yet encouraging those planning on supporting our demonstration on behalf of the Veterans at Sunnybrook, prepared to engage. Monday, January 7th, 11-2pm. Assemble across the street from the main entrance on Bayview. I have a dozen posters ready, bring your own if you like. And dress warm and bring a thermos.

Be also advised that I have met with my MPP about the obligation the province inherited when veterans care was downloaded onto the provinces and the need for regular Quality of Care accreditation audits to ensure the facility meets all provincial LTC Quality of Care standards. I thought he was very receptive and he promised to speak to the Ontario minister of health on this issue. I am hoping that this will result in a direct meetings and dialogue about the Sacred obligation that the federal government downloaded to ALL provinces when they relinquished control over the many veterans hospitals across the nation.

I will be in Ottawa from the 8th to the 11th, Sylvain and I will be staying at the Econolodge on Rideau. Will be stopping briefly in Colbourg/Trenton and On the 9th, we will be supporting Mrs Fynes at the final MPCC Hearing into her son's tragic suicide. Should you wish to meet or speak, contact us through the CVA website by any means.

If you do not hear from me by 1200 hrs, initiate prepare for battle protocols... ;-}

Mike Blais:
Sun Jan 06 2013 20:10:00

Sunnybrook lifts ban, allows daughter to see aging father

Jackie Storrison stands outside Sunnybrook Veterans Centre in Toronto where her father, 91, is a resident. Sunnybrook banned Storrison, 61, after she complained about substandard care of frail vets and had her escorted out by police.
Jackie Storrison stands outside Sunnybrook Veterans Centre in Toronto where her father, 91, is a resident. Sunnybrook banned Storrison, 61, after she complained about substandard care of frail vets and had her escorted out by police.
Colin Perkel/The Canadian Press

Colin Perkel

TORONTO Canada’s largest care home for veterans has lifted its ban on a woman who complained about bedbugs and a threat to a resident’s safety.

After a weekend meeting, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre said Jackie Storrison could see her aging dad at its veterans centre, from which police escorted her more than a week ago.

The facility did insist that security be on hand when Storrison went to see her father on Saturday.

“To have security sitting outside the room was beyond humiliating,” Storrison, 61, said Sunday.

“I felt as though I was under house arrest. I felt like I had been convicted of a criminal offence and basically given probation with the condition that I attend mediation.”

Sunnybrook banned Storrison, who has spent most evenings over the past three years caring for her 91-year-old father at the veterans centre, after nurses apparently accused her of going on a “verbal rampage for hours on end”.

Storrison, who denies being abusive, said the allegation came after she alerted staff to an elderly resident wandering down the hallway alone and, on another occasion, to bedbugs in a patient’s room.

Sunnybrook spokesperson Craig DuHamel said Sunday the no-trespass order had been lifted unconditionally, and there was no need for security to be present during Storrison’s future visits.

Storrison, a grandmother who works in a lawyer’s office, has been among a group of relatives with loved ones in Sunnybrook who have spoken publicly about what they call neglect of the most frail vets.

They also said the facility had consistently shut down their attempts at raising concerns.

Those allegations — all strenuously denied by Sunnybrook — prompted Veterans Affairs Minister Steven Blaney to order an audit of the 500-bed facility, something no level of government had done in more than seven years.

Results of the audit are pending.

Storrison said she was really bothered that neither executive vice-president Malcolm Moffat nor operations director Dorothy Ferguson asked at Saturday’s meeting for her side of the story.

DuHamel said he hoped a mediator would help allay any issues, but mediation was not a requirement to lifting the ban.

“We’re going to involve mediation to better understand and help us work with Mrs. Storrison to ensure we can meet the needs of her and her family in the future,” DuHamel said.

Following the meeting, the Canadian Veterans Advocacy called off a threatened protest at Sunnybrook.

Co-founder Mike Blais said he was pleased the facility had lifted its ban and Storrison would get to see her father.

“It is our hope that when the mediation process concludes, the hospital will offer Ms. Storrison an apology and implement protocols to ensure such an event never occurs again,” Blais said.

Storrison said the entire episode had left her distraught.

“I feel like I’ve been given an ultimatum with my father being held hostage if I don’t agree to mediation,” Storrison said.

She noted the nurses had never called security in the previous three years she has been there.

She also said she feared others would feel too intimidated to voice concerns in light of her ordeal.

“My mother and I have never asked for more than basic care,” Storrison said. “When that’s not provided, we’re not to complain, we’re not to say a word?”

The Canadian Press


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