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CUPE Ontario Secretary-Treasurer Candace Rennick said many of the conditions contributing to the spread of COVID-19 in long-term care and nursing homes existed long before the virus emerged.

“People can be saddened by what’s happening here, but absolutely nobody who’s been paying attention can be surprised,” she said.

Rennick has fought for several years to reinstate a care standard that would see every resident receive a minimum of four hours of direct care from a nurse or PSW per day — which means many facilities would need to add staff.

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