Yesterday CARP joined forces with Ontario’s Fire Fighters to support bill 214, an act to amend the Ontario Fire Protection and Prevention Act. The bill requires that care occupancies built prior to 1998 be retrofitted to include sprinklers. The lack of sprinklers in retirement homes has lead to a number of fatalities throughout the province. In May 2008, a fire at the Cavendish Manor led to the hospitalization of a number of residents. CARP’s support for bill 214 was welcomed by members of the legislature and at the end of the debate the bill passed second reading.
CARP got another mention in the Hansard when MPP Paul Miller referenced CARP’s position letter on bill 214 and supported CARP’s call for more comprehensive retirement home regulation. To read this portion of the debate click here