From Penny Coles, in the Niagara Advance:
Performing at last year’s welcome at Orchard Park Church are Julie Hof from Meyers Farm, Jane Andres, Delroy Myrie and Courtney Mitchell, also from Meyers, and Earl Newell from Epp Farms. Photo by Joel Hannigan
“The Niagara-on-the-Lake agricultural community is coming together Sunday, for the eighth annual Farm Workers Welcome Concert.
It is a night of music and celebration, organized to welcome the Caribbean workers who come to Niagara, and to show appreciation for their contribution to the area’s rich agricultural heritage, says organizer Jane Andres.
Andres grew up in Niagara, and for the past 15 years has been running a bed and breakfast on Four Mile Creek Rd., surrounded by neighbouring orchards and vineyards. Continue reading
From “Health workers should be required to get flu shots” in the Toronto Star:
“Every year, as many as 8,000 Canadians die from the flu. Another 20,000 are hospitalized. They are often old or sick and are already in the care of doctors and nurses. So there is more than a little irony in the fact that many of these medical professionals are reluctant to get their annual flu shot.
While most of us take the routine jab-in-the-arm like good citizens, too many health care workers don’t get vaccinated, exposing patients in their care to days of fever and chills — or worse. Continue reading
From the Lyme Disease Sentinel:
“Yesterday I attended a social function where I learned a bit more about hospital politics. A friend, who is an anesthesiologist, was very concerned over the changes being made in the hospital where she has worked for many years.She wasn’t specific about the changes but did say these changes were not in the best interests of the patient.
I half jokingly responded saying that these changes were probably in the best interests of the corporations. Her eyes widened and she exclaimed just how “on target” I was. YES, she said….that was the exact inference that hospital management made clear to us. Then my friend proceeded to relate to me one of her greatest concerns, one that she personally had to deal with……forced vaccinations of health care workers. Continue reading
From a Toronto Star editorial titled “Hospital staff must get flu shots”:
“Frontline health-care workers across Ontario — and especially in Toronto — are endangering their patients by neglecting to obtain a flu shot. If anyone should know better, it’s these people. And their failure is inexcusable.
The latest data are in a report going to the Toronto Board of Health on Tuesday, and it reveals a situation that’s getting worse, not better. According to health experts, at least 70 per cent of health-care workers should be vaccinated annually against influenza. But figures for the most recent 2010-2011 flu season show that Toronto’s acute-care hospitals are barely halfway there, with a median staff immunization rate of just 37 per cent. The rate is 42 per cent for similar facilities across Ontario.
That’s the lowest rate in the past four years, both in Toronto and across the province. Rather than waking up to the danger posed by influenza spreading in an acute-care setting and taking effective steps to reduce that risk, the province, hospital administrators and health-care workers are failing to protect the public. Continue reading
From Barry Estabrook, via his “Politics of the Plate” blog:
Photo via Barry Estabrook's blog. Original title: "Picky, picky".
“Last week, I attended tomato school.
Sitting in a room at a packing plant near Immokalee in southwest Florida with about 50 migrant laborers, I learned that I had a right to earn a minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, could take regular breaks in a shady area provided by the farm—including a lunch break. I was told exactly what constituted a full bucket of tomatoes when I was working on a “piece,” or per-bucket basis. Continue reading