Concern that new national long-term care standards will be voluntary; energy workers on what they need for a net-zero transition; and Canada's private refugee sponsorship program inspires U.S. efforts
New voluntary guidelines for long-term care homes were published on Tuesday, but some experts warn that they won’t make life better for residents unless they’re adopted in full. Matt Galloway talks to Janice Keefe, a member of the Health Standards Organization, which published the guidelines; and Mary Oko, former chair of the family council at Copernicus Lodge, a long-term care home in Toronto.
Then, we talk to three energy workers in Alberta about what a “just transition” means to them — and what they think their jobs could look like in a net-zero future: Chad Miller, a pipeline facilities consultant and founder of the Facebook group Oilfield Dads; Ken Wallace, a geologist who recently returned to the oil and gas industry; and Amanda Hall, a geophysicist who left the industry to create her own lithium company, Summit Nanotech.
And the U.S. is building a program to privately sponsor refugees, modelled on the one Canada created in the 1970s. We discuss the new program — and what needs to be done to strengthen our own sponsorships — with Mark Hetfield, president and CEO of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society in Silver Spring, Md.; Brian Dyck, the national migration and resettlement program co-ordinator for Mennonite Central Committee Canada; and Ratna Omidvar, an independent senator for Ontario.