Julie Ireton

Senior Reporter

Julie Ireton is a senior reporter who works on investigations and enterprise news features at CBC Ottawa. She's also the host of the new CBC investigative podcast, The Band Played On. You can reach her at julie.ireton@cbc.ca

Latest from Julie Ireton

55% of Ontario's nursing home workers opted for vaccine

Despite the fact long-term care workers were the first in Ontario invited to get the COVID-19 vaccine last December, a little more than half of them have volunteered to get the shot.

Ontario's PSW plans include free tuition for sped-up training

The Ontario government's plans to bring in more personal support workers during the after the pandemic now includes having 8,200 more on the job in the fall. Advocates for those workers say the plan is missing important pieces.

Community health centre aims to bust myths about COVID-19

The South-East Ottawa Community Health Centre is aiming to bust myths about COVID-19 and vaccines in a town hall-style virtual meeting for community residents on Wednesday evening. 

Ontario's PSW plan woefully inadequate, critics charge

"Shocking," "appalling," "offensive" and "disappointing" are just some of the words critics are using to describe the Ontario government's latest plan to train personal support workers (PSWs) in the province.

Rapid testing will add to strain on long-term care sector, advocates warn

While most long-term care homes in Ontario are pleased that rapid antigen testing is now available, provincial requirements will add pressure to an already distressed sector, according to advocates.

Isolated by pandemic, fewer sexual assault victims going to ER

A new study from The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute reveals a 50 per cent drop in visits to the hospital network's emergency rooms by sexual assault and domestic violence victims during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

After decades of talk, national action plan to protect women finally in the works

Groups working to end gender-based violence say a recent agreement among status of women ministers from across the country to develop a national action plan to end gender-based violence is an important step forward. 

Vaccine restores hope, if not normalcy, to city's largest LTC home

After 11 gruelling months of COVID-19 threatening and killing residents, the arrival of vaccines and rapid testing at Ottawa's Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre is giving people at the facility some space to grieve — and hope that things will get better,

Making the case for mandatory vaccination of health-care workers

As COVID-19 vaccinations slowly roll out across Canada, some are asking whether they should be mandatory for people working in health care, long-term care and retirement home settings. 

Isolation the real threat for loved ones with dementia, families say

Families of people living with dementia say the sudden loss of social interaction is taking a heavy toll on their loved ones, and medical experts agree.