According to a memo sent late last week to all Bruce County employees by the Bruce County clerk, the county’s chief administrative officer, director of human resources and director of health services, as well as the administrator of Brucelea Haven, have been suspended from work with pay. No reasons have been given for the suspensions, but they appear related to compliance issues at Brucelea Haven. Admissions to Brucelea Haven have been halted since July after a Ministry of Health report found the long-term care home not in compliance with provincial regulations. The suspensions took effect Sept. 5. Due to privacy concerns, the names of those suspended were not released at this time. This happened after a lengthy closed-door session of the homes committee on Sept. 5. Attempts to reach county council members for comment over the weekend were unsuccessful. Three emergency meetings were held for employees the next day. Unifor union spokesperson Tullio Di Ponti said on Monday that his members were told by county officials that changes were coming and that the four managers were on a paid suspension. “Really they didn’t tell us much,” said Di Ponti, who welcomed the news of changes in the way Brucelea Haven is operated. “I think this was a great move. We’ve been saying all along that the way they were managing the home wasn’t good, not only for our members but also for the public and the people that live there.” On Aug. 14, Bruce County voted to hire a team of consultants to bring Brucelea Haven back into compliance with provincial regulations. Earlier in August, council approved hiring a workplace restoration consultant who is to look at the broader picture, from the involvement of council to the administration and front-line workers.
Four senior Bruce County administrators suspended By Don Crosby was last modified: September 11th, 2019 by