Yukon NDP continuing care town hall a passionate full house

Yukoners of all political stripes crammed into Hellaby Hall last night to share their perspectives about the future of continuing care in Yukon. Prompted by Yukon Government plans to build a 300-bed continuing care facility in the Whistle Bend subdivision without public consultation, the town hall demonstrated frustration felt by the community regarding the project.

"I am grateful to those Yukoners who shared their stories and opinions on continuing care -- and to those who came simply to listen," said Yukon NDP health critic Jan Stick, who facilitated the town hall. "Our expert health care and seniors' housing panelists all shared important and professional opinions regarding how to support Yukoners who choose to age-in-place, now and into the future."

Over the course of the evening, nearly 100 participants shared a collective sense of frustration about the process to develop a 300-bed facility in Whistle Bend that echoed Yukon NDP concerns raised during the last legislative sitting. In a survey completed during the event, only 13% of respondents agree that the Yukon government is on the right track on continuing care. In contrast, 87% say they oppose, or have concerns about, the government's Whistle Bend facility plan.

"Continuing care affects us all -- this government needs to get it right when it comes to supporting Yukoners' right to age in comfort and dignity,” added Stick. "We will continue to listen to Yukoners so that we can support the community's vision for continuing care."