I guess it's not surprising that there's a push on in Ontario to retrofit older nursing homes with automatic fire sprinklers as the leading edge of the Baby Boom is contemplating the prospect of long-term care.
To be fair, though, the issue has been front-and-centre for years in a province that has one of the worst records in North America for institutional fire deaths.
An inquest into the 2009 nursing-home fire in Orillia, Ont., that killed four seniors and injured six others last year recommended all retirement homes and assisted-living centres be retrofitted, the Toronto Star reported at the time. New facilities have required sprinklers since 1998.
But the same day the coroner's jury made its recommendations, a fire at an older seniors' residence in Hawksbury, Ont., claimed two more lives, Christie Blatchford noted in the National Post.
Blatchford also observed that three previous inquests had resulted in theRead More »from Ontario mandate for fire sprinklers in retirement homes a Canadian first