News & Events

“Skills for Long-term Residential Care” Workshop, May 20, 2015

There is a broad consensus that changing population needs and demographics in long-term residential care mean more training is required. There is less agreement, however, on what skills are required, who should have these skills, and how the work should be divided.

Re-imagining Long-term Residential Care is hosting a workshop in Toronto to focus on issues related to skills and the division of labour in long-term residential care. If you are interested in attending, please contact as soon as possible.

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Pat Armstrong appeared as an Evidence Maker in the Fall 2014 issue of The Canadian Institute of Health Research’s (CIHR) “Show me the Evidence.”

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Book Launch for two books – ‘Troubling Care’, and ‘Pain and Prejudice’ Tuesday October 28, 2014

Noon – 2:00 pm
280A York Lanes, York University (Light lunch served)

6:30 – 8:00 pm
The Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave, Kensington Market

‘Troubling Care': Critical Perspectives on Research and Practices was published in 2013 and edited by Pat Armstrong and Susan Braedley.  It is based on papers by team members presented at the project’s York Seminar for Advanced Research series.

‘Pain and Prejudice’ is a newly released book by Karen Messing, Professor Emerita at the Université du Quèbec à Montréal.

All welcome. Books will be available to purchase at both events.

Troubling Care: Critical Perspectives on Research and Practice Using the example of residential services, Troubling Care: Critical Perspectives on Research and Practices investigates the fractures in our care systems and challenges how caring work is understood in social policy, in academic theory, and among health care providers.

Pain and Prejudice In 1978, when workers at a nearby phosphate refinery learned that the ore they processed was contaminated with radioactive dust, Karen Messing, then a new professor of molecular genetics, was called in to help. Over the next decades Messing encountered many more cases of workers around the world suffering and in pain without any help from the very scientists and occupational health experts whose work was supposed to make their lives easier. In Pain and Prejudice Messing tells the story of how she went from looking at test tubes to listening to workers.

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Our partner CUPE Ontario, has launched a campaign titled “Time to Care,” in which they are calling on the Ontario government to keep its promises to introduce staffing and care standards in long-term care facilities. Pat Armstrong & Donna Baines were interviewed for the campaign video.


Co-Investigator Sally Chivers was a speaker at the Life & Health panel at Trent University’s 50th Anniversary: Ideas that Change the World Symposium 2014. Sally’s presentation was titled “Re-Imagining long-term residential care for a more just and caring system,” in which she mentions the MCRI project and discusses her visits to long-term care centres.


To watch and listen to Sally’s presentation on re-Imagining long-term residential care click here.
*Note* Sally’s presentation begins at the 17:00 minute.


A Research Snapshot of the work our team is conducting is summarized in the following publication:


Now published and available on Emerald’s website: “It is a scandal!: Comparing the causes and consequences of nursing home media scandals in five countries” by Liz Lloyd, Albert Banerjee, Charlene Harrington, Frode F. Jacobsen and Marta Szebehely.

Listen to the video abstract for “It’s a scandal!” article by Albert Banerjee below:



Author Meets Reader

With Susan Braedley
Thursday, October 24, 2013
5:30pm – 7:00pm
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank St., Ottawa ON

Click here for the event flyer for Author Meets Reader.


The Second Annual Robarts Lecture in Canadian Studies and Collective Book Launch
Working for Care: Caring for Work

Thursday, October 3, 2013
4:00pm – 6:00pm
Senate Chamber, 9th floor, North Ross Building

Pat Armstrong, York University

Click here for the event flyer for the Second Annual Robarts Lecture.

Watch the full presentation.


Troubling Care book now available!

Troubling Care: Critical Perspectives on Research and Practices, authored by seven students and seven faculty members involved in the study, is now published and available for purchase.

For preview of Troubling Care and to purchase a hard copy of the book, click here.


Changing the Conversation:
Re-imagining Long-term Residential Care

Monday, May 27th, 2013
6:00 – 8:00pm
Courtyard Marriott
475 Yonge Street

Dr. Liz Lloyd, University of Bristol
Dr. Monique Lanoix, Appalachian State University
Dr. Sally Chivers, Trent University

Click here for the event flyer for Changing the Conversation.