OPSEU conducts Waypoint Centre awareness campaign
The Ontario Public Service Employees Union has released an online video as part of a campaign to raise awareness of working conditions at the Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care in Penetanguishene, ON. The video is intended to dramatize the increase in patient attacks on members of staff and calls on the management of the centre to improve the situation. The execution features workers at the facility, who have had their identities concealed, describing their experiences there. The centre is primarily used to house patients who are found not criminally responsible or unfit to stand trial by the courts.
"We are committed to getting these stories out in the open so people can understand what's going on inside Waypoint," said OPSEU president Warren Thomas. "Management isn't doing anything about it. Our government isn't doing anything about it. They both need to take action before somebody gets killed."