Public kept in dark on Terrace Lodge

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Elgin County officials didn’t make public an incident at Terrace Lodge in 2011 that involved “pranks” on residents and resulted in the firing of two employees, supposedly to avoid marring the reputation of the long-term care home and its staff.

That’s what Malahide Mayor David Mennill revealed to his township councillors at a meeting Thursday, Aug. 7, after they complained about being kept in the dark.

County Warden David Marr said the same to the Express in an interview the following morning.

In addition, the central stairwell at Terrace Lodge was recently sealed with iron bars to keep residents from using it. Provincial inspectors said the open stairwell was too risky, and ordered it enclosed and kept secure, so residents would have to use an elevator instead.

Despite the province being behind the changes, Warden Marr refused a request from the Express to photograph the stairwell to show the public the situation.

 

Read more in the Aug. 13 print edition or the online e-edition.

Reader Comments (2 )
  • Jim Humphrey on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    At this point you have to wonder if it is even possible to mar the reputation of Terrace Lodge.

  • Sue Thomas on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    So in the case of a fire when the elevators are supposed to be shut down, how do the mobile residents get out? Has this situation been kept from the fire department or has it been inspected and approved by the fire department?

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