In reference to the inhumane conditions at Huronia Guest House in Stayner, the abdication of responsibility on the part of the regulators makes me embarrassed as a citizen. To suggest that the property standards bylaws could not be enforced over the years is a joke. History says that property standards are enforced, but only on owners who the regulators think will actually do something. Those who ignore violations are deemed too difficult and create the persistently unsafe conditions that take advantage of those unable to defend themselves, in this case for years. Surely that is why we have bylaw officers?
As is always the case around here though, others are stepping up. Local businesses like Tim Hortons and Dairy Queen and Swiss Chalet deserve credit for providing the food that the home operators are not.
It would be a public service to point out that the company that owns the home is 2460252 Ontario Inc, which also owns the Bayview Retirement Home in Waubaushene. The Articles of Corporation show the directors to be Lien Chang Liang (Linda), who also owns a restaurant on Main Street in Wasaga Beach, and Na Zhang and Xiu Ping Zheng, who own a restaurant on First Street in Collingwood. An obvious take-a-way for regulators and consumers would be to assume they take the same approach to health and customer care as exhibited at the Huronia Guest Home.