Province Takes Immediate Action to Address Issues at Braemore Home

first_img “The district’s board of directors welcomes the opportunity to support this interim measure and we will do what we can to assist the Braemore team now and in the future,” said Cape Breton District Health Authority Board chair Yvon LeBlanc. “As health-care providers, we can’t forget that we are in service to our patients and our residents every day. Their care, well-being, and quality of life are our main priorities, and that includes the people who live at Braemore.” Deloitte’s report also makes recommendations on how the province can better support facilities like Braemore by developing a long-term vision and strategy, providing standards, and enhancing its oversight of client support practices. A team of experts will develop a strategy to address issues at Braemore and across the sector. In addition, government established a cross-departmental team in the spring to begin work on a long-term strategy to address Nova Scotia’s continuing care and services for persons with disabilities sectors. That group will consult with interested parties in the first half of 2012 and take recommendations to the government. “This report clearly shows that there are issues with the residential system and that we need a long-term plan to help us better support Braemore and other places like it,” said Ms. Peterson-Rafuse. “We’ve already begun this work and we’re committed to making the changes needed.” Braemore provides residential services and support to people with physical and intellectual disabilities. The Department of Community Services requested the independent review in March after the province investigated a case of abuse at the facility. The report can be found online at www.gov.ns.ca/coms. The province is taking immediate action to address issues identified in a report on Braemore Home Corporation’s programs and operations, released today, Oct. 18. Effective immediately, the province is suspending Braemore Home Corporation’s licence and appointing the Cape Breton District Health Authority’s board of directors to act as the Sydney facility’s interim board. “I’m extremely concerned, just as I’m sure everyone is, with the contents of this report,” said Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse, who was in Sydney today to meet with the interim board. “My first priority is the care and well-being of the people we serve and we’re taking immediate action to address the most serious issues. We’re already working on a long-term plan to better support residents, staff, and management of Braemore and other similar facilities.” The independent review was conducted by Deloitte. It looked at Braemore’s management, programs, operations and organizational culture, and included input from a number of interested parties, including staff, residents, and their families. The report’s recommendations focus on nine key areas: Some of the recommendations for Braemore include: developing governance practices for Braemore’s board of directors redefining its organizational model, roles, and responsibilities shifting its organizational culture to include practices of leading organizations partnering with a leading organization in adult autism and residential services long-term strategy and oversight legislation accountability client service organizational culture operations funding partnerships governancelast_img read more

Vancouverbased dating site PlentyOfFish acquired by New Yorks Match Group for US575M

TORONTO — The Match Group, the New York-based company that owns Match.com, OkCupid and Tinder, says it has purchased Vancouver-based dating website PlentyOfFish for US$575 million in cash.In a news release on its website, Match Group CEO Sam Yagan says it was attracted to PlentyOfFish’s consistent growth and it plans to integrate the Canadian company’s mobile app into its existing family of digital and online dating services.PlentyOfFish has steadily lured in people seeking everything from no-strings attached hookups to marriage since CEO and founder Markus Frind launched the company from his Vancouver apartment in 2003.Plenty of Fish founder puts focus on growthBy 2008, Frind had 15 million users, $10 million in revenue and doubled his workforce — to two.In March of this year, PlentyOfFish surpassed 100 million users and employed more than 70 people at its downtown Vancouver office.The Match Group says the deal is subject to approval from the federal industry minister and is expected to close early in the fourth quarter.“We are thrilled to be joining forces with Match,” Frind said in a statement. “My team and I have grown PlentyOfFish into one of the leaders in our category, and I am confident that Match will help accelerate our growth even further.”The Match Group offers dating products through nearly 50 brands in 40 languages around the world and says it has seven million new users per month.The Match brands and PlentyOfFish both make revenue through a combination of advertising and paid subscription options.IAC, the parent company of Match Group, owns a variety of media and Internet properties including the Princeton Review, Investopedia, Vimeo and the Daily Beast.IAC owns almost 50 tailored dating sites for anyone from pet lovers to Italians to senior citizens. Investors can buy a stake in Diller’s Match Group later this year when the company plans an initial public offering of less than 20 percent of the unit’s stock.Dating sites have attracted people with their instant messaging, photosharing and geolocation services. About 31 million Americans have used a dating site or app, according to a 2013 Pew Research Center study.The Canadian Press, with files from Reuters and Bloomberg read more