St. John's councillor questions seniors' safety during power outages

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St. John's city Coun. Bernard Davis says seniors' complexes and nursing homes in the city and province should have regulated backup power generation in the event of power outages.
We must ensure that we do everything we can for some of the most vulnerable people in our society, Davis said.

This is a health and safety issue and, in my opinion, seniors' homes must have an alternate form of power generation.

Davis was responding to reports that Cambridge Estates in the city's Ward 4 was without power during the widespread power outage and that residents had to be moved to a nearby hotel.

These residents, who are in varying degrees of health, were moved in the dark under very traumatic circumstances, Davis said.

I have received calls from family members who are very upset with how this situation was handled.

Davis said he will ask the city's planning, development and engineering department at today's city council meeting to enter into discussions with the province to look at regulating seniors complexes to ensure that backup generation capability is available.

Geographic location: St. John's

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