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Wanda Roberts poses for a photo in Yellowknife

Personal care workers describe what led them to their jobs

Many of these workers train in colleges, work in long-term care and in hospitals and are at the very front line of the Canadian health-care system

A personal support worker with West Neighbourhood House's Parkdale Assisted Living Program, knocks on a resident's door at Toronto's May Robinson apartments, part of TCHC seniors housing, in Toronto, on Friday April 17 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

How the pandemic would have been different if PSWs were regulated

Laura Bulmer: Licensing PSWs would ensure they have standardized training and better pay. It would address the workforce shortages. Above all, it would help keep the public safe.

A health-care worker opens a window to a room at a long-term care home as family members of the resident look on in Montreal, on Apr. 25, 2020 (Graham Hughes/CP)

Quebec’s coronavirus outbreak in long-term care homes could have been prevented

Tom Mulcair: For over a month, the Quebec government had been aware that long-term care workers were working between different residences. There is no excuse for inaction.