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Letter

HAND DELIVERED

December 20, 2011

The Honourable Mr. Verlyn Olson, QC

Minister of Justice & Attorney General

Alberta Legislature, Edmonton, AB

The Honourable Mr. Fred Horne,

Minister of Health and Wellness,

Alberta Legislature, Edmonton, AB

RE: ALBERTA HOSPITAL EDMONTON / VILLA CARITAS – VIDEO SURVEILLANCE

In the past we have made serious complaints against staff of the geriatric mental hospital, Villa Caritas. We have alleged that abuse and even violence is being perpetrated against very, vulnerable seniors, seniors detained behind locked doors. Our complaints have been summarily dismissed.

Therefore we are respectfully calling on our government to immediately initiate the following:

Cameras (Granny Cams), in every resident’s room, all open areas and especially 24/7 surveillance of the “QUIET” rooms. We also request that all video recordings be carefully saved, identified and stored.

Safety and security should be the right of every Alberta citizen.

Thank you. We shall be awaiting your response and be grateful to be in receipt thereof by the15th of January 2012.

Yours truly,

Elder Advocates of Alberta Society

cc.

Mr. George VanderBurg, Minister of Seniors and Community Supports

Edmonton Chief of Police, Mr. Rod Knecht

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