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Close call in Calgary — Private seniors' residence nearly evicts tenants to increase profits

Secret 60-year contract surfaces to save affordable housing for ailing elderly.

Calgary, AB, July 7, 2011: In a surprising yet welcome turn of events for Calgarians, Alberta Health Services (AHS) was able to negotiate a new agreement with a privately owned seniors' residence, gaining twelve months' notice if the company decides not to renew its leases in the future. As Matt McClure reports in the Calgary Herald, the AHS also retains the presence of 17 employees in the centre.

"An ailing war veteran was in tears Friday after learning he won't be forced to vacate his room at a Calgary seniors' facility.

Len Lomore and nearly two dozen other residents of the assisted living wing at the Colonel Belcher Care Centre got a reprieve when the province's health authority and the building's private owner announced a new three-year deal.

Officials with Alberta Health Services had been scrambling to find new homes for residents after Chartwell Seniors Housing REIT announced last month it wasn't renewing its deal for the 30 assisted living bedsÂ…"

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Posted: July 20, 2011

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