15 of 18 Kelowna (BC) child care centres were found to have infractions during their October inspections by Interior Health. The health authority routinely inspects centres to ensure compliance with health and safety regulations.
The most common problems at the 15 centres were minor infractions such as leaving electrical outlets uncovered, gauze missing from first aid kits or loose shelving.
But last month's inspections also uncovered serious and ongoing violations at several child care centres, the most serious of which were at the West Kelowna Learning Centre, which failed its inspection in eight different categories. Cigarettes were left accessible to children; the centre hadn't been keeping accurate child records and has faced an ongoing staffing shortage.
It is worth noting that this centre is owned by Edleun, a for-profit corporation traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange with aims to expand across the country. At this point Edleun owns 13 centres in Ontario. (reference)
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