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'Justice for Debbie': Dozens call for safer measures for caseworkers

Last Updated Nov 18, 2019 at 8:26 am MDT

A Union worker holds a sign during a protest calling for safer measures for caseworkers in Calgary (PHOTO: CityNews)

CALGARY (CityNews) – Union workers and friends of Debbie Onwu are calling for changes to how care homes operate in the province.

Dozens protested in front of City Hall Sunday, weeks after Onwu was killed at Wood’s Home on 27 Ave. SW.

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Onwu’s friend Rebecca Opoku said while the 18-year-old in custody has been charged, something should have been done to prevent this from happening.

“We know that he is not well and it was upon the agency to make sure that Debbie was protected that there were enough safety measures in the home for her and the young man as well.”

Opoku was joined by members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) calling for more support for caregiver safety.

She argues there shouldn’t be any time where a staff member at a group home is alone.

“Justice for Debbie means that we will never have to wake up and hear on the media that another caregiver has lost their life in such an atrocious manner.”

Brandon Newman is charged with second-degree murder in Onwu’s death and remains in custody as he undergoes a mental assessment.