In September 2014, Premier Jim Prentice announces halt to the closure of Michener.1 The “Friends of the Michener Centre” group said that 5 of the 41 people transferred out of the facility had passed away since April 2014.2 For example, Cliff Culbert who was a resident of the Michener Centre for decades passed away after being moved to a new centre and catching an unshakeable fever. Cliff’s brother, Orville, claimed that Cliff died of a broken heart after leaving his friends and the only family he had ever known.3
1. CBC News, “Michener Centre closure halted, residents allowed to return,” cbc.ca, accessed July 17, 2018, https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/michener-centre-closure-halted-residents-allowed-to-return-1.2771739.
3. CBC News, “Michener Centre transfer will not be halted despite deaths, says province,” cbc.ca, accessed July 23, 2018, http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/michener-centre-transfer-will-not-be-halted-despite-deaths-says-province-1.2743117.