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Save Our Community Hospitals
Published: 2014-11-03

The government of Ontario is undertaking an aggressive plan to dismantle community hospitals and contract-out hospital surgeries and diagnostics to private clinics. In the most aggressive cuts plan that we have ever seen, after more than five years of budget slashing, they plan to close all of the outpatient services that they can and hive them off to private clinics, cut acute care beds, maternity and local care services and cut chronic care beds by as much as 50% even though there is nowhere for these patients to go. Every piece of hospital care that is being cut from our local community hospitals is being privatized and subject to new user fees for patients when they are sick and elderly and least able to pay. We are organizing a giant rally at the Ontario Legislature to stop this and we are organizing and planning events in every community that we can. It is time for regular Ontarians from every part of our province to stand up and tell our government to stop the destruction of our community hospitals that we have funded and built for a hundred years.

Upcoming Meetings and Events

November 3rd, 2014

Scarborough, 6 p.m., Condo Board Room, 238 Bonis Avenue (parking across the street at Agincourt Mall)
Durham, 7 p.m., Unifor local 222 Hall (Rm. 2), 1425 Phillip Murray Dr., Oshawa with guest speaker Doug Allan, OHC Board Member

November 4th, 2014

Toronto - Seniors' Organizations Planning Meeting, 1 p.m., Older Women’s Network Co-op, 115 The Esplanade in Toronto.
Quinte Labour Council, 6 p.m., Federation House (corner of William and Victoria) Belleville Ontario Health Coalition Guest Speaker
Wallaceburg Special Planning Meeting to Save the Local Hospital, 6:30 p.m., Gatsby's Grill, 750 James St. in Wallaceburg.
Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Forum on the Plans to Close the Local Hospital, 7 p.m., Royal Canadian Legion, 410 King St.

November 5th, 2014

Lindsay Labour Council, 6 p.m., Lindsay Golf and Country Club, 282 Lindsay St. S., Lindsay Ontario Health Coalition Guest Speaker
Council of Canadians – Toronto Chapter, 7 p.m., Metro Hall (Rm. 313A), 55 John St. Ontario Health Coalition Guest Speaker

November 6th, 2014

London Day of Action for Health Workers, 11 a.m., Victoria Park, 509 Clarence St., London With guest speakers including Natalie Mehra, OHC Executive Director
York University: Third Year Social Activism Class, 2:30 p.m. With guest speaker Natalie Mehra, OHC Executive Director
London Public Info Session and Protest Prop-Making Event, 6:30 p.m., Landon Library, 167 Wortley Rd., London.
Welland Public Forum to Save the Local Hospital from Closure, 7 p.m., Welland City Hall, 60 East Main St. (Community Room).
Orillia Labour Council, 7 p.m., OPSEU office, 76 Coldwater St. E., Orillia.With Ontario Health Coalition guest speaker.
Toronto Labour Council, 7:30 p.m., OFL Building, 15 Gervais Dr., Toronto With Ontario Health Coalition guest speaker.

November 7th, 2014

Midland - Penetanguishene Public Forum to Stop the Cuts to Services for Both Communities and Save the Penetanguishene Hospital from Closure, 7 p.m., Royal Canadian Legion Branch 68, Penetanguishene

November 10th, 2014

Steelworkers Toronto Area Council, 10:30 a.m., Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil St., Toronto With guest speaker Natalie Mehra, Executive Director OHC.

November 11th, 2014

Peterborough Health Coalition Meeting, 4:30 p.m., Labour Council, 246 Romaine St.

November 13th, 2014

London Media Event, 4:30 p.m., St. Joseph’s Hospital (Richmond and Grosvenor) – Bring your noisemakers!
Hamilton, 6 p.m., Steelworkers Hall (local 1005), 350 Kenilworth Ave. N., Hamilton
With guest speakers: Natalie Mehra, Executive Director, Ontario Health Coalition, Michael Hurley, President, Ontario Council of Hospital Unions, CUPE, Sara Labelle, Regional Vice-President, OPSEU, Diane LeClair Regional Vice-President ONA, Dr. Gordon Guyatt (invited).

November 17th, 2014

Kingston Media Event, 12 p.m. (noon) at MPP Sophie Kiwala’s office, LaSalle Mews, 303 Bagot St.
Grey-Bruce Labour Council Activist Dinner, 6 p.m., Royal Canadian Legion Br. 383, 86 River St., Tara, ON with guest speaker Natalie Mehra, OHC Executive Director

November 18th, 2014

ONA Biennial Convention, 2:45 p.m. Westin Harbour Castle (Metropolitan Ballroom), Toronto With guest speaker Natalie Mehra, OHC Executive Director

November 19th, 2014

Parkdale Seniors Advocacy Group, 10 a.m., Parkdale Community Health Centre, 1229 Queen St. W., Toronto – With guest speaker Natalie Mehra, OHC Executive Director

November 21st, 2014 - NEW!

Ontario Legislature Queen’s Park, 12 p.m., Ontario Legislature Queen’s Park, 111 Wellesley Street West, Toronto (click here for poster)

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