Thousands to Rally for Health Care at Ontario Legislature

Niagara Residents Invited To Hop On The Bus And Join The Rally – This Tuesday, October 23rd

To demand restored & expanded public health care. No cuts and privatization!

A Call-Out from the Niagara Health Coalition and Ontario Health Coalition

Posted October 22nd, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Niagara,Ontario – In what is shaping up to be one of the largest public rallies at the Ontario Legislature regarding the Doug Ford government’s plans to date, the Ontario Health Coalition is ramping up to demand that the government live up to its pre-election promises to “end hallway medicine” and improve mental health resources.

Noting that Doug Ford did not mention the word privatization in the pre-election campaign, the Coalition will send a strong message that the public expects the government to restore closed hospital beds, improve hospital, long-term and mental health care, and re-invest in front-line services.

A decade ago,Wayne Redekop, now Mayor of Fort Erie,  addressesa rally attended on lawns of Queen’s Park  for saving hospital services in his town and other communties across Ontario.  File Photo by Doug Draper

The government has no mandate to cut, privatize, engage in mega-mergers of hospitals or other services, roll back gains that were made last year, and other negative proposals that have been floated or implemented since the Ford government took power.

Residents in Niagara are concerned about the decrease in mental health funding, the uncertainty about the 26 transitional bed funding and the opening of the safe injection site in St. Catharines. There has been no confirmation to date regarding the promised funding for the Shaver Hospital. Residents in Niagara West are facing the loss of services if the Hamilton Health Science capital request for renovation to the West Lincoln hospital is not approved.

The Coalition has invited Premier Ford to speak to the crowd at the rally, along with Andrea Horwath, leader of the Official Opposition, NDP; John Fraser, Interim Liberal Leader, and; Mike Schreiner, Leader of the Green Party. We have received confirmations from three of the four leaders who will come to the rally and address the crowd.

Where To Get A Bus Ride to the Rally in Niagara

Note: the times listed here are departure times. Please arrive 15 minutes prior for interviews.

  • Welland (Niagara Health Coalition) Bus 1,  Welland Market, 9:15 am
  • St. Catharines (Niagara Health Coalition) Bus 1, Go Bus Stop, Fairview Mall, 9:45 am.
  • Grimsby (Niagara Health Coalition) Bus 2, Grimsby Go station (Casablanca/South Service road), 10:00 a.m.

MAIN RALLY AT QUEEN’S PARK TORONTO:

  • What:  Mass Rally. Expected size 5,000 – 8,000+ people. (90 buses are coming in from towns across Ontario.)
  • When:  Tuesday, October 23, at 12:30 p.m.  Note: There will be a march up University Avenue starting at Sick Kids Hospital at 12:20 p.m.

About the Ontario Health Coalition – The Ontario Health Coalition represents more than half-a-million Ontarians in a network of more than 400 member organizations and more than 50 local chapters.

The Coalition is made up of patient groups, seniors’ organizations, unions representing health care workers and private sector workers, health professionals, doctors, nurses, cultural organizations, womens’ groups, anti-poverty and social justice groups, ecumenical and faith organizations, municipalities, businesses, non-profit health and social services and many more. 

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“A politician thinks of the next election. A leader thinks of the next generation.” – Bernie Sanders

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