AS many of you know, I was nominated at the F-Words lst week for a string of posts about saving the Greater Niagara General Hospital Maternity Ward. Since those days, communitites around the province have woken up to the reality that their local hospitals are all in jeopardy.
A ever-growing group of citizens is taking the plight up to Queen's Park on April 29, 2009. Here are the details:
Stop the Hospital Cuts! Rally at Queen's Park
Because when we (or our loved ones) get sick or have a health emergency, we all count on there being a hospital close by that is able to help us.
Host: The Ontario Health Coalition
Type: Causes - Rally
Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm
Location: Queen's Park
Street: University Ave., just north of College St.
City/Town: Toronto, ON
DescriptionON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29th--11:30AM
JOIN THE GIANT HOSPITAL RALLY AT QUEEN’S PARK &
HELP SAVE OUR LOCAL HOSPITALS!!
Thousands of people from cities and towns across Ontario facing major hospital cuts or closures are joining in solidarity to demand that McGuinty protect our local hospitals.
Consistent and intentional underfunding of hospital global budgets by the McGuinty government is forcing cuts to hospital beds and services not seen since the unprecedented Harris cuts of the mid-‘90s. Across the province, mass layoffs are being announced; services are being privatized, cut and/or centralized in hospitals far from patients’ homes; emergency rooms are being closed; and small and rural hospitals are under threat of closure. Unless the government improves funding, more than 70% of Ontario's hospitals will be thrown into deficit this fiscal year and more extreme cuts will follow.
Hospital cuts place an increased burden on remaining hospitals and staff. For Ontario residents, this means longer waits, worse overcrowding, traveling further, higher infection rates, paying out of pocket, and lower levels of care.
This past Saturday, concerned citizens from communities across Ontario showed their anger and frustration over local hospital cuts and closures of entire hospitals by waging protests outside the offices of their local MPPs. This is a critical time in the fight to protect local hospital services, and as these protesters recognize, the future of health care in Ontario really does rest in our hands.
This is the time to make the government aware that you will not stand idly by and let them put your health, and the health of your loved ones, at risk. A strong and visible challenge to the provincial government’s hospital restructuring plans will be the only thing that will change the government’s current direction.
Together, we can stop the cuts and closures!!
On Wednesday, April 29th, we will continue our quest to stop the cuts with a MASS RALLY at Queen’s Park, in Toronto at 11:30am.
The legislature will be in session--this is our chance to make McGuinty listen to the concerns of our communities!
The rally has been called by the Town of Fort Erie, working in alliance with municipalities across Ontario. The Ontario Health Coalition and local Health Coalitions across Ontario are supporting this important endeavour.
***LIVE OUTSIDE TORONTO? GET ON THE BUS!:***
We have about 40 buses already booked, and we want to increase that number substantially--
If you can help arrange buses, carpools, and/or can help get a group together, we want to hear from you.
Please contact us at 416-441-2502 or at email@example.com.
**PLEASE RESERVE YOUR SEAT IN ADVANCE (where applicable)!**
BUSES WILL BE LEAVING FROM:
Buses leave St. Catharines at 9:30am from CAW Local 199 (124 Bunting Rd.),
returning by 3pm.To reserve a seat, contact Sue at 905-932-1646 or Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Buses leave Strathroy at 8am from Food Basics at Kenwick Plaza (Front/Head Streets)
returning by 5pm. To reserve a seat, contact Joyce at 519-245-3633 or Sandra at 519-245-8829.
Buses will leave Wallaceburg at 7am SHARP from the Sobey’s parking lot,
returning by 5pm. To reserve a seat on the bus, contact Shirley at 519-677-4474.
Buses leave Hamilton at 9:45am from Limeridge Mall: corner of Upper Wentworth St (across
from the Legion Hall and near The Bay), returning by 3pm. To reserve a seat, contact Nancy at 905-385-1933.
Buses leave Welland at 9am from Welland Market Square and will be back by 3pm.
To reserve a seat on the bus, call Fiona at 905-788-0756.
Buses leave Sarnia at 7am from the north municipal parking lot at Centennial Park (across from
Stokes By The Bay) To reserve a seat, contact Arlene at 519-542-1895. A $10 reservation fee is required.
Buses leave Petrolia at 7:15am from the parking lot across from the VPP, returning by 5pm.
To reserve a seat on the bus, contact Helen at 519-882-0357. A $10 reservation fee is required.
Buses leave Belleville at 8:30am from the Quinte Mall, behind the Shell Station/Denny’s, returning by 4pm.
To reserve a seat on the bus, contact Michael at 613-968-5550.
Buses leave Port Colborne at 8:30am from West Side Arena on Hwy 58, returning by 3pm.
To reserve a seat on the bus, contact Pat at 905-835-8249.
Contact Barb at 613-476-4097 for information about the bus leaving from Picton & to reserve a seat.
Buses leave Fort Erie at 8:30am from the Leisureplex (1 Municipal Centre Dr.), returning by 3pm.
To reserve a seat, contact Al at 905-871-1600 x2543.
Buses leave Trenton at 7:45am from the Holiday Inn parking lot, returning by 5pm.
For more information, visit www.city.quintewest.on.ca
Buses leave Cambridge at 10am from the Cambridge Newfoundland Club at 1500 Dunbar Rd., returning by 3pm.
To reserve a seat, contact John at 519-623-0751.
Rally together your friends, your families, your neighbours, and your coworkers because the reality is, when we get sick or have a health emergency, each and every one of us counts on there being a hospital close by that is able to help us in our time of need.