Media Advisory - Thousands Travelling to Health Care Rally Today Asking Political Parties to Make Clear Commitments on Key Health Care Issues in Ontario Election Campaign

TORONTO, Sept. 13, 2011 /CNW/ - Dozens of buses will travel to the Ontario Legislature today where they will be joined by thousands from the GTA for a huge health care rally. Advocates have organized this rally to try to raise the profile of key health care issues leading into the election.

Where: Queen's Park (Ontario Legislature), Toronto
When:   Rally at 12 o'clock noon, march down University Avenue (hospital row) to Elm St. and then back up to Queen's Park for a final rally.
Visuals: Floats, lots of banners and signs, thousands of concerned citizens,
  Hospital nurses, doctors and support staff will line University Avenue (hospital row).

Local health coalitions, health care workers, nurses, patient groups, seniors' group and others are travelling in by bus and are available for interviews and pictures as they get onto the bus heading to the Ontario Legislature with their banners and signs and other visuals. Here are the bus departure times and locations:

Windsor            CAW 2458/195. 3400 Somme Ave. - 7:00am  
London    CAW Local 27. 606 First Street - 8:30am  
Sarnia    CEP Union Hall. 900 Devine Road - 7:30am 
Kingston   Walmart Parking Lot. Gardiners Road - 7:45am  
Oshawa/Durham  CAW Union Hall. 1425 Phillip Murray Drive - 10:00am  
Peterborough  Peterborough Canoe Museum. 910 Monaghan Road - 9:00am  
Sudbury  686 Falconbridge Road - 6:00am
Cornwall   Fifth Wheel. 1901 McConnell Ave. - 6:00am
Hamilton   Toys R US. 970 Upper Canada Road - 10:00am    
Fort Erie   Leisure Plex. #3 Highway Road (Off Buffalo Road) 9:00am   
St Catherines  Fairview Mall.  285 Geneva Street - 9:45am    
Port Colburne  West Side Arena. West Side Road -  9:00am 
Welland  The Market Square - 9:30am 
Lindsay   Zellers Mall. 6777 Morrison Street - 9:15am   

"Every political party pays lip service to health care, but they are short on the specifics that really matter," noted Natalie Mehra, coalition director. "We are expecting thousands of people at the Ontario Legislature tomorrow rallying for clear commitments leading into the election.

Mehra outlined the key issues as follows:

"Patients, nurses, doctors and hospital staff are rallying to reopen closed hospital beds and services in their

Communities. From Niagara, and small and rural communities hundreds will join to rally for clear promises to protect the future of emergency departments and acute care beds in these communities. In larger hospitals severe overcrowding is the key issues with ongoing bed and service cuts. Ontario now has the fewest hospital beds per person of virtually all industrialized countries and services like physiotherapy are being cut all across the province."

"For many of the seniors groups coming to the rally, the priority is clear commitments for a stable public and non-profit home care system that enables them to live independently for as long as possible. They are looking for concrete action to address the inadequate care standards in nursing homes and address the waiting list which now numbers more than 23,000 people."

 

SOURCE Ontario Health Coalition

For further information:

OHC office 416-441-2502 or Natalie Mehra (cell) 416-230-6402

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