Media Advisory - Major Hospital Protest at Queen's Park Today - 11:30 am



    TORONTO, April 29 /CNW/ -

    
    What:

    Approximately 50 busloads of concerned citizens will travel from
    communities across Ontario, where local hospitals are threatened with
    major cuts or closures, to join together at the legislature along with
    Toronto seniors, patients, and advocates in a large rally to ask Dalton
    McGuinty to stop his government's hospital cuts and save local hospital
    services.

    When:
    11:30 am - Today, Wednesday, April 29, 2009

    Where:

    Queen's Park, Toronto

    Buses are travelling to Toronto from: Picton, Belleville, Trenton,
    Windsor, Leamington, Wallaceburg, Sarnia, Petrolia, Strathroy, Cambridge,
    Hamilton, St. Catharines, Welland, Port Colborne, Fort Erie, Burk's Falls

    Car pools/vans are traveling to Toronto from: Woodstock, Brampton,
    Toronto seniors' centres, Peterborough, Lindsay, Oshawa, Scarborough,
    Ajax and other locations.

    Speakers:

    Wayne Redekop - former mayor of Fort Erie
    Doug Martin -- Mayor Fort Erie and Chair of the Alliance to Save
     Ontario's Small, Rural and Northern Hospitals
    Natalie Mehra -- Director Ontario Health Coalition
    Shirley Roebuck, RN/Jeff Wesley former mayor -- Wallaceburg SOS (Save Our
     Sydenham) Committee
    Elizabeth Witmer -- PC Health Critic
    France Gelinas - NDP Health Critic
    John Van Der Heyden -- Concerned Citizens for Fair Funding Cambridge
    Tim Hudak -- PC
    Andrea Horwath NDP Leader
    Vance Badeway - Mayor, Port Colborne
    Cathy Still -- Reeve Township of Burke's Falls
    Dr Pierre Major -- Oncologist from Hamilton
    Bob Saracino -- Port Colborne Regional Councillor

    Sponsors:

    This protest has been called by the Town of Fort Erie in alliance with
    municipalities across Ontario and the Ontario Health Coalition, local
    health coalitions and concerned citizens' groups. The Ontario Health
    Coalition is a non-profit, non-partisan public interest organization with
    a mandate to protect and extend a quality, single-tier, public health
    system under the principles of the Canada Health Act.
    





For further information:

For further information: Natalie Mehra, (416) 230-6402 (cell phone)

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