Media Advisory - Ontario Fights Back!

    April 18th: Cross Province Protests Over Hospital Cuts

    TORONTO, April 14 /CNW/ -

    What:  On April 18th, communities from across the province who are facing
    -----  major hospital cuts or closures of entire hospitals will be
           holding protests at their nearest McGuinty government MPP office.

    Why:   Consistent and intentional underfunding of hospital global budgets
    ----   by the McGuinty government are fuelling the kind of cuts to beds
           and services not seen since the unprecedented Harris cuts of the
           mid-'90s. Small and rural hospitals are under threat of closure,
           emergency rooms are being closed, mass layoffs are being
           announced, and services are being privatized, cut and/or
           centralized in hospitals far from patients' homes. The situation
           is slated to get worse in the fiscal year from April 1, 2009 -
           March 31, 2010 as more than 70% of hospitals will be thrown into
           deficit unless the government improves funding. For Ontario
           residents in both rural and urban communities, hospital cuts mean
           lost capacity, longer waits, worse overcrowding, traveling
           further, higher infection rates, and paying out of pocket.

    When:  Saturday April 18, 2009

    Cross Province Rally Locations, Times, and Contact Information:

    11 am at MPP Jim Brownell's office: 20 Montreal Rd., Cornwall
    -   for information contact: Diane at 613-936-0980

    Picton & Belleville area residents: 12 o'clock noon at MPP Leona
    Dombrowsky's office: 81 Millennium Parkway, Unit 3, Belleville
    -   for information contact Barb at 613-476-4097

    11 am at MPP John Gerretsen's office: 303 Bagot Street at the LaSalle
    -   for information contact Ross at 613-374-5258

    Kitchener & Guelph area residents: 2 pm at MPP Liz Sandals' office: 173
    Woolwich St., Guelph
    -   for information contact Magee at 519-767-0084
    -   for information on Kitchener contact Orville at 519-893-3974

    11 am at MPP Sophia Aggelonitis' office: 952 Concession St.
    -   for information contact Nancy at 905-385-1933

    Fort Erie, Welland, Port Colborne & St. Catharines area residents:
    12 o'clock noon at MPP Jim Bradley's office, 2 Secord Drive,
    St. Catharines
    -   for information contact Sue at 905-932-1646

    12 o'clock noon at MPP Rick Bartolucci's office: 93 Cedar St., Suite
    302., Sudbury
    -   for information contact Anne Marie at 705-698-7655

    Sarnia, Petrolia, Lambton County and Strathroy area residents: 12 o'clock
    noon at MPP Maria Van Bommel's office in Strathroy: 71C Front St. West
    -   for infortmation contact: Kathryn at 519-245-9221--(from April 17:
        Joyce at 519-245-3633) (Strathroy); Helen at 519-882-0357
        (Petrolia); Arlene at 519-542-1895 (Sarnia)

    12 o'clock noon at MPP Maria Van Bommel's Wallaceburg office: 208
    Margaret Ave.
    -   for information contact Shirley at 519-677-4474

    Chatham & Leamington area residents: 2:30 pm at MPP Pat Hoy's office in
    Chatham: 111 Heritage Rd.
    -   for information contact Todd at 519-326-0752

For further information:

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

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