Media Advisory: All-Party dialogue puts spotlight on health and health care

    TORONTO, Oct. 6 /CNW/ - With voting day just over a week away,
health-care professionals and academics want to turn the political spotlight
onto issues largely ignored during the federal election campaign: health and
health care.
    On Wednesday, Oct. 8, the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario
(RNAO) and York University's Faculty of Health are sponsoring an All-Party
Dialogue. The groups say the lack of significant discussion and debate is a
major concern when you consider that 78 per cent of respondents in a recent
Angus Reid poll said health care is a top factor when deciding which party to
support. In the same survey, poverty ranked fourth.
    The dialogue will explore areas that are critical to improving people's
health including poverty, the environment, protecting and strengthening
Canada's publicly funded health-care system, and better access to health-care
    The major federal parties have been invited to speak directly to the
public, and particularly to young people, about how a vote for their
candidates would advance healthy outcomes and promote a healthier Canada.

    -   Carolyn Bennett, MP for St. Paul's, Toronto, will represent the
        Liberal Party.
    -   Olivia Chow, MP for Trinity-Spadina, Toronto, will represent the New
        Democratic Party.
    -   Steven Fletcher, MP for Charleswood - St. James - Assiniboia,
        Manitoba, will represent the Conservative Party.
    -   Blake Poland, a candidate running in Oakville will represent the
        Green Party.
    -   Toronto Star columnist Carol Goar will moderate.

        All-Party Dialogue on Health and Health Care. The event is free of
        charge and open to the public.

    -   Accolade West Building, Room 109, York University, 4700 Keele St.,

    -   Wednesday, Oct. 8, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

    York University is the leading interdisciplinary research and teaching
university in Canada. York offers a modern, academic experience at the
undergraduate and graduate level in Toronto, Canada's most international city.
The third largest university in the country, York is host to a dynamic
academic community of 50,000 students and 7,000 faculty and staff, as well as
200,000 alumni worldwide. York's 11 faculties and 26 research centres conduct
ambitious, groundbreaking research that is interdisciplinary, cutting across
traditional academic boundaries.

    The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional
association representing registered nurses in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has
lobbied for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in nursing practice,
increased nurses' contribution to shaping the health-care system, and
influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they serve.

    Parking at Student Services Garage
    Directions to the event:

For further information:

For further information: Marion Zych, Director of Communications, RNAO,
Phone: (647) 406-5605 or (416) 408-5605; Nora Gubins, Director of
Communications, Faculty of Health, York University, Phone: (416) 736-2100 ext.

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