Ontario Health CoalitionUpcoming Meetings and Events
The Threat of Privatization: Lessons from Home Care
The Ford government is rushing to move surgeries and diagnostics out of hospitals and to private, for-profit providers. We only need to look to the crisis in home care to see the long-term results of private, for-profit care.
The claim is that privatization is innovation, but home care was largely outsourced to for-profit providers in the 1990s and has been in a state of crisis ever since. Expert speakers and patients will give an in-depth status update on the crisis in our communities and detail how privatization has worsened care and working conditions.
Date: Monday March 13 at 7 pm
Online Regional Organizing Meetings to Fightback against the Privatization of our Public Health Care
Now is the time to move forward concretely on the fightback to save our public hospitals. The Ford government is going to pass their legislation to privatize our public hospitals (Bill 60) in the next few weeks.
We are organizing a mass citizen-run referendum with the goal of collecting a million votes across the province. Everyone who wants to make this citizen-led referendum something that cannot be ignored has a role to play. We can absolutely shake the government if everyone who cares gets involved. If you want to get involved locally in organizing the referendum, please join the major organizing meeting for your region listed below.
Please note that these are organizing meetings. There will be no speeches or briefings. In each region, local coalitions, where they exist, will update on what is happening and where there aren’t local coalitions, we hope to work with all of you to identify a contact person for as many towns as possible. In the meetings we will move forward with identifying key contacts in every town we can; discuss getting voting stations set up and identify where; identify volunteers to leaflet, get out lawn signs, do workplace votes, staff voting stations, and help get ballot boxes set up.
South West/Central West (Guelph and S/W including: Windsor, Sarnia, Chatham, London, St. Marys, Kitchener, Oxford) Wednesday March 15 at 7 pm
Central Region (Simcoe County, Grey Bruce & Muskoka including Huntsville, Burk's Falls, Bracebridge, Gravenhurst, Perry Sound) Monday March 27 at 7 pm
Chesley Rally to Save Our Hospital & Emergency Room (organized by the Chesley Hospital Community Support)
The Chesley Hospital Community Support will be staging a peaceful rally at the Chesley Community Centre to support the local hospital with a fully functioning ER service, our local health care workers, and physician recruitment.
Date: Saturday April 1st, 2023 at 2 pm, Chesley Community Centre, 129 4th Ave SE, Chesley
Local Health Coalition Regular Planning Meetings
Everyone is welcome to join regular local health coalition planning meetings, where discussions on local and provincial public health care take place. They are listed below for the next month. If your local coalition is holding a meeting or has a regular monthly meeting date, please email back with “Local coalition meeting date” in the subject line and let us know.