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Health coalition fears job losses, service impacts if Peterborough and Lindsay hospitals amalgamate, Global News, September 14, 2018

Health coalition fears job losses, service impacts if Peterborough and Lindsay hospitals amalgamate By Greg DavisVideographer/Online Journalist  Global News NEWS: ONTARIO HEALTH COALITION WARNS OF SERVICE AND JOB CUTS IF PETERBOROUGH AND LINDSAY HOSPITALS AMALGAMATEX As Peterborough Regional Health Centre and Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay continue discussions over amalgamation, voices are being raised over the […]

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Resistance is not futile: Fight for Ross Memorial because threat to services is real, says OHC, Then Lindsay Advocate, September 13, 2018

NEWS. COMMUNITY. WELLNESS. Natalie Mehra, of the OHC, says speak up to save Ross Memorial’s services. Resistance is not futile: Fight for Ross Memorial because threat to services is real, says OHC Published on September 13, 2018  in Around Town/Community/Health/Seniors  by Trevor Hutchinson In a scathing indictment of hospital mergers that have occurred with shocking regularity across Ontario the […]

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Ontario Health Coalition raises concerns about amalgamation of Peterborough Regional Health Centre and Ross Memorial Hospital administration, Peterborough Examiner, September 13, 2018

Ontario Health Coalition raises concerns about amalgamation of Peterborough Regional Health Centre and Ross Memorial Hospital administration  by Jessica Nyznik  Examiner Staff Writer   About 25 citizens attend the Ontario Health Coalition meeting on integration between PRHC and Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay on Thursday September 13, 2018 at the Lions Community Centre in Peterborough, Ont. – […]

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Briefing Note – Saving Public Health Care & Public Services Under the Doug Ford Government, September 11, 2018

Saving Public Health Care & Public Services Under the Doug Ford Government                September 11, 2018 By Natalie Mehra, Executive Director, Ontario Health Coalition Since Doug Ford’s election there has been a lot of glib talk about Ford as a buffoon, a Trump-north, an almost contemptible figure. But this ignores the fact that the brain trust […]

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Saving Public Health Care & Public Services Under the Doug Ford Government, September 11, 2017 By Natalie Mehra, Executive Director, Ontario Health Coalition

posted September 11, 2018

Saving Public Health Care & Public Services Under the Doug Ford Government      September 11, 2018 By Natalie Mehra, Executive Director, Ontario Health Coalition Since Doug Ford’s election there has been a lot of glib talk about Ford as a buffoon, a Trump-north, an almost contemptible figure. But this ignores the fact that the […]

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Advisory: Peterborough and Lindsay – Public Forums to Warn of Hospital Amalgamation Consequences

September 7, 2018 –  MEDIA ADVISORY Public Forums to Warn of Hospital Amalgamation Consequences Executives at the Peterborough and Lindsay hospitals have made a plan to amalgamate the two hospitals into one corporation. While this may work for the executives, we are deeply concerned about the impact on health care services. All across Ontario, once […]

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Health Coalition organizes meetings to talk about proposed merger’s impact, The Lindsay Advocate, September 6, 2018

“We believe that the proposed integration will be devastating, with centralized surgeries, rehabilitation and palliative care moved.” Health Coalition organizes meetings to talk about proposed merger’s impact Published on September 6, 2018  in Around Town/Community/Health/Local News/Seniors  by Trevor Hutchinson Citizens concerned about the impact of the proposed ‘integration’ of the Ross Memorial Hospital and the Peterborough Regional Health Centre […]

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Reopening closed health-care services urgent, says watchdog. Who suffers from cuts to public services? The public. Toronto Star, Labour Day 2018

Reopening closed health-care services urgent, says watchdog Who suffers from cuts to public services? The public. When the Ontario government sent an internal memo announcing a hiring freeze for the public sector early this summer, they set the province on a course for reduced public services and more precarious jobs. These changes will have a deeply negative […]

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Planned hospital merger could be big risk for Ross Memorial, The Lindsay Advocate, August 15, 2018

Planned hospital merger could be big risk for Ross Memorial Published on August 15, 2018  in Around Town/Community/Health/Seniors  by Trevor Hutchinson On November 20, 1902, medical experts travelled by train to Lindsay to be part of the opening of the $80,000 Ross Memorial Hospital, named in honour of the benefactor James L. Ross’ parents. At the time it was […]

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Rally 12 p.m. Tuesday October 23 Queen’s Park Toronto (outside Ontario Legislature) — Please join us and tell Doug Ford that we need to rebuild and improve our public health care: NO cuts and privatization!

Economist Mike Moffatt from Western University has tallied up what Doug Ford has proposed to cut. The total is a whopping $22 billion that Doug Ford proposes in cuts from provincial revenues over three years. That means that we would lose $22 billion from the money that our province uses to fund health care, education, roads, transit, […]

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Letter to the Editor: Thunder Bay Health Coalition shares OCHU’s concerns about hospital cuts, tbnewswatch, August 6, 2018

Letter to the Editor: Thunder Bay Health Coalition shares OCHU’s concerns about hospital cuts Michael Hurley of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) warned us of job cuts and bed closures at the Regional Health Sciences Centre here in Thunder Bay. Aug 6, 2018 1:55 PM by: Community Submission To the editor: On June 18th Michael Hurley of […]

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Campbell, Ford no friends of public health care, The Chronicle Journal, July 30,2018

Campbell, Ford no friends of public health care LETTER TO THE EDITOR by Jules Tupker Jul 30, 2018 CUPE’s (Candian Union of Public Employees) recent warning of job cuts and bed closures needs to be taken very seriously by everyone in Ontario. In Thunder Bay, our hospital budgeted for a $5-million shortfall in the 2017-18 […]

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Proposed PC spending cuts could lead to hospital bed closures, union says CUPE says Thunder Bay hospitals could lose up to 71 beds, CBC News Thunder Bay, July 30, 2018

Proposed PC spending cuts could lead to hospital bed closures, union says CUPE says Thunder Bay hospitals could lose up to 71 beds CBC News · Posted: Jul 30, 2018 7:00 AM ET  Hospitals such as the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre could lose up to 71 beds if the Ford government proceeds with spending cuts […]

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Unions council predicts more than 700 hospital job cuts, Ottawa Sun, July 28, 2018

Unions council predicts more than 700 hospital job cuts Ottawa Sun Sat Jul 28 2018 Byline: Joanne Laucius  Between 748 and 1,634 hospital jobs could be cut in Ottawa if Ontario’s new Progressive Conservative government fulfils its campaign promises, according to projections by the hospital division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees. According to […]

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Unions council predicts province could cut more than 700 Ottawa hospital jobs, Ottawa Citizen, July 27, 2018

Unions council predicts province could cut more than 700 Ottawa hospital jobs JOANNE LAUCIUS Updated: July 27, 2018 Patients wait in the hallway at the overcrowded Queensway Carleton Hospital in 2016. ERROL MCGIHON / OTTAWA SUN PHOTO BY ERROL MCGIHON Between 748 and 1,634 Ottawa hospital jobs could be cut if Ontario’s new Progressive Conservative government fulfils its […]

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Far from ending hallway medicine, Ontario stands to lose 3,712 more hospital beds, more than 16,000 staff under Ford programs, CNW, July 26, 2018

Far from ending hallway medicine, Ontario stands to lose 3,712 more hospital beds, more than 16,000 staff under Ford programs TORONTO, July 26, 2018 /CNW/ – Already funded and staffed at levels well below other provinces, Ontario’s hospitals’ hallway medicine and bed crisis will deepen under Premier Doug Ford’s public service “efficiency” program and promised tax cuts, the Ontario Council of […]

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RELEASE: Health Coalition Readies for Major Fight Ahead as Arch Health Care Privateer Appointed to Head Doug Ford’s Fiscal Review

July 19, 2018   Health Coalition Readies for Major Fight Ahead as Arch Health Care Privateer Appointed to Head Doug Ford’s Fiscal Review (Toronto) – Not only does he have an abysmal record on financial matters, but former B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell, whom Doug Ford just appointed to lead the fiscal inquiry in Ontario, is perhaps […]

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Don’t be surprised if Gordon Campbell’s inquiry aligns with PC ideology, says his former chief of staff, Vancouver Star, July 19, 2018

Don’t be surprised if Gordon Campbell’s inquiry aligns with PC ideology, says his former chief of staff VANCOUVER—The appointment of British Columbia’s former premier Gordon Campbell to oversee an inquiry into Ontario’s finances is political, charge health care advocates in the province. Campbell’s former chief of staff in B.C. agrees. Earlier this week the new […]

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RELEASE: Ford Throne Speech Raises Red Flags: Coalition Calls for new Government to Rebuild & Expand Public Health Care While Warning About Major Cuts

July 13, 2018  Ford Throne Speech Raises Red Flags: Coalition Calls for new Government to Rebuild & Expand Public Health Care While Warning About Major Cuts The new Doug Ford government’s Speech from the Throne was read by Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor General at 2 p.m. today. Mostly it was a regurgitation of Mr. Ford’s campaign […]

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Doug Ford gives former PC president job as health adviser with $350K salary, CTV News, July 6, 2018

Doug Ford gives former PC president job as health adviser with $350K salary Ford appoints Dr. Rueben Devlin as the PC party healthcare adviser. Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press Published Friday, July 6, 2018 2:05PM EDT  TORONTO — Ontario’s new premier has appointed a former Progressive Conservative party president as a special adviser on health […]

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Doug Ford gives ex-PC president job as health adviser with $350k salary, The Canadian Press, July 6, 2018

Doug Ford gives ex-PC president job as health adviser with $350k salary By The Canadian Press. Published on Jul 6, 2018 4:46pm Ontario Premier Doug Ford picks former PC president as health advisor. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin TORONTO — Ontario’s new premier has appointed a former Progressive Conservative party president as a special adviser on […]

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RELEASE: Premier Doug Ford Appoints Former Conservative Party President & Humber River Regional Hospital CEO as Health Care Czar: Coalition Expresses Deep Concerns

July 7, 2018 Premier Doug Ford Appoints Former Conservative Party President & Humber River Regional Hospital CEO as Health Care Czar: Coalition Expresses Deep Concerns Toronto – Doug Ford has appointed Rueben Devlin, former president of the Ontario Conservative Party by “Order in Council” (Cabinet order) to be the Chair of a new Premier’s Council […]

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Ontario Health Coalition calls for public consultations on OHIP+ reform, Global News radio, 900 CHML, July 4, 2018

Ontario Health Coalition calls for public consultations on OHIP+ reform By Sara CainReporter  900 CHML It’s unclear how the system between insurance providers and the province will work, and what costs OHIP-plus will consider eligible for reimbursement. JGI/Tom Grill File Listen The Ontario Health Coalition is raising concerns over Premier Doug Ford’s plan to alter OHIP-plus […]

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RELEASE: Ford’s Cut to OHIP+: Clarifying What It Means for Patients, Businesses and Employees

July 4, 2018 Ford’s Cut to OHIP+: Clarifying What It Means for Patients, Businesses and Employees Toronto –Assumptions being made regarding the Ford government’s cut to OHIP+ coverage should be carefully checked, said the Ontario Health Coalition, noting that the government’s press release expressly did not say that all extra costs for those cut off […]

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Doug Ford kicks off premiership with a pay freeze on public service managers, Globe and Mail, June 30, 2018

Doug Ford kicks off premiership with a pay freeze on public service managers JUSTIN GIOVANNETTI PUBLISHED JUNE 30, 2018 Ontario’s new premier Doug Ford and his Progressive Conservatives have put the brakes on government spending only hours after taking office, freezing the pay of managers in the Ontario public service and putting new restrictions on […]

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RELEASE: Doug Ford’s First Cut Will Hurt Families with the Sickest Children the Most

July 3, 2018 Doug Ford’s First Cut Will Hurt Families with the Sickest Children the Most: Health Coalition Calls for Ford to Restore Public Drug Coverage & Proper Public Consultation About Policy Changes that Impact Ontarians’ Lives and Pocketbooks (Toronto) – 24-hours after being sworn in as Ontario’s new Premier, Doug Ford’s government issued a […]

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Ford’s top five priorities a daunting challenge, Toronto Sun, June 24, 2018

Ford’s top five priorities a daunting challenge Antonella ArtusoMore from Antonella Artuso Published:June 24, 2018 Premier-designate Doug Ford is pictured during a press conference on June 21. (STAN BEHAL, Toronto Sun) Premier-designate Doug Ford takes office Friday with a new cabinet, a majority of the 124 newly-elected MPPs and a short but daunting to-do list. […]

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Public could lose voice with hospital, Chronicle Journal, June 21, 2018

Public could lose voice with hospital LETTER TO THE EDITOR by Jules Tupker, June 21, 2018 ONTARIO’S new Not-for-profit Corporations Act, 2010, isn’t expected to come into force until 2019, but it’s already having some unintended and unfortunate consequences. Some provisions in the act have worried the board of directors of the Thunder Bay Regional […]

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What ‘hallway health care’ looks like in Ontario’s most crowded hospital system, TVO, June 20, 2018

What ‘hallway health care’ looks like in Ontario’s most crowded hospital system During the election campaign, the Tories said they’d put an end to hallway medicine — but in London, where patient advocates say the problem is worst, that may not be easy Published on Jun 20, 2018 by Mariam Mishriki In London’s main hospital network, medical […]

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What does a Doug Ford victory mean for health care?

What does a Doug Ford victory mean for health care? In the last days before the election, we tried to find a way to contrast Doug Ford’s belated “platform” with the former Conservative government of Mike Harris to see how far apart they were. Though I knew the cuts were massive, I was still shocked […]

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Pls sign the Joint Statement Calling for Improvements in Access and Care in Ontario’s Long Term Care Homes

We asking organizations to sign onto the following Joint Statement to improve care levels and access to care in Ontario’s long-term care homes.  If your organization would like to sign onto the Joint Statement, please send an email to the Ontario Health Coalition at ohc@sympatico.ca using the subject line: LTC JOINT STATEMENT.  Please include your […]

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NATALIE MEHRA ON CBC RADIO ONE, Election Commentary, June 7, 2018

NATALIE MEHRA ON CBC RADIO ONE – ELECTION COMMENTARY TONIGHT Dear Members and Supporters, Our executive director, Natalie Mehra has been asked to be on CBC Radio One tonight providing commentary on the election results as they come in. You can listen for her after approx. 9:30 p.m. once the results start to become clear.

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Hospitals running at crisis levels, says watchdog, Sudbury Star, June 6, 2018

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 News Local Hospitals running at crisis levels, says watchdog By Mary Katherine Keown, The Sudbury Star Saturday, May 12, 2018 12:58:55 EDT AM Natalie Mehra, executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition, speaks to Sudbury Star reporter Mary Katherine Keown in Sudbury on Friday. John Lappa/Sudbury Star/Postmedia It should be no […]

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RELEASE: Deeply concerned about Doug Ford’s planned revenue cuts, comparison of parties’ commitments on key health care issues

Toronto – Following the release of Doug Fords “platform” the Ontario Health Coalition has tried to analyze how Mr. Ford’s plan will impact health care funding.  Over the next four years, with four days until the provincial election we still have no firm commitment on the level of hospital funding, nor any clear response to […]

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Ontario Election 2018 Health Care Resources

Click on each heading for Ontario election resources: **New  Leaflet inside (note: if printing use legal size paper)   Leaflet outside (note: if printing used legal size paper) Election Platform- top issues and “asks” for our political parties Media Release Provincial Election Platform release Health Care Questions for Candidates  All Candidates’ Meetings Media coverage of Health […]

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$22 billion in cuts to funding for public services planned by Mr. Ford, worse than Harris, we are “extremely worried”

posted June 3, 2018

June 3, 2018 by Natalie Mehra, executive director — Many Ontarians are captured by the idea of getting the same or more services for less money. But few know what the numbers might actually mean. Since Doug Ford did not release a clear platform, Ontarians know more about how much a beer may cost if […]

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Ontario Health Coalition wants spotlight on proposed mega hospital leading up to election, CTV Windsor, June 1, 2018

Ontario Health Coalition wants spotlight on proposed mega hospital leading up to election Residential lawns could become more crowded with hospital signs. Bob Bellacicco has details. CTV Windsor Published Friday, June 1, 2018 4:01PM EDT Last Updated Friday, June 1, 2018 8:43PM EDT The Ontario Health Coalition is putting the spotlight on the proposed mega […]

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Group Opposed To Hospital Site Gears Up For Election, Blackburn News, June 1, 2018

http://blackburnnews.com/windsor/windsor-news/2018/06/01/group-opposed-hospital-site-gears-election/ Members of a group opposed to the new Windsor-Essex hospital plan demonstrate outside Windsor Regional Hospitals Ouellette campus on June 1, 2018. Photo by Mark Brown/Blackburn News. BY MARK BROWN JUNE 1, 2018 12:10PM@markbrownradio Windsor-Residents opposed to the planned location of a new Windsor-Essex hospital are trying a new approach. Members of the Ontario […]

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Doug Ford must answer key questions on his “murky” health care plans urges Ontario Health Coalition

May 30, 2018 Natalie Mehra – Executive Director, OHC speaking to reporters, Oct. 2017. photo courtesy Ontario Health Coalition. Doug Ford must answer key questions on his “murky” health care plans as numerous Conservative candidates refuse to attend numerous health care all-candidates’ debates. Toronto – With the Ontario election just seven days away the Ontario […]

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RELEASE: Coalition Takes to the Street in Effort to Save Hospital Services in the City of Windsor

Coalition Takes to the Street in Effort to Save Hospital Services in the City of Windsor Toronto – At the Windsor Regional Hospital, Ouellette Campus, advocates of saving hospital services in the city of Windsor displayed lawn signs that are popping up all over Windsor.  The lawn signs are really popular and requests are flooding […]

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Long-term care system in crisis, Thunder Bay News, May 30, 2018

https://www.tbnewswatch.com/local-news/long-term-care-system-in-crisis-unifor-938830 More funding and more health care workers needed to improve quality of care in long-term care homes across the region say front-line staff and families. May 30, 2018 by: Doug Diaczuk  Natalie Mehra, executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition, said staffing shortages is an issue impacting long-term care homes across the province. (Photos by […]

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Doc in your pocket: would you pay for a healthcare app? City News, May 30, 2018

Doc in your pocket: would you pay for a healthcare app? by Amanda Ferguson Posted May 30, 2018 6:38 pm EDT You can order your dinner online. And a ride. Well how about an app that replaces going to a doctor’s office? That’s what Maple is all about — an online service where you can […]

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Hospital crowding: Why all 3 major Ontario parties are promising more LTC beds. All parties promising new long-term care beds, but PCs not talking about hospital funding, CBC, May 25, 2018

Hospital crowding: Why all 3 major Ontario parties are promising more LTC beds All parties promising new long-term care beds, but PCs not talking about hospital funding Joanne Chianello · CBC · Posted: May 25, 2018 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: 7 hours ago Hallway medicine has become commonplace in overcrowded Ontario hospitals. (Raj Dabb/Twitter) For Nancy Parker, it […]

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RELEASE: Doug Ford must answer key questions on his “murky” health care plans as numerous Conservative candidates refuse to attend numerous health care all-candidates’ debates

May 25, 2018                                                                                                          […]

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Ontario Health Coalition talks provincial election at Durham hospitals, Clarington This Week, May 24, 2018

Ontario Health Coalition talks provincial election at Durham hospitals Health care advocates want to see 5.3 per cent increase in hospital funding NewsMay 24, 2018by Jennifer O’Meara Clarington This Week   Ontario Health Coalition executive director Natalie Mehra, along with Charlie Courneyer, the co-chair of the Durham Health Coalition, were in front of Lakeridge Health […]

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EVENT: June 22 Summit Registration Form

As the June 7 election draws near it seems more likely than ever that Ontario will have a new government. We are calling on our affiliates and active members to come together to strategize in light of the new context. This is a high-level meeting meant for leadership, policy and campaign staff and volunteers, active […]

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Parties urged to do more for healthcare, The Oshawa Express, May 23, 2018

Parties urged to do more for healthcare May 23, 2018 by Joel Wittnebel Natalie Mehra, the executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition and Charlie Couraneyea, the co-chair of the Durham Health Coalition, were at Lakeridge Health for a press conference urging the political parties to make healthcare a priority in this election. (Photo by Joel Wittnebel/The […]

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London Health Coalition criticizes PC candidate for failing to commit to healthcare debate, CBC, May 23, 2018

London Health Coalition criticizes PC candidate for failing to commit to healthcare debate Organizers say Susan Truppe is the only candidate who will not be at the forum CBC News · Posted: May 23, 2018 1:30 PM ET | Last Updated: 2 hours ago Peter Bergmanis, chair of the London Health Coalition, said Susan Truppe is the […]

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Candidates agree on more funding for health care, Windsor Star, May 23, 2018

Candidates agree on more funding for health care All candidates at a Tuesday night all-candidates meeting agreed health care must be a priority in the upcoming provincial election. TAYLOR CAMPBELL Updated: May 23, 2018 All Candidates’ Meeting on Health Care: Who Wins, Who Loses?0:40 SHAREADJUSTCOMMENTPRINT There seems to be little argument. Health care will be […]

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Candidates agree on more funding for health care, Windsor Star, May 23, 2018

Candidates agree on more funding for health care All candidates at a Tuesday night all-candidates meeting agreed health care must be a priority in the upcoming provincial election. Taylor Campbell Updated: May 23, 2018 There seems to be little argument. Health care will be a major issue in the upcoming provincial election. All nine local […]

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Candidates’ debate on health care Thursday in Grimsby, Grimsby Lincoln News, May 22, 2018

Candidates’ debate on health care Thursday in Grimsby Niagara West candidates set to talk health care May 24 News May 22, 2018 Grimsby Lincoln News Candidates from the Niagara West Riding will be tackling the issue of health care Thursday night. A special health-care debate will take place Thursday, May 24, from 6:30-9 p.m. at […]

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Rebuild Hospitals and Long-Term Care, Leftstreamed, May 20, 2018

Rebuild Public Hospitals and Long-Term Care May 20, 2018 After touring Ontario in recent weeks, Ontario Health Coalition spokeswoman Natalie Mehra returned to Toronto on 16 May 2018 at a press conference outside the Emergency Department at Mount Sinai Hospital to talk about the crisis in access to healthcare. Noting that the Coalition’s mandate is to […]

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Health debate to be focus of all-candidates meeting Tuesday, Windsor Star, May 18, 2018

Health debate to be focus of all-candidates meeting Tuesday Health care is the hottest topic in the provincial election, right up there with skyrocketing hydro bills, and local candidates will be asked how they’ll address it. Anne Jarvis, Windsor Star Updated: May 18, 2018 Erie Shores HealthCare Tyler Brownbridge / Windsor Star Health care is […]

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Health Coalition Calls for Concrete Commitments, Sault Online, May 16, 2018

Health Coalition Calls for Concrete Commitments Lynne Brown After touring Ontario in recent weeks, The Ontario Health Coalition’s Executive Director, Natalie Mehra, returned to Toronto and held a press conference outside the Emergency Department at Mount Sinai Hospital.  Mehra emphasized that there is a crisis as it relates to access to health care. Mehra stated […]

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RELEASE: Provincial Election Discussion Should be About Rebuilding Public Hospitals & Long-Term Care Not “Efficiencies” or “Lean” or Code Words for Cuts: Health Coalition Calls for Concrete Commitments to Redress the Crisis in Access to Care

Toronto – After touring Ontario in recent weeks, Health Coalition spokeswoman Natalie Mehra returned to Toronto this morning at a press conference outside the Emergency Department at Mount Sinai Hospital to talk about the crisis in access to health care. Noting that the Coalition’s mandate is to protect public health care in the public interest, […]

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Les libéraux ont-ils vraiment ouvert 24 « nouveaux » hôpitaux en Ontario? CBC, May 16, 2018

Les libéraux ont-ils vraiment ouvert 24 « nouveaux » hôpitaux en Ontario? Publié le mercredi 16 mai 2018 à 6 h 52Mis à jour le 16 mai 2018 à 6 h 53 La première ministre de l’Ontario, Kathleen Wynne, lors d’une annonce de financement à l’Hôpital général de North York le 22 mars 2018 Photo : Radio-Canada/Claudine Brulé La chef du Parti libéral […]

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Candidates grilled on health care platforms, The Chatham Voice, May 15, 2018

  Candidates grilled on health care platforms May 15 • Feature Story, Local News • No Comments on Candidates grilled on health care platforms Candidates in the upcoming June provincial election took part in their first local debate Thursday night. From left is Liberal Margaret Schleier Stahl, Green Party Mark Vercouteren, NDP Jordan McGrail and sitting PC MPP Rick Nicholls. […]

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LETTER: Health questions for provincial candidates, The Whig, May 13th 2018

http://www.thewhig.com/2018/05/13/letter-health-questions-for-provincial-candidates Sunday, May 13, 2018 8:56:12 EDT PM The Kingston Health Coalition proposed to the campaign managers of Kingston’s provincial candidates to hold an all-candidates meeting on the topic of health care in Ontario. The representatives replied that they already had received from Health City Ontario a request for such an event. They also received […]

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Premier Wynne is going to improve the healthcare system by hiring 3500 nurses, The Siver Times, May 12th 2018

https://sivtimes.com/premier-wynne-is-going-to-improve-the-healthcare-system-by-hiring-3-nurses-500-photo/24563/ magictr | May 12, 2018 | News | The Ontario government, headed by liberals, is obliged to hire 3 nurses 500, as stated by the Prime Minister of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne on Thursday, may 10. “Registered nurses are at the forefront of Ontario with an improved health care system,” said Quinn, making the announcement at the hospital for Sick […]

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Candidates square off on health; Local advocates press party standard-bearers on issues ranging from wait times to water quality, Chatham Daily News, May 11, 2018

Candidates square off on health; Local advocates press party standard-bearers on issues ranging from wait times to water quality The Chatham Daily News Fri May 11 2018 Byline: Trevor Terfloth On such issues as funding, wait times and water quality, local advocates pressed provincial candidates on health care during a debate in Chatham on Thursday […]

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Health-care ‘crisis’ topic of upcoming debates, St. Catharines Standard, May 11, 2018

Health-care ‘crisis’ topic of upcoming debates St. Catharines Standard Fri May 11 2018 Byline: Allan Benner It will take more than fleeting election promises to resolve the crisis that is brewing in hospitals across Ontario, says Ontario Health Coalition board member Doug Allan. As people contend with overcrowded hospital emergency departments and lengthy wait lists to access […]

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Hospitals Running at Crisis Levels – Watchdog, North Bay Nugget, May 11th 2018

http://www.nugget.ca/2018/05/11/hospitals-running-at-crisis-levels—watchdog By Mary Katherine Keown, Postmedia Friday, May 11, 2018 11:46:33 EDT PM Ontario hospitals need about $1 billion to operate properly, says Natalie Mehra of the Ontario Health Coalition. (Postmedia file photo) It should be no surprise that Ontario is facing a health care crunch. But it has become a hot topic in the […]

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Health coalition calls for major funding hike, Windsor Star, May 11, 2018

Health coalition calls for major funding hike Windsor Star , Fri May 11 2018 Byline: Sharon Hill Ontario’s health-care system is in crisis and it’s vital to get all political parties to commit to increasing funding for hospitals before the June 7 election, Ontario Health Coalition executive director Natalie Mehra said Monday. “At this point, the downsizing has simply gone […]

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Wynne commits to hiring 3,500 nurses as she argues PC plan means health care cuts, CBC News Toronto, May 10, 2018

Wynne commits to hiring 3,500 nurses as she argues PC plan means health care cuts CBC.CA News Thu May 10 2018, 4:40pm ET Section: Toronto Byline: CBC News A Liberal government will hire 3,500 more nurses in Ontario, Kathleen Wynne said Thursday, as she took aim at the Progressive Conservatives’ promises to cut the corporate tax […]

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Health-care ‘crisis’ topic of upcoming debates, The St. Catharines Standard, May 10th 2018

https://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/news-story/8601974-health-care-crisis-topic-of-upcoming-debates/ NEWS May 10, 2018 by Allan Benner  The St. Catharines Standard   Doug Allan and Sue Hotte from the Ontario Health Coalition discuss plans for a series of debates in Niagara’s provincial ridings on the delivery of health care services. – Allan Benner , The St. Catharines Standard It will take more than fleeting election promises to resolve […]

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CKL candidates debate health care, Chatham Daily News, May 10th 2018

http://www.chathamdailynews.ca/2018/05/10/ckl-candidates-debate-health-care  By Trevor Terfloth, Chatham Daily News Thursday, May 10, 2018 10:57:29 EDT PM Local health-care advocates hosted an all-candidates night at Aristo’s Banquet Hall in Chatham on Thursday. From left are Chatham-Kent-Leamington provincial candidates Margaret Schleier Stahl, of the Liberal party, Mark Vercouteren, of the Green party, Jordan McGrail, of the New Democrats, and Rick […]

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CK-Leamington Candidates Debate Health Care

http://blackburnnews.com/chatham/chatham-news/2018/05/10/ck-leamington-candidates-debate-health-care/  BY KIRK DICKINSON MAY 10, 2018 10:15PM@KDickinsonNews Candidates for the Chatham-Kent Leamington riding debate health care at Smitty’s Family Restaurant in Chatham, May 10, 2018. From left, Margaret Schleier, Mark Vercouteren, Jordan McGrail, and Rick Nicholls. (Photo courtesy of Chris Bright) With provincial election campaigns in full swing, the chair of the Chatham-Kent Registered Nurses’ Association of […]

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Wynne commits to hiring 3,500 nurses as she argues PC plan means health care cuts, CBC News, May 10th 2018

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-health-care-nurses-funding-hospitals-1.4657367 Announcement is welcome, Ontario Health Coalition says, but ‘it’s not the end of the story and it can’t be’ CBC News · Posted: May 10, 2018 4:40 PM ET | Last Updated: May 10 Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne says the PCs proposed tax cuts will have an impact on services in the province. (Aaron Vincent Elkaim/Canadian Press) […]

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Time to fix health-care crisis, coalition says, Sarnia Observer, May 9, 2018

Time to fix health-care crisis, coalition says Sarnia Observer Wed May 9 2018 Byline: Tyler Kula The head of the Ontario Health Coalition is pushing for all political parties to reinvest in hospitals and boost the number of nursing home beds in Ontario to fend off what she calls a crisis in health care. “What we’re saying […]

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Health-care watchdog group calling for more hospital and nursing home funding, Sarnia Observer, May 8, 2018

http://www.theobserver.ca/2018/05/08/health-care-watchdog-group-calling-for-more-hospital-and-nursing-home-funding Health-care watchdog group calling for more hospital and nursing home funding By Tyler Kula, Sarnia Observer Tuesday, May 8, 2018 3:45:09 EDT PM Ontario Health Coalition Executive Director Natalie Mehra was in Sarnia Tuesday. It was a stop on her provincial tour calling for more investment in hospitals and long-term care. (Tyler Kula/Sarnia Observer) The […]

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Health Coalition Says Hospital Care In Crisis, Sarnia News, May 8th 2018

http://blackburnnews.com/sarnia/sarnia-news/2018/05/08/health-coalition-says-hospital-care-crisis/ BY LEE MICHAELS MAY 8, 2018 12:55PM Main entrance at Bluewater Health’s Sarnia hospital. Photo by Meghan Bond. The executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition says there are two major things the next provincial government must do to fix our broken health care system. Natalie Mehra stopped in Sarnia on Tuesday during her province-wide […]

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Health funding must increase to deal with crisis, says Ontario Health Coalition, Windsor Star, May 8th 2018

http://windsorstar.com/news/local-news/health-funding-must-increase-to-deal-with-crisis-says-ontario-health-coalition  SHARON HILL, WINDSOR STAR Published on: May 8, 2018 | Last Updated: May 8, 2018 12:44 PM EDT Ontario’s health-care system is in crisis and it’s vital to get all political parties to commit to increasing funding for hospitals before the June 7 election, Ontario Health Coalition executive director Natalie Mehra said Monday. “At […]

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Election Candidates To Weigh In On Health Care, Chatham News, May 8th 2018

http://blackburnnews.com/chatham/chatham-news/2018/05/08/election-candidates-weigh-health-care/ BY SARAH COWAN MAY 8, 2018 10:56AM. scowannews Photo courtesy of © Can Stock Photo Inc. / jirsak With the provincial election less than a month away, local candidates will be quizzed this week on how they will address health care issues in the region. The Chatham-Kent Health Coalition is partnering with the Chatham-Kent Registered Nurses’ Association […]

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Health Coalition on Pre-Election Tour, AM800 CKLW, May 7th 2018

http://www.iheartradio.ca/am800/news/health-coalition-on-pre-election-tour-1.3803550 PETER LANGILLE Monday, May 7th 2018 – 2:49 pm Ontario Health Coalition Executive Director Nathalie Mehra, speaking in Windsor, May 7, 2018 (by AM800’s Peter Langille) The Ontario Health Coalition is hoping to keep a focus on hospital funding in the upcoming provincial election. Executive Director Nathalie Mehra is in Windsor today speaking with […]

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Rally held to put focus on healthcare for the provincial election, CTV London, May 5, 2018

Rally held to put the focus on healthcare for the provincial election London, CTV London Published Saturday, May 5, 2018 6:43PM EDT https://london.ctvnews.ca/rally-held-to-put-the-focus-on-healthcare-for-the-provincial-election-1.3916888 Calling it a crisis in healthcare, protestors lined Commissioners Road in front of the London Health Sciences Centre Victoria Campus on Saturday morning. It was part of an effort to make hospital […]

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Londoners rally to end overcrowding in Ontario hospitals, Global News, May 5, 2018

Londoners rally to end overcrowding in Ontario hospitals  By Christian D’Avino Reporter  980 CFPL https://globalnews.ca/news/4189470/londoners-rally-to-end-overcrowding-in-ontario-hospitals/ Londoners joined the London Health Coalition Saturday for the Crisis in Health Care Rally Christian D’Avino / 980 CFPL Members of the London Health Coalition gathered at Victoria Hospital to rally for what they’re calling a crisis in Ontario’s healthcare […]

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Public health care watchdog launching in Waterloo Region, CTV Kitchener, May, 4, 2018

Public health care watchdog launching in Waterloo Region Healthcare watchdog launches new chapter The Ontario Health Coalition says it’s launching a new chapter in Waterloo Region. CTV Kitchener Published Friday, May 4, 2018 7:28AM EDT Last Updated Friday, May 4, 2018 7:29AM EDT The Ontario Health Coalition says it’s launching a new chapter in Waterloo […]

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Palliative care inadequate for coming ‘silver tsunami’ concludes Hamilton report, May 2, 2018, Hamilton Spectator

Palliative care inadequate for coming ‘silver tsunami’ concludes Hamilton report Significant gaps in end-of-life care were found in a case study of Hamilton that found the hospital remains the most common place to die. 02 May 2018 by Joanna Frketich The Hamilton Spectator https://www.thespec.com/news-story/8584796-palliative-care-inadequate-for-coming-silver-tsunami-concludes-hamilton-report/ Significant gaps in end-of-life care were found in a case study […]

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Municipal election, healthcare and residential schools, Bill Kelly Show (Global News), May 2, 2018

https://omny.fm/shows/bill-kelly-show/municipal-election-healthcare-and-residential-scho#description  Description Photo: (Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters) People who are wanting to run for mayor or city councillor in the upcoming fall municipal election are now eligible to register. This will be the first election under the new ward boundaries. Guest: John Best. Publisher of the Bay Observer. Healthcare is one of the hot button issues […]

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CBC Radio One interview: For those who missed it: CBC Ontario Today show on overcrowded hospitals with OHC’s Natalie Mehra

  The stories were shocking… and heartbreaking. Caller after caller on Ontario Today’s noon call-in show told CBC Ontario Today host Rita Celli and Ontario Health Coalition executive director Natalie Mehra about being left in broom closets, storage areas, a bathroom and hallways waiting for a hospital bed in overcrowded hospitals across Ontario. Family members […]

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What overcrowding in hospitals looks like in Ontario – CBC Radio One interview with Natalie Mehra, April 27, 2018

Patients in washrooms, closets, hallways http://www.cbc.ca/listen/shows/ontario-today/episode/15540308 What overcrowding in hospitals looks like in Ontario.

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Friends of Medicare discusses effects of for-profit clinics, The Lethbridge Herald, April 26, 2018

Friends of Medicare discusses effects of for-profit clinics The Lethbridge Herald Thu Apr 26 2018 Byline: Schnarr, J.W. How private clinics can affect public health care was discussed Monday night in Lethbridge during a town hall-style meeting held by Friends of Medicare. The group is on a four-stop tour to raise awareness around issues they […]

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More is needed at Sydenham campus, Wallaceburg Courier Press, April 26, 2018

More is needed at Sydenham campus Wallaceburg Courier Press Thu Apr 26 2018 Section: News Byline: Shirley Roebuck, Source: Wallaceburg Courier Press I read with interest the article in last week’s Courier Press, titled “First step towards renewing Wallaceburg’s Sydenham Campus.” The article explained the long history of our hospital’s infrastructure and resistance to maintaining […]

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Natalie Mehra on CBC Radio One – Ontario Today with Rita Celli at noon, Thursday April 26

Ontario Health Coalition executive director Natalie Mehra is on CBC radio’s Ontario Today show at noon today talking about the crisis of hospital overcrowding.  It is a call-in show so please share your stories and thoughts

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New cardiology unveiled tocombat long wait times, CBC News Windsor, April 25, 2018

 New private cardiology clinic unveiled to combat long wait times CBC.CA News Wed Apr 25 2018, 5:58pm ET Section: Windsor Byline: CBC News People who have suffered a cardiac incident have a new place to receive treatment ? but it will come at a cost. The Windsor-Essex Rehabilitation & Wellness Centre was unveiled Wednesday during a grand opening. […]

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Private clinics blur lines of care versus profit: FoM, Medicine Hat News, April 25th 2018

http://medicinehatnews.com/news/local-news/2018/04/25/private-clinics-blur-lines-of-care-versus-profit-fom/ BY GILLIAN SLADE ON APRIL 25, 2018. gslade@medicinehatnews.com  @MHNGillianSlade In the past two decades there has been a proliferation of private medical clinics that are potentially a violation of the Canada Health Act, said Friends of Medicare at a local public event Tuesday night. Private clinics typically provide medical care with “add-ons,” which blurs […]

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Extra-billing crackdown is long overdue, Times Colonist (Victoria), April 22, 2018

 Extra-billing crackdown is long overdue Times Colonist (Victoria) Sun Apr 22 2018 Byline: Edith Machattie And Rick Turner The B.C. government is taking decisive action on an illegal activity known as “extra-billing,” bucking a years-long trend of ignoring illegal health-care fees charged to patients in B.C. On April 4, Health Minister Adrian Dix announced plans […]

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Groups come together about voicing concerns about proposed mega-hospital, AM800 CKLW, April 18th 2018

ROB HINDI Wednesday, April 18th 2018 – 11:07 am Philippa von Ziegenweidt, Natalie Mehra and Michael Hurley, April 17, 2018 (Photo by AM800’s Rob Hindi) More questions and concerns regarding the proposed location of the hospital project in Windsor-Essex. On Tuesday, Citizens For An Accountable Mega-Hospital Planning Process along with the Ontario Health Coalition, Ontario […]

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Coalition Forms To Challenge Hospital Site, Windsor Square, April 18th 2018

http://www.windsorsquare.ca/archives/2018/coalition-forms-to-challenge-hospital-site/112564 BY: IAN SHALAPATA 18 APRIL 2018 Michael Hurley, the president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE, addresses a full house at the University of Windsor’s School of Social Work on 17 April 2018. The public consultation forum was held to outline the drawbacks to the proposed health care plan for Windsor. Photo by John Skinner. […]

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Public Forum On New Hospital’s Location, Windsor News, April 17th 2018

http://blackburnnews.com/windsor/windsor-news/2018/04/17/public-forum-new-hospitals-location/ BY ADELLE LOISELLE APRIL 17, 2018 10:24AM @ALoiselleNews If you have concerns about the location of Windsor’s new acute care hospital on County Rd. 42, there is a public forum in Windsor to discuss it. The Citizens for an Accountable Mega-Hospital Planning Process, or CAMPP, is one of five community groups hosting a public meeting […]

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HALLWAY HEALTH CARE, Toronto Life, April 16, 2018

This woman waited 47 hours for surgery with broken bones, cracked ribs and internal bleeding

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RELEASE Doug Ford’s Figures “Way Off”: Coalition Deeply Concerned About His Statements on Hospitals in Northern Ontario

On this week’s swing through Northwestern Ontario PC Party Leader Doug Ford cited wildly incorrect numbers for hospital bed costs and raised the spectre of another round of hospital bed cuts. Mr. Ford was quoted in Thunder Bay’s media yesterday falsely stating that comparable hospital beds cost $3,500 while long-term care beds cost a fraction […]

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Liberals offer new drug and dental coverage for Ontarians without health plans, Toronto Star, March 28, 2018

  Liberals offer new drug and dental coverage for Ontarians without health plans at work ‎  

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Ontario pre-election budget promises new spending, multi-year deficits, CP, March 28, 2018

Ontario pre-election budget promises new spending, multi-year deficits

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RELEASE: Good news budget but most health care funding is back-end loaded to years away: Coalition concerned about one-year bump up followed by austerity

(March 28, 2018)  – TORONTO – Emerging from the budget lock up this afternoon, Ontario Health Coalition spokespeople were positive but cautious about the health care funding announcements. Overall, the budget plans a one-year bump up in funding and several high-profile public service funding and program announcements. But the budget also contains a number of tax […]

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Ontario promises new spending, deficits as election looms, BNN, March 28, 2018

Ontario promises new spending, deficits as election looms  TORONTO — As it braces to fight for re-election this spring, Ontario’s Liberal government has rolled out a spending package that targets nearly every demographic while plunging the province back into deficit, with the books expected to stay in the red for six years. The 2018-2019 budget, […]

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MEDIA ADVISORY: OHC to respond to Ontario Budget

(March 28, 2018) –  TORONTO – Natalie Mehra, Executive Director of the Ontario Health Coalition, will be available for comment on the Ontario Budget at Queen’s Park today, March 28th after 4:00 p.m. Dana Boettger, OHC Communications, 416-441-2502 The Ontario Health Coalition and local coalitions throughout Ontario are working on fighting hospital cuts, protecting public […]

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Scarborough Liberal MPPs again promise to ‘champion’ hospital projects, March 26, 2018, Scarborough Mirror and Inside Toronto

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RELEASE: Better but not cured:  Health Coalition responds to Wynne pre-election funding announcement

(TORONTO) – Today’s hospital funding announcement is a move in the right direction but still falls short, the Ontario Health Coalition reported at Queen’s Park after the announcement. Premier Kathleen Wynne announced a 4.6 per cent increase in hospital funding to be unveiled in next week’s provincial Budget, just weeks in advance of the June […]

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Ailing Ontario man stuck in U.S. hospital because insurance company can’t find bed back home, CBC News, March 20, 2018

3rd recent incident prompts health minister to call for meeting with insurance association By Ieva Lucs, CBC News Posted: Mar 20, 2018 3:51 PM ETLast Updated: Mar 21, 2018 8:00 AM ET Lilian and Todd Hrabchak are seen here in a Florida hospital on March 20. They are trying to get back home to Toronto but […]

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RELEASE: OHC supports public dental care

(TORONTO)   “A public dental plan, like public health care, is fundamentally about equity.  It’s about providing all people with the opportunity to live healthy, dignified lives, and fulfil their human potential.”   Natalie Mehra, Executive Director OHC “Public dental care to cover everyone is welcome news from NDP Leader Andrea Horwath,” says Natalie Mehra, Executive Director of […]

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Patient advocacy group calls for change as hospital overcrowding leaves Ontarians stranded abroad, 980 CFPL London, March 6, 2018

Patient advocacy group calls for change as hospital overcrowding leaves Ontarians stranded abroad By Staff 980 CFPL FILE – The sagas of two London men came to light recently, after they were stuck abroad due to a shortage of beds at local hospitals. Matthew Trevithick/980 CFPL As Ontarians continue to hear nightmare stories about residents […]

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Unions, doctors and health care advocates for pharmacare Toronto, March 1, 2018 (Globe Newswire)

http://www.menafn.com/1096536081/Unions-doctors-and-health-care-advocates-call-for-pharmacare

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UPDATE: Time To Care Rally Video

Almost a thousand people came out to push Bill 33 over the top and win a regulated minimum care standard of an average of 4-hours hands-on care per day for long-term care (nursing home) residents.  The crowd was joined by France Gélinas, NDP Health Critic and sponsor of the Bill which has already passed 1st […]

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ACTION UPDATE: Pharmacare Ontario Tour

Over the next few months, the Ontario Health Coalition will join the Canadian Labour Congress in the Ontario leg of a national tour to more than 25 communities. Featuring Canada’s foremost pharmacare experts and advocates, these important discussions will address why we need a prescription drug plan that covers all Canadians. Click here for tour […]

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Patients make political push to save Cardiac Fitness Institute CBC News, Feb 23, 2018

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/london/cfi-closure-1.4549665  

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Area MPPs, health coalition join foes of Cardiac Fitness Institute closing for Victoria Hospital demonstration The London Free Press, Feb 23, 2018

http://www.lfpress.com/2018/02/23/area-mpps-health-coalition-join-foes-of-cardiac-fitness-institute-closing-for-victoria-hospital-demonstration

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UPDATE: TIME TO CARE RALLY – February 27, 2018 at 12 p.m., Queen’s Park

Time to Care Rally So far we have hundreds coming. But we need more than that. This time, every person counts. PLEASE COME OUT TIME TO CARE RALLY February 27, 2018 12 p.m. Queen’s Park GET ON A BUS – THEY ARE COMING FROM ALL OVER ONTARIO Please see the list below. You must reserve […]

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Flu outbreaks lifted at Windsor Regional Hospital, but overcrowding continues, CBC News, Feb 13, 2018

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/flu-outbreak-windsor-hospital-ends-1.4532903  

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ISSUE UPDATE: Ontario Health Coalition Succeeds in Protecting & Strengthening Ontario’s Ban on Private Hospitals

(February 9, 2018) We sent out an update in early December, but it appears that many of you did not get it. Here is the final update on our campaign in late November/early December to restore Ontario’s ban on private clinics after the government removed it in their omnibus health care bill that was brought […]

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Backgrounder: CALL TO ACTION: Take these actions to win improved long-term care in Ontario asap: Pass Bill 33!

(February 9, 2018) It’s Time to Care: Your Support Can Help Us Win Improved Care Standards in Ontario’s Long-Term Care Homes Now Not Enough Care As you know, the key issue for residents, families, care workers and advocates in long-term care is that there simply is not enough care. For more than a decade, we have […]

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Hospital bed money not enough: Nickel Belt MPP, Sudbury Star, Feb 3, 2018

http://www.thesudburystar.com/2018/02/03/hospital-bed-money-not-enough-nickel-belt-mpp Hospital bed money not enough: Nickel Belt MPP By Sudbury Star Staff Saturday, February 3, 2018 12:52:44 EST AM ‘Hallway medicine’ in Ontario and Sudbury will continue, the NDP’s Health critic and Nickel Belt MPP says. France Gélinas said Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins’ announcement Friday to extend provincial funding for 1,235 ‘temporary’ hospital beds […]

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RELEASE: Health Minister’s hospital bed announcement welcome but it is only a temporary band aid, more is needed: Health Coalition

  (February 2, 2018)  Toronto – “Although the Minister’s announcement today promising to extend funding for 1,235 ‘temporary’ hospital beds for one year is a positive step it is only a temporary band aid that will not solve the hospital overcrowding crisis,” said Natalie Mehra, Executive Director of the Ontario Health Coalition to news media […]

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Ontario pledges $187M to ease hospital crowding next year CBC News, Feb 2, 2018

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/hoskins-hospital-bed-funding-announcement-1.451651

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URGENT ACTION ALERT: New Bill Allows Private For-Profit Hospitals & More Private For-Profit Clinics

(November 23, 2017) The Ontario government is moving forward with legislation that lifts the ban on private hospitals, rolls private hospitals in with private clinics and renames them, offensively, Community Health Facilities, and makes it easier for private hospitals and clinics to expand and more difficult for the Minister to stop them. This legislation was brought in with no […]

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URGENT UPDATE: With No Public Consultation Ontario’s Government has Introduced Massive New Legislation that Lifts the Ban on Private Hospitals and Changes the Ambulance Act, Long-Term Care Homes Act and Retirement Homes Act, among others

(November 13, 2017) The government introduced the legislation last month and it has passed second reading. The Standing Committee on General Government is holding only four days of public hearings, only in Toronto. The Ontario Health Coalition will be presenting to the Standing Committee this Thursday. Timelines are extremely tight, but it is still possible […]

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RELEASE: “The Worst Overcrowding We Have Ever Seen” in Ontario’s Hospitals: Patients’ and Coalition’s Claims Supported by Release of New Data on London Hospitals

(November 13, 2017) London – Health coalition advocates, concerned about reports that London Health Sciences Centre was running at alarming rates of overcrowding in September, asked their local MPPS to look into the issue. London MPPs Teresa Armstrong and Peggy Sattler arranged for a freedom of information request to access hospital data. The numbers are […]

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Exec Slams Ontario Health System

Published: November 10, 2017 Bayshore Broadcasting News Centre, by John Divinski Public health care in Ontario is moving in the wrong direction and people need to stand up and demand change. So says the Executive Director of the Ontario Health Coalition Natalie Mehra, speaking at the monthly meeting of the Southport Canadian Federation of University […]

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Long term care beds coming too late, say health policy experts

Published: November 10, 2017 Hamilton Spectator, by Joanna Frketich Beds are needed now, as Hamilton and Burlington alone have about 1,900 people waiting for long-term care. – Getty Images/iStockphoto The Liberal government’s promise of thousands of long-term care beds over the next decade is too little and far too late, say health advocates and policy […]

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How Ontario’s home care plan would help a union that backs the Liberals

Posted: November 07, 2017 CBC News, by Mike Crawley Personal support workers employed by new provincial home care agency would likely join SEIU You would expect the Wynne Liberals would shout from the rooftops when they make a change that gets the public sector to deliver more of our publicly funded health care. Yet the […]

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Provincial government plans to create new home care agency

Posted: November 06, 2017 New Market Era*York Region.com, by Kim Zarzour Personal care providers concerned new crown agency will add another level of bureaucracy Plans for a new government agency for personal support workers has raised both hope and concern for Ontario’s burgeoning personal support worker system – Shutterstock A shake-up is in the works […]

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RELEASE: Public Home Care Would Benefit Ontarians Despite Claims of Vested Interests/For-Profit Home Care Companies: Health Coalition Calls for More Details

(November 6, 2016) Toronto – A leaked presentation from the Ministry of Health revealed by CBC today indicates that the government is planning some sort of public home care agency for personal support work in the home. The Ontario Health Coalition has been advocating for public home care since the 1990s and reacted with cautious […]

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All party support of Time to Care Act is applauded in Peterborough

Posted: November 4, 2017 Global News, by Staff In what is seen as a victory for Ontario’s seniors, Bill 33 passed its second reading this week. Introduced to the legislature at Queen’s Park by NDP MPP France Gelinas, the private member’s bill would see residents of the province’s long-term care facilities receive four hours of hands-on […]

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VIDEO: Impassioned debate in legislature on hospital cuts featuring quotes from OHC

(November 2, 2016) The Ontario Health Coalition’s media release was featured in an impassioned debate in the Legislature. Following upon revelations that more than 4,300 patients were treated on stretchers in hallways and other makeshift areas in the first four months of this year in Brampton’s hospital, many waiting 40 – 70 hours for a […]

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RELEASE: Thousands of Patients Lining Hospital Hallways in Brampton “Code Gridlock” Just the Tip of the Iceberg

(October 31, 2017) Coalition Calls for Long-Term Plan to Reinvest & Rebuild Hospital Bed Capacity Toronto – A memo obtained by the NDP, released in the media today, reveals that more than 4,300 patients stayed on stretchers in hospital corridors and the like for significant lengths of time, often waiting 40 – 70 hours for […]

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Pre-election hospital bed funding ‘cynical’: OHC

Posted: October 28, 2017 Toronto Sun, by Antonella Artuso Empty bed at The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre in Ottawa Friday Oct. 27, 2017. The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre, The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) and the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) will announce the launch of an innovative project to improve the […]

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BATRA: Wynne Liberals using our cash to get re-elected

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne tours the Niagara Catholic District School Board’s Niagara Launch Centre located at Seaway Mall in Welland on October 12, 2017.Michelle Allenberg/Welland Tribune/Postmedia Network Here’s a not-so-hidden secret, the Ontario Liberals are going to use your money to ensure they get re-elected in 2018. It will be through grandiose funding announcements, spending […]

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Stakeholders applaud investment in hospital

Posted: October 29, 2017 Kingston Whig-Standard, by Steph Crosier KINGSTON – The province’s announcement Friday that it will be contributing more than $500 million to redevelop Kingston General Hospital is great news for the city, says the mayor, the hospital workers’ union and the local health coalition. “This is so important,” Health Minister Eric Hoskins […]

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Canada’s health system serves as model for Sanders – but faces troubles of its own

Posted: October 28, 2017 The Guardian, by Ashifa Kassam Bernie Sanders is visiting Toronto this weekend as he pushes universal healthcare in the US. Photograph: Eric Thayer/Reuters Bernie Sanders will arrive in Toronto this weekend for a crash course in an unrivalled point of pride for most Canadians: the country’s healthcare system. The visit – which will […]

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Code Gridlock: Hospitals “bursting at the seams” heading into flu season

Posted: October 28, 2017 Hamilton Spectator, by Joanna Frketich Hamilton’s hospitals are alarmingly overcrowded before the sickest season of the year even starts. St. Joseph’s Healthcare had 26 per cent more patients than medical beds in August, which is supposed to be one of the quieter months. Across the city, hospitals opened an average of 86 […]

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Ontario Health Coalition Arrives In Windsor

Posted: October 26, 2017 The Square, by Ian Shalapata Windsor residents recounted their health care stories at the central branch of the Windsor Public Library during the Ontario Health Coalition provincial tour, on 25 October 2017. Photo by Ian Shalapata. (WINDSOR, ON) – There were few empty chairs when the Ontario Health Coalition hosted the […]

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Ontario Health Coalition hears from Windsor residents

Posted: October 26, 2017 CTV News Windsor The Ontario Health Coalition is getting ready for the next provincial election. The coalition is conducting a province-wide tour to hear stories from residents about the current state of public health care, and representatives stopped in Windsor on Wednesday. Some of the residents who spoke expressed concerns about […]

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Even though it’s temporary, Peterborough Regional Health Centre welcomes new provincial funding for 20 more beds during flu season

Posted: October 25, 2017 The Peterborough Examiner, by Joelle Kovach Peterborough Regional Health Centre plans to use $1.37 million it’s about to receive from the province to add 20 more beds during “surge season” this winter, states a release from the hospital – meaning the money will be spent within a few months. A press release from PRHC […]

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Hospital beds too few, too ‘stopgap’

Posted: October 24, 2017 The Sudbury, by Jim Moodie A promise from Queen’s Park to boost the number of beds in hospitals — including 16 more at Health Sciences North — is welcome news, but a move that doesn’t go nearly far enough. That’s the position of Natalie Mehra, who has been pushing for years […]

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Ontario hospitals getting more beds, $140 million in funding

Posted: October 24, 2017 Toronto Metro, by Staff Health Minister Eric Hoskins has announced $140 million in funding to make more hospital beds available and enhance home care services. PETER POWER / FOR THE TORONTO STAR Two patients share a room, formerly a sun room, on the fifth floor of Hamilton General Hospital last spring. Many […]

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Londoners to voice opinions on local hospitals

Posted: October 24, 2017 Global News, by Staff The Ontario Health Coalition wants to hear from Londoners about their experiences with local hospitals. The organization is touring the province gathering feedback from patients, their families and hospital workers to find out what’s working, what’s not, and how they think things could be improved in hospitals […]

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Ontario Health Coalition gathering input on ways to bring the public health care system back to life

Posted: October 24, 2017 Bay Today, by Linda Holmes ‘There are gaps in services and funding which lead to less than ideal care for our most vulnerable citizens throughout the province’ Wife of Long Term Care resident Ann McIntyre spends four to five hours a day with her 70-year-old husband who was admitted to a […]

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Hamiltonians share hospital concerns

Posted: October 23, 2017 The Spec, by Natalie Paddon In this file photo from August, Natalie Mehra, executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition, speaks during a media conference. – Hamilton Spectator file photo Before last December, Suzanne Clancy never had reason to learn how to navigate the ins and outs of the local hospital […]

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L’Ontario financera 2000 lits supplémentaires pour désengorger les hôpitaux

Posted: October 23, 2017 Radio Canada, by Caroline Bourdua Plus de 2000 lits et places supplémentaires seront financés par la province, afin de préparer les hôpitaux à la saison de la grippe et pour aider à désengorger les établissements dont des lits sont occupés par des patients en attente d’une place dans un centre d’accueil. […]

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Province investing $140-million to create new hospital beds across Ontario

Posted: October 23, 2017 Durham Radio News, by Staff To help ease the pressure on overcrowded hospital wards, the province is creating 1,200 new beds across Ontario. 22 beds will be at the Lakeridge Health Oshawa site and there will be short-term transitional care spaces provided at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in […]

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Ontario government announcement sees 56 hospital beds coming county-wide

Posted: October 23, 2017 Orillia Packet The Ontario government announced the addition of more than 1,200 new hospital beds Monday morning, 56 of which will be found in Barrie, Orillia and northern Simcoe County. The funding, revealed by Minister of Health Dr. Eric Hoskins in Toronto, will see more than 2,000 additional beds and spaces […]

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Hospitals getting more beds, more funding

Posted: October 23, 2017 Toronto Star, by Theresa Boyle Health Minister Eric Hoskins has announced $140 million in funding to take pressure off of overwhelmed hospitals. The Ontario government has come to the rescue of overwhelmed hospitals with more money and beds — just as flu season is starting and pressure on the sector is […]

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Ontario Health Coalition brings hospital hearings to Hamilton

Posted: October 23, 2017 AM 900 CHML, by Ken Mann Residents are being asked to share their hospital stories during a public hearing on Monday in downtown Hamilton. The event is being hosted by the Ontario Health Coalition which has been travelling the province and collecting stories that executive director Natalie Mehra describes as ranging […]

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RELEASE: Wynne Government’s Hospital Bed Announcement a Temporary Band-Aid But Health Coalition Slams Expanding Health Care Privatization

(October 23, 2017) Toronto – The Ontario Health Coalition congratulated the Health Minister for recognizing the crisis in Ontario’s hospitals and announcing 1,200 new hospital beds today. However, the coalition cautioned that this is only temporary band-aid that will partially alleviate the crisis but not solve it. One-fourth of the hospital money announced today was […]

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Cannabis and opioid crisis on agenda as health ministers meet in Edmonton

Posted: October 19, 2017 CBC News, by Kim Trynacity Cannabis and opioid crisis on agenda as health ministers meet in Edmonton Funding not on the table this time. Instead ministers to focus on issues One day before Canada’s ministers of health gather in Edmonton, the Canadian Health Coalition and Ontario Health Coalition released a report showing […]

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Universal Healthcare : A Pride at Risk

Posted: October 22, 2017 Canadian Bangladesghi News, by CBN24 EN Desk, Doly Begum Tommy Douglas, whom many consider to be the greatest Canadian in history, believed that every Canadian deserved the right to quality healthcare regardless of their social and economic circumstances. Known as “the father of Medicare,” Douglas fought relentlessly for a better Canada, which included […]

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Registered nurses in Ontario feeling pressure of hospital cuts

Postefd: October 19, 2017 Ottawa Citizen, by Heidi Westfield As a registered nurse, Angela Spiler has seen first-hand the impact of hospital staffing cuts in Ontario. Over the past few years, there has been a significant drop in the number of RNs in her workplace – a large, municipal hospital outside of Toronto. The number […]

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Heartache over a broken health care system

Posted: October 22, 2017 The Nugget, by Jennifer Hamilton-McCharles The public voices their concerns and shares their stories during a provincial tour Heartache over a broken health care system The golden years for many seniors are anything but golden. Little community support and few services at a reasonable cost. Understaffed long-term care homes, with nurses […]

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RELEASE: The Elephant at the Health Ministers’ Meetings: How Will Provinces Cope with $31 Billion Cut

New National Report Outlines the Huge Cost of the Failed Health Accord (October 18, 2017) Edmonton, AB As Health Ministers from across Canada meet in Edmonton today, Canada’s Health Coalitions released a report showing the recent bilateral health schemes pushed through by the Trudeau government have come at a huge cost.  The report “Health Accord […]

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Your opninions on Hospital care

Posted: October 16, 2017 Quinte News, by Mary Thomas   Anyone interested in improving  hospital care will have an opportunity to make their opinions known at a public meeting in Trenton this week. The Ontario Health Coalition is holding a public consultation on hospital reform and improvement. The organization is gathering ideas for reform to improve funding, access, […]

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Mental health services run ‘thin’

Posted: October 13, 2017 The Chronical Journal, by Jodi Lundmark  The need for more immediate mental health-care services in Thunder Bay was one of the topics brought to the attention of the Ontario Health Coalition during a public hearing on Thursday. The coalition is hosting a series of public hearings on how to improve public […]

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Health coalition hopes to continue momentum

Posted: October 11, 2017 The Standard, by Allan Brenner While there’s still room for improvement, Natalie Mehra said the Ontario government seems to be responding to concerns about hospitals across the province. “I feel hopeful,” said Mehra, executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition, a group of activists working to improve the public health-care system. […]

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Coalition Collecting Healthcare Stories

Posted: October 11, 2017 The Square Windor’s Independent news source, by Square staff (WINDSOR, ON) – The Ontario Health Coalition wants to collect stories from patients, families, and hospital staff, and organize them to generate a democratic public debate about the changes needed to protect and improve local public hospital services. The coalition has spent […]

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Collecting good, bad stories ahead of provincial election

Posted: October 11 Nugget – North Bay  by Nugget staff The Ontario Health Coalition is collecting stories from patients, families and hospital staff, and organizing them to generate an election debate about the changes needed to protect and improve local public hospital services. To that end, it has planned a series of public forums throughout […]

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Public urged to tell their hospital stories at Oct. 25 Windsor meeting

Posted: October 8, 2017 Windsor Star  by Jason Kryk The Ontario Health Coalition is holding a public meeting on Oct. 25 to hear stories from Windsor people about their hospital experiences and their ideas for improving and preserving hospital services. t says Ontario has suffered the worst hospital cuts in the country. “These changes to our […]

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Public invited to provide feedback about hospital performance

Posted: October 6, 2017 TBNewswathc  by Leith Dunick Ontario Health Coalition holding hearings across Ontario this month in advance of next year’s provincial election. Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (FILE). THUNDER BAY – The public is being asked for feedback on local hospitals. The Ontario Health Coalition will hold public sessions across the province throughout […]

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OHC looking for input in reforming hospitals

Posted: October 3nd, 2017 By WallaceBurg Courierpress he Ontario Health Coalition is looking for public input on reforming public hospitals in the province. They will be hosting public meetings across the province, including a stop in Wallaceburg on Oct. 18. In a press release, the OHC said they are looking for ideas on how public […]

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Ontario considers reopening Toronto hospital to help with overcrowding

Posted: September 27, 2017 By Justin Giovannetti, The Globe and Mail The Ontario government could reopen a Toronto hospital that was mothballed only two years ago as health professionals and opposition parties warn that an overcrowding crisis at health-care institutions across the province is reaching dangerous levels. The Humber River Hospital site on Finch Ave. was closed in […]

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Ontario considers reopening Toronto hospital to help with overcrowding

Posted: Sept. 28 By Justin Giovannetti, The Globe and Mail The Humber site might not be alone to reopen as a number of sites across Ontario are being considered for expansion or reactivation, Health Minister Eric Hoskins said Wednesday at Queen’s Park. The Ontario government could reopen a Toronto hospital that was mothballed only two […]

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Older Persons Day a time to push for change

Posted: Sep 28, 2017 By The Spec By Natalie Mehra, Executive Director In May, The Hamilton Spectator reported that for the first time in Hamilton and Ontario, seniors outnumber children. In fact, in Hamilton, Burlington and Grimsby almost one in every five people is 65 or older. Hamilton is slightly greyer than the rest of Ontario […]

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‘Crisis in care’: Ontario looks to tackle hospital bed crunch

Posted: Sep 27, 2017 By Mike Crawley, CBC News Health Ministry looking at old Humber River Regional building as intermediate care site The Finch Avenue site of the Humber River Regional Hospital in Toronto is no longer being used, after a new facility was opened in 2015. (Sébastien St-Francois/Radio-Canada) Ontario is considering a plan to urgently transform […]

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International Day of Older Persons to be celebrated Friday at Hamilton City Hall

Posted: September 24th, 2017 By The Hamilton Spectator Hamilton City Hall, June 2015 – photo by Gord Bowes International Day of Older Persons is being marked Friday at Hamilton City Hall. The focus of the event is seniors health care issues, including home care, long term care, palliative care, hospital cuts, pharmacare and dementia. It […]

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EVENT: Annual Health Action Assembly and Conference

Reforming Health Care in the Public Interest Saturday, November 18, 2017 – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Assembly Sunday, November 19, 2017 – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.   Conference Sheraton Centre Hotel Toronto  123 Queen Street W. At the Assembly we will discuss and debate our action plan for the next year. At the conference […]

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Coalition fights to preserve free health care

Posted: August 28, 2017 By M.McKinnon,  Atikokan Progress  What’s a giant teddy bear got to do with health care? “We can’t ‘bear’ to lose medicare” says the Ontario Health Coalition, which has for nearly a decade been fighting off any erosion to Canada’s free medical care system. Three coalition officials made Atikokan their first stop on […]

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‘Bear’ Helping to send message

Posted: Aug 16th, 2017 By Duane Hicks, Fort Frances Times A giant teddy bear is helping to raise awareness about the threat of health-care privatization in the region with the slogan: “We Can’t Bear to Lose Medicare.” Natalie Mehra, executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition, and Jules Tupker, co-chair of the Thunder Bay Health Coalition, […]

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EVENT: Public Consultation on Hospital Reform

(August 12, 2017) Now is the time when we can make a difference Organizations and individuals are invited to attend and submit oral or written submissions on reforming Ontario’s hospitals in the public interest. We are holding public hearings across the province. Your input will be used to help create a report on reforming hospitals […]

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Pressure on Ontario to ‘cut the cuts’ on hospital funding

Posted: August 9, 2017 By Anthony Urciuoli, Global News    The Ontario Health Coalition says it will be putting pressure on the provincial government this fall to “cut the cuts” being made to hospital funding. Executive Director of the Coalition, Natalie Mehra, says Hamilton’s hospitals are at a crisis point. “For the last four years, hospital […]

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RELEASE: Hamilton’s Hospitals Have Passed the Tipping Point: Urgent campaign launched to stop $27-million in cuts

 (August 8, 2017) Hamilton – Hamilton’s hospitals are already beyond their tipping point and another massive set of cuts is “reckless and irresponsible”, reported advocates today in a press conference. The Ontario Health Coalition joined leaders from the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE to warn the public about the newest cuts which amount to $27 […]

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RELEASE: Health Coalition Responds to Wettlaufer Inquiry Announcement

(August 1, 2017) Toronto – The Ontario government appointed Justice Eileen Gillese from the Ontario Court of Appeal to head a Public Inquiry into the murders of eight long-term care residents by Elizabeth Wettlaufer. The Ontario Health Coalition responded by raising concerns about the duration and the narrow mandate of the inquiry, noting that in […]

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Controversial for-fee service connects Ontario doctors and patients via video chat

Posted:  Jul 10, 2017 By Andrew Lupton, CBC News Critics say Maple only improves doctor access for those who can afford it Tired of seeing his patients wait hours in an emergency room to see a doctor about a minor ailment or a prescription re-fill, Dr. Brett Belchetz felt there must be a better way. Now he heads Maple, a service that, […]

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EVENT: We Can’t “Bear” to Lose Public Medicare – Northwestern Ontario tour

(July 2, 2017)  We Can’t “Bear” to Lose Public Medicare Last fall, Jeff Hanks, co-chair of the London Health Coalition spotted a giant teddy bear in Costco. His idea, to create the slogan “We Can’t ‘Bear’ to Lose Medicare” and do a media event with it to educate the public about the threat of health […]

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RELEASE: Inquiry Should Look into All Recent Homicides, Systemic Issues in Long-Term Care: Health Coalition

(June 28, 2017) The Ontario Health Coalition is advocating for the public inquiry that the Ontario government has called as a result of the murders in long-term care homes in Woodstock and London be broad enough to cover the systemic issues that have contributed to a context in Ontario’s long-term care homes in which there […]

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If we don’t fix medicare, we may lose it: Editorial

Posted: June 16, 2017 By STAR EDITORIAL BOARD – The Star It is a source of national pride that in Canada health care is supposedly provided based on need, not on ability to pay. But recent evidence suggests the principle of equal care for all is in increasing jeopardy. Across the country, private clinics are […]

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Union wants action on illegal health fees

Posted: June 15, 2017 By Lynn Desjardins, Radio Canada International Canada has a publicly-funded health care system, but there are several private clinics that charging extra fees for faster service that should be free.  Because of budget shortfalls in many provinces, there have been cuts to services in hospitals. Long wait times In some cases, […]

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Government must take action against private clinic user fees, OPSEU says

Posted: June 15, 2017 TORONTO, June 15, 2017 /CNW/ – The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) is calling on the provincial government to take action immediately against private clinics that are charging patients illegal user fees for medically necessary services. In a damning report released this week, the Ontario Health Coalition identified 88 private clinics […]

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Group stands up for Medicare

Posted: Thursday, June 15 By Sandi Krasowski, The Chronicle Journal Members of the Ontario Health Coalition arrived at Thunder Bay City Hall carrying an enormous teddy bear that has become the emblem of their Ontario tour to draw attention to health care privatization. Natalie Mehra, the executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition, said it all […]

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Jumping the Queue. The Ontario Health Coalition releases Report on Escalation of Health Care Privatization

Posted: June 14, 2017 By Lynne Brown – Sault Online The Ontario Health Coalition has conducted a cross-Canada study that includes the results of surveys of 136 private hospitals, diagnostic and “boutique” physician clinics, and with almost 400 individual patients in Ontario. The results of the survey are found in a recently released report titled ‘Private Clinics and […]

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Healthcare privatization fight arrives in Oshawa

Posted on June 14, 2017 By Joel Wittnebel, The Oshawa Express We can’t bear to lose medicare. That slogan adorned the placard tied around the neck of a seven-foot tall teddy bear that arrived at Lakeridge Health Oshawa, as the Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) continues to spread its messaging about the threat of health care […]

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Coalition concerned that privatization will lead to downfall of public health care

Members of the Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) were in Chatham recently as part of its ‘We Can’t Bear to Lose Medicare’ campaign, with a warning about the threat privatization poses to Canada’s public health-care system. Peter Boyle, a volunteer member of the OHC touring with the bear, met with local coalition members in front of […]

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Extra-billing causes hardship and must be stopped, says OFL

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – June 13, 2017) – The OFL supports the call by the Ontario Health Coalition for better regulation and enforcement of the Canada Health Act to prevent the charging of user fees across Canada. A recent survey conducted by the Ontario Health Coalition, showed that 88 clinics across Canada are charging unlawful user […]

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Canada’s Health Minister Calls Out BC for Extra-Billing by Doctors

By Kyle Duggan 13 Jun 2017 |The Tyee – iPolitics Health Minister Jane Philpott condemned extra-billing by Canadian doctors at a gathering of healthcare and hospital professionals in Vancouver Monday, singling out B.C. as a province that needs to stem the growing practice. At the national HealthcareCan conference in Vancouver, Philpott responded to media reports that the […]

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Private clinic fees threatening public health, P.E.I. coalition warns

Published on June 13, 2017 – The Guardian CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – At least 88 private health-care clinics in six provinces charge extra user fees that amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars for patients, a new study has found. The results of the cross-country survey have prompted health coalitions, including P.E.I.’s, to warn that challenges […]

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Private health care unbearable

Posted: June 12, 2017 By Allan Benner, The Standard The enormous teddy bear attracted attention almost immediately after it was set up at the corner of James and King streets in St. Catharines, Monday morning. It was the impact the volunteers from the Ontario Health Coalition were counting on. “I was wondering what was going […]

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Jane-Finch ER site lies dormant almost a year after closure

By VICTORIA GIBSON  – The Star  Mon., June 12, 2017 It’s been one year since the parking lot outside the Finch Ave. hospital went from an ambulance hub to a pedestrian shortcut. At 7:30 a.m. on Friday, commuters cut through the empty lot to reach a bus stop on Oakdale Rd. An hour later, students […]

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Health Collation warns of privatizing health-care

By David Gough, Postmedia Network / Wallaceburg Courier Press Monday, June 12, 2017 4:39:07 EDT PM Two years in the making, the Ontario Health Coalition released a report on private health-care clinics and how the OHC feels that they are a threat to Canada’s public medicare system. Released on Monday morning, the report says that […]

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Canadian patients, advocates speak out about illegal doctor double-billing

KATHY TOMLINSON AND ERIC ANDREW-GEE  The Globe and Mail Published Monday, Jun. 12, 2017 9:18PM EDT Last updated Tuesday, Jun. 13, 2017 6:59AM EDT anadian patients and public-health-care advocates are coming forward with more stories of double-dipping by doctors who work in the public system but also charge some patients extra fees for quicker access […]

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Unifor calls on governments to stop proliferation of health care user-fees

TORONTO, June 12, 2017 /CNW/ – Unifor is calling on the federal and provincial governments to put a halt to the practice by clinics of charging user-fees for necessary health services, as found in a ground-breaking new report by the Ontario Health Coalition. “Health care should never be a money-making venture,” said Unifor National President […]

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Ontario Health Coalition visits Woodstock City Hall to promote Medicare

By Bruce Chessell, Woodstock Sentinel-Review Sunday, June 11, 2017 9:52:24 EDT PM Some Friendly City residents were treated Sunday to a nice warm hug from a seven-foot-tall teddy bear. The Ontario Health Coalition and the Oxford Coalition for Social Justice brought the giant teddy bear to city hall to help share the message “we can’t […]

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Health Coalition members warn of illegal billing by private health clinics during tour stop in Sarnia-Lambton

By Tyler Kula, Sarnia Observer Sunday, June 11, 2017 3:54:24 EDT PM Private, for-profit clinics are cutting a second tier into Canada’s public health-care system, a representative with a provincial health-care watchdog group says. And, in many cases, what they’re doing is illegal, said Peter Boyle, a volunteer with the Ontario Health Coalition. “If you […]

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Health Minister vows action against illegal physician double-billing

KATHY TOMLINSON AND JUSTINE HUNTER  The Globe and Mail Published Sunday, Jun. 11, 2017 9:25PM EDT Last updated Monday, Jun. 12, 2017 11:07AM EDT Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott said Sunday she is “determined to find ways to make it very clear that we expect the law to be upheld” and she finds it “disturbing” […]

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Some doctors are charging both government and patients privately in illegal double-dipping practice

KATHY TOMLINSON THE GLOBE AND MAIL (INCLUDES CORRECTION)LAST UPDATED: TUESDAY, JUN. 13, 2017 8:18PM EDT Regulators are doing little to stop doctor-owned clinics from quietly making desperate patients open their wallets to bypass long lines for everything from simple appointments to major surgery. Kathy Tomlinson reports Rosalia Guthrie is still astounded that it cost her […]

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Can’t Bear To Lose Medicare

BY MELANIE IRWIN JUNE 10, 2017 3:00PM @MIrwinCHOKNews “Tommy” the 7 ft Teddy Bear visited Point Edward Saturday with the Ontario Health Coalition’s tour against the threat of healthcare privatization. Sarnia-Lambton Health Coalition Chair Shirley Roebuck says Tommy brings with him the message “We Can’t Bear To Lose Medicare.” “Maybe we in Sarnia and Lambton have seen […]

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GIANT 7′ TALL ‘MEDICARE’ BEAR STOPPING IN WALLACEBURG

By aaron on June 8, 2017 – Sydenham Current The Ontario Health Coalition along with the Wallaceburg-Walpole Island First Nation Health Coalition are touring a giant teddy bear with the slogan ‘We Can’t Bear to Lose Medicare’ to 20 towns from late May to mid-June to raise awareness about the threat of health care privatization. The […]

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Giant teddy bear in Cobourg on Ontario Health Coalition tour

Jun 09, 2017 by Karen Longwell Northumberland News COBOURG — A giant teddy bear has drawn attention to a health care concern. The bear is touring the province with the slogan “We Can’t Bear to Lose Medicare”. The Ontario and Northumberland Health Coalitions gathered at Elgin Street and Strathy Road with the bear and signs […]

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Ontario Health Coalition tour Ontario to raise awareness about private, for-profit clinics

By Ellwood Shreve, Chatham Daily News Friday, June 9, 2017 5:49:42 EDT PM A seven-foot teddy bear isn’t going to alarm anyone, but the message being delivered through the use of this prop just might. Members of the Ontario Health Coalition made a stop in Chatham on Friday as part of its ‘We Can’t Bear […]

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Ontario can’t ‘bear’ to let private clinics overcharge, health coalition says

Jun 09, 2017 by Tom Morrison OurWindsor.Ca Members of the Ontario Health Coalition have brought a seven-foot stuffed bear to Windsor to raise their concerns about the use of private clinics in the province. The furry animal, which has travelled to other parts of the province, is meant to support their message: “We can’t ‘bear’ […]

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Group aims to raise awareness about the risks of health-care privatization

Jun 10, 2017 by Mandy Marciniak Kingston Heritage “We can’t ‘bear’ to lose Medicare.” That is the message the Ontario Health Coalition is bringing with them across the province this month, and on June 6, they brought it to Kingston. “We are doing a tour to let people know about the threat to health care […]

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Ontario Health Coalition’s giant Care Bear visits Peterborough Downtown Farmers’ Market to send a message about health care privatization

By Clifford Skarstedt, Peterborough Examiner Wednesday, June 7, 2017 6:06:08 EDT PM Members of the Peterborough Health Coalition were joined by a giant seven-foot-tall Care Bear on Wednesday at the Peterborough Downtown Farmers’ Market to voice their concerns about the privatization of health care in Ontario. The Care Bear stopped at the city’s Louis Street […]

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Big Bear Coming To Windsor

BY: ROBERT TUOMI6 JUNE 2017 (WINDSOR, ON) – Almost on the heels of the 210 ton HMCS Goose Bay, the next big visitor to Windsor will apparently be a so-called giant of a bear. This is no ordinary bear. Much larger than the one at Costco near the exit door, this will be a so-called […]

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The Ontario Health Coalition is touring “Tommy” the bear across the province along with a message about the importance of public healthcare.

By Nick Seebruch  Published on June 6, 2017 The bear is named after Tommy Douglas, the father of the Canadian Public Healthcare system. On Monday, June 5, Tommy was in Cornwall. ohn Milne is one of the people who attended the demonstration in Cornwall at that corner of Pitt and Second streets, he warned that […]

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