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CONFERENCE: Annual Health Action Assembly & Conference on Health Reform

Posted: August 29, 2016

(August 29, 2016)

Health Action Assembly &

Conference on Health Reform



Saturday October 29, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Metro Hall Rotunda, 55 John St., Toronto

$20 – $40 sliding scale per day


Forging a strategy

  • Reports from member groups and local health coalitions across Ontario on events and activities in their communities.
  • Discussion and debate on strategy and activities for the coalition for 2017.


Guest Speaker

Vincent Lam

Dr. Vincent Lam Author of a biography of Tommy Douglas, Bloodletting and Other Cures and The Flu Pandemic and You, Dr. Lam was an emergency room physician for thirteen years and now works in addictions.


Natalie Mehra

“This is our most important meeting of the year. If we insist that health care and the health of our communities belongs in the public domain then, in keeping with this, we must ourselves adopt processes in which many people bring to bear their perspectives and their wisdom. For our coalition to work, to be effective, to be democratic, we rely upon the engagement and input of our members and supporters. We hope that you will come – and we promise to make it stimulating,                                    interesting, and fun!”

                           Natalie Mehra

                            Executive Director



Sunday October 30, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Metro Hall Rotunda, 55 John St., Toronto

$20 – $40 sliding scale per day


Building a vision

Deepening the discussion on a vision for progressive health care reform that embodies the principles of equity, social justice, compassion, democracy and protecting health care for all under the Canada Health Act.



Dr. Dan Zuberi is RBC Chair and Associate Professor of Social Policy at the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto. He is the author of “Cleaning Up: How Hospital Outsourcing is Hurting Workers and Endangering Patients.”


André Marin Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa and former Ontario Ombudsman. Known for his fearless advocacy in the public interest, Marin will speak about what he learned as Ontario Ombusdman.


Marcy Cohen Author, “Democratizing Public Services”, speaking on democracy and health reform.



To be confirmed:

Dr. Peter Hutten Czapski GP in rural family medicine practicing in northern Ontario; former chief-of-staff Temiskaming General Hospital; regional representative for Society of Rural Physicians of Canada, speaking on rural hospitals and health reform.


Hotel Accommodations

We have reserved a block of hotel rooms at the Bond Place Hotel for both conferences and the Assembly, at 65 Dundas St. E. (across from the Eaton Centre downtown). It is a unionized hotel. To get the special OHC rate of $110 per night, call before September 27 at 416-362-6061 or 1-800-268-9390 and cite “Ontario Health Coalition rate” or email


Registration Form

Please print off and fill in the attached PDF form, and return with cheque to the Ontario Health Coalition, 15 Gervais Dr., Suite 604, Toronto Ontario, M3C 1Y8. If you wish to register and pay on the internet by credit card via PayPal, you can do so by clicking HERE.


These fees help cover the cost of the venue, speakers, and bringing in local health coalitions from across Ontario. Please contact Natalie Mehra at the Ontario Health Coalition to request subsidy.