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UPDATE: Mounting Health Care Cuts

List of the Ford government health care cuts to date: ● Cut OHIP+ so families with sick children will have to seek private coverage first and pay deductibles and co-payments. (June 2018) ● Cut planned mental health funding by more than $330 million. (July 2018) ● Canceled all new planned overdose prevention sites. (Autumn 2018). […]

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BRIEFING NOTE: Key Issues in Long-Term Care + Public Inquiry Recommendations

(July 31, 2019) Wettlaufer Inquiry into Ontario long-term care underlines need for improved care levels not cuts Toronto – The Elizabeth Wettlaufer murders were terrible human tragedies and our heartfelt condolences go to the families of the victims, said the Ontario Health Coalition today, on the occasion of the release of the report from Ontario’s […]

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Will Ontario’s restructured health-care system mean never navigating the health-care system alone?

THURSDAY, JULY 25, 2019 The model of bundled care sees different groups of providers band together, share accountability and care for the patient throughout the entire journey. NEWS 05:00 AM by Joanna Frketich  ,  Grant LaFleche  The Hamilton Spectator and St. Catharines Standard It’s hard to guess what the journey of patients like Pat Coffer will look like after the Progressive […]

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Provincial funding cuts will affect services at city’s long-term care homes, mayor says

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson is calling on the Ontario government to reverse funding cuts that will leave the city’s four municipal long-term care homes half a million dollars in debt this year, and more than a million in debt by 2020. ELIZABETH PAYNE | Updated: July 22, 2019 Garry J Armstrong long term care on Island […]

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Letters to the editor: July 18 – Downtown far from ideal for new campus

Published on: July 17, 2019 | Last Updated: July 17, 2019 6:47 PM EDT I believe that city council should reconsider the proposal of a downtown St. Lawrence College campus. Downtown campuses can play a very important educational role in big cities where the main campus is distant from a significant proportion of the city […]

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Doug Ford has mental health and hospitals on the chopping block as he fails to keep health care promises

More privatization appears on the horizon as the government takes steps backward, writes Gordon Guyatt. OPINION 05:00 AM by Gordon Guyatt Hamilton Spectator Premier Doug Ford at an announcement with Merrilee Fullerton, recently named minister of long term care. Fullerton is also a doctor with a long record of advocating for two-tier and privatized health care. – Cole Burston,The […]

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Province cuts 2 funds for long-term care homes

‘No specific concerns’ about funding loss in North Bay, says Coun. Chris Mayne PJ Wilson | Published on: July 24, 2019 | Last Updated: July 24, 2019 10:07 AM EDT Cassellholme Home for the Aged Nugget File Photo PICASA / JPG, NB There are “no specific concerns” about the effect of provincial funding cuts on Cassellholme at this […]

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Christine Elliott downplays Premier Ford’s health-care promise

By Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — Jul 15 2019 TORONTO — It will likely take longer than a year to end overcrowding in Ontario’s hospitals, despite a promise from Premier Doug Ford to tackle the problem in 12 months, the health minister said Monday. Days after Ford’s declaration, Health Minister Christine Elliott downplayed his remarks, saying he was articulating the government’s “wishes” but […]

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LHIN job cuts can have positive outcome, care expert says

Agency’s role was strategic and advisory, not service delivery NEWS Jul 07, 2019 by Catherine Whitnall  Kawartha Lakes This Week The recent elimination of more than 800 jobs at Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) and six other health-care agencies will not have a direct impact on the City of Kawartha Lakes. But that doesn’t mean changes are not coming […]

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Ontario health minister says ending ‘hallway health care’ will take longer than Ford promised last week

By Rob Ferguson | Queen’s Park Bureau | Mon., July 15, 2019 Health Minister Christine Elliott is walking back remarks made by Premier Doug Ford at the annual premiers’ conference last week, promising “hallway health care” would be a relic of the past by this time next year. “I can’t put a specific time line on it,” Elliott […]

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Media Advisory – PC hospital cuts are worse than projected; OHC, CUPE Queen’s Park media conference Monday

NEWS PROVIDED BY Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (CUPE) | Jul 12, 2019, 13:47 ET TORONTO, July 12, 2019 /CNW/ – Recent comments by the Ontario ministry of health reveal that despite a promise (reiterated this week) by the Premier to end hallway medicine, hospital cuts will intensify. The Ontario Health Coalition and the Ontario Council of Hospital (OCHU) […]

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Increase long-term funding to Ontario’s healthcare system, CUPE says in new report

Ontario Council of Hospital Unions says Thunder Bay will be short 80 beds, 500 hospital staff needed by 2024 Matt Prokopchuk · CBC News · Posted: Jul 03, 2019 7:00 AM ET | Last Updated: July 3 Michael Hurley is the president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions. (Matt Prokopchuk / CBC) The union that represents staff in Ontario’s […]

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What Does Healthcare Look Like One Year into the Ford Government?

By Megan Pounder July 5, 2019 OCHU/CUPE President Michael Hurley presents ‘Protecting What Matters Most,’ a new report by the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions. Photo by Megan Pounder/SaultOnline One year ago, the PC Government made vague promises in regards to ending hallway medicine, increasing system capacity while keeping public sector staff and cutting government spending on […]

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Premier Ford can’t wish hallway medicine away and cut millions of dollars from hospitals, long-term care, public health and EMS in 2019

Posted: July 15, 2019 TORONTO, ON – While Premier Doug Ford announced last week that, within a year, no more patients would receive care in hospital hallways, the spring 2019 provincial budget and an economic review by Ontario’s Financial Accountability Office (FAO) point to hallway medicine getting much worse as health care cuts intensify, reports released at […]

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Christine Elliott downplays Premier Ford’s promise to end hallway medicine in 1 year

Ford said last week that PCs would end hallway medicine within 12 months The Canadian Press · Posted: Jul 15, 2019 1:09 PM ET | Last Updated: July 15 Health Minister Christine Elliott says addressing the issue of overcrowding in hospitals will require the government to build more long-term care spaces, improve addictions and mental-health funding, and […]

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Hallway medicine: Expensive, frustrating and complicated. Doug Ford vowed to fix it.

Critics say Premier Doug Ford’s massive overhaul of the provincial health-care system does not address the lack of capacity and services in hospitals, which are already stretched thin NEWS Jul 23, 2019 by Joanna Frketich  ,  Grant LaFleche  The Hamilton Spectator and St. Catharines Standard David Hartfield in his Thorold South home, May 23, 2019. Hartfield was recently forced to go […]

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How Ontario’s new regional health teams will operate is anyone’s guess in ‘low-rules environment’

No one is sure how they will be governed or funded, or how they will function. But they will be the way forward for health care in the province. NEWS Jul 20, 2019 by Grant LaFleche  ,  Joanna Frketich  Hamilton Spectator and St. Catharines Standard “My mom made me promise that she would never go in a nursing home,” said Susan […]

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Did Ontario’s Local Health Integration Networks fail?

The provincial Tories have wanted to kill the LHINs since 2011 NEWS Jul 20, 2019 by Grant LaFleche  ,  Joanna Frketich  Hamilton Spectator and St. Catharines Standard While Ontario’s most urgent problem is the thousands of people stuck on unbudging wait lists for a nursing-home bed, barriers to care can also arise once a senior secures a placement. – Scott Gardner […]

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Introducing Ontario’s new health care super power

14 regional health districts will be replaced by Ontario Health, a new agency which will oversee everything from hospital and home care to cancer care and family medicine. NEWS Jul 22, 2019 by Joanna Frketich  ,  Grant LaFleche  The Hamilton Spectator and St. Catharines Standard Ontarians are tired of governments who are ‘tinkering around the edges’ of improving health care and […]

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Is Ontario heading toward more private health care?

Critics say the door to privatization is opening. The government says it is improving public health care. NEWS Jul 24, 2019 by Joanna Frketich  ,  Grant LaFleche  Hamilton Spectator and St. Catharines Standard Premier Doug Ford and health minster Christine Elliott have insisted that “privatization” is not part of the government’s long-term plan but health unions are concerned. – Andrew Francis […]

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Provincial funding cuts will affect services at city’s long-term care homes, mayor says

ELIZABETH PAYNE Updated: July 22, 2019 Garry J Armstrong long term care on Island Lodge Road in Ottawa. Photo by Jean Levac    Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson is calling on the Ontario government to reverse funding cuts that will leave the city’s four municipal long-term care homes half a million dollars in debt this year, and […]

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Ontario Health Coalition says long term care funding cuts will hurt local facilities

Renfrew, ON, Canada / 96.1 Renfrew Today July 17, 2019 03:23 pm The Ontario Health Coalition is sounding the alarm about funding changes for long term care homes that come into effect on August 1st. The Coalition says two Renfrew County owned long term care homes are going to be particularly hard hit. A release […]

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Ending hallway medicine in a year? Not so fast, Elliott says

Antonella Artuso | Published on: July 15, 2019 | Last Updated: July 15, 2019 6:31 PM EDT Patients wait in the hallway at the overcrowded Queensway-Carleton Hospital in Ottawa in 2016. (Errol McGihon/Postmedia)  Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott is hedging on Premier Doug Ford’s promise to end hallway medicine within a year. “I think the premier was […]

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Health coalition blasts provincial government cuts to long-term care funding

July 15, 2019 | By Mike Baker The Ontario Health Coalition has raised concerns about the Ford government’s funding cuts to long-term care. “The Ontario Health Coalition has been made aware that level of care funding has experienced significant real dollar cuts. The per diem rate has been increased by 1%, which does not meet the […]

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Changes to long-term care funding impacting Victoria Manor

City of Kawartha Lakes to lose $68,000 in government support and see the end of two funding programs, valued at $79,625, for 2019 NEWS Jul 12, 2019 by Catherine Whitnall  Kawartha Lakes This Week The city of Kawartha Lakes is being hit by Ford government funding cuts to long-term care, but the impact isn’t quite as bad as other […]

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Healthcare townhall meeting being held over ‘super agency’ bill concerns

Jun 18, 2019 10:30 AM by: Phi Doan It will happen Wednesday night in Waterloo A townhall meeting is being held on June 19 over concerns related to the passing of Bill 74 and what impact it could have on the Ontario healthcare system. The Ontario Liberal Party and Waterloo Region Health Care Coalition are hosting the […]

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Fact checks and firsthand accounts of key Ford government cuts

Maya Bhullar | July 11, 2019 The legislative assembly of Ontario will be returning from summer break after 144 days and after the 2019 federal election. Here is a comprehensive list of the cuts and canceled programs made by the Progressive Conservatives and Ontario Premier Doug Ford in their first year. Since firsthand accounts and fact checks […]

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Ontario Health Coalition planning all out war to save health care

BY PAUL PEDROJULY 10, 2019 9:31PM@PaulPedroNews The Ontario Health Coalition has big plans to try and prevent pending health care cuts. Coalition Executive Director Natalie Mehra was in Windsor Wednesday night to meet with the Windsor Health Coalition and brainstorm to save health units, ambulance stations and other health care cuts such as cuts to long-term […]

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RELEASE: Ford Government Cuts to Long-Term Care Funding Risk Already Over-Stressed Care Levels   

(July 10, 2019)  Toronto — The Ontario Health Coalition raises concerns about the Ford government’s funding cuts to long-term care. The Ontario Health Coalition has been made aware that level of care funding has experienced significant real dollar cuts. The per diem rate has been increased by 1%, which does not meet the rate of inflation. […]

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Increase long-term funding to Ontario’s healthcare system, CUPE says in new report Social Sharing

Matt Prokopchuk · CBC News · Posted: Jul 03, 2019 7:00 AM ET | Last Updated: July 3 Michael Hurley is the president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions. (Matt Prokopchuk / CBC) The union that represents staff in Ontario’s hospitals is calling on the provincial government to spend more on healthcare over the course of its mandate, arguing […]

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Health coalition calls on action in response to provincial cuts

Health coalition calls on action in response to provincial cuts Ryan Stelter  Published on: July 4, 2019 A small, informal session was held to discuss provincial cuts to healthcare at Seven Generations Education Institute Wednesday, July 3. Ryan Stelter/Miner and NewsA small group of healthcare providers and concerned citizens met at Seven Generations Education Institute […]

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Briefing Note: Ontario Health Coalition Briefing Note on Ontario Cabinet Shuffle: Deep Concerns about Ideological Positions of New Minister of Long-Term Care & Associate Minister of Mental Health & Addictions

(June 21, 2019) Toronto – In his press conference announcing the cabinet shuffle, Premier Doug Ford claimed that more than 80 percent of his platform had been implemented. The Health Coalition notes that nothing could be further than the truth when it comes to health care.  The Coalition also raised concerns about the pro-privatization, anti-public health […]

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RELEASE: Ford Governments Health Cuts Negatively Impact Patient Care: Coalition Calls Out Ford Government for “Dissembling” and Lack of Public Accountability

(June 19, 2019) Toronto – In what the Health Coalition has termed a bad news day for Ontario’s health care, the Ford government revealed that it has eliminated more than 800 full-time equivalent positions in the LHINs (Local Health Integration Network) and in the six health care agencies (including Cancer Care Ontario, Health Quality Ontario, […]

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Round table discussions hope to resolve PSW crisis in Sudbury

Round table discussions are happening throughout the province Jamie-Lee McKenzie · CBC News · Posted: Jun 06, 2019 10:34 PM ET | Last Updated: June 6 The round table in Sudbury focused on the critical shortage of PSWs and finding solutions to improve the situation. (Ed Hunter/CBC) The Ontario Health Coalition and Unifor are trying to find solutions to the Personal […]

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‘Stingy’ Ontario fuels PSW shortage: forum

Mary Katherine Keown The Sudbury Star Published on: June 6, 2019 | Last Updated: June 6, 2019 10:14 PM EDT Participants look on at a round table discussion focused on the shortage of personal support workers at long-term care facilities at the Steelworkers’ Hall in Sudbury, Ont. on Thursday June 6, 2019. The meeting is […]

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Sudbury briefs: PSW shortage meeting; hospital AGM; art walk

Donald Macdonald Published on: June 5, 2019 | Last Updated: June 5, 2019 2:00 PM EDT Input required on PSW shortage A round table discussion on the critical shortage of PSWs in long-term care homes takes place June 6 at 3 p.m. at the Steelworkers Hall, 66 Brady St. What does the situation look like on […]

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People’s Healthcare Act is ‘really a restructuring bill’: Natalie Mehra

NEWS Mar 12, 2019 by Luke Edwards  Niagara This Week Natalie Mehra, executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition, speaks to a group of St. Catharines residents Monday evening. The coalition is cautioning about changes coming under the proposed Bill 74, the People’s Healthcare Act. – Luke Edwards , Niagara This Week The Ontario Health Coalition is warning Niagara […]

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Advocates for health care anxious about timing of Ross Memorial’s ‘special legislation’

Published on May 24, 2019  in Community/Health/Provincial  by Joli Scheidler-Benns  With recent ‘merger memories’ still top of mind, Kawartha Lakes Health Coalition (KLHC) members are alarmed over the future of Ross Memorial Hospital after reading the public notice about new special legislation initiated by Ross near the same time as the passing of the PC’s omnibus Bill 74. […]

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Durham health unit merging with three other agencies

Posted on May 21, 2019 by oshawaexpress in NEWS, REGION By Dave Flaherty/The Oshawa Express   Durham’s health department will be amalgamated with three others under a proposed plan by the province. In its 2019 budget, the Ford government announced it would take Ontario’s 35 public health units and merge them into 10 regional planning groups. Under the proposed plan, Durham […]

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Health mergers would be bad for Sudbury, Northern Ontario: critics

Jim Moodie | Published on: April 23, 2019 | Last Updated: April 23, 2019 11:16 PM EDT Natalie Mehra, executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition, speaks to Sudbury Star reporter Mary Katherine Keown in Sudbury, Ont. on Friday May 11, 2018. She said Tuesday that Sudbury and Northern Ontario will suffer under the province’s […]

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What you should know if your health card is expiring?

Megan DeLaire – Yahoo Canada News May 9, 2019 Diagrams of different styles of red-and-white Ontario Health Cards taken from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care website. (Image from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care) There are 400,000 red-and-white Ontario health cards still circulating 25 years after work to phase them […]

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Barrie-area groups get $1.7 million for mental health, addiction services – But Ontario Health Coalition says this is actually a cut to funding for the sector

NEWS May 10, 2019 by Chris Simon  Barrie Advance Barrie-area Progressive Conservative Party MPPs Doug Downey and Andrea Khanjin discuss the Ontario budget at Downey’s constituency office April 12. – Chris Simon/Metroland   The Ontario government is giving a financial boost to local mental-health services. Six organizations will receive a total of $1.74 million for their efforts to treat […]

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Paramedics participate in rally for Ontario health care

Lack of consultation before health care restructuring is a cause for concern, writes Carol Murray OPINION May 09, 2019 by Carol Murray Mississauga News Carol Murray is an Advanced Care Paramedic with Peel Regional Paramedic Services. – Joel D’Eath   Peel Regional Paramedics joined thousands of other Ontario health care workers at Queen’s Park on April 30 in a […]

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UFCW activists and allies rally to protect public health care in Ontario

Toronto – May 2, 2019 – UFCW Canada activists from across Ontario joined thousands of health care professionals and community and labour allies at a major rally in support of keeping Ontario’s health care system public. Participants gathered on the lawns of the Ontario Legislature to protest the Ford government’s health care restructuring plans and […]

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Gentili: If you’re flirting with privatization, Mr. Ford, just ’fess up, would you?

For months, groups have been saying the Tories have a secret plan to privatize parts of the health care system, and the province hasn’t said much to deny it. So what’s happening here? May 2, 2019 12:00 PM by: Mark Gentili (Supplied)  If Doug Ford’s Tory government is flirting with the idea of privatizing some aspects of […]

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Ontarians travelling in from dozens of communities for giant rally to protect public health care

April 25, 2019 14:47 ET | Source: Ontario Health Coalition TORONTO, April 25, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — It is shaping up to be one of the largest public rallies at Queen’s Park since the Ford government took power. It will be held next Tuesday, April 30 at Queen’s Park. Ontarians from towns and cities across the province are […]

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Press Conference regarding unprecedented Action Day to warn against health care privatization

April 23, 2019 06:00 ET | Source: Ontario Health Coalition TORONTO, April 23, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Across Ontario in more than one hundred hospitals and health care facilities, staff and patient advocates are staging a “Health Action Day” today, Tuesday, April 23. In an unprecedented show of unity, more than 150,000 health professionals and workers and tens […]

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‘This is just the beginning of the fight’

Health coalition plans anti-privatization rally at Queen’s Park Jennifer Hamilton-McCharles – Published on: April 24, 2019 | Last Updated: April 24, 2019 1:04 PM EDT Thousands of teachers, students and union members came out to protest various education cuts at Queen’s Park April 6. The Ontario Health Coalition promises an equally large anti-privatization rally April 30. […]

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Thousands gather at Queen’s Park to protest against Ford government health cuts

Ontario is paving the way for more privatization, diminished access to services, protesters say Nick Boisvert · CBC News · Posted: Apr 30, 2019 3:15 PM ET | Last Updated: April 30 Protesters marched to Queen’s Park on Tuesday to protest the sweeping health-care cuts and reforms proposed by the provincial government. (Derek Hooper/CBC) Thousands of demonstrators gathered on the south […]

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Health mergers bad news for the North: Critics

‘This is like the Mike Harris era of restructuring, writ huge’ Jim Moodie – Published on: April 24, 2019 | Last Updated: April 24, 2019 4:50 PM EDT Natalie Mehra, executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition, believes Northern Ontario will suffer under the province’s proposed health mergers. JOHN LAPPA / POSTMEDIA    The pain of a […]

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RELEASE: Ontario Health Coalition Statement on Today’s Mental Health Funding Announcement by Ford Government

(May 6, 2019) Toronto – Today the Ford government announced mental health funding that appears had previously been announced, and in any case is actually a cut to planned mental health funding. This is being reported by the media as if it is an increase and as if it is new money without any critical analysis. […]

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Ontario Health Coalition – Ford Funding Actually a Cut & Possibly Re-Announcement

Community Submission By NNL Staff – May 6, 2019 TORONTO – OPINION – Today the Ford government announced mental health funding that appears had previously been announced, and in any case is actually a cut to planned mental health funding. This is being reported by the media as if it is an increase and as if it […]

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UPDATE: Health coalition questions Ford government’s boost to mental health spending

BY KIRK DICKINSON MAY 6, 2019 10:11AM @KDickinsonNews The Ontario government has announced an additional $174 million a year for mental health care, however, health advocates are accusing the Tories of juking the numbers. “It’s a complicated issue. It’s not one we can solve overnight,” said Christine Elliott at a Canadian Mental Health Association community centre in Toronto. “This is […]

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Advocates cry foul after Ontario officials alter nursing home inspection report without explanation

By Abigail Bimman | Global National Ottawa Correspondent | Global News | Posted: April 25, 2019 5:49 pm WATCH: Residents of an Ontario nursing home are feeling the effects of severe understaffing issues. In part three of our series on Park Lane Terrace, desperate families search for answers and accountability.  The Ontario government will not explain the reasons why it altered […]

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150,000 Ontario health care staff and patient advocates stage Health Action Day (Tuesday) to warn against health care privatization

NEWS PROVIDED BY Ontario Health Coalition | Posted: Apr 22, 2019, 16:40 ET TORONTO, April 22, 2019 /CNW/ – Across Ontario in more than one hundred hospitals and health care facilities, staff and patient advocates are staging an “Health Action Day” tomorrow, Tuesday April 23. In an unprecedented show of unity, more than 150,000 health professionals and workers and tens […]

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Coalition Raises Red Flag About Undemocratic Process Used to Cut OHIP and Mounting Health Cuts: New Cuts Made Public Today, Less Than a Week for Public Input

April 25, 2019 09:44 ET | Source: Ontario Health Coalition TORONTO, April 25, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Usually a change in a regulation under an Ontario law is posted in the Ontario Gazette and the public is given 60-days notice to give input, reported the Ontario Health Coalition today in response to new cuts to OHIP coverage that […]

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Health advocates raise red flag over planned OHIP cuts

Natalie Mehra of the Ontario Health Coalition speaks at the Ciaciaro Club in Windsor during a public health care rally, August 26, 2015. (Photo by Mike Vlasveld) BY PAUL PEDROAPRIL 24, 2019 8:27PM@PaulPedroNews Proposed cuts to the Ontario Health Insurance Program (OHIP) have raised the ire of the Ontario Health Coalition. The Ford government has said […]

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Three busloads from Peterborough joining rally protesting Ontario health care changes

Apr 29, 2019 by Jessica Nyznik  Examiner Staff Writer  Ontario Health Coalition protesting at Queen’s Park on Tuesday Health Minister Christine Elliott was joined by some Durham MPPs while announcing the government is moving to an integrated health care system with the aim of ending ‘hallway health care’. From left are Durham MPP Lindsay Park, Pickering-Uxbridge MPP Peter […]

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Health care protest expected to draw hundreds to Queen’s Park

By Jacquelyn LeBel | POLITICS | Posted: April 29, 2019 4:21 pm The front entrance of Ontario’s Legislative Building at Queen’s Park. Credit: Nick Westoll / File / Global News The Ontario Health Coalition says it’s ready to defend public and non-profit health care and is hoping to send a message to the Progressive Conservative government. Jeff Hanks with the London Health […]

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Thousands descend on Queen’s Park to protest Ontario healthcare changes

By NEWS STAFF | Posted: April 30, 2019 5:37 AM EDT | Last Updated: April 30, 2019 2:03 PM EDT Thousands protest healthcare cuts at Queen’s Park on April 30, 2019. CITYNEWS A massive rally is underway on the lawn of Queen’s Park, and at hospitals across Ontario, to protest cuts and urge the provincial […]

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Day of Action Against Healthcare Cuts and Privatization

PUBLIC GOODS, SOCIAL MOVEMENTS  •  April 26, 2019  •  Ontario Health Coalition Across Ontario, in more than one hundred hospitals and healthcare facilities, staff and patient advocates staged an “Health Action Day” on Tuesday April 23rd. In an unprecedented show of unity, more than 150,000 health professionals and workers and tens of thousands of patient advocates wore a […]

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Gentili: If you’re flirting with privatization, Mr. Ford, just ’fess up, would you?

For months, groups have been saying the Tories have a secret plan to privatize parts of the health care system, and the province hasn’t said much to deny it. So what’s happening here? May 2, 2019 12:00 PM by: Mark Gentili If Doug Ford’s Tory government is flirting with the idea of privatizing some aspects of our […]

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Thousands storm Queen’s Park to protest Doug Ford’s cuts to health care

An estimated 8,000 outraged Ontario residents are marching on Queen’s Park in downtown Toronto today to voice their opposition against the PC government’s deep and sweeping cuts to health care services across the province. Organized by the Ontario Health Coalition, today’s protest takes aim at Premier Doug Ford’s plan to restructure the health care system under something […]

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RELEASE: More than 10,000 Protest to tell Ford Government to stop health privatization, cuts

(April 30, 2019) Toronto –  They came from across Ontario in the middle of a work day by the thousands with a message for the Doug Ford government. From a stage in front of the Ontario Legislature Natalie Mehra, executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition called on the crowd of more than 10,000 to […]

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Crowd rallies at Ontario legislature against health system changes

Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press Published Wednesday, May 1, 2019 12:11AM EDT  TORONTO — Protesters hoisting signs and chanting slogans gathered outside Ontario’s legislature Tuesday to rally against changes to the health-care system, despite government assurances that the new measures would not lead to any form of privatization. The event, organized by the Ontario Health […]

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Ontario health care cuts will reduce quality of life, patient says at Queen’s Park protest

Katherine DeClerq, CTV News Toronto Published Tuesday, April 30, 2019 4:16PM EDT  Last Updated Tuesday, April 30, 2019 8:03PM EDT Standing outside Queen’s Park on Tuesday afternoon, a woman who needs up to 25 injections to help manage her chronic pain says that cuts being made to Ontario’s health care system may mean she has […]

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Health coalitions rally at Queen’s Park

BY MELANIE IRWIN APRIL 30, 2019 4:10PM @MIrwinCHOKNews Thousands rally against changes to Ontario’s health care system. April 30, 2019 Photo courtesy of @AndreaHorwath Twitter. A rally against changes to Ontario’s health care system, that some believe will open the door to privatization, attracted thousands of people to Queen’s Park Tuesday afternoon. NDP Leader Andrea Horwath addressed the […]

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Les réformes de la santé dénoncées à Queen’s Park

Publié le mardi 30 avril 2019 à 15 h 28 Mis à jour le mardi 30 avril 2019 à 22 h 06 La Coalition ontarienne de la santé représente plus d’un demi million de personnes, issues de 400 organisations différentes. Photo: Radio-Canada / Fanny Geoffrion Radio-Canada Des milliers de personnes se sont rassemblées mardi devant l’Assemblée législative de l’Ontario pour protester contre les changements apportés par le gouvernement […]

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THOUSANDS RALLY AT QUEEN’S PARK PROTESTING PC’S HEALTH CARE CHANGES

CANADIAN PRESS Tuesday, April 30th 2019 – 2:41 pm Thousands of people are rallying outside Ontario’s legislature to protest the government’s changes to the health-care system. The rally was organized by the Ontario Health Coalition, which says it’s concerned that the changes will lead to privatization of some health services _ a suggestion the province […]

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Londoners join Queen’s Park rally, protesting health care changes

CTV London Published Tuesday, April 30, 2019 1:38PM EDT  Last Updated Tuesday, April 30, 2019 4:53PM EDT Hundreds from the London region loaded onto buses and vehicles, heading to Queen’s Park to take part in Tuesday’s rally voicing opposition to provincial health care funding changes. Two busloads left London for Toronto around 8:30 a.m. headed […]

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Waterloo Region Health Coalition rallies at Queen’s Park

Group concerned Bill 74 will lead to privatization of health services CBC News · Posted: Apr 30, 2019 1:00 PM ET | Last Updated: May 1 Thousands rally outside Queen’s Park in Toronto Tuesday against Bill 74. The Ontario Health Coalition organized the rally in protest against the bill they believe will lead to more privatized services. (Lisa […]

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Crowd rallies outside Queen’s Park protesting cuts to health-care system

Natalie Mehra, executive director of Ontario Health Coalition, said the crowd was protesting the level of the government’s health-care spending, which she said will not cover the cost of inflation and is effectively a funding cut to hospitals. Apr 30, 2019 by Shawn Jeffords The Canadian Press On Tuesday, Health Minister Christine Elliott said the government is making […]

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Oxford Health Coalition Joins Thousands of Protesters at Queens Park Today

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 12:42pm photo credit Bryan Smith Well over 10,000 people, including a couple of dozen from Oxford are protesting cuts to health care outside of Queens Park in Toronto today. TORONTO – Thousands of people have flooded Queen’s Park today to protest Provincial cuts to Health Care. The protest was organized by […]

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Almost 100 local residents attend Healthcare Rally at Queen’s Park

By Pamela Vanmeer – April 30, 2019 KAWARTHA LAKES-Some came carrying signs and others pushing walkers. They were boarding a bus at the Lindsay Square Mall and heading to Toronto to attend a Health Care Rally at Queen’s Park. The event was organized by the Ontario Health Coalition and the local Kawartha Lakes Health Coalition brought […]

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Ontario healthcare workers at Queen’s Park to protest

Ontario Health Coalition organizes large rally to protest healthcare changes CBC News · Posted: Apr 30, 2019 11:33 AM ET | Last Updated: April 30 The Ontario Health Coalition expects thousands will attend a protest at Queen’s Park on Tuesday. (Andrew Foote/CBC) About 200 people from Sudbury are taking part in a rally on Tuesday at Queen’s Park. […]

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Peel Paramedics Concerned Health Care Overhaul Will Hurt Patients in Brampton

by Ashley Newport on April 30, 2019 Paramedics, their unions, and other health care workers concerned about the province’s proposed health care overhaul recently took to Queen’s Park to protest the potential changes. The rally was organized by the Ontario Health Coalition (OHC). The Ontario Paramedic Association (OPA) has expressed serious concerns about a recently released EMS Vision – Ontario 2050 […]

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WINDSOR-ESSEX RESIDENTS TO TAKE PART IN A RALLY AT QUEEN’S PARK

PETER LANGILLE Tuesday, April 30th 2019 – 6:32 am A large contingent from Windsor-Essex heads to Toronto Tuesday morning for a massive healthcare rally in Queen’s Park. Organized by the Ontario Health Coalition, delegates from across the province will protest funding cuts by the Ontario government. Windsor and District Labour Council President Brian Hogan says […]

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Londoners hit the road to protest health care cuts

BY KIRK DICKINSON APRIL 29, 2019 8:39PM @KDickinsonNews Londoners will join Ontarians from towns and cities across the province at Queens Park in an effort to protect public health care from recent cuts announced by the provincial government. The Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) is organizing a rally at the Ontario Legislature for Tuesday at noon, which is expected to […]

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Health care protest expected to draw hundreds to Queen’s Park

Jacquelyn LeBel 980 CFPL April 29, 2019  4:21 pm The front entrance of Ontario’s Legislative Building at Queen’s Park. The Ontario Health Coalition says it’s ready to defend public and non-profit health care and is hoping to send a message to the Progressive Conservative government. Jeff Hanks with the London Health Coalition said roughly 150 buses […]

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UPDATE: 13++ Reasons to Come to the Giant Health Care Rally!

April 29, 2019 Because Doug Ford made cuts to OHIP+ and families with sick children now need to seek private insurance and pay deductibles and co-payments on medications for their sick children. Because Doug Ford cut planned mental health funding by more than $330 million! Because Doug Ford canceled ALL new planned overdose prevention sites. […]

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Crowd rallies at Ontario legislature against health system changes

Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press Published Tuesday, April 30, 2019 2:39PM EDT  Last Updated Tuesday, April 30, 2019 6:12PM EDT TORONTO — Protesters hoisting signs and chanting slogans gathered outside Ontario’s legislature Tuesday to rally against changes to the health-care system, despite government assurances that the new measures would not lead to any form of […]

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Health Coalition worried about future of small rural hospitals

David Gough More from David Gough Published on: April 26, 2019 | Last Updated: April 26, 2019 8:25 AM EDT The chair of the Wallaceburg and Walpole Island First Nation Health Coalition believes that rural hospitals in Petrolia and Wallaceburg will suffer under the health-care cuts being proposed by the Ontario government. File photo/Postmedia Network […]

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RELEASE: Unprecedented Health Action Day Calls on Doug Ford to Halt Health Privatization Plans

April 23, 2019 Toronto – For the first time, more than 150,000 health professionals, nurses, support workers, doctors and tens of thousands of patient advocates are joining together in a Health Action Day, unified in their deep concern that the Ford government intends unprecedented health care privatization.  In hospitals and other health facilities tens of […]

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RELEASE: Ford’s ambulance and public health cuts and restructuring come with high costs, reduced services: Coalition warns

(April 17, 2019) Toronto – It has been done before and it resulted in enormous costs, not savings, and it compromised services. This was the message of the Ontario Health Coalition in reaction to the growing array of health care services that the Doug Ford government plans to restructure and cut. The Coalition released their tally […]

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URGENT UPDATE: Undeniable signals Doug Ford intends major health care privatization

(April 16, 2019) Toronto – The signals that Doug Ford intends major health care privatization, restructuring and cuts have become undeniable: if you care about health care for all it is time to come out. Cuts: The Ontario Budget contains bad news for health care. Cuts are coming. Overall health funding increases are less than […]

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RELEASE: Budget Health Care Briefing: What is being Cut, Myth Buster, What is Coming

April 11, 2019 Toronto – In anticipation of this afternoon’s budget the Ontario Health Coalition provided a budget health care briefing for Ontarians.  The Coalition will issue an update after the budget is released. “There have been a lot of re-announcements and PR spin to cover for what is the leading edge of the most […]

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Ontario Health Coalition holds town hall meeting in Brampton April 12

Legislation ‘forged in secret’ says coalition Apr 10, 2019 by Marta Marychuk  Brampton Guardian    The Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) will be holding a town hall meeting on the province’s sweeping plans to restructure health care on Friday, April 12, in Brampton at Professor’s Lake Recreation Centre. The meeting, which is being organized in conjunction with the Peel Poverty […]

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Durham Health Coalition holding town hall on PC health bill

A town hall forum against the PCs new health bill is being held in Oshawa. The Durham Health Coalition says they’re fighting for amendments to Bill 74 to stop any privatization. The PCs introduced the legislation to abolish the LHINs and create Ontario Health. Co-chair Trish McAuliffe says the forum will provide an opportunity to […]

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Outrage over plans to restructure health care

April 9, 2019 | Last Updated: April 9, 2019 3:49 PM EDT TIMMINS — The prospect of the Ontario Conservatives ramming through legislation in order to introduce privatized health care in Ontario was a grave concern to those who attended a town hall style meeting at the Timmins Museum Saturday. The meeting, which was attended […]

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Town hall meeting to discuss major changes to Ontario health care

The public is being kept in the dark about changes coming to Ontario’s health care, says the Timmins organizer of a town-hall style meeting being held at the museum this Saturday. April 3, 2019 | Last Updated: April 3, 2019 6:33 PM EDT The public is being kept in the dark about changes coming to […]

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Health-care changes ‘frightening’: Health coalition

Fears more privatization, which province denies; town hall meeting Friday in Sault April 3, 2019 | Last Updated: April 3, 2019 4:17 PM EDT The public is being kept in the dark about changes coming to Ontario health care — and many will be “surprised and shocked” when they learn the truth, contends a Sault […]

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Ontario healthcare bill spurs local action

April 1, 2019 | Last Updated: April 1, 2019 10:49 PM EDT Sault Ste. Marie Health Coalition will hold a town hall meeting on Friday, April 5 as part of a province-wide campaign to educate the public about the Ontario government’s plan to restructure the provincial healthcare system and create a new “super agency”. The […]

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Bad medicine? If history holds true, Doug Ford’s health care cuts will cost us more money, not less

Dozens of Sudburians concerned about the future of health care participate in town hall meeting hosted by the Ontario Health Coalition on Sunday Apr 1, 2019 5:00 PM by: Carol Mulligan, for Sudbury.com Some 40 people attended a health care reform town hall meeting on March 31 in Sudbury, hosted by the Ontario Health Coalition. (Carol Mulligan) […]

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Town hall meeting is looking at healthcare changes

It’s taking place Saturday at the museum Apr 1, 2019 3:00 PM by: Maija Hoggett With provincial legislation changes on the way for healthcare, a town hall meeting this weekend is talking about what it could mean. The Ontario Health Coalition event is Saturday, April 6 at 11 a.m. at the Timmins Museum. Bill 74, the People’s […]

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Ford government won’t hear from more than 1,500 on sweeping health restructuring bill: Coalition decries process as grossly undemocratic and objectionable

TORONTO, April 01, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Ontario Health Coalition will appear before the Ontario Legislature’s Standing Committee on Social Policy this morning in the public hearings into Bill 74. The Ford government’s new health restructuring law, the Coalition reports, gives the Minister of Health and the government’s appointees in the new Super Agency […]

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Health Coalition planning rally against proposed changes to healthcare

April 1, 2019 KAWARTHA LAKES-The Kawartha Lakes Health Coalition and their Ontario counterpart say proposed new legislation gives the Ontario government sweeping new powers including the power to force privatization and restructuring of our health care. On February 26, 2019, Minister Christine Elliott unveiled the Government of Ontario’s legislation on healthcare reform. Bill 74 also […]

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Kawartha Lakes Health Coalition concerned about Bill 74

April 1, 2019  in Health/Provincial  by Lindsay Advocate With over 100 residents who came to the Bill 74 Town Meeting on March 27, the Kawartha Lakes Health Coalition members and residents are growing concerned with the impacts of Bill 74. This new legislation is being pushed through the legislature quickly, notes a press release, with an expected passage on […]

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Kawartha Lakes Health Coalition concerned about Bill 74

Published on April 1, 2019  in Health/Provincial  by Lindsay Advocate With over 100 residents who came to the Bill 74 Town Meeting on March 27, the Kawartha Lakes Health Coalition members and residents are growing concerned with the impacts of Bill 74. This new legislation is being pushed through the legislature quickly, notes a press release, with an expected […]

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Health Coalition planning rally against proposed changes to healthcare

By Pamela Vanmeer – April 1, 2019 KAWARTHA LAKES-The Kawartha Lakes Health Coalition and their Ontario counterpart say proposed new legislation gives the Ontario government sweeping new powers including the power to force privatization and restructuring of our health care. On February 26, 2019, Minister Christine Elliott unveiled the Government of Ontario’s legislation on healthcare reform. […]

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Coalition vows to fight health-care changes

Mar 27 Health Coalitions across the province, led by the Ontario Health Coalition, are calling for the public’s help in fighting the government omnibus Bill 74 – The People’s Health Care Act, that proposes sweeping changes to how health care is administered in Ontario. At a town hall meeting recently hosted by the Chatham-Kent Health […]

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Doug Ford and Health Minister Christine Elliott obfuscate questions on health privatization

Watch as Doug Ford and Health Minister Christine Elliott sidestep the opposition leader, Andrea Horwath’s, question in the legislature on whether private for-profit health corporations will play a role in Bill 74, the new health care legislation. The Ford government repeatedly refuses to disavow for-profit privatization of our public health care system. It is imperative […]

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URGENT UPDATE: FORD GOV’T SWEEPING HEALTH CARE RESTRUCTURING BILL

March 27, 2019 Ford government gives 2-days notice for public hearings to be in Toronto only The new health care law that the Ford government is pushing through has been “time allocated” for public hearings. That means that the Ford Conservatives have limited the time for public hearings. We have been asking for broad public […]

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Proposed health care changes could create ‘chaos’ for decades to come

Ontario Health Coalition warns of looming privatization in Ontario at Kitchener city hall Tuesday night Mar 26, 2019 KITCHENER — Proposed changes to the provincial health care system could create “chaos” that would last for decades if passed, according to the Ontario Health Coalition. Executive Director Natalie Mehra was the keynote speaker at a health […]

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London Health Coalition to host town hall on health-care reform

The Ontario Health Coalition and its municipal counterparts are gearing up for a health-care fight in the wake of the Ford government’s planned health-care restructuring. A town hall meeting is scheduled for Monday evening in at London’s downtown library. “I think most Londoners and Ontarians don’t quite realize what’s taking place at Queen’s Park around […]

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Ontario Health Coalition vows to stop new health care bill

The Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) is warning the province’s new omnibus health care bill will mean lost local services. Mar 22, 2019. (Photo by Paul Pedro)   MARCH 22, 2019 8:41PM The Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) is taking action against the province’s new omnibus health care bill that could mean a loss of local services. […]

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EVENTS: Town Hall Meetings

March 22, 2019 The Ford government is proposing massive restructuring to hospitals, long-term care, home care, community care, mental health, etc. The new legislation, which has been forged with no public consultation whatsoever, will take away local control of health care services. Protect our local health care services from mega-mergers and privatization. Town Hall Meetings – Locations, […]

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North Simcoe residents troubled by proposed health care changes

The proposed restructuring of Ontario’s health-care system has local residents concerned. Legislation tabled in late February revealed the government’s plan to revamp the current system organized around local health integration networks (LHINs) and create a super agency called Ontario Health. Twenty existing agencies will be absorbed into Ontario Health, including 14 LHINs, eHealth Ontario and […]

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Health coalition slams proposed restructuring

March 21, 2019 | Last Updated: March 21, 2019 9:44 PM EDT Believing that patients will be negatively impacted in the long run, the Chatham-Kent Health Coalition is rallying the public to make their voices heard about the province’s proposed restructuring of the health-care system. Approximately 30 people attended a town hall Thursday night at […]

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Ontario Health Coalition holds meeting in Peterborough to discuss concerns about new Ontario Health super agency

NDP Deputy Leader John Vanthof, the MPP for Temiskaming Shores, spoke during an Ontario Health Coalition town hall in Peterborough on Wednesday night. The meeting was held to discuss Premier Doug Ford’s plan to create an Ontario Health super agency that will replace 20 smaller agencies, including Ontario’s 14 local health integration networks, Cancer Care […]

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EVENTS: April 30 Rally to Protect Public Health Care

March 20, 2019 Worried about the new health care legislation? Want to protect our public health? Join us at Queen’s Park on April 30 at 12 pm for a rally to improve public health care! Tell Doug Ford: NO to cuts & Privatization CLICK HERE: April 30 Rally Poster  CLICK HERE: Get on the bus […]

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Severe PSW shortage on agenda at health care Town Hall

March 19, 2019 The growing shortage of personal support workers and their difficult working conditions will be discussed at a Town Hall meeting Saturday, officials say. “The word is out. People are leaving the profession of PSW and they’re not enrolling in PSW courses at community colleges,” said Shirley Roebuck, chair of the Sarnia-Lambton Health […]

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RELEASE: Ford Government is Steamrolling Health Restructuring Law Through in “Outrageously Undemocratic” Process Warns Health Coalition: Local Services at Risk

(March 18, 2019) The Ontario Health Coalition expressed outrage at the process by which the Ford government is rushing their new sweeping health care restructuring legislation through and is demanding public hearings across Ontario. In the new law, the Ford government has given itself new powers to order the privatization of health care services, along […]

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Health Coalition warns Grimsby residents of health care privatization

Despite ever-present concerns swirling around the future of the West Lincoln Memorial Hospital, there was only a small contingent of Grimsby residents gathered at town hall on Thursday night as the Ontario Health Coalition continued its tour through Niagara, drumming up opposition to Doug Ford’s proposed Bill 74. Representatives from the coalition wrapped up a […]

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Ontario Health Coalition calls on Hamiltonians to attend rally to stop Premier Doug Ford’s health care reform

Mar 14, 2019 Ontario Health Coalition’s Doug Allan urged about 60 people at a town hall meeting March 13 at the central library to attend an April 30 rally at Queen’s Park to stop the government’s proposed health care legislation. – Kevin Werner/Metroland Ontario’s health care workers, unions, residents, and municipal politicians should be preparing […]

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People’s Healthcare Act is ‘really a restructuring bill’: Natalie Mehra

Mar 12, 2019 Natalie Mehra, executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition, speaks to a group of St. Catharines residents Monday evening. The coalition is cautioning about changes coming under the proposed Bill 74, the People’s Healthcare Act. – Luke Edwards , Niagara This Week The Ontario Health Coalition is warning Niagara that its health-care […]

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Health coalition holding town hall tour “The Sarnia Observer, March 7, 2019”

Health coalition holding town hall tour Tyler Kula, The Sarnia Observer Details of how the Ontario government plans to restructure the provincial health system are pending, and the Sarnia-Lambton Health Coalition is worried they won’t be good. Shirley Roebuck, head of the local Ontario Health Coalition chapter, said she’s concerned the provincial government’s plan to […]

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A cure or a curse? Catholic hospitals weigh pros and cons of Ontario legislation “The Catholic Register, March 8, 2019”

A cure or a curse? Catholic hospitals weigh pros and cons of Ontario legislation Michael Swan, The Catholic Register Despite warnings that an overhaul of health care in Ontario could sideline Catholic values and governance, organizations that represent Catholic hospitals, nursing homes, hospices and health services are optimistic they can be players in a more […]

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Better health care through innovation “The Agenda, March 4, 2019”

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Analysis: Ontario’s proposed healthcare overhaul receives mixed response in the Kawarthas

People’s Health Care Act, tabled Feb. 26 at legislature, consolidates 20 agencies under one entity in the hopes of improving service efficiencies Mar 04, 2019 Christine Elliott, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, and Ontario Premier Doug Ford as seen at Queen’s Park in a 2018 file photo. – Rick Madonik/Toronto Star The provincial government’s […]

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RELEASE: Briefing Note: Doug Ford’s Omnibus Health Bill (Bill 74)

March 2, 2019 We have excellent health care. We don’t have enough of it. Yet Doug Ford’s new health care omnibus bill does not open a single new health care service. Not a single surgery to help tackle wait lists. Not one new nursing home space. No more health professionals, vital support staff, nurses or […]

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RELEASE & ANALYSIS: Health Care Omnibus Bill Sets Up Ontario for Health System Mega-Mergers & Privatization: Worse than the Leaked Draft, Health Coalition Warns

(February 27, 2019) The Ontario Health Coalition released its preliminary analysis of the new health care omnibus bill today. Health Coalition spokespeople expressed deep concerns about the legislation and the sweeping upheaval to come. The legislation that was made public yesterday is worse than the draft bill in significant ways: it requires even bigger mega-mergers; […]

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Health Care Omnibus Bill Sets Up Ontario for Health System Mega-Mergers & Privatization: Worse than the Leaked Draft, Health Coalition Warns Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/4182516#ixzz5lMQs6zzD

TORONTO, Feb. 27, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Ontario Health Coalition released its preliminary analysis of the new health care omnibus bill today. Health Coalition spokespeople expressed deep concerns about the legislation and the sweeping upheaval to come. The legislation that was made public yesterday is worse than the draft bill in significant ways: it […]

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BLOG POST: Protect Our Local Health Care from Mega-mergers & Privatization

February 14, 2019 What you will find on this page: Submission to the Standing Committee How to contact Doug Ford and your MPP What is the new health legislation? Urgent updates Health Care Cuts BLOG POST: Mounting health care cuts RELEASE: Ford’s ambulance and public health cuts and restructuring comes with high costs, reduced services: […]

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RELEASE: Warning that Leaked Health Care Omnibus Bill Would Create Health Care Chaos: Longstanding Leaders of Organizations Representing Patients, Care Workers, Doctors

(February 11, 2019) Academic leaders, democracy advocates, patient advocates, front-line care workers and doctors are all speaking with one voice when it comes to the leaked health care omnibus bill that has secretly been planned by the Ford government for months: if passed, it would cause health care chaos that will last for years. Speaking […]

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RELEASE: Leaked Draft Health Care Legislation a “Gargantuan Nightmare Scenario”: Community and Labour Groups Join Forces for Major Fightback

(February 1, 2019) Calling it a “bombshell”: the Ontario Health Coalition and the Ontario Federation of Labour responded to a leaked document revealing a draft health care legislation written by the Ford government in secret that would create a “super agency” with extraordinary powers to restructure Ontario’s entire health care system. The Ontario NDP opened up […]

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RELEASE: Leaked omnibus health bill goes far beyond merging the LHINs

posted February 1, 2019

Preliminary analysis reveals new unprecedented powers to order privatization and contracting out, mega-mergers and the elimination of public interest provisions in LHIN legislation   By: Natalie Mehra, executive director Many of you will have heard about the new health care legislation drafted in secret by the Ford government and revealed to the public by the […]

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BLOG POST: Ford Government Health Care Report Not a Prescription for a Cure: Coalition Takes Serious Issue with Devlin’s Claims

January 31, 2019 Toronto — Rueben Devlin’s report was released today with the central communications headline from the Ford government that more hospital beds will not solve hallway medicine. This is politically and factually untrue, warned the Ontario Health Coalition. Mr. Devlin is the former CEO of Humber River Regional Hospital, where, under his leadership, […]

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Thunder Bay Health Coalition voices concerns over provincial budget “CBC News, January 22, 2019”

Advocacy group concerned province will cut health care spending in northwestern Ontario Jeff Walters · CBC News  A group of health care workers held a rally outside the Dryden, Ont., hotel were the province is holding its pre-budget consultation meetings. (Unifor) A health care advocacy group in Thunder Bay worries the Ford government will cut hospital spending, and […]

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Demand increases for long-term care workers “Blackburn News, January 22, 2019”

(From left to right) Lynne Withers, Julie Sexton and Shirley Roebuck at the Coffee Lodge on Exmouth Street in Sarnia. January 21, 2019. (Photo by Colin Gowdy, BlackburnNews) BY COLIN GOWDY             JANUARY 22, 2019  The Sarnia Lambton Health Coalition is taking part in a province-wide initiative to improve care and reduce violence […]

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Nursing home system ‘in crisis’ “North Bay Nugget, January 21, 2019”

PJ Wilson  Peggy Smith, left, Blanche-Helene Tremblay and Ann McIntosh deliver the Ontario Health Coalition report Situation Critical on issues in the long-term care sector, Monday, in North Bay. PJ Wilson/The Nugget Ontario’s long-term care system is in crisis and failing those who rely on it. That was the message delivered Monday with the release […]

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Long Term Health Care at “Situation Critical” “BayToday, January 21, 2019”

‘I am not trying to slam nursing homes or staff it is the whole system that needs change’ Chris Dawson (L to R) Author Peggy Smith and Ontario Health Coalition committee members Blanche-Helene Tremblay and Ann McIntyre at the Legion in North Bay Monday. Photo by Chris Dawson/BayToday.ca. Lack of care and even violence at […]

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High rate of homicides among concerns raised in report on Ontario’s long-term care system “Chatham Daily News, January 21, 2019”

Ellwood Shreve Nicole Grainger, left, and Shirley Roebuck, members of the Health Coalition of Chatham-Kent, discussed some of the findings a report on the state of long-term care in Ontario, titled Situation Critical, released by the Ontario Health Coalition on Monday January 21, 2019. Photo taken in Chatham, Ont. Ellwood Shreve/Chatham Daily News/Postmedia Network TORONTO […]

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RELEASE: Ontario Health Coalition releases new report SITUATION CRITICAL – HOMICIDE AND VIOLENCE IN ONTARIO’S LONG-TERM CARE HOMES

“Intolerable” levels of violence and homicide spark renewed call for improved care standards in Ontario’s long-term care: new report Toronto—In a Queen’s Park press conference today the Ontario Health Coalition launched a 30-community tour of a new report, “Situation Critical: Planning, Access, Levels of Care and Violence in Ontario’s Long-Term Care”. The report was inspired […]

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Reason to worry if Tories rid or drastically reduce LHINs — Bisson “The Daily Press, January 18, 2019”

The Ontario Health Coalition has expressed concern about rumours the provincial government will restructure its current 14 local health integration networks into five and Timmins MPP Gilles Bisson feels it has good reason to worry. By: Thomas Perry Gilles Bisson The Ontario Health Coalition has expressed concern about rumours the provincial government will restructure its […]

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Rallies to Be Held Outside Pre-Budget Hearings “Digital Journal, January 18, 2019”

TORONTO, Jan. 18, 2019  — The Ontario Health Coalition is holding rallies outside of Pre-Budget Hearings that will be attended by Members of Provincial Parliament on the Standing Committees on Finance and Economic Affairs. At the same time as promising to end “hallway medicine” and adequately fund health care in Ontario Doug Ford’s government has […]

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Ford government poised to dissolve regional health agencies, sources say “CBC News, January 17, 2019”

14 health care co-ordination networks to be replaced by no more than 5 oversight bodies Mike Crawley · CBC News ·  Ontario’s local health integration networks (LHINs) oversee nearly $30 billion in annual operating funding from the health ministry to hospitals, long-term care homes and community health centres. (St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton) In what would be its first major […]

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Report: more staff, better training needed to reduce senior violence “Blackburn News, January 16,2019”

File photo courtesy © CanStockPhoto.com/Leaf) BY GREG HIGGINS                       JANUARY 16, 2019  The horror stories that usually come out about nursing homes involve staff on resident violence, but a new report suggests residents acting violently toward staff — and each other — is much more prevalent. According […]

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Ford flirts with private health care at his peril

Toronto Star, by Natalie Mehra Although it was not once mentioned in last spring’s provincial election, reasons to be concerned about the privatization plans of the Ford government are mounting. Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford talks to staff during a campaign stop at Etobicoke General Hospital in Toronto last May. “Regular Ontarians in every […]

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EVENTS: Pre-Budget Rallies

Concerned about privatization of our public health care? Take a stand. Attend one of the Pre-Budget Rallies. Show that you will not tolerate cuts and privatization. We need to stand together to send a strong message. Dryden on January 21, 12 noon, Rally, Best Western Plus 349 Government St, Dryden Timmins January 22, 12 noon, […]

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Waits for home-care could get worse during flu season, London Free Press, December 5, 2018

Waits for home-care could get worse during flu season JENNIFER BIEMAN Updated: December 5, 2018 With dozens of Londoners waiting for home care and not enough personal support workers and nurses to meet the demand, there are fears the situation will only get worse as flu season gets underway. Home-care advocates are bracing for even […]

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Hallway Medicine: It Can Be Fixed, SP The Bullet, November 23, 2018

Hallway Medicine: It Can Be Fixed PUBLIC GOODS  •  November 23, 2018  •  Doug Allan and Michael Hurley The brief below is part of a cross province campaign begun before the summer election by the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions / CUPE to alert the public to the dangers to hospital and healthcare posed by a Doug Ford Progressive Conservative […]

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Health Care in Ontario – We should all care. SAULTONLINE, November 22, 2018

SaultOnline.com By Lynne Brown November 22, 2018 Last month, Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath and MPP France Gélinas – Health Care Critic and Chief Opposition Whip, joined the Ontario Health Coalition and thousands of concerned Ontarians outside Queen’s Park to protest looming cuts to health care by the Ford government. The rally was organized by […]

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Proposed hospital integration for Peterborough and Lindsay dropped, Global, November 16, 2018

Proposed hospital integration for Peterborough and Lindsay dropped VIDEO WILL BEGIN AFTER THESE MESSAGES…X Proposed hospital integration for Peterborough and Lindsay dropped – A A + Listen A proposal to integrate hospitals in Peterborough and Lindsay as one organization has been scrapped. In a release issued Friday, the boards for both Peterborough Regional Health Centre and Ross Memorial […]

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Watchdog says Ontario’s healthcare system is sick, CTV News, November 13, 2018

Ontario Health Coalition’s public forum in Sudbury focuses on the dire situation cuts have put the province’s hospitals in. CTV Northern Ontario’s Callam Rodya talks to Ontario Health Coalition executive director Natalie Mehra about the group’s town hall meeting. Callam Rodya, Videojournalist, Sudbury Published Tuesday, November 13, 2018 1:04PM EST  Last Updated Tuesday, November 13, 2018 […]

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Sudbury’s hospital needs more money, critics argue, Sudbury Star, November 13, 2018

Sudbury’s hospital needs more money, critics argue Jim Moodie The Sudbury Star  Published on: November 13, 2018 | Last Updated: November 13, 2018 2:35 AM EST Dot Klein of the Sudbury Health Coalition addresses a crowd gathered Monday at the Steelworkers Hall to discuss challenges to the health-care system. Flanking her are CUPE 1623 president […]

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Ontario Health Coalition to host town hall meeting in Sudbury, CBC News, November 12, 2018

Ontario Health Coalition to host town hall meeting in Sudbury Coalition says province needs to invest more money in healthcare CBC News · Posted: Nov 12, 2018 6:00 AM ET | Last Updated: November 12 (iStock) 1 comments A provincial health care watchdog is hosting a town hall meeting in Sudbury on Monday night. The Ontario Health Coalition […]

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Health coalition is seeing red flags with Ford government, The Wallaceburg Courier Press, November 10, 2018

Health coalition is seeing red flags with Ford government David Gough Published on: November 10, 2018 The Wallaceburg-Walpole Island First Nation Health Coalition is worried about what the Doug Ford government will mean to public health care in the province—so they are pushing back. The health coalition has seen red flags, as they point out […]

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Coalition hopes to build support, stop hospital cuts in Sudbury, The Sudbury Star, November 10, 2018

Coalition hopes to build support, stop hospital cuts in Sudbury ‘What is it going to take to stop (hospital) cuts here?’ Mary Katherine Keown Published on: November 10, 2018 | Last Updated: November 10, 2018 1:16 AM EST Natalie Mehra, executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition, makes a point at a press conference in […]

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Town hall to put spotlight on hospital cuts in Sudbury: coalition, The Sudbury Star, November 7, 2018

Town hall to put spotlight on hospital cuts in Sudbury: coalition Published on: November 7, 2018 | Last Updated: November 7, 2018 1:27 PM EST Health-care workers rally outside Health Sciences North on Tuesday demanding the hospital rescind recent cuts to staffing. JIM MOODIE/SUDBURY STAR The Ontario Health Coalition says it plans to release more information […]

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EVENTS: Sudbury Town Hall, November 12, 7:00 p.m.

TOWN HALL MEETING More than 100 nurses, health professionals, and support staff, and all the services they provide across dozens of departments are being cut if we don’t stop it. Sudbury‘s hospitals have already been cut to the bone.  Please stand with us and push the provincial government to fund our hospital adequately and stop the […]

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Woodstock’s private hospital permanently shutting its doors, The London Free Press, October 31, 2018

Woodstock’s private hospital permanently shutting its doors HEATHER RIVERS Updated: October 31, 2018 Lisa Figg (Linked in) and Shelley Vanderzwaag (Facebook) A private hospital in Woodstock is permanently closing its doors as a discipline hearing for two nurses who have worked there and changes to Ontario legislation governing such facilities loom. Woodstock Private Hospital will […]

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Community rallies in support of Ross Memorial; Merger not wanted

Community rallies in support of Ross Memorial; Merger not wanted Published on October 29, 2018 in Around Town/Community/Health/Local News/Seniors by Roderick Benns Under a damp and insistent rain, more than 70 people braved the elements to fight for the local hospital they have come to believe in and depend upon. While they did so, multiple […]

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Community rallies in support of Ross Memorial; Merger not wanted, The Lindsay Advocate, October 29, 2018

Community rallies in support of Ross Memorial; Merger not wanted Published on October 29, 2018 in Around Town/Community/Health/Local News/Seniors by Roderick Benns Under a damp and insistent rain, more than 70 people braved the elements to fight for the local hospital they have come to believe in and depend upon. While they did so, multiple […]

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Hospital merger? Fighting the LHIN spin, The Lindsay Advocate, October 29, 2018

Hospital merger? Fighting the LHIN spin Published on October 29, 2018  in Around Town/Columnists/Community/Health  by Trevor Hutchinson Experts like Natalie Mehra of the Ontario Health Coalition have warned us that our local hospital is at risk. And as concerned residents continue to await more information on the proposed integration of the Ross Memorial Hospital (RMH) and the Peterborough Regional […]

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Rally for the Ross Monday to stop merger; Toronto rally attracts thousands, The Lindsay Advocate, October 25, 2018

Rally for the Ross Monday to stop merger; Toronto rally attracts thousands Published on October 25, 2018  in by Roderick Benns “Hands Off Our Health Care” chanted a capacity crowd of about 8,000 people — including people from Kawartha Lakes — who joined hands and encircled Queen’s Park earlier in the week at the largest rally at the […]

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Thousands rally against health care cuts at Queen’s Park, Global News, October 24, 2018

October 24, 2018 4:31 pm Thousands rally against health care cuts at Queen’s Park By Mark GiuntaVideographer, Backup News & Sports Anchor  Global News The Ontario Health Coalition is calling on the Ford Government to expand public health care services while preventing cuts to the sector. – A A + Listen Armed with signs and flags, the Ontario Health Coalition […]

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Thousands rally against health care cuts at Queen’s Park, Global News, October 24, 2018

Thousands rally against health care cuts at Queen’s Park By Mark GiuntaVideographer, Backup News & Sports Anchor  Global News The Ontario Health Coalition is calling on the Ford Government to expand public health care services while preventing cuts to the sector. Armed with signs and flags, the Ontario Health Coalition marched at Queen’s Park on Tuesday. […]

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RELEASE: Thousands Demand Doug Ford Disavow Health Care Privatization and Cuts – Other Political Parties Respond Positively to Coalition’s Demand for Services to be Rebuilt & Restored

Thousands Demand Doug Ford Disavow Health Care Privatization and Cuts Other Political Parties Respond Positively to Coalition’s Demand for Services to be Rebuilt & Restored Toronto – “Hands Off Our Health Care” chanted a capacity crowd of an estimated 8,000 people who joined hands and encircled Queen’s Park today at the largest rally at the […]

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Health Care Workers Rally at Queen’s Park, CP 24, October 23, 2018

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Ontario Health Coalition Rally at Queen’s Park, CP24, October 23, 2018

Ontario Health Coalition Rally at Queen’s Park, CP24, October 23, 2018 Live video coverage: http://Ontario Health Coalition Rally at Queen’s Park, CP24, October 23, 2018

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Londoners to join rally at Queen’s Park to call for end to ‘hallway medicine’, Global News 980 CFPL, Oct 23

Londoners to join rally at Queen’s Park to call for end to ‘hallway medicine’ The front entrance of Ontario’s Legislative Building at Queen’s Park. Nick Westoll / File / Global News – A A + Listen Londoners will be part of a massive rally at Queen’s Park Tuesday organized to call on the provincial government to end so-called […]

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Niagara residents rallying for health care, The St. Catharines Standard, Oct 17, 2018

Niagara residents rallying for health care Queen’s Park rally planned for Oct. 23 News Oct 17, 2018 by Allan Benner The St. Catharines Standard   Subject: stethascope on 18/November/2010, at 4:54 pm, wynn, spencer wrote: – File photo Long-awaited new hospitals, an overdose prevention site and adequate funding for mental health services are among the […]

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Ontario Health Coalition to rally against heathcare cuts, Sarnia News, October 14, 2018

Ontario Health Coalition to rally against heathcare cuts BY LEE MICHAELSOCTOBER 14, 2018 6:53AM The Ontario Health Coalition fears the Ford government intends to make revenue cuts that could prove disastrous to the healthcare system. Local President Shirley Roebuck said the system is already in crisis. “Ontario has fewer hospital beds than almost all other […]

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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!

Bus Sign-Up Sheet Bus registration form Please scroll down to download Rally poster and memes in French and English 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 […]

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RELEASE: Doug Ford cuts hospital beds and funding – calls it an increase

Doug Ford cuts hospital beds and funding – calls it an increase (Toronto) – Usually a major government announcement is in the media studio at the Legislature or somewhere public where the public can attend and media can ask questions.  Today, Ontario Health Coalition spokeswoman, Natalie Mehra, was told by security that she wouldn’t even […]

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RELEASE: Ernst + Young “Line by Line” Review Biased and Unhelpful: Health Coalition Warns it is Just Repackaging of Same Old Ideas that Have Led to Cuts, Restructuring and Privatization and Widespread Public Anger

September 25, 2018 Ernst + Young “Line by Line” Review Biased and Unhelpful: Health Coalition Warns it is Just Repackaging of Same Old Ideas that Have Led to Cuts, Restructuring and Privatization and Widespread Public Anger Toronto– It is long on propaganda but short on new ideas, and despite all rhetoric, would lead to more […]

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Ernst + Young “Line by Line” Review Biased and Unhelpful: Ontario Health Coalition, Sault online, Sept 25, 2018

Ernst + Young “Line by Line” Review Biased and Unhelpful: Ontario Health Coalition By Content Team Natalie Mehra – Executive Director, OHC. photo courtesy Ontario Health Coalition. Ernst + Young “Line by Line” Review Biased and Unhelpful: Health Coalition Warns it is Just Repackaging of Same Old Ideas that Have Led to Cuts, Restructuring and […]

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Fighting for health care, Waterloo Region Record, September 24, 2018

Fighting for health care NEWS 07:30 AM Waterloo Region Record Jim Stewart, co-chair of the Waterloo Region Health Coaltion watches as Natalie Mehra, executive director of the Ontario Health Care Coalition, speaks to a small crowd at Speaker’s Corner in Kitchener on Saturday. The rally was held to bring attention to the Progressive Conservative’s plans to cut […]

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RELEASE: Doug Ford’s planned cuts to provincial revenues on top of paying down deficit irresponsible and damaging: Health Coalition, September 21, 2018

Doug Ford’s planned cuts to provincial revenues on top of paying down deficit irresponsible and damaging: Health Coalition Reacting to Finance Minister Vic Fedeli’s speech today, the Ontario Health Coalition warned that dramatic cuts to provincial revenues planned by the Doug Ford government will be devastating if they are not stopped, and questioned why the […]

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BRIEFING NOTE: Gordon Campbell – Canada’s Arch Health Care Privateer and Author of the Worst Cuts in B.C.’s History, September 20, 2018

Briefing Note Gordon Campbell – Canada’s Arch Health Care Privateer and Author of the Worst Cuts in B.C.’s History Not only does he have an abysmal record on financial matters, but former B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell, whom Doug Ford appointed to lead the Independent Financial Commission of Inquiry in Ontario, is perhaps the biggest enemy […]

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RELEASE: Coalition Warns Ford Government Against Using Gordon Campbell’s Fiscal Review as a Set Up to Create a Crisis & Privatize, September 20, 2018

Coalition Warns Ford Government Against Using Gordon Campbell’s Fiscal Review as a Set Up to Create a Crisis & Privatize ‘Don’t try to play the same script as happened in British Columbia under Campbell’s Government that resulted in one of the worst attacks on public health care in Canada’s history’ The Hon. Vic Fedeli’s speech […]

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Coalition rallying to guard public health care, The Sarnia Observer, September 20, 2018

Coalition rallying to guard public health care Local Ontario Health Coalition chapters looking for funding to attend Oct. 23 rally at Queen’s Park Tyler Kula Published on: September 20, 2018 Ontario Health Coalition Executive Director Natalie Mehra was in Sarnia in May as part of a provincial tour calling for more investment in hospitals and […]

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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

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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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Ontario Health Coalition warns of hospital amalgamation consequences, CHEX – Global News, September 10, 2018

THE MORNING SHOW ON CHEX https://globalnews.ca/video/4437816/ontario-health-coalition-warns-of-hospital-amalgamation-consequences September 10 2018 11:11am Ontario Health Coalition warns of hospital amalgamation consequences A proposed plan to merge the Peterborough Regional Health Centre and Ross Memorial Hospital has been raising some eyebrows within the Ontario Health Coalition. Executive director, Natalie Mehra, joined The Morning Show today to talk about two […]

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Ontario health care needs ‘system transformation’: Elliott, Toronto Sun, September 7, 2018

Ontario health care needs ‘system transformation’: Elliott Canadian PressMore from Canadian Press Published:September 7, 2018 Ontario Deputy Premier Christine Elliott talks with journalists following Question Period at the Ontario Legislature in Toronto on Wednesday, August 1, 2018.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young Ontario’s new government will uphold a promise to address hospital overcrowding but any action taken […]

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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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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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