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EVENT: 2020 Annual Health Action Virtual Assembly

Posted: October 14, 2020

(October 14, 2020)

October 16 update: There is just one week left for registration for our Annual Health Action Assembly.  We are really pleased because we have a really amazing set of guest speakers and are looking forward to seeing you all there!  Please see below for the full list of speakers including new ones and the full agenda. If you are having any issues with registering please email us your email, phone number, organization name, city and choices for sessions and we can register you.  If possible, please pay the 10 dollar Assembly fee as it helps cover the cost of the assembly.


2020 Annual Health Action Virtual Assembly

Saturday October 24th 9:00 A.M. to 2:30 P.M

Conference will be held virtually via Zoom


At our annual assembly we set our action plan and strategy for the year. We also provide a mini-conference on the top priority issues and this year’s line up of speakers is really amazing. Please take a look below. Please register to attend as per the instructions here. Thank you all for all you do to protect and improve public medicare for all. It is important now, more than ever.

How to Register

Registration is required to attend. When you register, you need to select which sessions you wish to attend. Please see the choices below in the agenda.

Deadline to register: Thursday October 22 at 5 p.m. 

Please Register and choose which sessions you would like to participant in here:



Assembly: 0-$10 sliding scale.

If you are able to pay the Assembly Fee, please do so because it is needed to help cover our costs of organizing the Assembly.

Payment and Contact

You can pay online here: 

or send us a cheque to: 15 Gervais Dr. Suite 201, Toronto, ON, M3C 1Y8

If you have any questions please contact us at: EMAIL: or PHONE: 416-441-2502



 9:00 A.M. Opening Plenary

Quick Briefing: Tracking The Spread of COVID-19

  • Health and Congregate Care Settings: Megan Lee, OHC Campaigns
  • Non-health Care Industries and Schools: Riley Sanders, OHC Campaigns
  • Migrant Farmworkers: Tracey Ramsey, former MP, Co-Chair Windsor Essex Health Coalition
  • Racialized and Low-Income Households: Sane Dube, Alliance for Healthier Communities

Followed by Annual Report and Action Plan draft

10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. Please Choose One Session

Human Rights, Discrimination Against the Elderly and Ontario’s Health Cuts

  • Jane Meadus, Lawyer, Advocacy Centre for the Elderly
  • Gary Will, Lawyer, Will Davidson Law,  the law firm that is filing some of the class actions against for-profit long-term care homes
  • Natalie Mehra, Executive Director, Ontario Health Coalition
  • Adriel Weaver, Lawyer, Goldblatt Partners

Fighting for Health Care Workers’ Rights, Experiences Under COVID-19 and SARS

  • Tim Deelstra, Facilitator, UFCW
  • Michael Hurley, President, OCHU/CUPE
  • Katha Fortier, Assistant to the President, Unifor
  • Sharleen Stewart, President, SEIU

Revera Inc. and For-Profit Long-Term Care: Lessons from COVID-19

  • Shalom Schachter, Lawyer, Member of Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition
  • Kevin Skerrett, Pension Specialist, Ottawa Health Coalition
  • Shelley Smith, PSW, Unifor

11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Please Choose One Session

Victory Against For-Profit Clinics in the B.C. Court Challenge: What’s Next?

  • Dr. Gordon Guyatt, Distinguished Professor of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics who testified at the trial
  • Dr. Danyaal Raza, Doctor, Canadian Doctors for Medicare, intervenors in the court challenge
  • Usman Mushta, B.C. Health Coalition, Intervenors in the court challenge

The Almighty Dollar: What is Happening with Federal and Provincial Funding for Health Care?

  • Doug Allan, Researcher, CUPE
  • Sheila Block, Senior Economist, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M. Lunch Break

1:00 P.M. – 2:30 P.M. Closing Plenary

Lessons from the First Wave

  • Dr. Vivian Stamatopoulos, Associate Teaching Professor and Long Term Care Advocate
  • Dr. Amit Arya, Palliative Care Physician
  • Front Line Health Care Worker- TBC
  • Natalie Mehra, Director, OHC

Followed by Action Plan Discussion and Finalization & Adjournment.

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