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EVENTS: Day of Protest Against the Ford Government Pushing Through Its Terrible New Home/Community Care Law While Failure to Act on the LTC Care/Staffing Crisis

Posted: June 22, 2020

(June 22, 2020)

June 30 update: For more information about a second day of action on the new home care act & failure to fix long-term care issues, please click here.

Urgent

Join the Day of Protest Against the Ford Government Pushing Through Its Terrible New Home/Community Care Law While Failure to Act on the LTC Care/Staffing Crisis

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24

IN TORONTO AT THE LEGISLATURE:

12 o’clock, noon, on Wednesday June 24 ~ On the lawn at Queen’s Park (outside the Ontario Legislature in Toronto) and across Ontario ~ We are asking everyone to keep 2-metres apart at all times and wear masks. For those who want to, you can join in your car by forming a car cavalcade that circles Queen’s Park on the inside lane of Queen’s Park Circle from noon until 12:30 p.m.~

EVENTS ACROSS ONTARIO at 12 o’clock (noon) on Wednesday June 24 unless noted: Please wear a mask and keep 2-metres apart at all times. All protests are outside. There will be some car cavalcades also, as listed.

Chatham              MPP Rick Nicholl’s office, 111 Heritage Rd., Chatham (outside)

Guelph                 Intersection of Wyndham and Annette outside the Quebec St. Mall (on the sidewalk)

Kingston              Teach in by Zoom (video/tele- conference) 7 pm to 8:15 pm.

Register to attend with Harold Pickering at  haroldapickering@hotmail.com

Kitchener             MPP Amy Fee’s office, 4281 King St. E. (outside Tim Horton’s)

London/St. Thomas MPP Jeff Yurek’s office in St. Thomas, 750 Talbot St.

Niagara                 MPP Sam Oosterhoff’s office in Beamsville, 4961 King St.

Port Hope            MPP David Piccini’s office, 117 Peter St.

Sarnia                    MPP Bob Bailey’s office, 805 Christina St. N. Point Edward.

Sudbury               Site 1 – NE LHIN office, 40 Elm St. (Rainbow Centre) Sudbury Ontario on the sidewalk just east of the main doors to the Shopping Mall. Site #2 – the parking lot in front of the offices of Jamie West MPP Sudbury Riding – corner of Barrydowne Road and Gemmel St. Participants are invited to drive around in the parking lot with signs on their cars protesting Bill 175.

Thunder Bay       Mini Queen’s Park on James St.

Toronto                Queen’s Park outside the Main Legislative Building.

Woodstock         MPP Ernie Hardeman’s office, 12 Perry St.

  • The Ford government is attempting to push through a terrible new law that would restructure & privatize home & community care (and hospital care) in the midst of a pandemic, when we and dozens of other public interest groups and even home care providers, have called for the law to be delayed or withdrawn.
  • At the same time, the government has done nothing to deal with the full-blown emergency of short staffing in long-term care homes that have been devastated in the pandemic.
  • This week they are also trying to push through a new law limiting peoples’ ability to launch class action suits against private corporations and government to hold them liable for the deaths and harm that have occurred, including in long-term care.
  • We need real action urgently to improve wages, working conditions and to require a minimum of 4-hours of care per resident each day in long-term care homes to protect residents and staff from further harm.
  • We do not need terrible laws that benefit private corporations against the public interest, railroaded through in a pandemic.

The conditions of work are the conditions of care in health care.

We are asking patients, families, concerned citizens, health care workers, and professionals to join together in a day of protest to insist that the Ford government take action to improve care levels and staffing in long-term care now, and to stop the damaging home care law.

Click here for printable version of poster

Click here for printable version of media release about the Day of Protest (June 22, 2020)

Click here for the Ontario Health Coalition’s Bill 175 submission

Click here for printable version of briefing note on the Home Care Act 

Click here for printable version of full summary and analysis of the Home Care Act and previous Acts

Click here for printable version of media release regarding Bill 175 from June 15, 2020

Click here for printable version of previous media release from press conference about Bill 175 on March 5, 2020

Click here for printable version of post-hearing media release (June 17, 2020)

Click here for printable version of media release on new media events across the province (June 30, 2020)

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