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Inaction on long-term care focus of Thurs. rallies

Posted: July 2, 2020

(July 1, 2020)

By: Sudbury Star Staff

Protesters demand better care for seniors at a June 24 rally organized by the Sudbury chapter of the Ontario Health Coalition. The same group will be holding more rallies tomorrow (Thursday) outside the Rainbow Centre and on Barrydowne Road. John Lappa/Sudbury Star

Health advocates in Sudbury will join others across the province tomorrow in demanding better care for seniors. 

“Events will include updates on the Ford government’s failure to respond to the crisis in long-term care (and) their attempt to push through Bill 175, the new law that privatizes and removes oversight for home and community care,” according to a release from the Ontario Health Coalition.

Protesters will also be taking a stand against Bill 161, legislation that will “make it harder to launch class-action lawsuits against private companies, including for-profit long-term care homes where so many have died,” the coalition said.

The Sudbury Health Coalition will hold a rally at noon in two locations: outside the Rainbow Centre (which houses the North East Local Health Integration Network) on Elm Street; and the corner of Barrydowne Road and Gemmill Street.

Participants will bring rally signs, wear face masks and maintain two-metre social distancing, the coalition said.

Those with mobility issues can drive by the rallies with signs in their windshields indicating their support, waving and honking. 

Similar protests will be held in Toronto, Hamilton, Niagara and Peterborough.

For information on the Sudbury rally, contact Sudbury Health Coalition chair Dot Klein at 705-566-9072 or dot.klein@persona.ca.

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