ADVISORY: Ontario Budget Watch and Pre-Budget Briefing
Posted: April 22, 2015
(April 22, 2015)
Advisory – Ontario Budget Watch: Health Coalition Representatives Available to Respond to Budget
*Please see below for Pre-Budget Briefing
(Toronto/Chatham-Kent/Cornwall/Niagara/North Bay/Peterborough/Sault Ste. Marie/Scarborough/Sudbury/Windsor) – Health Coalition representatives will be available to share our responses to and analysis of the Ontario Budget tomorrow after the budget is released.
While the announced plans for privatizing public assets and services such as Hydro One and liquor sales have captured the lion’s share of public attention in the last few days, budget decisions regarding funding of public services will have very significant implications for the ownership and control of vital health care services, and will impact upcoming decisions regarding major cuts or closures of local hospitals and the privatization of chronic, long-term and home care.
The Ontario Health Coalition has been campaigning relentlessly to stop devastating cuts to entire hospital wards, closure of small and rural hospitals, and slashing of hospital beds and staff, as well as home care privatization.
The Ontario Health Coalition and Local Health Coalitions across Ontario will also hold budget watches or be available to give the local impacts of Ontario Budget 2015:
Toronto/Queen’s Park: Ontario Health Coalition Executive Director Natalie Mehra will be available to respond to the provincial budget immediately after the budget lock up is released, Thursday April 23 at approximately 4 p.m. She will be at Queen’s Park at the Main Legislative Building.
Chatham-Kent: Shirley Roebuck, Chatham-Kent Health Coalition, 519-677-4460.
Cornwall: Elaine MacDonald, Cornwall Health Coalition, 613-330-3117.
Niagara: Sue Hotte, Niagara Health Coalition, 905-932-1646.
North Bay: Sue McIntyre, North Bay Health Coalition, 705-493-9114. Please note: Starting at 4 p.m. Sue will be holding a Budget Watch at her home, located at 929 Lakeshore Dr. and can be reached there.
Peterborough: Roy Brady, Peterborough Health Coalition, 705-745-2446.
Sault Ste. Marie: Folgo DellaVedova, Sault Ste. Marie Health Coalition, 705-949-3008.
Scarborough: Kingsley Kwok, Scarborough Health Coalition, 416-835-3377. Please note: From 4 – 5:30 p.m. Kingsley will be joining the Budget Watch at Buddy HK Café, located at 2950 Birchmount Rd. and can be reached there.
Sudbury: Dot Klein, Sudbury Health Coalition, 705-566-9072.
Windsor: Ken Lewenza Jr., Windsor Health Coalition, 519-819-0830.
For more information: Natalie Mehra, Ontario Heath Coalition executive director 416-441-2502 (office); Kim Johnston, Ontario Health Coalition campaign director 416-441-2502 (office); for interviews in Cantonese – Kingsley Kwok 416-835-3377; for interviews in French – Sue Hotte 905-932-1646.