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Ontario Health Coalition’s giant Care Bear visits Peterborough Downtown Farmers’ Market to send a message about health care privatization

Posted: June 15, 2017

(June 7, 2017)

By: Clifford Skarstedt, Peterborough Examiner

Members of the Peterborough Health Coalition were joined by a giant seven-foot-tall Care Bear on Wednesday at the Peterborough Downtown Farmers’ Market to voice their concerns about the privatization of health care in Ontario.

The Care Bear stopped at the city’s Louis Street parking lot on a provincial Ontario Health Coalition tour dubbed the We Can’t Bear to Lose Medicare Tour.

The protest was aimed at warning the public about the increasing use of private for profit clinics, user fees and extra billings.

The Care Bear is nicknamed Tommy Douglas, after the former Saskatchewan NDP premier and CCF MP who helped father Canada’s public medicare system.