Kitchener-Waterloo Health Coalition

April 04, 2014 05:00 ET

Media Advisory: Kitchener-Waterloo Health Coalition Wants Your Vote

Voting Stations Across Ontario in Volunteer-Led Referendum this Saturday to Save Our Local Public Hospitals and Stop the Private Clinics

KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 4, 2014) -

When - Saturday April 5, 2014

What - Ontario's government has announced plans to bring in new legal regulations to cut services from our community hospitals and contract them out to private clinics. These proposals come on the heels of years of cuts to local hospital services. Ontario has cut our local hospitals' beds and services more deeply than any other province in Canada and now funds hospitals less than any other province. The Coalition is warning that the Ontario government is dismantling our community hospitals.

The Kitchener-Waterloo Health Coalition has organized a volunteer-led referendum advocating for the public to have their say on the health care system. Volunteers with the coalition have already been distributing leaflets door-to-door and in workplace votes for the last three weeks. All citizens of Kitchener-Waterloo are encouraged to cast their vote this Saturday April 5 in support of our local public hospitals.

The results of the vote will be released at a media event on Monday April 7, 10:00 a.m. at the Grand River Hospital located at 835 King St. W. Kitchener (front entrance).

Ballot Question - Choose one. I support our local public hospitals. I do not want the government to cut our services or contract them out to private clinics. OR I support cutting services from our local public hospitals and contracting them out to private clinics.

Where - Area residents are invited to vote at dozens of voting stations across the region. The following are pre-arranged voting stations in local businesses. In addition there will be roaming crews of volunteers available to collect votes in busy areas of the city.

Voting Stations
Wordsworth Books 96 King St. S. Waterloo, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Eating Well Organically 104 King St. Waterloo, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Zehr's Glenridge 315 Lincoln Rd. (off of University) 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
University of Waterloo
Student Life Centre 200 University Ave. W., 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Downtown Kitchener
Encore Records 54 Queen St. S. (between Charles and King) 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Cafe Pyrus 16 Charles St. W (across from the Charles St. terminal) 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Full Circle Foods 3 Charles St. W. (corner of Charles and Queen) 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Queen St Commons Café, 10 am. - 4 pm., 43 Queen St. S.
Lancaster St. W
BBQ Sensations 347 Lancaster St. W., 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Pyramid Pizza 319 Lancaster St. W. (Lancaster St. Plaza) 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Kitchener-Waterloo Campaign Office 315 Lancaster St. W., 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
King in between downtown and uptown
Central Meat Market 760 King W., (across from KCI) 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
New Dundee
Village Market 100 Queen N., 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Other Locations in Kitchener
Food Basics 1405 Ottawa St. N., 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario 610 Wabanaki Dr., 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wild Wings 715 Fischer Hallman Rd., 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
YWCA Mary's Place 11 am. - 2 pm., 84 Frederick St.
St. Jacob's Farmers Market 7 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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