Peterborough Health Coalition

April 03, 2014 15:42 ET

Media Advisory: Peterborough 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

PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 3, 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 Peterborough 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 Peterborough 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, at 10:00 a.m. at the local campaign office, 157 Charlotte Ave., Peterborough.

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

South End Peterborough
Lansdowne Place 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., 645 Lansdowne Street
Peterborough Farmer's Market 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Morrow Building - Peterborough Memorial Centre, 151 Lansdowne Street West/Roger Neilson Way
Peterborough Labour Council 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., 246 Romaine Street/Aylmer Street
*NOT wheelchair accessible
Downtown Peterborough
Peterborough Health Coalition Office 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., 157 Charlotte St.
Peterborough Square 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., 360 George St. N.
Peterborough Public Library 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., 345 Aylmer St. N.
St. Andrew's United Church 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 441 Rubidge St.
West End Peterborough
OPSEU Regional Office 10 a.m - 5 p.m., Mapleridge Plaza, Unit 12 - 1840 Lansdowne St. W.
East City
Sullivan's Pharmacy 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., 71 Hunter St. E
Surrounding Area
Keene Library 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., 3252 County Road 2
Bailieboro Library 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Highway 28
Stewart Hall Library 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., 1490 Matchett Line/Wallace Point Road

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