Ontario Health Coalition

Ontario Health Coalition

April 22, 2016 11:50 ET

CORRECTION FROM SOURCE: MEDIA ADVISORY: Volunteers in Communities Across Ontario are Mounting Referendum to Save Local Hospitals

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 22, 2016) -

Attn: Assignment Editor

Ontario is currently in the ninth consecutive year of real-dollar cuts to global hospital budgets, the longest stretch in Ontario's history. These cuts mean that hospitals across the province cannot keep up even with basic inflation. Hospitals have been cut to the point of dangerous overcrowding and understaffing and patients are paying the price.

On Monday April 25, details about a volunteer-led, cross-Ontario referendum will be announced at a highly visual media event in Toronto and conjointly at media events across the province.

Visuals Great photo ops! Each community will feature a highly visual launch, with giant prop ballots, ballot boxes, balloons, umbrellas, banners and more.

When & Where

Monday April 25

Toronto 10 a.m., northwest corner of Gerrard St. W. & Elizabeth St. with hospital emergency sign visible in background. Visual: giant prop ballots, ballot box and scissors. Contact: Natalie Mehra 416-230-6402 or Kim Johnston 647-381-7025.

Niagara 10:30 a.m., sidewalk near King St. entrance of Welland Hospital. Visual: crowd with "Save Welland Hospital" signs Contact: Henry Miron 905-735-4999.

Ottawa 10:30 a.m., Centretown Community Health Centre (Room 209), 420 Cooper St. Visual: balloons, giant prop ballot, ballot boxes and banners. Contact: Al Dupuis 613-808-7710.

Stratford 10:30 a.m., corner of John St. & Cambria St., near Stratford General Hospital. Visual: giant prop ballot, ballot box and red balloons. Contact: Treena Hollingworth 647-537-4357.

Kawartha Lakes 11 a.m., sidewalk near Ross Memorial Hospital (east side of Angeline St.), Lindsay. Visual: giant prop ballot, banners and red balloons. Contact: Marlene Beaman-McQuay 705-324-6028.

Peterborough 11 a.m., sidewalk outside of emergency department on Hospital Dr., Peterborough Regional Health Centre. Contact: Charlene Avon 705-761-4408 or Roy Brady 705-745-2446.

Sudbury 11 a.m., northeast corner of Paris St. & Centennial Dr., near Health Sciences North. Visual: red balloons and umbrellas. Contact: Felicia Fahey 705-919-4105.

Windsor 11:30 a.m., Windsor Campaign Office, 3719 Walker Rd. Visual: giant prop ballot box, ballot and balloons. Contact: Ken Lewenza Jr. 519-819-0830.

Oxford County 12 p.m., Thames St. S. Gazebo, Ingersoll. Visual: balloons and brightly coloured umbrellas. Contact: Bryan Smith 226-228-8309 or Connie Searles healthcutshurtus@gmail.com.

Sault Ste. Marie 12 p.m., sidewalk at corner of Great Northern Rd. & Lukenda Dr. near entrance to Sault Area Hospital. Visual: Massive visual unveiling of campaign with red balloons and umbrellas. Contact: Margo Dale 705-254-2885.

Guelph 1 p.m., sidewalk near emergency sign at Guelph General Hospital (Delhi entrance). Visual: giant prop ballot and ballot box. Contact Magee McGuire 519-767-0084 (home), 519-830-5340 (cell).

Hamilton 1 p.m., sidewalk at corner of Barton St. E. & Victoria Ave. N., near Hamilton General Hospital. Visual: banners and umbrellas. Contact: Janina Lebon 905-545-5514 (home), 647-773-1914 (cell).

North Bay 1 p.m., North Bay Campaign Office, 573 Fraser St. Visual: giant prop scissors, ballot and ballot boxes. Contact Mike Bisaillon 705-492-8818.

London 4:15 p.m., sidewalk near emergency department entrance, east side of Victoria Hospital, 800 Commissioners Rd. E. Visual: red balloons, banners and more! Contact: Jeff Hanks 226-448-3067, Peter Bergmanis 519-860-4403.

Chatham-Kent Contact: Shirley Roebuck 519-677-4460 or Rick McLean 519-401-2334.

Leamington Contact: Kim DeYong 519-817-6328.

Sarnia Contact: Shirley Roebuck 519-677-4460.

Wallaceburg Contact: Shirley Roebuck 519-677-4460.

Scarborough Contact: Kingsley Kwok, 416-835-3377.

Northumberland - Please note: Northumberland is doing a separate event. There will be a highly visual rally this Saturday April 23, 12 noon, at the sidewalk at the corner of Burnham St. & DePalma Dr., near Northumberland Hills Hospital in Cobourg, at which time embargoed information about the referendum launch will be provided for Monday.

Contact: Linda Mackenzie-Nicholas 416-809-2601.

What Media events to launch Ontario-wide volunteer-led referendum.
Who Ontario Health Coalition and local coalitions across Ontario.

Contact Information

  • Ontario Health Coalition
    Natalie Mehra
    Executive director
    416-441-2502 (office)
    416-230-6402 (cell)

    Ontario Health Coalition
    Kim Johnston
    647-381-7025 (cell)