The Alliance to Save Ontario's Small, Rural and Northern Hospitals

The Alliance to Save Ontario's Small, Rural and Northern Hospitals

April 29, 2009 08:00 ET

Ontario's Municipalities to Send Health Care SOS to Queen's Park

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 29, 2009) - Today, an alliance of municipalities from across the province will present a strategy to help rescue vital health care services in Ontario's small, rural and northern communities during a press conference and rally at Queen's Park.

"Local health care services in Ontario are on their death bed," said Doug Martin, chairman of the Alliance to Save Ontario's Small, Rural and Northern Hospitals and mayor of Fort Erie.

"Hospitals and emergency rooms are closing and services are disappearing even as our populations are growing and our baby-boomers are getting older. We need to send an SOS to the province to save our services."

Thousands of people are expected to participate from across the province in today's rally on the front lawn of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. They include mayors, local councilors, health professionals and residents from the Town of Fort Erie, City of Port Colborne, County of Lambton, Municipality of Magnetawan, Town of Petrolia, Town of Tillsonburg, Township of Armour, Township of Brooke-Alvinston, Township of Ryerson, Village of Oil Springs and the Village of Burks Falls.

WHEN & WHERE: Wednesday, April 29, 2009

- 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Rally at Ontario Legislative Assembly front lawn

- 12:00 p.m. press conference: Queen's Park Media Studio (Room 148)
(Accredited media can obtain a day pass from security and need to register with Gerald Christopher in room 387A to attend the press conference)

EDITORIAL NOTE: News release and backgrounder to be issued at 12:00 p.m. today.

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