Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

September 15, 2015 09:00 ET

Town hall meeting to keep North Bay services public

NORTH BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 15, 2015) - Leaders and members of Canada's largest union will join concerned residents in a public town hall meeting to stop the privatization of North Bay's public services.

The Thursday evening forum features the national and provincial leaders of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, and expert speakers on public health care, privatization and public finance.

North Bay is experiencing first-hand how privatization means communities pay more, and get less. The city's privatized public-private partnership (P3) hospital is costing an extra $7 million a year in private financing costs. Since the hospital opened four years ago, 50 beds have been cut and more than 100 jobs have been eliminated.

The forum comes as the city considers redeveloping its municipal long-term care facility, Cassellholme, and will highlight the dangers of P3s for long-term care.

The event will be moderated by Henri Giroux, President of the North Bay and District Labour Council, and features CUPE National President Paul Moist, CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn, Ontario Health Coalition Executive Director Natalie Mehra, and CUPE Senior Economist Toby Sanger.

WHAT: Town hall meeting about privatization of North Bay facilities and services
WHEN: Thursday, September 17, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
WHERE: Best Western
700 Lakeshore Drive
North Bay, Ontario

CUPE is Canada's community union, with more than 633,000 members. In Ontario, CUPE's 250,000 members provide quality public services we all rely on, in every part of the province, every day. CUPE Ontario members are proud to work in social services, health care, municipalities, school boards, universities and airlines.

Contact Information

  • Karin Jordan
    CUPE Communications
    613-222-4436

    Henri Giroux
    President, CUPE North Bay and District Labour Council
    705-471-7746