Thousands rally for public health care across Ontario
Marchers in five cities protest cuts to dozens of hospitals.
September 29, 2008 — Despite poor weather that affected most of southern Ontario, protesters took to the streets of Toronto, Windsor, Kingston, Sudbury and Thunder Bay to speak out against hospital cuts, destructive home care policies, the lack of nursing home staffing standards and privatization of health care.
Speaking to a crowd of about 2,000 protestors at Toronto' s Metro Hall, Patty Rout, OPSEU 1st Vice-President, said Canada puts less of its economy into public health care funding than almost all G8 countries, and that within Canada, Ontario funding lags behind other provinces.
" One of the richest provinces in Canada, our government has taken a consistent " can' t do" attitude towards health care," she said.
In Kingston, OPSEU Regional VP Dave Lundy and board member Lynn Orzel spoke to about 300 people who had come out to a downtown park.
" They keep on telling us more private health care is the answer," said Orzel, " the reality is private healthcare has helped create the mess we are in today." . . .
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Thousands rallied for public health care September 27, in the wake of cuts to dozens of Ontario hospitals, by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, posted September 29, 2008
Posted: October 05, 2008
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