Ontario Health Coalition annual assembly November 19-20

Safeguarding public health care will be the theme of the Ontario Health Coalition’s annual assembly in Toronto on November 19-20. This year’s assembly will be taking place at the Sheraton Centre, located across the street from Toronto’s city hall.

The annual assembly is an opportunity for local groups to come and share their experiences as well as to set the agenda for the provincial coalition’s work in the coming year. The Ontario Health Coalition is a broad-based coalition of community and labour groups dedicated to protecting our public Medicare system.

The recent provincial election provided a clear warning that health care providers are about to soon face significant austerity. That includes a Drummond Commission which is anticipated to recommend more privatization of public heatlh care delivery.

In a pre-election report, the Auditor General of Ontario warned that the proposed limits to the rate of increase in health care spending will lead to hospital deficits or significant cuts to services. This could mean your job.

The health assembly is also an opportunity to celebrate the work of coalition members. In the past this has included a number of OPSEU members. Both the Daniel Benedict Award for activism and the Ethel Meade Award for research will be presented.

Registration for the assembly is set on a sliding scale from $0 to $35 per day. OPSEU members active in their local health coalitions are eligible for support to come to this meeting.  Please contact rjanson@opseu.org for more details.

The Ontario Health Coalition has arranged to have a block of rooms set aside at the nearby Bond Place Hotel. These rooms can be booked at a special Ontario Health Coalition rate of $82 per night and can be reserved by calling 1-800-268-9390. The Bond Place Hotel is located nearby just across Dundas Square.  To book, go to http://www.bondplace.ca/

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