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OTTAWA CUPE Ontario President Sid Ryan will lead a rally of health care workers and community activists outside Premier Dalton McGuintys constituency office at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 5.

We are taking every measure we can to convince the Premier and his government that public-private partnerships are the wrong thing to do for health care, Ryan says. We will not rest until he stops the P3 deals at Royal Ottawa Hospital and William Osler in Brampton.

We will not rest until he stops Bill 8, the legislation that will allow his health minister to require hospitals to privatize frontline services.

Ryan and representatives of CUPE locals at Queensway Coalition, Perley, Ottawa and Montfort Hospitals will take that message directly to McGuintys staff while supporters, including the Ottawa Health Coalition, Ottawa District Labour Council and Citizens for Public Hospitals conduct an information picket outside.

Other speakers at the rally include Michael Hurley, president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions, and CUPE Local 4000 President Dianne Lavoie.

CUPE members in Toronto are also participating today in an Ontario Health Coalition action at the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care at Queens Park, where they will issue a declaration that they are determined to fight to protect public health care.

  • Who:
    Sid Ryan, President, CUPE Ontario

  • What:
    Rally and information picket at Premier Dalton McGuintys constituency office

  • When:
    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Friday, March 5, 2004

  • Where:
    1795 Kilborn Avenue, Ottawa


For more information, please contact:
Lou Burri, Political Action Director CUPE Local 4000
613-222-2521 (cell)

Sid Ryan, President CUPE Ontario, 416-209-0066 (cell)

Pat Daley, CUPE Communications
416-299-9739 ext 264 - 416-616-6142 (cell)