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(Ottawa) Hundreds of public health care activists are expected to converge in Niagara-on-the-Lake tomorrow to challenge Canadas Premiers and Territorial leaders who are gathering to scheme new ways to rob the public system on behalf of private, for-profit commercial operators.

A coalition of civil society groups expects hundreds of activists to attend their Health Action Assembly. National, regional and local organizations will plan strategies against key privatization threats facing public health care, including corporations, contracting out and so-called public private partnerships (P3s).

Activists from across the country will also issue a popular challenge to privatization and pressure the Premiers to reject further for-profit involvement in public health care.

Media opportunities:

Health Action Assembly
Wednesday, July 28th, all day
Addison Hall, St. Marks Anglican Church, 41 Byron Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Joint Press Conference of Sponsoring Groups
Wednesday, July 28th, 4:00 pm
Outside St. Marks Anglican Church, 41 Byron Street

Action to greet the Premiers
Wednesday, July 28th
Details TBA

Participating organizations:

Canadian Auto Workers, Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, Canadian Health Coalition, Canadian Labour Congress (Ontario Region), Canadian Union of Public Employees, Council of Canadians, Friends of Medicare - Alberta, KAIROS, National Union of Public and General Employees, Niagara Health Coalition, Ontario Coalition of Senior Citizens’ Organizations, Ontario Federation of Labour, Ontario Health Coalition, Ontario Public Service Employees Union, Polaris Institute, Primary Health Care Coalition, Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, St. Catharines & District Labour Council, United Steelworkers.

For more information:

Leslie Frey, Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, cell (416) 829 6657
Natalie Mehra, Ontario Health Coalition, cell (416) 230 6402
David Robbins, Canadian Union of Public Employees, cell (613) 878 1431