The Sir John A. Macdonald on-ramp to the Hwy. 401 will be the site of an impromptu protest rally in Kingston, Ontario, today. At 1:00 p.m., health care workers from eastern Ontario will join members of Kingston’s community-based coalition opposing a controversial Kingston General Hospital (KGH) deal that will see patient meals outsourced to a factory operation west of Toronto.
What: Kingston Food Fight protest
When: Monday, January 24, 1:00 p.m.
Where: Hwy. 401 – Sir John A. Macdonald on-ramp
Who: People Who Care About Kingston, OCHU/CUPE
While the protest is largely symbolic, the loss to Kingston’s local economy and the detrimental impact on the environment is very real. “Kingston area businesses and residents should be very concerned that all the economic benefits are going down the highway to a global corporation,” said Michael Hurley, the president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU).
Last week, OCHU, on behalf of the community coalition opposing the KGH foodservice contract with Compass, sent a letter to the Ontario health minister asking her to stop the deal and investigate whether the deal meets the province’s procurement guidelines.
- Learn more about the local hospital food campaign, go to: www.kingstonfoodfight.ca.
For more information, please contact:
President, Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU)
President, CUPE 1974, People Who Care About Kingston