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A replica of the Trojan horse will be on an Ontario province-wide tour, this summer and fall. The tour, organized by the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/Canadian Union of Public Employees and Ontario Health Coalition, will be visiting various festivals at 85 different communities. The two groups created the giant wooden horse to bring the dangers of public-private hospitals to the publics attention.

We want Premier McGuinty to honour his election promise and stop the private hospitals in Ottawa and Brampton, says health care worker Louis Rodrigues. If they are allowed to go ahead, we will eventually see private hospitals across the province.

The corporations that get these contracts make profits of 25 per cent a year, says Natalie Mehra, spokesperson for the Ontario Health Coalition. Those profits translate into worse hospital care bed reductions of 25 per cent, 14 per cent fewer nurses, and 38 percent fewer staff.

The tour schedule is:

July 9 Kingston Buskers Festival
July 10 Hamilton Dragon Boat
July 11 SCENE Music Festival, St. Catharines
July 17 Wingham Festival
July 18 Chocolate and Railway festival, Smith Falls
July 19 Almonte Celtfest
July 23 Hillside Music Festival, Guelph
July 24 Valleyfest, Renfrew
July 25 Stewart Park Festival, Perth
July 30 Maxville Highland Games
Aug. 6 Downtown Oakville Jazz Festival
Aug. 7 Cambellford Seymour Agricultural Fair
Aug. 8 Waterfront Festival, Pembroke
Aug. 13 Festival of the Islands, Gananoque
Aug. 14 Oshawa Jazz and Blues Festival
Aug. 15 Chemong Causeway Festival
Aug. 20 Brampton Blazin Summer Weekend
Aug. 21 Markham Jazz Festival
Aug. 22 Harvest Days, Prescott
Aug. 27 CKCU Folk Festival, Ottawa
Aug. 28 Media stops, Pembroke, Mattawa, North Bay
Aug. 29 Summerfest 2004, Sudbury
Aug. 30 New Liskeard, media event
Aug. 31 Little Current, Espanola, Elliot Lake media events
Sept. 1 Sault Ste. Marie, Wawa, White River
Sept. 2 Hornpayne, Hearst media events
Sept. 3 Marathon, Terrace Bay, Nipigon
Sept. 4 Thunder Bay Corn Roast
Sept. 5 Media event, Sioux Lookout
Sept. 6 Media event, Dryden, Kenora
Sept. 7 Media events, Fort Frances, Emo
Sept. 24 Port Hope, Burlington media events
Sept. 25 Windsor, London media event
Sept. 26 Port Perry Fall Fair
Oct. 16 Arnprior, Petawawa, Chalk River, Deep River
Oct. 17 Sturgeon Falls, media events
Oct. 19 Cochrane, media event
Oct. 20 Timmins, Chapleau, media events
Oct. 21 Blind River, media event

Please come out to support the Trojan Horse Tour when it comes to your city!