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(Ottawa) A coalition of civil society groups is hosting a daylong conference on stopping the privatization of health care to parallel next weeks meeting of Canadas Premiers in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The groups will also welcome the Premiers with an active reminder to keep health care public.

National, regional and local organizations have teamed up to organize a Health Action Assembly to discuss key challenges facing public health care, including privatization, so-called public private partnerships (P3s) and exposing the corporations that are seeking to profit from further privatization of Canadas most cherished public program.

Representatives from groups across the country will also greet the Premiers to pressure them 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, 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