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Members of CUPE Local 65 in Fort Frances, Ontario, have won a campaign to prevent Rainycrest Home for the Aged from being taken over by Extendicare, a large for-profit health care corporation.

Working closely with family members of the homes residents, concerned citizens and local community activists, the members mounted a public campaign to block the takeover after the homes board of directors indicated they were inviting the private company to take over management of Rainycrest. CUPE and local coalition members successfully promoted an alternative solution that would see Riverside, a local public health care provider, assume management responsibilities while discussions about a possible merger of the two facilities take place.

Bowing to strong public pressure, Rainycrests board of directors recently voted not to pursue any privatization plans with Extendicare.

Building a partnership with Riverside will not only benefit our members, but our residents and our community as well, said Lorelei Caldwell, spokesperson for Local 65. We will now focus our efforts on making sure this partnership moves forward as soon as possible.