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OAKVILLE A replica of the Trojan horse will be attending Oakvilles downtown jazz festival on Friday, August 6th.

The Oakville jazz festival is one of 100 stops on the Trojan horse province-wide tour, organized by the Ontario Health Coalition and the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE. 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 to 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. We will see an Oakville hospital built and operated by the private sector, when the Oakville hospital redevelops.

The corporations that get these contracts make profits of 25 per cent a year. Those profits translate into worse hospital care bed reductions of 25 per cent, 14 per cent fewer nurses, and 38 per cent fewer support staff.

Health care workers and concerned citizens who are accompanying the horse will be available for interviews.

For further information, please contact:

Louis Rodrigues
Health Care Worker
613-531-1319 (cell)

Natalie Mehra
Ontario Health Coalition

Shannon McManus
CUPE Communications