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THUNDER BAY A replica of the Trojan horse will be visiting Thunder Bay on Saturday, September 4th, as part of a province-wide anti-privatization tour.

The Northern Ontario community 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/Canadian Union of Public Employees. 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 per cent fewer support staff.

  • Who? Ontario Health Coalition (OHC), Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU/CUPE), Health care workers and concerned citizens, and 15-foot Trojan Horse
  • What? Media availability with health care workers and concerned citizens
  • When? Saturday, September 4th. See times and locations below.
  • Where? Farmers County Market, Canadian Lakehead Exhibition Grounds Dove Building, 8:30 am to 10:00 am
    Thunder Bay Corn Roast, Fort William Historical Park, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

For further information, please contact:

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

Natalie Mehra
Ontario Health Coalition

James Chai
CUPE Communications