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TORONTO The Ontario Court of Appeal will rule on Monday, October 30 on the appeal of a legal challenge to the province’s private (P3) hospitals. Representatives of the Ontario Health Coalition and the unions that launched the challenge will be available for comment at 1:00 p.m. on the steps of Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen Street West, Toronto.

Last spring, the coalition, along with the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Ontario Public Service Employees Union and Service Employees International Union, won a judge’s order for full disclosure of documents containing critical information about the real costs and terms of P3 deals for the William Osler Health Centre in Brampton and the Royal Ottawa Hospital. That decision was appealed by the for-profit consortium for the Brampton hospital.

WHO: Steven Shrybman and Sean Dewart, legal counsel for the Ontario Health Coalition and unions
Michael, Hurley, President, Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE
Leah Casselman, President, Ontario Public Service Employees Union Spokesperson, Service Employees International Union

WHAT: Response to Ontario Court of Appeal ruling on P3 hospital financial disclosure

WHEN: 1:00 p.m., Monday, October 30, 2006

WHERE: Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen Street West, Toronto

For more information, contact:

Pat Daley
CUPE Communications
(416) 416-6142 (cell)