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The Sir John A. Macdonald on-ramp to the Hwy. 401 will be the site of an impromptu protest rally in Kingston, Ontario, today. At 1:00 p.m., health care workers from eastern Ontario will join members of Kingston’s community-based coalition opposing a controversial Kingston General Hospital (KGH) deal that will see patient meals outsourced to a factory operation west of Toronto.

What: Kingston Food Fight protest

When: Monday, January 24, 1:00 p.m.

Where: Hwy. 401 – Sir John A. Macdonald on-ramp

Who: People Who Care About Kingston, OCHU/CUPE

While the protest is largely symbolic, the loss to Kingston’s local economy and the detrimental impact on the environment is very real. “Kingston area businesses and residents should be very concerned that all the economic benefits are going down the highway to a global corporation,” said Michael Hurley, the president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU).

Last week, OCHU, on behalf of the community coalition opposing the KGH foodservice contract with Compass, sent a letter to the Ontario health minister asking her to stop the deal and investigate whether the deal meets the province’s procurement guidelines.

For more information, please contact:

Michael Hurley        
President, Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU)         

Louis Rodrigues
President, CUPE 1974, People Who Care About Kingston   

Stella Yeadon
CUPE Communications