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HALIFAX – Health care activists and supporters of Canada’s public Medicare system will be celebrating the birthday of Tommy Douglas this October 20th with a giant “two-tier” cake.

To highlight the threat posed by creeping privatization of our health care system, they will be offering birthday cake to the public in front of Halifax’s only private MRI clinic.

CUPE Nova Scotia President Danny Cavanagh, whose union is hosting the event, along with the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network (NSCHCH), says, “As our birthday gift to Tommy Douglas, CUPE pledges to continue his work: protecting and improving the funding and delivery of our public health care system.”

NSCHCN Chairperson Debbie Kelly says, “What better spot to draw attention to the privatization of our health care system than in front of this private clinic, where if your wallet is fat enough you can get speedier access to services.”

ATTENTION NEWS AND ASSIGNMENT EDITORS: The event will take place on the corner of Lacewood and Dunbrack, in front of the Canadian Diagnostics Centre MRI Clinic from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, October 20, 2006

For a high resolution photograph of Danny Cavanagh go to: Danny Cavanagh