Plebiscites have been held in Ontario to gauge residents’ opinions on how they want their local hospitals run. Overwhelmingly, people are rejecting the privateers. On Nov. 26, Woodstock residents voted 97 per cent in favour of a publicly owned, operated and funded hospital. The vote was part of a month-long campaign conducted by the Oxford Health Coalition, part of the Ontario Health Coalition, to raise awareness about Premier Dalton McGuinty’s infatuation with P3 hospitals. The North Bay Health Coalition organized a similar plebiscite Nov. 19, and 97 per cent of residents voted in favour of a fully public hospital. A vote held in Niagara in May produced similar results. Plebiscites scheduled for Hamilton and Sault Ste. Marie will be held after the Jan. 23 federal election.