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OPSEU Diablogue: Libs say budget “platform for next 30 days” after NDP vows to pull the plug

Well that was quick. NDP Leader Andrea Horwath told the media this morning that she cannot support the Wynne budget, or more specifically, the Wynne government. Horwath’s remarks suggested it wasn’t so much about the content of yesterday’s budget, but … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Significant risks face Ontario’s plan to shift hospital services to private clinics

Dr. Danielle Martin looks uncomfortable discussing the government’s recent plan to move hospital services into so-called specialty clinics. On the one hand the VP of Toronto’s Women’s College Hospital sees patients every day who she believes could be better served … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Wednesday: Medical Reform Group roundtable to examine controversial policy

The government’s decision to have hospitals compete with independent health facilities for the right to deliver services ranging from cataracts to colonoscopies is among the most controversial health care decisions to emerge recently from the Wynne government. The Ontario Health … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Was Monday really a tipping point?

On Monday I saw Ontario Health Coalition Director Natalie Mehra at a noon-hour rally on University Avenue. As far as rallies go it wasn’t a big one. About 50 people showed up to hold up signs urging motorists to honk … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Transferring hospital services to private clinics — a line in the sand

OTTAWA – Natalie Mehra says The Ontario Health Coalition is drawing a line in the sand when it comes to service transfers to private endoscopy clinics from The Ottawa Hospital. Speaking at a “Code Blue” forum in Ottawa last night, the … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Kingston P3: John Gerretsen should know better

As a Minister of the Crown, Kingston MPP John Gerretsen should know better. At yesterday’s anti-privatization rally in front of his Kingston constituency office, Gerretsen was steadfast in his assertion that the deficit rendered the government unable to build new hospitals … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: 10 Insights from the Action Assembly Weekend

“Either I pay taxes or have my mother live with me,” said Neil Brooks with a sly smile. Brooks, co-author of The Trouble With Billionaires (with Linda McQuaig) underlined the value of taxes during the keynote address at this year’s … Contin… . . . → Read More: OPSEU Diablogue: 10 Insights from the Action Assembly Weekend

OPSEU Diablogue: Event: P3 Privatization of St. Mary’s and the Kingston Psychiatric Hospitals

Economist David MacDonald and Ontario Health Coalition director Natalie Mehra will be among panelists speaking at a public meeting in Kingston October 26 on the privatization of proposed replacement for St. Mary’s of the Lake Hospital and the Providence Care Mental … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: David Orazietti takes an unwarranted shot at Coalition’s Natalie Mehra

David Orazietti does protest too much. The northern Ontario MPP took a shot May 30th at Natalie Mehra, Director of the Ontario Health Coalition, in what his press release calls the “15-city fear mongering tour.” Orazietti says Mehra is personally “taking … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Ontario Health Coalition forums head north this week

The Ontario Health Coalition heads north this week, hosting community forums in Matheson (Monday), Sault Ste. Marie (Wednesday), Thunder Bay (Thursday) and Kenora (Saturday). The forums discuss the impact of the provincial spring budget on the future of health care … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Coalition forums continue this week in Kingston, Cornwall and Ottawa

Dennis Howlett, coordinator of Canadians for Tax Fairness, will be at all three public health care forums this week in Eastern Ontario. The forums are hosted by the Ontario Health Coalition. Given the focus on debt, deficit and public sector … Continue reading →