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[OPIRG-EVENTS] Ottawa's 'Health Care Day' Thursday, 4 April

Here is a reminder of the healthcare events in Ottawa on Thursday, 4 April with

8:30 am to 5:00 pm  Hearings
The Romanow Royal Commission on Health Care in Canada
Capital Hall 1B/2B
Ottawa Congress Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive
* This consultation is open to the public but only those who have submitted a
paper will be selected to speak.

12:00 noon to 2:00 pm  Public Rally
Outside the Congress Centre Westin Hotel
   (Just south of Rideau on Colonel By)
Organized by the Ottawa Campaign to Save Medicare
   (details below)

7:30 pm  *Profit Is Not The Cure* - Maude Barlow
St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church,
151 Somerset Street West on Elgin Street

Speakers include:

     Jeremy Wright, Chapter member and President of the Wellness Foundation
     of Canada
     Kathleen Connors, President of the Canadian Federation of Nurses'
     Irene Harris, Co-Chair of the Ontario Health Coalition
     Maude Barlow, Voluntary Chairperson, The Council of Canadians

Copies of Maude's *Profit Is Not The Cure* will be on sale.
An event of the Ottawa Chapter of the Council of Canadians
Chapter Contact David Creighton, 728-5716
For more information:
Anil Naidoo, Health Campaigner,
613-233-2773 ext 226 or  1-800-387-7177  www.canadians.org


Details on the Public Rally
Time: 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm
Place: Outside the Congress Centre Westin Hotel
   (Just south of Rideau on Colonel By)

Come with family, friends, coworkers and others. Carry a red umbrella with
a sticker stating that "Publically-funded Medicare is the best coverage!!"
Bring a lunch, banners, and buttons supporting medicare.
For more information, please contact Abe at 244-2817.
*Organized by the Ottawa Campaign to Save Medicare*


Highlights of the public rally include:

1. Speakers: care givers, patients, health care providers, seniors, youth,
advocates and health analysts

2. Groups of 20 to 30 people who want to attend the Romanow Hearings would
rotate in and out of the Congress Centre throughout the day   (People can
send their comments about the hearings and thoughts about medicare to the
Ottawa Health Coalition in envelopes which will be provided.  The Coalition
will forward these to the Romanow Commission).

3. Workbooks produced by the Commission will be completed in groups so that
feedback can be forwarded to Romanow.

Five Statements for Romanow:

1. Expand public health care to include home care and pharmacare.

2. Increase federal funding and enforce national standards.

3. Eliminate for-profit health care because it is more expensive, inefficient
and inequitable.

4. Improve health care delivery to optimize use of resources and quality.

5. Protect public health care from international trade deals with a general


Next regular meeting of the Ottawa Chapter of the Council of Canadians will be
7:00 - 9:20 pm on
Sunday 7 April, 2002
Room 101, Jack Purcell Community Centre
Elgin Street at Gilmour
Info: Ronda 567-0811
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