Exercise Flash Mob Draws Attention to Council of the Federation Meetings
Halifax, NS – The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network and Council of Canadians host an exercise flash mob today at 12 noon at the Spring Garden Road Library. The flash mob is designed to draw attention to the Council of the Federation meetings being held in Halifax from July 25-27. Canada’s Premiers will be meeting here in Halifax and the future of public health care is on their agenda. Actions will also be held on Wednesday in Ontario and BC and on Thursday in PEI.
“Last time the health ministers got together to talk about health care, all they discussed was sodium intake. Canadians know healthily living is important, and we’re willing to do our part, but we’re facing major challenges in health care and we need leadership from our politicians to overcome these challenges,” says Adrienne Silnicki, Health Care Campaigner with the Council of Canadians.
In December 2011, the Harper Conservatives announced plans to cut funding for public health care by $31 billion from 2017-2024. The Council of the Federation meetings will be the Premiers’ opportunity to stand up to the federal government and work to protect public health care.
“Premiers need to stand up to Stephen Harper. The federal government needs to be brought back to the negotiating table because we need federal leadership to protect, strengthen and extend public health care,” says Kyle Buott, Provincial Coordinator of the Health Network.
The Maritime Heart Centre is assisting with the flash mob and will be providing a qualified fitness instructor to lead the exercises. The flash mob scene will be broadcast live on 101.3 The Bounce.
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For more information please contact:
Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network
Cell – (902) 478-0239
About the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network:
Formed in 1996, the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network’s goal is to stop the privatization of the public health care system, ensure high levels of care, and create a forum for people and communities to discuss issues in health care.
The Network is a coalition of local health committees, community groups, organized labour, faith groups and individuals dedicated to protecting and advancing public health care to include services like pharmacare, dental care and long-term and home care.
The Network is political but non-partisan and receives no government funding.