21 Nov Media Release: Health Network Launches Cape Breton Organizing Drive

Friday, 21 November 2008

Health Network Launches Cape Breton Organizing Drive

Halifax, NS – The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network is pleased to announced the first dates for our organizing drive in Cape Breton.  This part of the drive will visit Sydney and Glace Bay to set up local health committees.

“These two organizing meetings represent the Health Network’s first attempts to organize local health committees in Cape Breton,” says Kyle Buott, Provincial Coordinator of the Health Network.  “We are thrilled to be moving forward and organizing in this part of the province.”

The organizing meeting in Sydney will be on Monday, November 24th at 6:30 pm at the CAW offices, 56 Nepean St, Sydney.  The meeting in Glace Bay will be on Tuesday, November 25th at 6:30 pm at Knox United Church, 270 Commercial St, Glace Bay.

The Network’s local health committees are designed to combine the struggle against privatization with local health care issues like ER closures and health human resource shortages.

“Our local health committees focus on local issues and combine that focus with provincial goals,” says Buott. “We are looking forward to having an organized, on-the-ground presence in Sydney and Glace Bay.”

The Sydney and Glace Bay meetings are the first in a series of meetings planned for Cape Breton Island.  In the New Year the Health Network plans to organize committees in Inverness and Port Hawkesbury and is open to organizing in other communities as the need and interest arises.

“This is part of a larger organizing drive that will see new local health committees get organized throughout Cape Breton and around the province,” says Buott.  “Sydney and Glace Bay will form the 8th and 9th committees that work with us in Nova Scotia.”

Anyone seeking more information, or to get involved should contact the Heath Network’s provincial office at (902) 406-9422 or by email at kyle@nshealthcoalition.ca

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For more information please contact:

Kyle Buott
Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network
W – (902) 406-9422
C – (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.

The Health Network currently has committees in Tatamagouche, Truro, Kings-Hants, Yarmouth, the South Shore, Pictou county, and Halifax.