Petition: Stop the Massive Cuts to Public Health!
Thursday April 18, on the eve of the long weekend, news broke that Premier Doug Ford and the Ministry of Health plan to gut public health across the province and have singled out Toronto for the harshest treatment of all.
Send a message today to stop the gutting of public health. Find out even more below!
According to City Officials these cuts could mean the end of over 600 student nutrition programs serving more than 210,000 meals to hungry kids each day, overdose prevention programs, daycare safety inspections, restaurant inspections, clinics that prevent the spread of diseases like measles and hepatitis, sexual health clinics, and emergency response to public health threats like SARS and H1N1 - to name just a few programs.
We must fight to protect these life-saving programs. Use our petition to send a message right now to Doug Ford, the Minister of Health, and your MPP. Tell them to stop these cuts before they happen. Before lives are lost.
We now know that Premier Doug Ford plans to cut $1 billion from Toronto Public Health over the next 10 years - effective immediately.
Here’s a round up of just SOME of the programs these cuts put at risk in our city:
Over 600 Student Nutrition (school breakfast programs)
Restaurant inspection programs (Dine Safe Toronto)
Dental clinics and programs that identify dental disease in students
Sexual health clinics
Clinics that prevent the spread of diseases (like measles and hepatitis)
Outbreak management in care facilities like our long term care homes
Emergency preparation and response to life-threatening outbreaks and hazards (like chemical spills) and detection and response to public health threats (like SARS and H1N1)
Daycare safety inspections
Preschool speech and language programs as well as infant hearing loss programs
Bed bug identification and prevention
Inspection of pools, beaches, and water quality testing
With this ongoing assault by Doug Ford on our public services and the health of our city, you might wonder - what will signing another petition do?
This fight is unique. People from across the political spectrum are uniting to stop Doug Ford’s public health cuts and our Mayor and City Council aren’t holding anything back.
And neither should we.
We all need to stand up and fight for the health of our city.
Use our petition to send an email (that you can edit) directly to your MPP, the Minister of Health, and Doug Ford.
They will feel the pressure right away. And we need them to! We need to flood them with opposition immediately.
This is just step one. Take a few seconds to send your message today and we will follow up with the next steps and how we can put the pressure on.