Pro­vin­cial Day of Ac­tion ral­lies planned

Events hap­pen­ing Oct. 13 in sev­eral com­mu­ni­ties

Tri-County Vanguard - - EXTRAS ONLINE - Www.the­van­guard.ca KATHY JOHN­SON TRICOUNTY VAN­GUARD

Save Our Ru­ral Health­care Pro­vin­cial Day of Ac­tion ral­lies will be held in Shel­burne, Yar­mouth and Digby on Satur­day Oct. 13.

These lo­cal ral­lies are part of a se­ries of ral­lies be­ing held in var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties across the prov­ince on Satur­day to draw aware­ness to what many feel is a cri­sis in the pub­lic heath care sys­tem, and to urge the gov­ern­ment to take ac­tion.

In Shel­burne, res­i­dents are be­ing asked to gather at the Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on King Street at 12 noon for a group photo and card sign­ing.

“We will not be march­ing, nor will we be speak­ing; rather we want to show the gov­ern­ment that the peo­ple of Shel­burne County are stand­ing up to cuts in ser­vices at our lo­cal hos­pi­tal,” reads a Face­book post about the event.

Last month hun­dreds of peo­ple did march in Shel­burne to draw at­ten­tion to con­cerns over health­care ser­vices here.

In Yar­mouth, peo­ple are be­ing asked to gather in Alma Square start­ing at 11 a.m. on Oct. 13. There will be sev­eral speak­ers who will talk about the is­sues.

In Digby, the Digby Area Health Coali­tion is en­cour­ag­ing “ev­ery­one from 1 to 101 to join the Pro­vin­cial Day of Ac­tion for ac­ces­si­ble health­care,” ac­cord­ing to a Face­book post. The rally starts at 11 a.m. at the Digby (Evan­ge­line) Mall.

A ‘Walk the Block for Change’ me­dia re­lease from the coali­tion says, “We plan to meet at the Evan­ge­line Mall park­ing lot, pro­ceed to demon­strate our grat­i­tude for health care work­ers in Digby and to de­mand bet­ter from this gov­ern­ment.”

Dur­ing the rally thanks will be ex- pressed to Dr. Genna Bour­get and Dr. Jen­nifer Chang. The two doc­tors have been prac­tis­ing in Digby, although they re­cently an­nounced they are leav­ing the area in Novem­ber.

For the rally peo­ple are en­cour­aged to “bring mu­sic and mer­ri­ment, home­made signs and your en­thu­si­asm for change” as the rally walks the hos­pi­tal block.

The Pro­vin­cial Day of Ac­tion ral­lies are be­ing or­ga­nized by the Nova Sco­tia Health Coali­tion and the Ru­ral Health Care Cri­sis Work­ing Group. As of our press dead­line, other ral­lies were slated to be held in Antigo­nish, Ma­hone Bay and Syd­ney.

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