Overdose Prevention Sites: Open Letter Release and Rally Today

Today healthcare providers and allies will be delivering an open letter and holding a rally to condemn the Ford government’s decision to prevent the opening of three approved overdose prevention sites and preventing the approval of new ones.

The letter has been signed so far by 800+ health care providers including harm reduction workers, nurses, physicians, social workers, pharmacists, occupational therapists, and more.

The rally today is at 12:30pm outside the Globe and Mail Centre, 351 King Street East, where an invite-only “Opioid Symposium” is being convened. All are welcome to attend!

See below for the open letter and press release:

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Doug Ford’s social assistance cuts put Ontario’s health at risk

Hello HPAP Members!

As you may know, last week Doug Ford’s PC government announced that the previously planned social assistance rate increase will be cut from 3% to 1.5%. At the same time they announced the immediate discontinuation of the minimum basic income pilot study in Ontario.

Our HPAP Op-Ed in the Toronto Star by Drs. Alissa Tedesco, Jon Herriot, and Katie Boone explains why this is a serious move in the wrong direction. Please read and share amongst your networks and on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms!

 

Grant Faulkner Inquest

The coroner’s inquest into the death of Grant Faulkner has started today. Health Providers Against Poverty joins Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) and many other organizations in calling for an end to homeless deaths now! Now more than ever we have to stand up and fight against the austerity conditions that drive people to homelessness and too often death.

If you weren’t able to make it to the event today, please join us tomorrow (Tuesday, June 12th at 12:00pm), at the Toronto Homeless Memorial to remember those who have died as a result of homelessness in Toronto. Location: outside the south door of Church of the Holy Trinity, 10 Trinity Square (behind the Eaton Centre)

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Poverty & Health Report Card: An Analysis of Ontario’s 2018 Party Platforms for Reducing Social & Health Inequities

Hello All!

We are very proud to announce the release of our 2018 Ontario Election Report Card! Expect to hear lots about this on social media in the coming days. We hope that this will help inform your election decision-making. Please feel free to share on social media and amongst your networks!

Here are our final grades for the parties:

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For more details on the grade breakdown and a detailed comparison of party platforms you can find the full report here: Poverty & Health Report Card: An Analysis of Ontario’s 2018 Party Platforms for Reducing Social & Health Inequities.

 

HPAP 2018 Annual General Meeting – Please RSVP

Hello All!

Our 2018 HPAP AGM is rapidly approaching. Please see below for more details:

Location: United Steel Worker’s Hall, 25 Cecil St, Toronto, ON

Date: May 2, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

We are very excited to hear from our keynote speaker, Matt Johnson, Co-Founder of the Moss Park Overdose Prevention Site.

We will also be providing a recap of campaigns from last year and will be seeking your input on how to move forward.

Please RSVP by obtaining a free ticket through Eventbrite.

Check out our Facebook Event! 

Information on how to register as a member for the 2018-19 year will be provided at the meeting. Membership fees are $25 or pay-what-you-can. Please bring cash to the meeting.

Members will be eligible to be nominated for and vote on open Steering Committee positions.

A light dinner will be served. 

All are welcome!

HPAP AGM Matt Johnson Updated