We are sharing this media advisory from The Council of Canadians Ottawa Chapter who is hosting a Pharmacare Town Hall on May 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Lion Dick Brûlé, 170 Castlefrank Road, Kanata
OTTAWA — As part of a national speaking tour hosted by the Council of Canadians, patient and anti-poverty advocates will speak at an Ottawa town hall on pharmacare on May 24. The town hall will raise awareness about the impact that the high cost of prescription medications has on people in Ottawa and demand that Jenna Sudds (Kanata Carleton) and other MPs in the area push the Liberal government to deliver on its promise of a universal, public pharmacare program.
Inflation is eating away at our pocketbooks, forcing millions of us to choose between paying the rent, buying groceries, or filling our prescriptions. And sky-high drug prices are taking billions from our hospitals at a time when we need to massively re-invest to save public health care. A publicly-funded, universal drug coverage program – also known as pharmacare – could change this.
Big Pharma and the insurance industry are working to torpedo this project. Join our town hall to find out how pharmacare can change the lives of millions of Canadians, and how we can counter the lobbyists’ power with organized people power.
- Ed Cashman, co-chair, Ottawa Health Coalition
- Marc-Andre Gagnon, Associate Professor at Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration
- Dr. Nili Kaplan-Mirth, community advocate, OCDSB trustee, and board member of Canadian Doctors for Medicare
- Nik Barry-Shaw, Trade and Privatization Campaigner with the Council of Canadians
- Speakers sharing personal experiences of struggling to afford medications.
WHEN: 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 24
WHERE: Lion Dick Brûlé Community Centre, 170 Castlefrank Road