About Us

We are a grass-roots group of concerned citizens, living in York Region. With respect to this issue, we have no affiliations. We believe the unchecked charges for access to our hospitals to be an ethical issue that deserves a public review.

Contact John at fairhpc@gmail.com for any questions or comments about the issue, if you would like to join this group or start one of your own on this issue.

Prayer Partners

We are supported by many members of the community, including a group of Prayer Partners and the Markham Ministerial Committee. Anyone, of any faith, who may wish to join the Prayer Partner list, can email John Hazlewood, at fairhpc@gmail.com.

Periodic updates will be sent out along with requests for prayer. The list of names will be used only for this purpose.


2 Comments on “About Us”

  1. Debbie Kravis says:

    This is the note I got back from my local provincial rep. and my response:
    Re: Hospital Parking Fees
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    From
    pd kravis

    To
    MacCharles_Tracy-MPP-CO
    Ms. McCharles:

    Well my feeling is that the government should pass legislation that hospitals cannot use parking fees as a fundraising tool. This puts elderly, sick and vulnerable people over a barrel. This is not fundraising – it is price gauging. Maybe if your government did not waste millions and millions of dollars on gas plants and Ornge scandals you would have enough money to properly fund hospitals.
    https://fairhospitalparkingcharges.org/
    I am supporting this organization and the terrific work they are doing to make positive change in our province.

    Sincerely,

    Debbie Kravis

    From: MacCharles_Tracy-MPP-CO
    To: “‘pdkravis@rogers.com'”
    Sent: Friday, August 2, 2013 9:28:48 AM
    Subject: Hospital Parking Fees

    Dear Debbie,

    Thank you for writing to my office regarding the parking lot fees at your local hospital.

    Debbie, parking fees are set by individual hospitals and not by the Provincial Ministry of Health. It is up to local hospital boards to decide what they will charge.

    The Ontario government is committed to continue strengthening our health care system by lowering wait times, increasing access to doctors and investing in home care. Since 2003, Ontario hospitals have seen an increase in provincial funding by 55%. Hospitals have always sought out way to increase the amount of money for their hospital through fundraising and foundation work.

    As each hospital has different parking infrastructure and needs, I encourage you to contact the Hospital Board of Directors. At Centenary Hospital the Hospital Board can be reached at boardofdirectores@rougevalley.ca.

    Thank you again for your correspondence and do not hesitate to contact my office in the future with any questions or concerns you may have.

    Best regards,

    Tracy

    Tracy MacCharles
    MPP Pickering-Scarborough East
    #13 – 300 Kingston Road
    Pickering, ON L1V 6Z9
    Tel: 905-509-0336
    Fax: 905-509-0334
    Email: tmaccharles.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
    http://www.tracymaccharles.onmpp.ca

  2. Don Davies says:

    Tracy; This is the wrong answer and you know it! You and the entire Liberal government of Ontario are hiding behind this smoke screen of who controls hospital parking rates. That’s not the issue. The issue is that no one should be penalized or taken advantage of when they are vulnerable because they have a loved one who is sick and in the hospital. These charges to park at hospitals are outrages and the majority of the revenue goes to private companies and individuals and not the hospital. An investigation by CBC Marketplace found that no one wanted to address this issue of companies that profit by gouging people who visit their loved ones in hospital…and they do it with the blessing of the Ontario government. One bill in the Legislature outlawing the practice of charging for parking while visiting a hospital would solve this problem. Kathleen Wynne and the Liberal government could do that tomorrow and they would be supported by both other political parties. Why hasn’t your government done it, Tracy? Why?

    Let the hospitals find other ways to raise money. They are defeating the purpose of the healthcare system by inhibiting visitation to their customers when such visits could well be a critical factor in their recovery. I can’t understand why this hasn’t been done years ago when hospitals first started being seduced by the opportunistic parking companies. Now it’s out of control and demands government action in the form of a total provincial wide ban.

    That’s what is in the best interests of the people of Ontario. It’s the government’s job to do what is in the best interest of the people of Ontario. If action isn’t taken soon, we’ll need another OPP probe to find out who chooses the parking companies, who their executives are, how much they contributed to specific political parties, what kind of perks might civil servants and/or politicians be receiving from these companies who have a license to prey on the people of Ontario. We’ve got the Gas Plants, Ornge, and now maybe there’s something else we should be looking into.

    We need action and we need it now. Free parking at every Ontario hospital simply because it’s the right thing to do. Let’s get it done!


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