#peeforfree campaign launched at Queen’s Park
On March 18, Spinal Cord Injury Ontario and March of Dimes Canada hosted a lively event at Queen’s Park in Toronto to talk about the high cost of catheters. Peter Athanasopoulos, SCIO Senior Manager of Government Relations and Public Policy introduced SCIO CEO Dr. Stuart Howe and March of Dimes Canada CEO Leonard Baker who shared words of welcome. We then heard from guest speaker Police Services Constable Edward De Norego, who spoke poignantly about the day he decided he would no longer let his pride keep him from asking for help. He then asked for help of the MPPs in the room from all parties to work toward a medical supplies plan that would reduce the high cost of catheters.
We heard from panelists who expressed understanding and support of the need to reduce the enormous financial barrier facing people with spinal cord injury and other disabilities who require daily catheterization. On the panel were: MPP Robin Martin, Conservative MPP for Eglinton-Lawrence; MPP France Gélinas, NDP MPP for Nickel Belt, MPP Natalie des Rosiers, Liberal MPP for Ottawa-Vanier; and MPP Mike Schreiner, Leader of the Green Party of Ontario. Dr. Howe summarized the presentation with a strong statement that “Disability should never be a partisan issue”.
Thanks to all panelists and community members who attended and those who tweeted out support of our #peeforfree campaign, including Mike Schreiner, SCIO Board member Omar Ha-Redeye, NDP MPP for Sudbury Jamie West, NDP MPP for Spadina-Fort York Chris Clover, Louise Russo and Dawn Campbell.
For more information on this important issue, visit our Access to Medical Supplies web page and view the video below. (To honour our accessibility standards, captions in English and French will be coming soon!)