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We are saddened to report the passing of Peggy Dobrin, NDP supporter and the long-serving constituency office manager for Peter Kormos who was truly the face of the NDP here in this part of Niagara. Our condelences to Peggy's family & friends.
DOBRIN, Margaret “Peggy” passed away peacefully at the Douglas Memorial Hospital, Fort Erie on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at the age of 72 years.
Since 1984 she worked as a Constituency Assistant to Mel Swartz and Peter Kormos helping thousands of people. Peggy was one of the founders of Women's Place Welland Center in 1981; Niagara Peninsula Homes in 1981; Niagara Presents in 1999; as well as being a founder and remaining as a board member for the Niagara Women's Enterprise since 1997.
NDP: Welland residents outraged by looming loss of health care services
WELLAND – Welland MPP Cindy Forster met today with City Councillor Frank Campion to collect a petition signed by over 19,000 community residents objecting to important health care services being relocated to St. Catharines.
“The people of Welland, and the Niagara-area, are speaking out and deserve to be heard,” said Forster. “Welland and Niagara Falls deserve better than to have their services ripped out from under them.”
NHS Supervisor Kevin Smith and Health Minister Deb Matthews have told residents that in-patient Pediatric, Obstetrical and Gynecological services will be moved from Welland Hospital and Greater Niagara General Hospital to a new hospital in St. Catharines. For many, this would mean an hour-long drive to access urgent medical care.
“This short sighted decision seriously endangers the health and safety of my constituents and neighbours,” said Forster. “Forcing them to drive to the far end of St. Catharines for services they currently get close to home is unreasonable. The services should stay where they are.”
Forster and Campion, who chairs Welland’s Health Care Committee, are hopeful that public pressure can convince the new Premier to reconsider the dangerous decision. With the NHS facing a $13 million deficit, it could be years before a new hospital is completed in the Niagara area.
“I hope the new Premier won’t ignore the concerns of over 19,000 Ontarians who are worried about the future of their health care services,” said Forster. “I am eager to present the petition, and continue the fight, when the legislature resumes in late February.”