Media Advisory: A delegation of concerned paramedics to visit Minister of Health Christine Elliott at her constituency office on Friday

NEWMARKET, ON – On Friday, November 15th, at 11 a.m., paramedics represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) will visit the constituency office of Minister of Health Christine Elliott. Paramedics are concerned about government plans to restructure land ambulance in Ontario, and rumours of privatization. Many communities are already grappling with ambulance shortages…

First Responders Day

This year, on May 1st, CUPE Ontario and the CUPE Ambulance Committee of Ontario (CACO) are again recognizing First Responders Day. We would like to express our immense pride in the commitment and compassion paramedics and health care staff bring to saving lives every day in Ontario. Our support for you and our pride in…

Who do Ontarians want to respond when they call 911? 83 per cent say ambulance paramedics, not fire for medical response

TORONTO, ON – A new provincial poll released today shows that Ontarians aren’t on board for recent Liberal government changes that would redirect 911 medical calls away from paramedic ambulance services to fire departments. If they had to make a 911 call for medical assistance for themselves or a family member, more than 83 per…

Paramedics protest at Queen’s Park Tuesday; say province is courting death and disaster with changes to Ambulance Act

  TORONTO, ON – In an uncommon show of opposition to changes to paramedic pre-hospital medical care, dozens of paramedics from several communities are protesting at the Ontario Legislature tomorrow (Tuesday, December 12 at 10:00 a.m.) amendments to the Ambulance Act they believe will hurt patients needing emergency medical care. The government plans third and…

Ontario’s largest paramedic group cautions Health Minister on new emergency rules

NIAGARA FALLS, ON – Paramedics conferencing in Niagara Falls today, voted unanimously to adopt a resolution setting strict conditions before they will endorse legislative changes soon expected to the rules governing the delivery of emergency services in Ontario. Newly elected Chair of the CUPE Ambulance Committee of Ontario (CACO) Jason Fraser said Ontario’s frontline paramedics…

Paramedic union ratifies collective agreement

WATERLOO, ON – Members of Local 5191 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 5191), representing emergency medical services workers in the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, have ratified a tentative agreement after two days of voting. The union will now await ratification of the agreement by Waterloo Regional Council, who are expected to make…

Media blackout in effect as paramedic union and Region of Waterloo continue talks

WATERLOO, ON – Local 5191 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (Regional Municipality of Waterloo Emergency Medical Services) and the Region of Waterloo have mutually agreed to a media blackout, effective until further notice. Both parties are committed to continue working towards a collective agreement. – 30 – For more information, please contact: Matthew…