One of the largest unions in the province is calling on the Ontario government to declare anti-Black racism a public health crisis.

The Ontario division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, which represents 270,000 employees in the province, said it is joining a coalition of Black community health leaders, including Alliance for Healthier Communities, the Black Health Committee, the Black Health Alliance, and the Network for Advancement of Black Communities, in calling for urgent action from the Ford government.

“Anti-Black racism has undeniably harmful effects on Black Ontarians,” Fred Hahn, the president of CUPE Ontario, said in a news release issued Wednesday.

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