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Hospitals Belong Where People Live!

$18,545 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 119 people in 18 days
Created February 2, 2019
Help residents of Windsor, Ontario, left with no choice but to launch a legal challenge to prevent the loss of their acute care hospitals. The greenfield mega-plan will make hospital-based services considerably less accessible for tens of thousands of Windsor’s 200,000 residents. The two urban facilities are to be replaced by a single, regional mega-hospital on active farmland 13km (8 miles) from the city centre. Hospitals belong where people live! 

It is a plan that disregards both the City's own Official Plan and Ontario's Provincial Policy Statement. It will create further urban sprawl at a time when other municipalities are shifting to implement more environmentally responsible planning policies.

Thousands of residents have declared their displeasure with the anticipated closing of Windsor's urban hospitals with lawn signs: "Don't Close Met and Ouellette, We All Deserve Better!", "Re-Think the Mega-Plan, It's not a Done Deal" and "Re-Think the Mega-Hospital, We Deserve a Better Plan!" 

For five years, the reasonable concerns raised by Citizens For An Accountable Mega-Hospital Planning Process, along with community groups that include the Ontario Health Coalition, and a growing number of individuals willing to speak out publicly, have been ignored.

Together, we have been asking local decision-makers to develop a legitimately responsible, inclusive and transparent planning process, because the health, economic and environmental consequences will affect the region’s well-being for generations to come.

The mega-plan is being used to justify a major new subdivision adjacent to Windsor’s airport. Yet, the local population is aging and economic growth is stagnant. Other post-industrial communities are tackling their renewal needs by taking advantage of existing urban infrastructure. While the mega-plan may temporarily benefit a few developers, it will increase Windsor’s long-term residential tax burden and create barriers to healthcare.

Local officials (elected and unelected) have consistently confused the population with mixed messages and an opaque strategy to limit public input and discussion. Many residents were misled into believing the region was gaining an additional hospital, rather than losing two. While hospital officials encourage staff to express their support, the public is largely unaware that medical personnel are prevented from voicing negative concerns.

There’s no debate about the need for updated local health care infrastructures. Residents in outlying municipalities also need and deserve accessible healthcare, though the solution does not lie in pitting county residents against city residents. There are better ways to improve Essex County residents' access to healthcare services that do not involve gutting the city core. 

On January 30th, 2019, a legal challenge was filed against Windsor City Council`s August 13, 2018 decision to make way for the proposed mega-facility on the edge of the city limits, on greenfield lands, along with the residential and commercial development of a further 1,000 acres of prime agricultural lands.

This legal challenge is costly, so please give generously. If you wish to donate directly, please email our fundraising team at WindsorHospitalAppeal (at) gmail (dot) com.

For the first phase of this campaign, we need to raise $50,000 by the end of March.

A note to health care professionals and other supporters who may need to remain anonymous: We thank those of you who have supported our efforts but who could not publicly come forward. We want to assure those of you who will financially contribute to this important campaign, that all anonymous contributions will remain completely confidential.

To learn more details about the issue and the legal appeal, including current population, health care and economic data, please visit our website.  

Eric K. Gillespie: Our lawyer; he is a leading municipal and environmental lawyer based in Toronto. He has been counsel in many precedent-setting legal challenges including the Walkerton Water Inquiry, as well as Canada’s largest environmental class-action (Pearson/Smith v. Inco) and the ongoing G20 class action up to the Supreme Court of Canada. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto.
Jennifer Keesmaat: Our expert witness; she the former Chief Planner of the City of Toronto, a recipient of the Canadian Institute of Planners’ highest Presidents Award, and a member of the International Panel of Experts, Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority.
Melinda Munro: Windsor Hospital Appeal campaign spokesperson;  she is a Windsor based municipal and not for profit consultant whose work emphasizes service effectiveness and efficiency.
Philippa von Ziegenweidt: General media inquiries. Philippa is a former forensic accountant and financial analyst; she is a founding member of Citizens for an Accountable Mega-Hospital Planning Process.

"Given the legitimacy of the concerns raised by the public ... the duty to consider, address and engage concerns regarding the planning process, the planning rationale, mobility, access and equity are insufficiently met to satisfy even the most basic interpretations of the expectations from community engagement..."   -- Jennifer Keesmaat
                                                                   
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Raised by 119 people in 18 days
Created February 2, 2019
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