Private Profit vs the Public Good

NS Health Coalition 2019 AGM + Workshop

Date and Registration Details

Our 2019 Annual General Meeting and conference will take place January 19, 2019 at the Halifax Central Library from 9:30am to 4:30pm.

There is no cost to attend and lunch will be provided.

Advanced Registration is required and closes on January 17, 2019 at noon. Space is limited so please make sure you register in advance and let us know if you need to cancel.


Workshops + Speakers

As Nova Scotia's health care crisis worsens there is an increasing call for more privatization. Evidence from countries across the world show that privatized health care undermines the public system, increase costs and result in worse care for most people. So why is there this push for private, for-profit care in our province?

Join the NS Health Coalition as we explore why corporations think private health care is a potential profit bonanza, what happens when health care and bodies are reduced to commodities and how big companies are trying to increase profits and undermine the public system in Nova Scotia. We will also share skills that you can use to fight to improve public health care in your community.

From 9:30am to 2:00pm we will be hosting our annual conference featuring speakers and workshops. The theme of this year’s conference is Private Profits vs. the Public Good.

Speakers, workshop themes and the schedule will be available soon. Details of our 2018 conference are still available on our website.

Tentative Schedule

9:30 Registration opens
9:40 - 10:00 Opening Remarks (Room 301)

10:00 - 11:00 Panel and discussion 1: The privatization and commodification of health and health care
Sharon Batt, PhD
Govind Rao

11:00 - 11:10: Coffee and tea break

11:10 to 12:15: Skills workshops (pick one)

Workshop A: Digging up the dirt: An introduction to Freedom of Information requests (Ian Johnson, PhD) (Room 301)
Workshop B: Staying on message: How to give an interview and talk to the media (Robin Tress) (BMO room)

12:15 - 12:45: Lunch (provided and free) (Room 301)

12:45 - 1:45: Panel and discussion 2: P3s and Plasma: privatizing health care in Nova Scotia (Room 301)
Mary Otto
Chris Parsons

2:00 to 4:00 Annual General Meeting (Room 301)

Annual General Meeting

The 2019 annual general meeting will take place from 2:30pm to 4:30pm. It is the annual meeting of our membership and includes the election of officers, voting on by-law changes and delivery of annual reports.

The AGM is open only to members, but annual memberships are available day-of at the registration table.

Full agenda and documents will be available in January.

The by-law changes proposed by the by-law review committee are available here.