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Petition asks province to reconsider cancelling Grimsby hospital build


A petition is making the rounds online, asking the provincial government to rethink axing the rebuild of West Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Grimsby.

The Liberals cancelled the project in this week's budget, to help reduce the province's $15-billion dollar deficit.  The government pledged a revamp of West Lincoln Memorial in 2005.

The online petition says West Niagara deserves "an updated, clean & safe hospital".  It underlines that residents have raised $13-million  to help with the rebuild & asks the government to reconsider.
The petition will be presented to Grimsby town council at their meeting Monday night.

By Friday morning over 230 signatures have been added.  You can find the petition here.
Cancellation of the West Lincoln Memorial rebuild came as a shock to hospital CEO Vickie Baird.  She told 610 CKTB News this week, she had been getting only positive messaging on the project from the Ministry of Health.

West Lincoln Mayor Doug Joyner calls the move "a slap in the face" to the people of West Niagara & one Regional Councillor for Grimsby Debbie Zimmerman says they won't give in easily on.

Niagara West-Glanbrook MPP Tim Hudak is meeting with hospital staff Friday afternoon.  THudak has blasted the Premier in the days after the budget for promising a hospital he knew the province couldn't afford.

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