Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 06:00 PM · 8 rsvps
Central Lions Recreation Centre in Edmonton, AB, Canada

Lab services townhall

With the UCP's decision to quash the public laboratory hub project in Alberta, we are facing uncertainty about the future of our medical lab services. After years of government neglect of our public laboratories, Albertans were finally on their way to expanding and improving our public lab system. But even before being sworn in, this new government halted the development of this project and eventually cancelled it altogether. They failed to present Albertans with clarity as to how they would move forward in this area. Past behavior is a good predictor of future behavior - but in the case of this new government, we don't have to look in the past, just look at their election health platform to understand that privatization of this essential part of our public health will be the preferred route.

For years many Albertans, including front-line workers in laboratory services and pathologists, have opposed the privatization of laboratory services. Private, for-profit contracts remove the ability for the public to provide ongoing input to improve the system, and they minimize public oversight over the quality of our laboratory services. Albertans need to be presented with an honest and transparent business case that will provide the basis for an informed decision. We will not accept attempts to privatize our health care based on political gimmicks. 

Join us for an important conversation about how the cancellation of the public laboratory hub impacts the health care of each and every Albertan.

WHEN: August 29, 2019 6:00 pm

WHERE: Central Lions Recreation Centre, 11113 113 St, Edmonton

WHY: We need a system that puts patients before profits

With presentations from:

Cheryl Mather is a pathologist working at the University of Alberta Hospital as a contractor for Alberta Public Laboratories.  She is trained in general and molecular pathology and is the Clinical Lead of the Molecular Pathology Laboratory, which tests tissue samples for specific mutations that can guide diagnosis and treatment of cancer.  Dr. Mather is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta, where she trains medical students, laboratory technologists, and medical residents.  Dr. Mather has a strong interest in health economics and patient-centered care.

Trudy Thompson is the Vice President of Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA), which represents over 26,000 health care professionals, including approximately 6,000 lab workers across the province. She is a 40-year lab technologist in the Alberta system, and is currently the Chair of Friends of Medicare.

Ross Sutherland is registered nurse and has held several roles in Ontario's health care system, including in the Hotel Dieu Hospital emergency department, in home care, at the Street Health Center community health center, and as a Clinical Instructor in the Queen’s University Nursing School. He is the author of books including, False Positive: Private Profit in Canada's Medical Laboratories. Sutherland is currently a Councillor for South Frontenac Township, and is the Co-chair of the Kingston Health Coalition, and Chair of the Ontario Health Coalition. 



Tuesday, September 03, 2019 at 04:00 PM · 1 rsvp
Friends of Medicare - Westcor Building in Edmonton, AB, Canada

September 2019 Board Meeting

Friends of Medicare's Board of Directors meets 6 times a year to discuss the business of the organization.

Members in good standing are able to attend as guests. To RSVP and find out more please contact Friends of Medicare


Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 05:30 PM · $125.00 CAD · 2 rsvps
Chateau Louis

40th Anniversary!


Friends of Medicare is pleased to invite you to an evening in celebration of our 40 years of advancing the fight for public health care.

The event is being held September 26 at 5:30 pm, at the Chateau Louis in Edmonton. 

Our program that evening will include:

  • A song especially written and presented for our enjoyment by Maria Dunn, in commemoration of our 40 years of advocacy

  • The presentation of the Guardian of Public Health Award

  • A booklet researched and written by the Alberta Labour History Institute

  • A silent auction

  • and, of course, a wonderful dinner accompanied by wine

Please join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of the first 40 years of Friends of Medicare, and help us to look forward to our continuing work together to strengthen and defend our public health care system for all Albertans. 

Tickets are $125 each*, or $1000 for a table of eight. To buy tickets online, click here.

OR download this registration form and return it with a cheque by mail.

Know someone who is committed to advocating for our public health care system and the fight to protect it?

Nominate them for the Friend of Medicare Award or the Honourary Life Membership Award so they can be recognized at our gala for their contributions!

To nominate an individual or organization, click here.

Are you a long time supporter of Friends of Medicare?

If you have memorabilia from Friends of Medicare's history that you've collected over the years - posters, pictures, newspaper clippings, etc - please consider sharing it with us for use at our celebration!

Contact us at or 780-423-4581.


* If cost is a barrier to you attending this event, please contact our office and we will do our best to provide your with a sponsored or subsidized ticket. 



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Tuesday, November 05, 2019 at 04:00 PM
Friends of Medicare - Westcor Building in Edmonton, AB, Canada

November 2019 Board Meeting

Friends of Medicare's Board of Directors meets 6 times a year to discuss the business of the organization.

Members in good standing are able to attend as guests. To RSVP and find out more please contact Friends of Medicare