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North Scarborough launches ‘Save the Grace’ campaign on hospital cuts

Scarborough Health Network says emergency room will remain

Scarborough-Mirror February 27, 2019  Mike Adler 
Save The Grace

Emergency Department nurse Jennifer Lerma argues on Feb. 25 against closing the Scarborough Health Network’s Birchmount campus pediatric and obstetric wards, while being joined on the panel by Dr. Lisa Salamon (left) and Dr. Raymond Shu during a “Save The Grace” meeting at the L’Amoreaux Community Centre. – Mike Adler/Metroland

 

Many people supporting Scarborough’s Birchmount hospital campus — “the Grace,” to those who work there or live in Agincourt — don’t believe the Scarborough Health Network’s  (SHN) promises about the future.

Feb. 25 meeting at L’Amoreaux Community Recreation Centre at 7:30 p.m. to kick off a “Save the Grace” movement meeting called to oppose Scarborough hospital cuts

Event takes place Feb. 25 at L’Amoreaux Community Recreation Centre

Scarborough-Mirror February 9, 2019 Mike Adler 
Scar Health Network

Scar Health Network The Scarborough Health Network decided on Jan. 24, 2019 to close in-patient Women’s and Children’s services at its Birchmount campus in Agincourt. – Dan Pearce/Metroland

A community campaign is forming against closure of obstetrics and pediatrics wards at Scarborough Health Network’s Birchmount site, as Agincourt residents, doctors and other medical staff look to the province to intervene.

Scarborough health care divide deepens after Birchmount cuts approved

Scar Health Network

The Scarborough Health Network decided on Jan. 24, 2019 to close in-patient Women’s and Children’s services at its Birchmount campus in Agincourt. – Dan Pearce/Metroland

A long-standing divide over hospital care in Scarborough just got worse.

Scarborough Health Network board approves Birchmount campus cuts

Agincourt site to lose its Women’s and children’s services

Scarborough-Mirror Jnaury 28, 2019 News
Scarborough Health Network press

Scarborough-Agincourt Councillor Jim Karygiannis stands on Jan. 18 with doctors and nurses opposed program cuts at Scarborough Health Network’s Birchmount campus. – Metroland file photo

Women’s and children’s services at Scarborough Health Network’s Birchmount campus will close, the hospital’s board decided on Thursday, Jan. 24.

Casino shuttle buses unwelcome near Scarborough malls, says councillor

Companies use street as ‘cheap bus terminal,’ resident says

Scarborough-Mirror January 18, 2018 Mike Adler 
BUS no-stopping zone

A motorcoach stops to pick up passengers on Bonis Avenue, near an entrance to Agincourt Mall, on Tuesday, Jan. 15, the day Scarborough councillors decided to investigate making the street a no-stopping zone for buses. – Mike Adler/Metroland

Casino shuttles parked near malls and plazas are being targeted by a Scarborough councillor who says they pose a safety hazard.

Jim Karygiannis says he’s asking companies to keep tour buses off residential streets in his Scarborough-Agincourt ward.

That includes Bonis Avenue beside Agincourt Mall, Redlea Avenue near Splendid China and Bamburgh Circle near a commercial plaza at Warden and Steeles avenues.

“On one hour on Bonis you will probably find three or four buses,” Karygiannis told Scarborough Community Council on Jan. 15.

“I’m asking: please find other places.”

Companies which operate the shuttles seven days a week started stopping on Bonis, and then approached Agincourt Mall about using its parking areas, said Steve Bishop, vice president of development services for the mall’s owner, North American Development Group.

Last fall, after a year or two of complaints from customers, tenants and residents about their presence, the mall told companies their buses were no longer welcome.

“We were concerned about liability,” Bishop added.

The shuttles, however, went back to picking up and dropping off passengers on Bonis, sometimes “right in front” of a crosswalk close to the Agincourt Public Library, Paul McKinlay, who lives nearby, told Scarborough councillors.

“They’re just using it as a cheap bus terminal,” he added.