Residents encouraged to provide input regarding proposed School of Medicine in Brampton

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Published October 26, 2021 at 10:56 am

Residents of Brampton are encouraged to provide their input regarding the proposed School of Medicine in Flower City including the name.

Ryerson and the City of Brampton will be hosting a series of town halls wherein residents will be able to provide their input regarding the name of the School of Medicine that has been proposed for Brampton, as well as how it would fit in the community.

There will be a total of five consultations, between October 28 and November 23. The virtual events will be hosted by City councillors and Ryerson leadership.

The meetings will allow community members the opportunity to learn about School of Medicine proposal and discuss its community impact, including its name.

In July, Brampton City Council voted in favour of a $1 million planning grant to help fund a future School of Medicine in the city, matching the funding invested by the Province earlier this year.

“Historically, Brampton has not received its fair share of funding in health care services resulting in hospital overcrowding and hallway medicine. Through the creation of a medical school, we have the opportunity to strengthen our city’s healthcare system to one that fosters local talent, creates economic growth and is considerate of our cultural diversity,” Mayor Patrick Brown said in a news release.

“This starts with ensuring our community members are heard and that their feedback is considered, and I encourage everyone to take the opportunity to participate in these important discussions.”

The focus of the School of Medicine’s name comes after the decision was made that Ryeron University would change its name, after hundreds of bodies were discovered on the grounds of former residential schools over the summer.

Egerton Ryerson, the figure the institution was named after, was instrumental in establishing the residential school system in Canada.

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