SOS Montfort Timeline
Montfort went through numerous transformations since its founding in 1953; the Montfort team met many challenges and won many victories. But it is for the “SOS Montfort” cause that our hospital has entered the history books.
Ontario’s Health Services Restructuring Commission recommends closure of Hôpital Montfort.
Creation of the SOS Montfort movement, led by Gisèle Lalonde, to save the hospital from closure.
2000 students from local high schools and La Cité college march to Montfort and form a human chain around the hospital.
Close to 10 000 people fill the room during the Grand Ralliement solidarity rally, with songs, music and speeches.
The Commission postpones its final decision on hospital closings in Ottawa.
Unveiling of the SOS Montfort Resistance Monument.
The Commission announces that Hôpital Montfort will remain open and retain its own administration.
The laneway leading up to the hospital is renamed “Avenue du 22 mars” to mark the anniversary of the Grand Ralliement solidarity rally.
The SOS Montfort Fund campaign is launched.
June 14 to 18
Montfort’s cause is defended by Ronald Caza before three judges of the Ontario Divisional Court, before a packed courtroom.
The Ontario Divisional Court rules in favour of Montfort and contests the Commission’s instructions. The Court orders that the hospital remain open.
May 14 to 17
Three judges of the Court of Appeal hear both parties defend their positions in Toronto.
Victory! Ontario’s Court of Appeal hands down a unanimous and unequivocal decision in favour of SOS Montfort.
Following the Court of Appeal’s ruling, and in light of chronic under-funding, the hospital receives a large budget to enable it to pursue its double mission of community services and teaching.
Launch of the book “Montfort : la lutte d’un people” by Michel Gratton, in the main entrance of the hospital.
Creation of the “March 22 Medal.” Twenty-two of these medals are minted, to be awarded to individuals who have shown pride, determination and tenacity, three qualities crucial to the success of Hôpital Montfort.
Unveiling of a mural commemorating the SOS Montfort movement on the Vanier Parkway, close to McArthur Avenue.
Official unveiling of La Francophonie Monument in front of the hospital, before a crowd of some 200 people.
Proclamation of March 22 as the Day of Franco-Ontarian Solidarity by Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, on the anniversary of the Grand Ralliement solidarity rally.
The Foundation presents a performance to celebrate 20 years of franco-ontarian Solidarity.