Vancouver demonstrators mourn cuts to refugee health care at Day of the Dead vigil
Demonstrators with painted faces marked Day of the Dead with a protest against changes to health-care coverage for refugees that came into effect earlier this year.
By Yolande Cole, November 2, 2012
Demonstrators carrying candles and placards walked through Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside Thursday (November 1) in continued protest of cuts to a federal health program for refugees.
The candlelight vigil was timed to coincide with the Latin American holiday Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Protestors, some with their faces painted to mark the tradition, said the march was meant to signify the “death” of the former version of Canada’s Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP).read more