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OTTAWA Energy and utility workers from CUPE locals across Canada are gathering in Ottawa May 5 and 6 to examine national and international issues and challenges facing the energy sector.

The prospects of a Canadian east-west electricity grid and the ongoing threat of state privatization are among top concerns of Canadas front line energy workers. Also of special concern: the deregulation of electricity markets, energy as a human right and the use of so-called smart meters in residential buildings.

  • WHAT: CUPE Energy Workers Meeting
  • WHEN: May 5-6, 2005
  • WHERE: Minto Place Suites Hotel, 433 Laurier Ave. West, Ottawa

Guest speakers include:

  • Carl Wood, Former Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission, United States (10:15 a.m., Thursday May 5)
  • Michel Clerc, President, SOS Right to Energy, France (10:45 a.m., Thursday May 5)
  • Shaun Loney, Director of Energy Policy, Energy, Science and Technology, Government of Manitoba (1:00 PM, Thursday May 5)
  • Paul Moist, CUPE National President (9:00 a.m., Thursday May 5, and 4:00 p.m., Friday May 6)
  • Claude Gnreux, CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer (9:00 a.m., Thursday May 5)

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is Canadas largest union, representing over half a million working women and men across the country.


Paul Moist, National President, cell (613) 558-2873; Claude Gnreux, National Secretary-Treasurer, cell (613) 794-8395; David Robbins, CUPE Communications, cell (613) 878-1431