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(St. Johns) Community, environmental and labour activists will gather in St. Johns this weekend (September 22 and 23) to talk about one of Newfoundland and Labradors hottest issueswater.

CUPE is sponsoring the Water Watch conference as both the provincial and local governments grapple with water quality issues, the controversial proposal to export bulk water and the long-awaited cleanup of the St. Johns Harbour. All three of these issues will be dealt with in detail at the conference.

The president of CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador, Wayne Lucas, says, The conference should prove to be lively and very timely. There arent too many issues that are affecting the people of this province more than water is right now.

Conference speakers include:

  • Wayne Lucas, President CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Martin Goebel, Director of Water Resources for the provincial government
  • Garry Bambrick, Council of Canadians
  • Jack Harris, NDP Leader
  • Beni Malone, Atlantic Coastal Action Program (ACAP)
  • Liam Walsh, Canadian Federation of Students (CFS)

As Canadas largest union, CUPE has been at the forefront of water quality issues with its Water Watch campaign - launched some three years ago.

(EDITORS: The CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador water conference is being held at the Fairmount Hotel, Cavendish Square in St. Johns, Saturday, September 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 23 from 9:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon.)

For information:
Wayne Lucas, President, CUPE Newfoundland & Labrador
(709) 726-8208
John McCracken, CUPE Communications Representative
(902) 455-4180 (o)