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  • Defamation of character suit against a conservative party worker, and
  • Calls for his murder following Resolution 50


Sid Ryan, President of CUPE Ontario

Press Conference to discuss defamation of character and a million-dollar lawsuit and a blog posting calling for the murder of Sid Ryan

Sheraton Centre Hotel, Oxford Room, Mezzanine Floor
123 Queen Street West, Toronto

Monday, September 11, 2006 at 2:30 p.m.

Legal counsel Brian Shell of Shell Lawyers will join Sid Ryan at the Press Conference.

Mr. Ryan and Mr. Shell will address his million-dollar lawsuit filed with the Superior Court of Justice in Oshawa that names Alan Clarke as the principal defendant.

During the 2006 federal election campaign, Mr. Clarke was listed on Conservative MP Colin Carrie’s website as a Conservative. Mr. Clarke stated in a leaflet distributed during the election campaign in and around Oshawa that Mr. Ryan “associates with criminals and terrorists.” Mr. Clarke also asserted in the leaflet that Mr. Ryan associated with the former Lord Mayor of Belfast and that he was therefore, somehow, linked with the murder of 2,500 people.

Elections Canada is continuing to investigate the allegations and a report is expected soon.

Mr. Ryan will also address a blog by an unnamed author that is calling for Mr. Ryan’s murder because of Mr. Ryan’s union’s support for Resolution 50 calling for the boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel in connection with events in the Middle East.


Sid Ryan
CUPE Ontario
416-209-0066 (cell)

Wendy Forbes
CUPE Communications
416-299-9739 ext 264