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Toronto—After nearly seven years of a Tory government intent on destroying equity legislation impacting on visible minorities, women, the disabled, gays and lesbians and aboriginals, Ontarians from these diverse communities have learned to work together to build networks and develop strong strategies to fight back.

More than 100 equity seeking activists from across the province will attend the CUPE Ontario Equity Conference being held at Toronto’s Colony Hotel on February 1, 2, 3. The conference is focused on developing community-based solutions to the regressive and hurtful policies of the Tory government.

“Through legislation, policy and direct targeting of some groups in our society, this government has fostered a climate of division in our province. But, there are many people in our communities who are working together to ensure that the future attacks from the Tories are met with successful resistance and clear opposition,” says Sid Ryan the Ontario president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

Ryan will be speaking at the conference at 1 p.m. Friday, February 1. Other guest speakers (at the conference between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Friday) include: Denise Campbell, former president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, Roger McKenzie with the British Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Judy Darcy, president of CUPE National.

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For more information please contact:
Sid Ryan, President CUPE Ontario - (416) 209-0066
Stella Yeadon, CUPE Communications - (416) 578-8774