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OTTAWA, ON – On Monday, September 29, candidates running for office in Ottawa’s municipal elections will participate in a unique forum that investigates new and innovative tools for tackling the funding challenges of Canadian municipalities.

“Building a Sustainable Ottawa: Bridging the Funding Gap” will be hosted by Canadian experts in municipal policy. They will lead discussions to explore options for progressive revenues that allow cities like Ottawa to continue delivery of high-quality public services and to rebuild their ageing infrastructure.

The forum is sponsored by the Ottawa-Carleton Public Employees’ Union, Local 503 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). The event is also the Ottawa launch of CUPE’s new municipal revenues guide, Building Better Communities: a Fair Funding Toolkit for Canada’s Cities and Towns.

Discussions will be moderated by senior communications strategist Kathleen Monk, well known to Canadians for her appearances on CBC’s National panel, The Insiders. Joining her on the panel are:

  • Hugh Mackenzie, Principal with the economic consultancy Hugh Mackenzie and Associates;
  • Katrina Miller, Partner at Public Interest;
  • David Thompson, Principal at PolicyLink Research and Consulting and Policy Director of the Sustainable Communities program at Sustainable Prosperity, University of Ottawa

Members of the media are invited to attend the forum.

  • Who: 70+ candidates for office in Ottawa’s 2014 municipal elections
  • (mayoral and council candidates; incumbents and new candidates)
  • What: Building a Sustainable Ottawa: Bridging the Funding Gap
  • When: Monday, September 29, 8 am to 12 noon
  • Where: Delta Ottawa City Centre, Ballroom A, 101 Lyon Street, Ottawa

For information about attending the forum, contact:

Jean-Marc Bézaire, CUPE National Representative
613-293-8163 or e-mail jbezaire@cupe.ca

Carrie Lynn Poole-Cotnam, CUPE Local 503
613-292-8902 or e-mail clpoolecotnam@cupe503.com

For media inquiries, contact:

Mary Unan, CUPE Communications
905-739-3999 ext. 240 or 647-390-9839 (cell)

Karin Jordan, CUPE Communications
613-237-1590 ext. 187 or 613-222-4436 (cell)