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The CUPE Saskatchewan 42nd Annual Convention took place last week. In addition to being the first of our division conventions this year, the event also saw the launch of CUPE Celebrates 2006. This publication – full of great images of our members, short articles and factoids about CUPE in Canada – gives us a chance to express pride in our recent successes as well as learn about achievements of other CUPE members across the country. We hope you’ll take the time to read through it, and we welcome your feedback.

A few things are special about CUPE Celebrates this year.  First of all,  by switching to 100% Post-consumer, recycled and chlorine-free paper, we have:

Saved the equivalent of 54 mature trees
Reduced solid wastes by 3,448 lb.
Reduced the quantity of water used by 32,525 gallons
Reduced suspended particles in the water by 22 lb.
Reduced air emissions by 6,693 lb.
Reduced natural gas consumption by 7,905 cubic feet by using biogas

In addition, MPH Graphics, the union printer in Toronto that is printing CUPE Celebrates, powers their plant using a 100% Green Energy provider in Ontario, leading to further environmental savings.

Another great feature of this edition of CUPE Celebrates is a map of all the CUPE offices across Canada.  This map also appears in electronic form on the website, and contains location and contact information of each office.

To accompany CUPE Celebrates, CUPE.ca will be running a contest relevant to each CUPE region in Canada. The first quiz focuses on CUPE in Saskatchewan, a province with  a lot to be proud of. On the pages of CUPE Celebrates you’ll find the information that will provide answers a short quiz, and if you answer all five questions correctly before March 16th, your name will be entered in a draw to win CUPE bags and other prizes.

Watch for quizzes about Alberta, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Quebec, B.C., PEI, and Ontario.