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TORONTO – The Air Canada Component of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is inviting its members, air travellers and concerned citizens to the North American premiere of “Welcome Aboard Toxic Airlines,” a ground-breaking documentary on aircraft contaminated air. The event will take place on Sunday, October 26, 2008 at 1 p.m., at the Planet in Focus International Environmental Film & Video Festival in Toronto.

The film tells the story of what some airline crews call the biggest cover up in aviation history. Passengers and crews have been breathing unfiltered air taken directly from aircraft engines for nearly 50 years, this despite the fact that the air is believed to be contaminated with engine oil containing neurotoxins, carcinogens and other hazardous chemicals.

This is a very powerful documentary, which addresses serious concerns about the health and safety of airline crews and passengers. CUPE is studying the issue and developing information for its members and health and safety representatives,” said Brian Buchanan, flight attendant and health and safety representative with CUPE 4090.

North American premiere of documentary film
“Welcome Aboard Toxic Airlines”

Brian Buchanan, health and safety chair, CUPE 4090
(Air Canada Halifax flight attendants) will be present and
available for comments

Sunday, October 26, 2008 at 1 p.m.

Planet in Focus International Environmental Film & Video Festival
Royal Ontario Museum
100 Queen’s Park

Humberto da Silva, CUPE National Representative – 416-839-9550
Sébastien Goulet, CUPE Communications – 613-808-0675