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Toronto - The collective voice of 200,000 members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), in Ontario, will join with the hundreds of thousands of voices across North America and around the world, who will be marching in protest of the looming war on Iraq.

Sid Ryan the Ontario president of CUPE will attend the ’No War on Iraq’ peace march and rally, Saturday, January 18 beginning at 12 noon, Nathan Phillips Square and be among those speaking at Convocation Hall, University of Toronto, at 2:30 p.m.

In a letter sent to the Prime Minister, Ryan called on the government to:
  • take a principled stand and withdraw its support for this war;
  • take a leading role in helping create a culture of peace;
  • speak out against racist, anti-Arab, anti-Islamic and anti-Semitic sentiment wherever and whenever it happens.

“We believe that Canada must uphold these principles, which are very much in line with the traditional role that Canada has played in the international community. We should be working through established international bodies and using existing international treaties in an effort to build a world free of violence, terrorism and war.

“We should not be spending millions on a military operation while cutting funding for public services and public infrastructure. This is not the way to end violence, hatred and oppression. It is not the way to build a just and better world,” says Ryan.


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