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The Canadian Union of Public Employees and the Council of Canadians are holding a town hall meeting on Tuesday, June 28 in Halifax to raise awareness about a new trade deal that threatens vital public services like water, transit, energy and health care. CUPE National President Paul Moist, Council of Canadians National Chairperson Maude Barlow and Mark Austin, Executive Director of Rural and Communities Network will speak at the event.

Canada and the European Union are negotiating a new Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) which they hope to sign by the end of this year. CUPE and the Council of Canadians oppose the deal because of the impact it will have on public services and the environment.

WHO:         Paul Moist, National President, Canadian Union of Public Employees
                  Maude Barlow, National Chairperson, Council of Canadians
                  Mark Austin, Executive Director, Rural and Communities Network

WHAT:       Public town hall meeting

WHEN:       Tuesday, June 28, 2011
                  7 – 9 p.m.

WHERE:     Italian Canadian Cultural Association
                 2629 Agricola Street, Halifax

The forum is part of a series of events planned across Canada.