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The Canadian Union of Public Employees and the Council of Canadians are holding a town hall meeting on Wednesday, June 29 in St. John’s 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 Gus Etchegary, Chair of Fisheries Community Alliance, 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
                 Gus Etchegary, Chair, Fisheries Community Alliance

WHAT:       Public town hall meeting

WHEN:       Wednesday, June 29, 2011
                  7 – 9 p.m.

WHERE:     The Lantern
                  35 Barnes Road, St. John’s

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