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Halifax – CUPE Nova Scotia will hold a human rights conference this weekend, March 2-4, at the Citadel Halifax Hotel. Under the theme “Your Union: Raising Equity Issues”, speakers at the conference will include:

  • Michael Noonan, Acting Director & CEO of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission on ‘Making Equity a Reality’ – 9:30 am March 3
  • Dulcie MacCullum, Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Review Officer for the Province of Nova Scotia on “Are Unions actually Promoters and Protectors of Human Rights?” – 10:45 am March 3
  • Stephen Kimber, Rogers Communications Chair in Journalism at the University of King’s College on ‘Making Reparations: Repairing the Divides that Keep Us Apart’ - 1:30 pm March 3
  • Maureen MacDonald, NDP MLA on ‘Making Progress on Human Rights in a Cold Climate!’ – 2:30 pm March 3
  • Karl Flecker, Anti-Racism and Human Rights Department, Canadian Labour Congress on the ‘Challenges Workers of Colour Face Today in the Struggle for Equality’ – 3:30 pm March 3
  • Dharam Bhoodhoo, Diversity VP CUPE National on ‘Strength in Diversity’ – 9:00 am March 4
  • Panel discussion with Celine Poitras, National Pink Triangle Committee, Leo Cheverie, CUPE Aboriginal Council and Barbara Moore, National Women’s Task Force – 10:30 am March 4

The conference will also hear from CUPE National President Paul Moist, National Secretary Treasurer Claude Généreux, CUPE Nova Scotia President Danny Cavanagh and Chair of the N.S. Human Rights Committee, Neeraj Bhanot.

For information:
Neeraj Bhanot, N.S. Human Rights Committee Chair - (902) 522-2664 (h); Danny Cavanagh, CUPE Nova Scotia President - (902) 957-0822 (Cell); John McCracken, CUPE Communications Rep - 455-4180 (0)