Media advisory - First civil society gathering on Security and Prosperity Partnership to be held in Ottawa



    OTTAWA, March 27 /CNW Telbec/ -

    WHAT:

    On March 31, Ottawa will host Integrate This! - The first civil society
gathering on the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP).

    A few weeks ago, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Canadian Foreign
Affairs Minister Peter MacKay and other high-ranking government officials and
business leaders from Canada, the United States and Mexico met in Ottawa to
advance the SPP agenda. Now, the Council of Canadians, the Canadian Labour
Congress and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives are bringing together
activists, academics, workers, politicians, journalists and concerned citizens
from Canada, Mexico and the United States to challenge the Big-Business vision
of North American integration contained in the SPP.

    WHO:

    Avi Lewis, media personality and acclaimed documentary filmmaker
    Antonia Juhasz, U.S.-based policy analyst and author of The Bu$h Agenda:
    Invading the World One Economy at a Time
    Bertha Lujan, Minister of Labour for the Legitimate Government of Mexico
    Diana Gibson, Research Director of the Parkland Institute
    Dorval Brunelle, professor of sociology at the Université du Quebec à
    Montréal
    Elizabeth May, leader, Green Party of Canada
    Hassan Yussuff, Secretary-Treasurer, Canadian Labour Congress
    Judy Rebick, social justice activist and founder of rabble.ca
    Maria Mourani, Bloc Québécois MP (Ahuntsic) and Critic for the Status of
    Women.
    Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians
    Maureen Webb, human rights lawyer, and author of Illusions of Security:
    Global Surveillance and Democracy in the Post-9/11 World
    Peter Julian, NDP MP (Burnaby-New Westminster) and International Trade
    Critic
    Steven Staples, Director of the Rideau Institute and author of Missile
    Defence: Round 1

    And many others.

    WHEN:

    Saturday, March 31, 2007
    9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Doors open at 8:00 a.m. for registration, workshop
    sign up, coffee)

    WHERE:

    Ottawa Technical High School - 440 Albert St, Ottawa




For further information:

For further information: Meera Karunananthan, Media Officer: (613)
233-4487 ext. 234, cell: (613) 795-8685, meera@canadians.org

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