Ottawa Hosts Steelworkers' First Home-Testing for Toxic Toys
WHAT: In-home lead testing for toxic toys
WHERE: 6 Marshall Avenue (between Anna & Admiral),
Carlington neighbourhood, near the intersection of Carling & Island Park
WHEN: 11 a.m., Thursday, November 8
OTTAWA, Nov. 7 /CNW/ - As more toxic toys are recalled and the
manufacturing job crisis grows, the United Steelworkers union (USW) is calling
on MPs to make products safer.
It was a key promise in October's Throne Speech, but so far only a new
website has followed from it.
Steelworkers from the Ottawa area will be testing toys for lead at a
family's home, followed by a news conference at 1 p.m. on Parliament Hill,
calling for new legislation to make imports safer and to make more products in
It is all part of a continent-wide push to 'get the lead out'.
Unregulated trade has meant lead is allowed back into products decades after
it was removed from most North American manufacturing.
The home-testing event takes place Thursday morning at a home with
four-year-old and 10-week-old children.
At the news conference will be USW Canadian National Director Ken Neumann
and Toronto MP Peggy Nash (NDP Parkdale-High Park). Nash is the NDP's industry
critic. It will take place:
WHERE: Charles Lynch Press Theatre (Room 130-S, Centre Block)
WHEN: 1 p.m., Thursday, November 8
For further information:
For further information: CONTACT: USW toxic trade website,
www.stoptoxicimports.org, or Pat Van Horne, USW Communications, (416)
544-5990; Ian Capstick, NDP caucus press secretary, (613) 720-6400