Media Advisory - Time to Make Toys Safer for Our Children:



    Steelworkers to Test Children's Toys for Lead in Multi-city Blitz Monday

    TORONTO, Nov. 30 /CNW/ - As the biggest season for retail hits its
stride, the United Steelworkers (USW) is taking its campaign to protect
children from toxic imported toys all over Ontario on Monday, Dec. 3.
    A multi-city blitz (times, locations and contacts listed below) will test
children's toys for lead, using kits made available to the public by the union
    As more toxic toys are recalled from the Canadian marketplace the USW is
calling on federal and provincial politicians to ensure that consumer products
are made safe for our children.
    A commitment to protect Canadians was made in October's Throne Speech by
Stephen Harper, but so far only a new website has been provided by the federal
government.
    Many of Monday's testing events will take place in homes, with children
and parents present. Others will take place union halls and community centres.
    All the events are part of a continent-wide effort by the union to "get
the lead out". For decades most toys have stopped being manufactured in North
America, while increasing unregulated foreign trade has resulted in the mass
importation of toxic products.

    Here is where the testing will take place:

    TORONTO
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    1:30 p.m.
    In-home lead testing for toxic toys
    1400 Bathurst Street (entrance off Helena Street)
    Apt. 522
    Toronto, Ontario M5R 3S5
    CONTACT:  Stuart Deans Area Coordinator 416.977.7274
    Carolle Gilgeous 416.977.7274

    MISSISSAUGA
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    1:30 p.m.
    In-home lead testing for toxic toys
    Home of Libby Norris, 854 John Watt Blvd. (Mavis & Derry)
    Mississauga, Ontario. L5W 1G2
    CONTACT: Fil Falbo Area Coordinator 905.629.4991
    Anita Bryan 905.629.4991

    HAMILTON
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    10 a.m.
    Union Hall
    1031 Barton St. E.
    Hamilton, Ontario
    CONTACT: Tony DePaulo Area Coordinator 905.545.3008
    Kathleen Grant 905.545.3008

    KITCHENER
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    1 p.m.
    In-home lead testing for toxic toys at the home of Susan Baker
    134 Lancaster Street West
    Kitchener, Ontario
    CONTACT: Tom Walsh - Area Coordinator 519.650.3405
    Val Grace 519.650.3405; 519.498.0826

    WALKERTON
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    11 a.m.
    In-home lead testing for toxic toys
    206 Jane St.
    CONTACT: Steve Banks - Area Coordinator 519.652.1633
    Mary Lou Scott 519.652.1633
    Bruce Weber - 519.364.2229

    SUDBURY
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    11 a.m.
    The Jubilee Family Resource Centre
    189 Applegrove,
    Sudbury, Ontario
    CONTACT: Dan O'Reilly - Area Coordinator 705.675.2461
    Lynne Descary-Parker 705.677.5927; 705.688.9114
    Terri Nugent 705.342.9563; 705.774.8815
    Lise Groulx at 705.675.2462

    HAWKESBURY
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    4:30 p.m.
    Union Hall
    212-250 Main Street East
    Hawkesbury, Ontario.
    CONTACT: Peggy McComb - Area Coordinator 613.546.1177
    Dorothy McRae-Golden 613.260.7205
    Lina Brunette 613.632.2995

    KINGSTON
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    11 a.m.
    Ontario Early Years Centre
    1066 Hudson Drive, Kingston
    2 p.m.
    Union hall
    105 Sutherland Drive
    Unit 7, Kingston

    PORT HOPE
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    4:15 p.m.
    459 Crost Street,
    Port Hope, Ontario
    CONTACT:
    Peggy McComb - Area Coordinator 613.546.1177
    Wendy Roberts 289.251.1022





For further information:

For further information: For more on the campaign to Stop Toxic Imports,
go to www.stoptoxicimports.org


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