Calgary Steelworkers Provide Home Testing for Toxic Toys: Union Urges End to 'Toxic Trade'

    CALGARY, Nov. 27 /CNW/ - Appearing in a Calgary home with children and
concerned parents this morning, representatives of the United Steelworkers
(USW) conducted lead testing of the children's toys with kits that the union
provides to the public.
    In response to the recall of over two million unsafe toys, the union is
calling on government to take actions to ensure Canadian kids are protected
from lead and other toxic materials.
    USW Local 6034 President Lana Heaman said that politicians must take
actions to ensure that Canadian laws protect children from exposure to all
toxic materials.
    "Parents have a right to expect and know that what they purchase for
their children is safe beyond a doubt," said Heaman. "The public simply does
not trust that government has done an adequate job to regulate what importers
sell in Canada."
    Despite a recent throne speech by the Stephen Harper Government, only a
website on toxic substances has been posted by federal authorities.
    Earlier this month the federal New Democratic Party and the Steelworkers
made the call for a new Toxic Import Protection Act to make imports safer and
protect manufacturing jobs at home.
    USW Western Canada Director Steve Hunt says the hidden cost of
deregulated international trade means that compounds containing lead have
resurfaced as toxic ingredients in children's toys and products, as well as
antifreeze chemicals in toothpaste and pesticide ingredients in baby soothers.
    "Parents want to provide a safe home with safe products for their kids,"
said Hunt. "This is a value that we all share. Now our elected officials have
to act."

    The USW is Canada's most diverse union, representing more than 280,000
men and women working in every sector of Canada's economy.

For further information:

For further information: Lana Heaman, (403) 922-5589; Keith Turcotte
(USW Area Coordinator), (403) 999-6162; For more information, please visit the
Steelworkers' toxic trade website at

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