Media advisory - Celebration honours Rideau Canal workers

    OTTAWA, Aug. 29 /CNW Telbec/ - The Public Service Alliance of Canada
(PSAC) and its Union of Canadian Transportation Employees (UCTE) component
have been instrumental in organizing a tribute to the 6,000 workers who built
the Rideau Canal.
    Timed to coincide with the Labour Day weekend, the event focuses on the
contribution made by the workers who made the Canal a reality. Over 4,000
workers were injured on the job and 1,000 died as a result of injury or
malaria. The event brings to a close the celebration of the Canal's 175th
    Activities are scheduled from noon until 8:00 p.m. with a formal ceremony
during the afternoon. There will be theatre, dance and music, ending with a
fireworks display. The formal ceremony will include presentations by PSAC and
UCTE officials and representatives from Parks Canada, as well as a performance
by the Parks Canada Players. The Irish Society of Kingston will dedicate a
Celtic Cross to the memory of the workers during the ceremony.

    Date:           Saturday, September 1, 2007

    Time:           Formal ceremony from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
                    The ceremony will be opened by
                    Algonquin First Nation Elder Albert Dumont

    Place:          Jones Falls Lockstation,
                    Jones Falls, Ontario (directions below)

    Participants:   John Gordon, PSAC National President
                    Mike Wing, UCTE National President
                    Wayne Samuelson, President, Ontario Federation of Labour
                    Norma Wrightly, President, Lanark and District Labour


    From Ottawa (approximately 100 minutes):

    Follow Highway 417 (Queensway) west to Highway 416. Follow Highway 416
south and exit at Roger Stevens / Smiths Falls/ North Gower. Turn right at the
stop to go through North Gower, then stay on Roger Stevens until you get to
Smiths Falls. In Smiths Falls, follow directions for Highway 15. Follow
Highway 15 south until you reach Jones Falls Road. Turn right right onto Jones
Falls Road and follow it until you reach the Lockstation.

    From Kingston (approximately 30 minutes):
    Follow Highway 401 east to Highway 15. Take Highway 15 north, following
directions towards Smiths Falls. Just north of the town of Morton, turn left
onto Jones Falls Road and follow it until you reach the Lockstation.

For further information:

For further information: Ed Cashman, PSAC Regional Executive
Vice-President (National Capital Region), cell.: (613) 297-1924

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