Media Advisory - CUPE BC president to tour Kootenays on economic issues

    Public meetings in three municipalities to explore local investment
    alternatives to P3s

    BURNABY, BC, Feb. 20 /CNW/ - CUPE BC president Barry O'Neill is visiting
the Kootenays next week to talk about local investment and alternatives to
privatization in B.C. communities.
    In a tour of municipalities that begins on Tuesday in Castlegar and
Nelson, O'Neill will hold daily luncheons for local mayors and councilors, as
well as chambers of commerce, and then host a public meeting on each evening
of the tour. The public meetings will feature a presentation and discussion
led by O'Neill called "Investing in Our Communities: Local Solutions for B.C.
Municipalities." The first leg of the province wide tour began on Vancouver
Island late last month.
    O'Neill will be joined at the evening events by United Steelworkers
(District 3) director Steve Hunt, who will discuss the state of the forest
industry and its impact on local economies in resource-based communities.
    The dates in the Kootenays are as follows: Castlegar/Nelson (Feb 26),
Creston (Feb 27), Cranbrook (Feb 28).
    O'Neill will be available for media interviews throughout the week.

    WHAT:   "Investing in Our Communities" public presentation and discussion

    WHEN:   February 26 - 28

    WHERE:  Various venues (see below)


For further information:

For further information: Dan Gawthrop, CUPE Communications, (604)

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