Media advisory - Cuts, privatization of Ottawa's public services will come at high cost - CUPE

    OTTAWA, Oct. 29 /CNW Telbec/ - With Ottawa City Council about to table
budget proposals that will slash public services and jobs, leaders from the
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) are warning that Council's actions
will come at a high cost to the quality of life in the nation's capital.
    Libraries have been on the chopping block, wait lists for child care
spaces are growing, recreation programs are threatened, there are unsafe
living conditions in community housing and there's a growing shortage of
paramedics. As well, the Ottawa Hospital is looking to privatize lab services,
which will lead to service reductions.
    National, provincial and local CUPE leaders will make the case that
shedding public services, or contracting them out to for-profit operators, is
not the way to go especially given the economic downturn. At this conference:

        Date:              Thursday, October 30, 2008
        Media Conference:  10:30 a.m.
        Location:          Jack Purcell Community Centre
                           Room 201
                           320 Jack Purcell Lane (off Elgin Street)

    Speakers will include:

    - Paul Moist, CUPE National President
    - Fred Hahn, CUPE Ontario Secretary-Treasurer
    - Brian Madden, President of CUPE 503 representing Ottawa municipal
    - Bruce Waller, President of CUPE 4000 representing Ottawa hospital

    The media conference is being held in advance of a free "Rock for Public
Services" concert being hosted by CUPE on November 1 with Trooper, The Cooper
Brothers and Bowser and Blue.

For further information:

For further information: Valerie Dugale, CUPE Communications, (647)
225-3685; Luc Tittley, CUPE Communications, (416) 910-2389

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