Media Advisory - Green Jobs Conference examines how going green can lead to
jobs, economic recovery

Conference Sold Out - Standing Room Only!

TORONTO, Nov. 6 /CNW/ - As the world prepares for the Copenhagen climate change talks, and Toronto grapples with a 10.1 per cent unemployment rate, an extraordinary gathering of over 600 participants this Saturday will examine how initiatives for a green, sustainable economy can lead to good jobs and economic recovery.

GTA youth, community and social justice groups, labour and environmentalists will work to build a green jobs movement at the November 7th Good Green Jobs for All conference. Participants will confront the current economic and environmental crises and the need for equitable employment opportunities. Shifting from fossil fuels to sustainable energy sources, creating green manufacturing from wise infrastructure spending, and building local economies through initiatives like local procurement policies are just some of the issues to be discussed.

          Date:        Saturday Nov. 7th, 2009

          Time:        9:00 - 4:30 p.m.

          Place:       Allstream Centre, Exhibition Place
                       (inside Prince's Gate)

    A wide diversity of people will take part in the sold-out conference and
are available for interviews:

    -   Nigel Barriffe (conference co-chair) Co-chair of Education Action
        Etobicoke North, currently building a movement in Rexdale to retrofit
        local schools.

    -   Peter Tabuns (keynote speaker) MPP and former Greenpeace Executive
        Director discusses successes and opportunities for transitioning to
        green industry.

    -   Clayton Thomas-Muller (keynote speaker) campaigns for the Indigenous
        Environmental Network to stop exploitation of lands of indigenous
        people. He'll link issues of environmental justice, First Nations
        rights, and youth activism.

    -   Jacquie St. Pierre (panellist) Manager of the Kingston Economic
        Development Corporation that has attracted one million square feet of
        solar panel manufacturing to that city.

    -   Rosemarie Powell (a conference organizer) Assistant Executive
        Director of Jane-Finch community and Family Centre that's built a
        Green Anti-Poverty Coalition and other initiatives.

    -   Youth participants including Tonika Morgan (Keynote speaker) on
        building a green jobs movement with equity and Angelo DiCaro
        (Canadian Youth Climate Coalition).

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For further information: For further information: media registration and to schedule on-site interviews and photo opportunities, please contact: Valerie Dugale, Precedent Communications: (647) 225-3685

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