Media Advisory - Time for MPs to make toys safer; make them in Canada

    Ottawa Hosts Steelworkers' First Home-Testing for Toxic Toys

                  WHAT: In-home lead testing for toxic toys
             WHERE: 6 Marshall Avenue (between Anna & Admiral),
    Carlington neighbourhood, near the intersection of Carling & Island Park
                     WHEN: 11 a.m., Thursday, November 8

    OTTAWA, Nov. 7 /CNW/ - As more toxic toys are recalled and the
manufacturing job crisis grows, the United Steelworkers union (USW) is calling
on MPs to make products safer.
    It was a key promise in October's Throne Speech, but so far only a new
website has followed from it.
    Steelworkers from the Ottawa area will be testing toys for lead at a
family's home, followed by a news conference at 1 p.m. on Parliament Hill,
calling for new legislation to make imports safer and to make more products in
    It is all part of a continent-wide push to 'get the lead out'.
Unregulated trade has meant lead is allowed back into products decades after
it was removed from most North American manufacturing.
    The home-testing event takes place Thursday morning at a home with
four-year-old and 10-week-old children.
    At the news conference will be USW Canadian National Director Ken Neumann
and Toronto MP Peggy Nash (NDP Parkdale-High Park). Nash is the NDP's industry
critic. It will take place:

        WHERE: Charles Lynch Press Theatre (Room 130-S, Centre Block)
                               Parliament Hill
                      WHEN: 1 p.m., Thursday, November 8

For further information:

For further information: CONTACT: USW toxic trade website,, or Pat Van Horne, USW Communications, (416)
544-5990; Ian Capstick, NDP caucus press secretary, (613) 720-6400

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