Media Advisory - Time to Make Toys Safer for Our Children:

    Steelworkers to Test Children's Toys for Lead Today

    VANCOUVER, Nov. 29 /CNW/ - As more toxic toys are recalled from the
Canadian marketplace the United Steelworkers (USW) is calling on federal and
provincial politicians to ensure that consumer products are made safe for our
    A commitment to protect Canadians was made in October's Throne Speech by
Stephen Harper, but so far only a new website has been provided by the federal
    This morning (Nov. 29), Steelworkers will be testing children's toys for
lead at a home in Vancouver, with children and parents present. It is part of
a continent-wide effort by the union to "get the lead out". For decades most
toys have stopped being manufactured in North America, while increasing
unregulated foreign trade has resulted in the mass importation of toxic
    The home testing event, which will utilize lead testing kits made
available by the Steelworkers, will take place this morning (Thursday,
November 29) at 11 a.m. at:

                       1954 William Street, Vancouver
      (- drive to intersection of East  1st Avenue and Victoria Drive
                - proceed five blocks north on Victoria Drive
                       - turn right on William Street)

    Representatives of the Labour Environmental Alliance Society (LEAS), a
non profit group educating the public about why they need to have the right to
know what toxin exposures they are experiencing in their homes and workplaces,
will join with the USW for this event.

    The USW is Canada's most diverse union, representing more than 280,000
men and women working in every sector of Canada's economy.
    For more information, visit the Steelworkers' toxic trade website at

For further information:

For further information: Lee Edwards: (604) 683-1117; Scott Lunny: (604)

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