NORTH BAY, ON – The national president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and the president of CUPE Ontario lace up their skates on Friday to take part in “Playing for a Fair Deal” alongside locked-out workers of the Children’s Aid Society (CAS) of the District of Nipissing and Parry Sound, their friends and supporters.


The event, which takes place at the Pete Palangio Arena in North Bay, was organized by the North Bay and District Labour Council. Members of CUPE 2049 and their guests will join in a short game of hockey and stay on the ice for a “family and friends” skate; voluntary admission to the event is the donation of a non-perishable food item to the North Bay Food Bank.


Debbie Hill, president of Local 2049, will MC the event and said that “everyone who supports the goal of keeping children safe in the north is welcome to attend.”


Who: CUPE National President Mark Hancock; CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn; North Bay and District Labour Council President Henri Giroux; locked-out child protection workers and administrative and support staff of the Children’s Aid Society of the District of Nipissing and Parry Sound; and community supporters


What: “Playing for a Fair Deal”: rally, hockey game and family skate


When: Friday, January 13, 2017, 9:30 a.m.: doors open; 10:00 a.m.: welcome, remarks and national anthem; 10:30 a.m.: puck drop for hockey game: 11:00 a.m.: family skate


Where:   Pete Palangio Arena, 603 Wallace Rd., North Bay   


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For more information, contact:


Debbie Hill, President, CUPE 2049, 705-358-5887

Fran Bélanger, CUPE National Representative, 705-262-3909

Mary Unan, CUPE Communications, 647-390-9839