PSAC/ UCTE Work to Save Our Historic Canals
On October 18, 2012, at the Ottawa Locks along the Rideau Canal, UCTE canal workers along with UCTE National President Christine Collins and PSAC Ontario Regional Executive Vice-President Sharon DeSousa presented over 8,000 signatures to protect Canada’s historic Canals.
Members of Parliament Megan Leslie, NDP Environment Critic and Anne Minh Thu Quach, NDP Deputy Environment Critic accepted the petitions to present in the House of Commons on behalf of concerned citizens across Ontario and Quebec.
Members of the PSAC Kitchener-Waterloo Area Council, armed with Public Services Are Cool fans, attended the Downtown Kitchener Ribfest and Craft Beer Show to remind Canadians that recent cuts to public services affect us all.
Members handed out "Public Services are Your Services" wristbands, offered Protect Public Services fans to cool down attendees and handed out "Stephen Harper Hates Me" buttons.
People were grateful for the fans, spoke of their support for public services and were amused by and eager to have the buttons. People shared their own stories of how the cuts to Public Services have affected them and were glad that PSAC members were fighting to protect services.
August 28th, 2012
We Are ALL Affected
The PSAC Kingston Area Council had a tent and tables at the recent Blues Fest in Kingston (August 23-26, 2012), as part of PSAC's We Are ALL Affected summer campaign.
The event was a great success with over 4 days of Blues music and great weather. Members of the Kingston Area Council, USGE, UCTE, UNDE and DCL 818 and 901, engaged with thousands of Blues fans over a slice of refreshing watermelon.
Hundreds of signatures were collected for the Save Our #HistoricCanals campaign as well as the Ontario Healthcare Coalition campaigns and First Aid Kits with the slogan "Parks Staff works for you" were handed out to the crowd.
Also a big hit with the Blues fans were the variations of the "Stephen Harper hates…." buttons. Many people also signed an affected letter to Harper or their own MP. PSAC ladybug tattoos and We Are All Affected balloons and buttons were favourites with the younger, as well as the young at heart crowd.