CCLA & NUPGE Host G20 Hearing Days Nov 10, 11 & 12

November 8, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media contact:
Penelope Chester
(416) 363-0321 ex. 225
pchester@ccla.org
www.ccla.org

Derek Fudge
(613) 797-3914
dfudge@nupge.ca
www.nupge.ca

CCLA and NUPGE Host Public Hearings To Examine G20 Policing & Governance Accountability – Nov. 10,11 & 12

Toronto (8 November 2010) – The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and the 340,000-member National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) are holding public hearings into the unlawful police activities during the G20 Summit and the resulting violations of Canadians’ basic human rights and civil liberties.

The hearings will take place Wednesday November 10 and Thursday November 11 at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto, and Friday November 12 at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth hotel in Montreal.

The primary objectives of the hearings are to increase public awareness over the serious violation of constitutional rights of Canadians during the G20 Summit and hold all levels of government accountable.

CCLA General Counsel Nathalie Des Rosiers and NUPGE National President James Clancy will co-chair the hearings in Toronto.  Individuals or organizations impacted by or who observed any of the unlawful police activities during the G20 Summit will be making brief statements, followed by Q&A with Des Rosiers and Clancy. Lawyers, journalists and others will also be sharing their perspective on what happened during the G20, shedding light on some key legal, political and social aspects. The Montreal hearings will be chaired by Des Rosiers and Pamela Boulay, a New Brunswick-based lawyer with NUPGE.

CCLA and NUPGE will produce a report on the public hearings which will be released in January 2011.

The hearings are open to the media.

Schedule:

Toronto – Wednesday, November 10th

9:15am – Brief media statement (Nathalie Des Rosiers; James Clancy)

9:30 am – 12:30 p.m. – Hearings session I

12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Break

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Hearings session II

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Hearings session III

Toronto – Thursday, November 11th

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Hearings session I

11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Break

1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Hearings session II

Montreal – Friday, November 12th

9:15 a.m. – Brief media statement (Nathalie Des Rosiers; Pamela Boulay)

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Hearings session I

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Hearings session II

Nathalie Des Rosiers and James Clancy are available for comment in advance of the hearings. Please call or email the media contacts noted below to schedule interviews.

CCLA

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) is a national organization dedicated to promoting respect for and observance of fundamental human rights and civil liberties. Its work, which includes research, public education and advocacy, aims to defend and ensure the protection and full exercise of those rights and liberties.

NUPGE

The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada’s largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good.


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Please direct all media-related inquiries to:

Penelope Chester, CCLA
(416) 363-0321 ex. 225, or by email pchester@ccla.org

Derek Fudge, NUPGE
(613) 797-3914, or by email dfudge@nupge.ca