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Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 1356. We have three Collective Agreements as Local 1356, 1356-01, and 1356-02. The membership is comprised of the full-time and part-time workers of York University the Local website is at This Blog will include Local information and information garnered from sources other Universities, Colleges, Post Secondary/Tertiary Education and news sources supplying information.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story

Mark your calendar. Sunday, March 12 and Monday, March 13, at 8:00 p.m. you want to watch Tommy Douglas.

Tommy Douglas is now a TV-miniseries.

CBC Television will be broadcasting PRAIRIE GIANT: THE TOMMY DOUGLAS STORY, a two-part four-hour dramatic miniseries.

Part one on Sunday, March 12th at 8:00 p.m.
Part two on Monday, March 13th at 8:00 p.m.

This is an important movie and an essential story that every progressive family will enjoy.

Tommy C. Douglas' passion, integrity, leadership and innovation inspired the nation to elect him as the “greatest Canadian.”

The former Saskatchewan premier, first federal NDP leader, pioneer of universal health care and spirited champion of the people bequeathed this country a legacy of political, humanitarian and social reforms of which every Canadian can be proud.

Douglas arrived in Saskatchewan in 1930 as the minister of a Baptist church at the beginning of the Great Depression. He set up a job and food distribution centre at the church, and moved into political involvement. From his first foray into public office politics in 1934 to his post-retirement years in the 1970s, Canada’s ‘father of Medicare’ stayed true to his socialist beliefs.

Vision, eloquence, wit and a passionate commitment to social causes made Tommy Douglas an unstoppable force. Now, more than ever, this story will inspire generations of Canadians to preserve his precious legacy.

On March 12th and 13th encourage your friends, neighbours and colleagues to watch. A strong audience sends a strong message – the work of Tommy Douglas cannot be forgotten.

For more information go to

Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story will also be available on DVD 6-8 weeks following the broadcast. The 2-disc set has a suggested retail price of $29.98 and is available online at or by calling toll-free 1-800-995-7711.

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