CUPE Local 1356 Blog

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.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Supreme Court Secret Trial Banner Project

On June 13-15, the Supreme Court of Canada will be tackling some of the most important civil rights questions in years when it hears the cases of the secret trial security certificates. Many activities are planned leading up to that week and during the hearings in Ottawa. There will be a Freedom Caravan from Toronto to Ottawa, many vigils and demonstrations in Ottawa, and much more.

The Supreme Court has a large lawn which we would love to fill with messages of support from across the country, and are hoping folks can join us in encouraging schools, churches, human rights groups, union locals, and other community organizations to contribute. Especially for those unable to be in Ottawa that week, we are hoping folks can contribute through the making of simple banners (marker on bedsheet always works well!) that can be sent to us and then displayed on the lawn.

For example, a banner could read:
CAW Local 502 Says Stop Secret Trials
St John's United Church, Moncton: Free the Detainees
Stephen Harper High School: No Deportations to Torture!

If you would like to make a simple banner but are stuck for what to say, let us know and we can provide more suggestions. Please let us know by email if you plan to send along a banner (

Completed banners need to be received no later than May 31 at:

PO Box 73620, 509 St Clair. Ave. West
Toronto, ON M6C 1C0

Thanks so much!

Campaign to Stop Secret Trials in Canada


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