G20 policing and governance hearings this week

NUPGE and CCLA will chair public inquiry into unlawful police activities during global meetings in Toronto.

James Clancy, NUPGE president, and Natalie DesRosiers, CCLA general councilOttawa (9 Nov. 2010) - The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and the 340,000-member National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) open public hearings this week into the unlawful police activities during last June's G20 summit in Toronto.

Mass violations of the basic human rights and civil liberties of Canadians occurred during the summit. 

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

The primary objectives of the hearings are to increase public awareness of serious violations of Canadians' constitutional rights during the summit and to 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 unlawful police activities - will be making brief statements. This will be followed by question and answer sessions conducted by Des Rosiers and Clancy.

Lawyers, journalists and others will also share their perspective on what happened during the G20, shedding light on key legal, political and social aspects of the global event.

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.

Legal Fundraiser

Meanwhile, a major G20 legal defence fundraising event is scheduled for the evening of Nov. 11 in Toronto. Naomi Klein and Hawksley Workman are headlining the event. NUPGE is among the contributors. Details are available at the link below.

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. NUPGE

More information:
Public hearings on mass arrests during G20 Summit

Media contacts:
• CCLA - Penelope Chester (416) 363-0321 ex. 225 pchester@ccla.org www.ccla.org
• NUPGE - Derek Fudge (613) 797-3914 dfudge@nupge.ca www.nupge.ca

Legal Fundraiser:
G8/G20 Community Solidarity Network - Legal Defence Fundraiser