Convention convenes 9am. Started off with voting on resolutions ,which lead into open panel on Health and Safety. Along with inspiring videos the panel presented us with facts and statistics and the governments so called reform of existing benefits and how it impacts now and in the future. Again at the forefront of discussion was the attack on workers rights regarding health and safety issues and the government once again turning a blind eye to people who have not only been injured on the job but also the workers that have been killed on the job . 1000 workers this year alone will be killed at work and the statistics are even more stagering for those injured on the job along with many that go unreported .
Next was the order of the day , swearing in of OFL Officers ( yawn.......haha ) .
Then , a march to the OFL Memorial Statue of Jack Layton. The march took us down Young St. to the water front which translates into a 30 minute walk ( brrrrrrrrrr) . It is a true tribute to a great leader of the working class. ( check out the pics on the Cope 468 website.
Finally on the agenda was the Young Workers forum . Special guest speaker Brigette DePape . For those of who may recognize her name or may have forgot , she is the young lady that worked in the House of Commons serving water to the cabinet including PM Harper . After listening to his vision of Canada and hearing what his plans were for the future of our country , she stood up in Parliament with a stop sign with the words " STOP HARPER " on it.
She did say when she had the idea to do this , she did consult a lawyer as far as implications go ........there was no problems for her but now she has become an activist against against the Harper conservatives.......so thats trouble
for him.......thanks Stephen,
She is also the co-author of a book title " Shit Harper Did " check it out if you have a chance.