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Jan. 22 CITIZENS' FORUM - GENETIC ENGINEERING AND TRADE
Herewith the details of 1) the "Citizens' Forum", 2) the bus to get
there from Ottawa, and 3) the invitation and background for the
demonstration from Biotech Action Montréal (BAM).
I hope people will look on this as an opportunity to:
- learn more about one of the rare international initiatives worth supporting
- meet some neat people
- show that you understand and oppose the mega-corporations' plans,
backed by our own government, to eliminate all mechanisms for
protecting traditional farming, seeds, and knowledge -- and local,
----------- Original Message from Victoria Gibb-Carsley -------------
From: Victoria <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: 'Jamie Kneen' <email@example.com>
Subject: RE: Alert - Jan. 22 - COC- CITIZENS' FORUM - GENETIC
ENGINEERING AND TRADE
Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2000 08:25:38 -0500
Hey Jamie: Below are the details of the biosafety protocol event in
A day of events looking at Genetic Engineering and Trade
Saturday, January 22nd
10 am Workshops
A day of workshops with international speakers on Genetic
Engineering, the Biosafety Protocol, the World Trade Organization,
the Precautionary Principle, and more.....
(Workshops in English and French)
University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM), Pavillon Judith-Jasmin, 405
Ste Catherine East, 2nd floor. Room J-2930. Near Berri-UQAM metro
12 noon Demonstration
Departure Berri Square - corner of Ste Catherine and Berri (Berri UQAM metro).
Rally at Biosafety meeting location - 999, University Street
2 pm Workshops
(Same location as morning)
7.30 An evening with ....
Maude Barlow, Chee Yoke Ling and Jeremy Rifkin
Introduced by Daniel Pinard
UQAM - Pavillon Judith-Jasmin; Marie-Gerin-Lajoie Auditorium, Metro floor
English/French interpretation available.
All events FREE - seating is limited - please come early.
Maude Barlow Political activist, author, policy critic and outspoken
crusader against the WTO
Jeremy Rifkin: Author of "The Biotech Century" and "Beyond Beef",
president of the Foundation on Economic Trends in Washington, D.C.
Chee Yoke Ling: Lawyer with the Third World Network, working on laws
to control corporations involved in biotechnology and the patenting
of life forms.
Moderator: Daniel Pinard, Gourmet journalist, author and TV program host.
The Council of Canadians
Phone: 613-233-4487 ext 228
----------- Original Message from Lucy Sharratt -------------
Subject: Biosafety Protocol demo, forum and background - we have a bus!
We have a bus sponsored by the Council of Canadians to take us to
Montreal on Sat, Jan 22, leaving at 7:30am. Return time to Ottawa is
to be established but will be soon after the end of the Forum.
Pick-up location is also to be determined.
The bus has a capacity of 48 so we require RSVPs - you can RSVP to
me, Lucy Sharratt, at the Sierra Club - 241-4611 or home 235-1672 or
to Katherine Gunn at 729-0504.
Get on the Bus for an Action Day on genetic engineering! The Ottawa
Public Working Group on Food Concerns and the local Council of
Canadians and Sierra Club is heading to Montreal on Sat Jan 22 to
join Biotech Action Montreal and other groups in a demonstration at
the international negotiations of the Biosafey Protocol in Montreal,
and to join a day of fantastic speakers and workshops on
biotechnology. You are invited!
Please find below an invitation from Biotech Action Montreal to the
demonstration they are organizing as well as to the Citizen's Forum
that the Council of Canadians and Greenpeace are organizing.
BAM SENDS AN INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PUBLIC FORUM AND
DEMONSTRATION CONCERNING THE NEGOTIATION OF THE BIOSAFETY PROTOCOL IN
Jan. 10, 2000 - Biotech Action Montreal (BAM) is organizing, January
22, 2000, a demonstration in Montreal to protest the Canadian
government's position in the negotiations on the Biosafety Protocol
(in coordination with a public forum organized by the Council of
Canadians and Greenpeace). BAM is a citizens action group affiliated
with the Quebec Public Interest Research Group at Université du
Quebec à Montréal and McGill University. Our aim is to raise public
awareness about the various issues and risks pertaining to
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) in order to initiate a necessary
public debate. The following is a short overview of our previous
and/or current actions:
- RAISE AWARENESS: distribution of literature, media interviews,
tabling at events and conventions, public forums and lectures;
- POLITICAL ACTION: writing of a draft resolution on mandatory
labeling of GMOs in food products, to the House of Commons (taken in
charge by MP Hélène Alarie), petition campaign to demand mandatory
labeling (20,000 names presented to the House of Commons, 15,000+ to
come by February);
- PRESSURE ON FOOD MANUFACTURING COMPANIES AND GROCERS: 1-800 Phone
Campaign to encourage consumers to demand GMO phase-out or labeling
from these corporations.
We believe that the Protocol in its present form, although incomplete
and flawed, is a minimal and basic measure to:
1) protect biodiversity and human health against the potential
hazards associated with the trade of GMOs.
2) provide adequate trade regulations for GMOs
and that Canada should adopt it, or an enhanced version of it. We are
thus urging Canada and the other countries of the Miami Group to sign
this treaty without delay. Thus, we are presently focusing all our
efforts on the Biosafety Conference, which will stage the last round
of negotiations in Montreal, from January 20 to 28, 2000, at the
I.C.A.O. building (International Civil Aviation Organization), 999
University street, in downtown Montreal.
In addition to ensuring a physical presence outside the building
during the formal negotiations (Jan. 24 to 28), a public forum and a
march will take place Saturday, Jan. 22. Here is a general schedule
of the day's events (morning and afternoon conferences to take place
at Université du Québec à Montréal; confirmation of evening locations
and schedule of lectures to come):
10:00 to 12:00 a.m.: Public forum, involving conferences and lectures
by specialists and public figures, hosted by the Council of Canadians
12:00 to 2:00 p.m.: March (from public forum location to ICAO
building) and demo organized by BAM.
2:00 p.m. to evening: Continuation of the Public forum.
Key figures Jeremy Rifkin, chairperson of the Council of Canadians
Maude Barlow, and best-selling author and leader of the genetic
engineering campaign at Greenpeace France, Arnaud Apoteker, have
already confirmed their presence as lecturers.
We are inviting you or your organization to attend these events, to
actively participate in the demonstration and to work towards a
coalition with BAM, Greenpeace and the Council of Canadians
concerning the issue of genetic engineering. We encourage you to show
your presence by bringing your material to the demonstration. The
preparation and planning are moving on, but, because of short delays,
your help and input would be very welcome. We are presently looking
for locations to lodge people from outside the city for Saturday
night (e. g. school, church basement, community center, etc.) Please
confirm your presence as soon as possible, with the number of people
We will provide you with regular updates on the details of the events
and logistical considerations (locations, accommodation, etc.)
In addition, for those interested, we can provide details concerning
the issue of the Biological Safety Protocol and the scenario of the
negotiations. If your are aware of other groups or individuals that
are likely to participate, please invite them and/or provide us with
their contact information.
Yours Truly, Biotech Action Montreal
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