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A call to action against hunting and privatization
Mike Harris has legalized hunting in provincial parks, and on August 23,
it's our turn to show him zero tolerance.
From August 23-27, Ottawa will be hosting the Premier's Symposium on North
America's Hunting Heritage, a continental conference on hunting. Usually
held in the U.S.A. as the Governor's Symposium, it has been invited here
personally by Mr. Harris (at the expense of the taxpayers), the first time
this event will be held in Canada.
The real event, however, will be our peaceful demonstration outside the
Congress Centre, where the symposium is being held.
The Symposium was to be held in Toronto, but has been moved here, reportedly
to avoid demonstrations in our nation's largest city.
One of the goals of Mr. Harris' conference is to "improve the public image
of hunting", to counteract "a diminishing of the human existence in the
ecosystem" and to assert "the human role as the top predator" (to quote the
event's website). Ours is to destroy the false image Harris has built of
his environmental agenda, and show it for what it really is: yet another
responsibility- shifting/privatization scheme the likes of which brought
tragedy to Walkerton.
A broad coalition of local, provincial, and national organizations from
Ottawa, Toronto and the rest of the province aims to tell all - about the
Conservative government's assault on our treasured parks and wilderness
If you would like to be kept up to date on our plans, or, even better, can
become involved, please email OPIRG at <email@example.com> or phone us at
520-2757, and check out the Peaceful Parks Coalition website at
Also, please take a look at the Premier's Symposium on North America's
Hunting Heritage website at www.mnr.gov.on.ca/mnr/ps2000/challenge.html
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