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Health advocates ask premiers to stop gambling with Big Pharma in Canada-European Union trade talks

MEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

September 15, 2012

Canada’s premiers asked to stop gambling with Big Pharma in Canada-European Union trade talks

WHAT: A creative action by health advocates on the eve of another round of Canada-EU free trade negotiations in Ottawa (September 17 to 21) will draw attention to unsustainable and unpopular patent term extensions and other monopoly protections for brand name pharmaceutical companies in the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

PHOTO OP: Ten near life-size puppets of Canada’s premiers will gamble at the CETA negotiating table represented by a crown and anchor game, including a large spinning wheel. The premiers will come up short each time. A huckster representing Big Pharma is happy to take the province’s money, but what is he offering them in return?

WHEN: Sunday, September 16, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

WHERE: Parliament Hill, Ottawa

WHO: Health advocates from the Council of Canadians and Canadian Health Coalition.

For more information:

Dylan Penner, media officer, The Council of Canadians: (613) 233-4487, ext. 249, dpenner@canadians.org