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CBTU Proudly Unveils Canadian Building Trades Monument

May 18 2017

Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU) are pleased to host the much anticipated unveiling of the Canadian Building Trades Monument in Major’s Hill Park in Ottawa, ON at 4:00pm on Tuesday, May 16th.

The Prime Minister will accept the monument on behalf of the people of Canada.

“CBTU is proud to offer this monument as a gift to all Canadians,” notes Robert Blakely, CBTU’s Chief Operating Officer. “This was a long time coming, we have worked hard and long to create a national monument in Canada’s Capital that will celebrate the contributions made to society by the women and men who work in the building and construction trades and commemorates the losses they have endured in carrying out their work.”

The monument was fabricated in Ontario with Cambrian black granite, quarried in Quebec. The most prominent feature is a pair of oversized plumb bobs, one of the oldest tools known to mankind. The monument also features 16 iconic ‘tools of the trades’ etched into the granite. Each tool was chosen by one of the 14 different trade unions that sponsored the monument.

Kitchener-Waterloo’s Marion Brown will be performing an original song, “Standing Together”, that she composed for this event. Ms. Brown works for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 804 and is a member of Teamsters Local Union 879.

For those who can’t make it to Ottawa, the entire event will be live-streamed on CBTU’s Facebook page, check it out here.

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